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.