Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage Footage Provided by the Muncie Central High School Athletics Films Collection

Kuhner vs. Delta junior high school basketball, 1968-1969

The Muncie Central High School Athletics Films digital collection includes films donated by the Muncie Central High School Alumni Association documenting portions of Muncie Central Bearcats basketball and football seasons from approximately 1950-1974. Other Muncie and Delaware County teams featured in the collection include the Burris OwlsMuncie Northside TitansMuncie Southside RebelsRoyerton Redbirds, and Muncie and Delaware County junior high school teams. A limited number of additional films documenting historic Muncie buildings, Ball Brothers factory operations, and other community events are also included.

Muncie Central High School commencement practice and ceremony, circa 1940s-1950s

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Delaware County Poor Relief Records

The Delaware County Poor Relief Records digital collection includes claims, correspondence, and proposals documenting the efforts of local government and cooperating community members to relieve poverty and meet the basic needs (clothing, food, housing, medical treatment, and burials) of Delaware County, Indiana residents from 1851-1888. Claims document the application from a community service provider submitted to local government officials requesting payment for goods and services rendered to aid those in need.
This online collection includes digital copies of the entirety of the Poor Relief records, 1851-1888 in Archives and Special Collections.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Burris Laboratory School Collection

The Burris Laboratory School digital collection provides online access to archival materials documenting the history and development of the Burris Laboratory School in Muncie, IN, highlighting the student experience at Burris from the 1930s to the 1980s.
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The Burris Laboratory School, a Kindergarten through 12th grade experimental school on the campus of Ball State University, opened in 1929. Named after Benjamin Burris, college president from 1924 to his death in 1927, the institution provides high-quality elementary and secondary education while allowing students of Ball State University to gain practical experience educating pupils.
Included in the collection are Burris High School commencement programs, Burris campus newsletters, and Burris student newspapers. Newsletters available include editions from the Burris Banner, Burris Briefs, and Burris Daily. Digitized student newspapers available in this collection include editions from the Burris Owl from 1930 to 1966 and editions of the Burris Vanguard from 1972 to 1987.
Also available are a selection of scrapbooks documenting Burris basketball in the 1930s and 1940s, scrapbooks documenting general student life, a selection of theatre programs from Burris drama productions, and documents compiled from the "Save Burris" campaign in reaction to the uncertain future of the school in the early 1980s.
A history entitled The Fifty Year History of Burris School written by Robert C. Rose in 1981 is available in print in Bracken Library on the campus of Ball State University. Digitized photographs documenting the history of the Burris Laboratory School are also available online in the Ball State University Campus Photographs and Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photographs collections in the Digital Media Repository.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ball State University Libraries Announce New and Improved Digital Media Repository

The Ball State University Libraries are pleased to introduce a new and improved Digital Media Repository (DMR), featuring a redesigned interface and incorporating the latest updates to CONTENTdm, the repository’s content management system. The newly designed DMR provides a more dynamic and interactive user experience, highlighting the value of the repository’s diverse digital collections and enhancing the discovery, visibility, searching of digital resources that support learning, teaching, and research.

Improved zooming and panning features enhance
access to rich digital resources

New features include an enhanced image viewer that provides for easy zooming and panning, allowing users to enjoy a greater level of interactivity with DMR’s varied and diverse visual materials, including photographs, maps, and architectural drawings. The newly designed repository incorporates user comments and tagging to provide digital users with a more social experience.

User tagging feature provides interactive, social

New image downloading options give users increased access to archival material and educational content. Enhanced Search Engine Optimization improves the discoverability of DMR assets in web search engines, expanding the global reach of Ball State University’s unique digital content. These new enhancements make the DMR a dynamic and interactive learning and research tool for Ball State students and faculty, and for users worldwide.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Muncie City Improvement Resolutions Collection

The Muncie City Improvement Resolutions digital collection includes city ordinances, resolutions, and other records from the City Clerk's office in Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1891-1922 regarding street, alley, sidewalk, and sewer improvements in the city and surrounding areas.
The collection will be of interest to researchers examining the history of a wide variety of local government and city planning topics including the development of Muncie's infrastructure in specific locations, community support for and opposition against proposed infrastructure changes, and trends in city infrastructure development at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Maps documenting the names of property owners and the location of their property impacted by infrastructure development will be of particular interest to researchers trying to identify property ownership in specific areas of Muncie.

