Thursday, June 30, 2011

We've Got Historic Costumes!

Lime green 1950s women's bathing suit purchased at Fredrick's of Hollywood? Check.

Lilac colored homemade sleeveless dress with heart shaped neckline and princess seams? Another check.

The Mary Beeman Historic Costumes collection includes photographs of select pieces of women's clothing ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s from Ball State University's Beeman Historic Costume Collection. Included in the digital collection are images of dresses, coats, jackets and suits. The physical Beeman Historic Costume Collection contains over 3,000 pieces of men's and women's apparel dating back to the 18th century and is housed in the Applied Technology building.

Multi colored squared suit from the 1990s? Oh yeah, it's in there.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Indiana Online Users Group Archives Digitized and Available in the DMR

The Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) is a professional organization for techie-librarians, or anyone interested in electronic information access systems. They recently deposited their paper archives with Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, and a portion of the organization's nearly 30 year history is now available and fully searchable in the Digital Media Repository.

The Indiana Online Users Group Archives digital collection provides online access to the organization's newsletter, IOLUG News, from 1982 to 2011. Editions of IOLUG News often contain information about and schedules for IOLUG events and activities; important announcements for group members; reports from the group's board, committees, and president; and articles, reports, and commentary about projects and professional issues.

Founded in 1982, IOLUG is an organization established for the purpose of furthering the use of online systems, databases, computers and telecommunication systems in libraries. Each year they provide a spring and a fall conference, centering on timely themes for libraries in the digital age, such as cloud computing, mobile applications, digitization, and much more. Learn more about these programs by visiting the digital collection, and consider joining IOLUG today!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Historic Delaware County Courthouse: Gone But Not Forgotten

The historic Delaware County Courthouse structure was built in 1887 and occupied a substantial block in the heart of downtown Muncie, a city that was thriving due to the discovery of natural gas in the area. The courthouse featured a clock, an impressive dome topped by a gas torch, and three statues entitled Indian, Agriculture and Industry that represented the history of the county.

This elegant Beaux-arts style courthouse was designed by Indiana architect Brentwood S. Tolan. Utilized until Muncie city officials determined in the 1960s that a modern facility was needed, the courthouse was torn down in 1966.

The Digital Media Repository's Delaware County Courthouse Collection recalls this historic building with architectural drawings, such as elevations, floor plans, and details. Also included is the pamphlet Preserving the Story (cover shown below), written by Muncie newspaper columnist and photographer Dick Greene. This pamphlet describes the history of Delaware County, Indiana's four courthouses.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Attention Civil War Enthusiasts!

The Digitial Media Repository recently added two new subcollections to the U.S. Civil War Resources for East Central Indiana!

The J.W. Brant Civil War Diary includes extractions he wrote while serving in the Army from August 6, 1862 through November 30, 1863. It also includes a list of expenses possibly written by flora Brant in January 1880. An excerpt of the diary is pictured above.

The Delaware County Civil War Records includes records maintained by Delaware County from 1861 to 1890 related to the awarding of bounties to area soldiers who enlisted in the Union army. Among the bounty records are applications, certificates, checks, transfers, confirmations, and mustering lists produced by the regiments. This substantial addition to the collection deposited 3,878 (!) items for the delight of Civil War buffs everywhere. Below is an image of one of the many bounties paid out by Delaware County.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Archives in the DMR

We are pleased to announce that the Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI) Archives collection is now available in the Digital Media Repository.

The collection consists of organizational documents, Board of Director’s records, membership documents, Information Literacy Committee materials, Resource Advisory Committee minutes and reports, Resource Sharing Committee documents, and news releases. For more information about ALI, visit

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Indiana Bridge Company Collection

We are pleased to announce the Indiana Bridge Company Collection as an addition to the Digital Media Repository.

The collection contains materials from Archives and Special Collections and from the Drawings and Documents Archive, including drawings, photographs, and documents from 1886 to 1981, documenting the work of the Indiana Bridge Company that was headquartered in Muncie. The company built thousands of steel structures through Indiana and around the country.

William Henry Jackson World’s Columbian Exposition Photographs

The William Henry Jackson World’s Columbian Exposition Photographs is a new collection in the DMR.

This collection consists of images from two books of plates, White City and Jackson’s Famous Pictures of the World’s Fair, that are images taken by the famous photographer William Henry Jackson for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (aka Chicago World’s Fair). Jackson was famous for photographing the America’s westward expansion.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Easterner: The Birth of Student News at Ball State

The Ball State University Student Newspaper collection provides access to full-text searchable digitized student newspapers from Ball State's history, dating to 1922. Included in this collection are The Ball State Daily News (1968-present) and its predecessors, The Ball State News (1937-1968) and The Easterner (1922-1937). At present, issues from 1922 to 1929 are available electronically. The online availability of these early newspapers will provide a first-hand look at the humble beginnings of the student press at Ball State.
The Easterner, the predecessor of the modern Ball State Daily News, published its first edition on March 30, 1922, debuting as a 4-page weekly paper which sold for $0.05 per copy. Subscriptions were sold at $0.40 a term and $0.75 for two terms. Shown above is the staff of the Easterner in 1922.

At the outset, the paper had a distinctly campus feel, devoting itself to the coverage of campus events, including sporting events, performances, elections, and guest speakers, and reporting on the accomplishments of faculty and students. The activities of social organizations were well-documented, helping keep students aware of activities of interest. Jokes, riddles, and poetry could also be frequently found in the inside pages, and cartoons and illustrations could often be found on the paper's cover. The name of the publication reflects the fact that the school was then known as the Indiana State Normal School, Eastern Division.

Thomas J. Breitweiser, Dean of the Eastern Division and Professor of Psychology and History of Education, played a critical role in the founding of The Easterner, serving as the paper's faculty sponsor at its inception. The initial staff of the paper consisted of W. C. Harding as editor, Arthur Campbell as assistant editor, Basil Swinford as business manager, Luther Myers as assistant business manager, Roy Reynolds as advertising manager, Margaret Medsker as society editor, Thelma Carter as exchange editor, Fred Shroyer as circulation manager, and Charles McComas as athletic editor.

Swinford, who graduated later that year, was quite the school stalwart; in addition to his serving as business manager for the paper, he was also the assistant business manager for the 1922 Orient (the yearbook), the secretary-treasurer for his senior class, a member of the Navajo fraternity, a basketball letter winner in 1921, and a member of five additional school clubs. Swinford would go on to serve as Associate Professor of Business Education from 1926 to 1962 at Ball State. His interest in the student press did not wane as a faculty member, as he served as business advisor for the student newspaper during his years as a professor. Basil Swinford would later be honored as a namesake for the Botsford/Swinford halls in the Johnson Complex.

On February 26, 1937, years after the school became known as Ball State Teachers College, The Easterner changed its name to the Ball State News. On September 12, 1968, as a result of the increase in publication frequency, the paper became known as the Ball State University Daily News. In subsequent years, the paper was known by that name, the Daily News, and The Ball State Daily News, and eventually chose The Ball State Daily News as its permanent name.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Thomas P. and Eva Mann Collection

The latest digital collection in the Digital Media Repository is the the Thomas P. and Eva Mann Collection. It includes local, national, and international postcards, Muncie, Indiana Westwood property assessments and plat maps, correspondence, birth records, and photographs from Thomas Mann and his family. The collection ranges from 1896 to 1959 and documents the Mann family`s history and travels.

For a detailed description about this collection, please view the Thomas P. and Eva Mann Collection finding aid.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Reichenbachia added to Digital Media Repository

We are pleased to announce that Reichenbachia: Orchids Illustrated and Described is now available in the Digital Media Repository! This four-volume 19th century text was the creative vision of orchidologist Frederick Sander and provides life-sized illustrations and descriptions of several hundred orchids.

Reichenbachia, named after the renown German orchidologist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, was created over a four year span from 1886 to 1890 as a collaboration between Sander and English painter Henry George Moon, who provided most of the illustrations. The text was issued in two series, each containing two volumes, all of which were published in two year intervals from 1888 to 1894. The four volumes were dedicated to Queen Victoria; Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Empress of Germany and Queen of Prussia; Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia; and Marie Henriette of Austria respectively.

Sander, the main creative force behind Reichenbachia, was born Heinrich Friedrich Conrad Sander in Germany in 1847 and later settled in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, where he sold seeds and later concentrated on orchids. By the 1880's, Sander's nursery covered four acres with roughly 60 greenhouses.

The collaboration between Sander and Moon, a landscape painter, was not without conflict. While Sander wanted the orchids to be depicted in an idealized way, Moon was determined to include natural imperfections in his work, and it was the latter approach that won over in the end. Moon would later marry Sander's daughter in 1894.

All four volumes of Reichenbachia are held in print at Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, which is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

American Cities Historic Maps Digital Collection

We are pleased to announce that the American Cities Historic Maps digital collection is now available in the Digital Media Repository: This collection includes 23 maps for American cities dating from 1855 through 1921. Cities represented include Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Denver, San Francisco, Washington D.C. (pictured below) and others. The types of maps include street, topographic, park, city planning, and harbors. Zoomfy technology is available for detailed map viewing.

Monday, March 14, 2011

3 New Drawings & Documents Archive Collections

The R. Milton Retherford House Architectural Drawings digital collection includes blueprints of a Queen Anne Style home built during 1890 in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in Muncie, Indiana.

The Frank H. Wheeler Estate Photographs digital collection contains 39 images of the estate, known as Hawkeye (pictured left), taken by H. H. Coburn Company soon after the house was built. Also included is a portrait of Douglas Wheeler, the son of Frank and Stella Wheeler.

The Daniel B. Young Landscape Architectural Drawings digital collection contains images of Daniel B. Young's design drawings and business and personal photographs.

The Drawings and Documents Archive is a unique resource dedicated to preserving the history of the built environment in Indiana. Physical collections contain over 100,000 original architectural drawings, landscape plans, blueprints, photographs, models and building remnants that tell the history of Indiana’s sites and structures.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photograph Collections

The Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photographs digital collection includes images ranging from the late 19th century to the 21st century documenting the history of "Middletown" and the lives of early community members. The collection has recently doubled in size with the addition of 20 additional archival photograph collections.

Pictured right is an example from the collection, depicting teacher Rob Black with students from Beech Grove school circa 1904-1905.

The new collection are listed below. Visit the collection to view these additions!

Anderson Street Elwood, Indiana Postcard
C. A. Ralls Photographs
Delaware County Schools Photographs
Field Hockey Team Photograph
Frank Ellis Photograph
Goddard Home Photograph
Horse Driven Hearse Photograph
M. Green Photographs
Muncie High School Photographs
Muncie Post Office Photographs
Muncie Presbyterian Church Photograph
Muncie Washington School Photographs
Old Eden Christian Church Photograph
Old People`s Day, Gaston, Indiana Photographs
Parker-Moore Cemetery Photographs
Ralph Shaffer Photograph
Rarick Family Photographs
Settlers of Delaware County Photographs
Studebaker Family Photograph
Walburn Family Photographs

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Muncie Times Collection Expanded

The Muncie Times Newspaper digital collection in the DMR was recently expanded by 69 issues/2822 pages, bringing the online archive current up to December, 2010. The issues are completely full-text searchable and cover recent topics such as the Kwanzaa celebration, the passing of Selma, Indiana educator Alan Kent Garringer, and Forbes Magazine naming Mrs. Obama the world's most powerful woman.
The timing of this expansion coincides nicely with the newest Archives and Collections exhibit, running February 7-April 1, 2011: The Muncie Times: 20 Years of Service to theAfrican-American Community.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

First Installment of Ball State Alumni Memorabilia in the DMR

The Ball State Alumni Memorabilia digital collection consists of Ball State memorabilia donated by alumni and maintained at the Alumni Center. Ball State University Libraries is scanning and photographing the collection there to create this digital version in the DMR. The first installment is all photographs dating from 1918 to 2001 relating to student life. The collection will be expanded to include other media types, including artifacts such as banners, pins, clothing, etc. Pictured above is one of the photos from the collection depicting the 1941 baseball team at BSU.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ball State University Course Catalogs Now in the DMR

New to the DMR is the Ball State University Course Catalogs collection. This digital collection contains searchable versions of BSU course catalogs from 1918 to 1998. It includes information about academic policies and requirements, course descriptions, programs, admissions and unique student opportunities. The collections also links to the catalogs from 1998 to present that Ball State already has available on the University Web site.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Additonal Pierre & Wright Material Made Available in the DMR

The Pierre and Wright Architectural Records digital collection, added to the Digital Media Repository in August of 2009, consists of drawings, photographs, 3-D models, and ephemera from the architecture firms of Edward D. Pierre, the Pierre and Wright Partnership, and Edward D. Pierre and Associates, ranging from 1920 to 1960.

This month, 85 new assets were added to this online collection. Additions include several examples of domestic architecture from the 1930s and several drawings commissioned by Marian College. Pictured below is a preliminary drawing of a Marian College dormitory and classroom building.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Muncie, Indiana Star Drug Store Inventories in DMR

We are pleased to announce that the Star Drug Store Inventories are now available in the Digital Media Repository. This digital collection consists of 2 volumes of inventories documenting merchandise and prices at a local drug store in Muncie in 1885. Then inventory includes books that were sold and therefore is used in the What Middletown Read Project.

The Star Drug Store, which was located in downtown Muncie, Indiana, was owned by Geo. H. Andrews. The main room was 24 feet wide and 80 feet deep. With a wareroom in the rear and a 20 foot square room upstairs, all sorts of goods were available to the community. According to an advertisement from the 1881-1882 Muncie, Indiana city directory, the drug store bought large quantities direct from manufacturers and importers and was said to have the lowest prices on the purest goods.