Alley between Walnut St. and Mulberry St, from Gilbert St. to North St.
This collection can be searched by keywords and linked metadata fields that allow quick access to related material within the collection. To return results for all items within a particular folder of the print collection or all items related to particular resolution number:
1. Enter a keyword search.
2. Select a search result that matches your research need.
3. Scroll down the page to the metadata fields in red font.
4. Click on the linked metadata to the right of the "Folder Name" or "Resolution Number" field.
(Please note that the "Resolution Number" field only appears when a resolution number was assigned to a particular document and does not appear for all items in this collection.)
This online collection includes digital copies of the entirety of the Muncie City Improvement Resolutions collection in Archives and Special Collections.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

John Nelson Bell Papers

The John Nelson Bell digital collection includes account books, daybooks, and medical treatment notes ranging from 1887-1922 that document the medical training and practice of John Nelson Bell in New Burlington, Indiana.
John Nelson Bell daybook, 1896-1899
John Nelson Bell was born in Morgantown, Virginia on April 21, 1858 to Henry and Louise (Swisher) Bell. He began teaching school at age sixteen and supplemented his education by taking classes at a normal school. He entered Starling Medical College in Columbus, Ohio in 1884 and left for the Medical College of Ohio two years later. As he neared the end of his studies, Bell learned that Samuel Jump, the practicing physician in Perry Township, Delaware County, Indiana, had received a presidential appointment as the Selma postmaster and would be moving to Liberty Township. After graduating from the Medical College of Ohio in the spring of 1888, Dr. Bell came to Delaware County to fill that vacancy in Perry Township and began his practice in New Burlington. He would continue to practice medicine in the Delaware County community of New Burlington for forty years.

The account books in this digital collection document John Nelson Bell's financial dealings including payment methods of patients and the cost of medical supplies. His daybooks document the schedule of a small town doctor as well as more detailed information such as patient names, general reasons for visits, and charges for services. His medical school and treatment notes document the training of medical doctors and common medical treatments at the turn of the century for a wide variety of maladies including burns, colic, hay fever, laryngitis, tetanus, and typhoid fever.

This online collection includes digital copies of the entirety of the John Nelson Bell papers in Archives and Special Collections.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ball State Board of Trustees Minutes Collection added to the DMR

The University Libraries are pleased to announce the addition of the BallState Board of Trustees Minutes Collection to the Digital Media Repository (DMR). This collection includes minutes between 1990 and 2012; additional years will be added in the future.

In order to provide optimal searching and viewing of these records, the University Libraries fast-tracked an installation and configuration of a new instance of CONTENTdm, the platform that powers the DMR. The latest CONTENTdm version fully supports in-document searching, page highlighting, collection browsing, and easy document downloading.

Members of the University Libraries staff in Library Information Technology Services, Archives and Special Collections, and Metadata and Digital Initiatives contributed to publishing this collection for search and discovery. Special thanks and recognition are also due to engineers in Unified Communications Services for making network configuration changes so the system is available everywhere.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ball State University Student Life Collection

The Ball State University Student Life Collection contains an assortment of digitized textual records and artifacts broadly documenting the diverse range of student experiences at Ball State University with materials dating from the institution's founding in 1918 to the 1990s. Materials available here were selected for digitization from a variety of individual archival collections at the Ball State University Archives & Special Collections.

This digital collection includes editions of the Ball State Teachers College/University student handbook, also known as the Cardinal Code, a selection of scrapbooks created by Ball State students documenting campus life, newsletters published by a variety of student organizations, Ball State homecoming buttons, pamphlets, brochures, and leaflets containing information for students, and material documenting this history of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

Clicking on the image will allow you to browse the collection.

Other digital collections that contain materials documenting student life include The Orient yearbooks, the Ball State University Student Newspaper collection, the Ball State University Campus Photographs collection, and the Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection.