Thursday, December 31, 2015

Robert Cunningham Collection

The Robert Cunningham digital collection provides online access to cartoons, sketches, and drawings created by Robert Cunningham between 1947 and the 1980s. The collection includes original drawings featured in the cartoon series The Corner GroceryCunningham’s CornerGrowing Up Middletown U.S.A.Hometown Funnies, and Meet the Batty Family, as well as hand-drawn advertisements, political cartoons, sketches from Cunningham’s military service in Germany, and Washington School of Art assignments.

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Robert Cunningham was born in Muncie in 1928 and was a graduate of Muncie Central High School. A long-time business owner and public figure, Cunningham held several public offices in the area, including mayor of Muncie from 1976 to 1980, and owned the Red Front Grocery from 1948 to 1969 and Cunningham’s Market from 1969 to 1976. As an avid cartoonist, Cunningham would frequently incorporate his drawings into advertisements for his businesses and political campaigns, and his cartoons were regularly featured in the Muncie Evening Press and published in books.

The complete collection of the Robert Cunningham papers is available in the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Glue, Ball State University Department of Architecture Student Journal

This collection provides online access to Glue, a journal produced and managed by students in the Department of Architecture at Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning. Issues of the journal in this collection date from 2000 to 2009 and include student designs, drawings, and writings. Print copies of the journal are held in Ball State University Archives & Special Collections and the Architecture Library.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indiana Outdoors Videos

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The Indiana Outdoors Videos collection provides online access to episodes of the WIPB-TV television show Indiana Outdoors, created and produced as a partnership between Ball State University and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  The show highlights outdoor life in Indiana, documenting areas of interest including state parks and recreational facilities, Indiana wildlife and ecology, historic sites, and outdoor festivals.  Episodes of Indiana Outdoorsincluded in this collection date from 2001 to 2007.  The show was produced by Nancy Carlson and Samuel Clemmons of Ball State University and the principle hosts were broadcaster Jill Ditmire and Don Van Meter, Professor of Natural Resources at Ball State University.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

Ball State University Campus Photographs

The Ball State University Campus Photographs digital collection is a representative sampling of more than 40,000 historic photographs, negatives and other images dating back to 1899. The images document events, activities, people, growth, and development of Ball State from normal school to university.

To view historic images of Ball State University buildings and locales, click on the building or locale outline in this interactive map.

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Use the links below to browse or search holdings from the various Ball State University Campus Photographs subcollections.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Kris T. Frederick Photographs

The Kris T. Frederick Photographs collection provides online access to a collection of digitized photographs from Ball State University alumnus Kris T. Frederick.  The photographs date from 1967 to 1972 and document Ball State University student life, the Delaware County and Randolph County communities, and other Central Indiana locations and people.

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Originally from Madison, Indiana, Frederick received his Bachelors of Science in Art from Ball State University in 1971.  During his time as a student and shortly after, he worked with Ball State University Photographic Services as a photographer, photographing campus life and theatrical productions.  For several years after graduation, he worked as an elementary school art teacher in neighboring Randolph County at Farmland and Parker Elementary Schools.  Later he took a job with the Marion Chronicle Tribune as a news photographer.

Additional digital photographs from this collection are available in the Ball State University Archives & Special Collections reading room.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photographs

The David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photographs digital collection includes 50 photographs from David Patashinsky of Muncie, Indiana ranging from 2010 to 2011 documents the city's people, events, architecture, and landscapes.

In 2010, the Center for Middletown Studies commissioned photographer David Patashinsky of Muncie, Indiana to capture photographs on a wide variety of subjects including people, architecture, and landscapes for the center's Documenting Deindustrialization Initiative. Patashinsky was born in Moscow, Russia, later lived in Israel, and for the last twelve years has resided in the United States. He attended art school in Russia where he focused on pottery and graphics. His interests include film and digital photography, and his cameras of choice are Leica and Zeiss Ikon.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Juliet Peddle Architectural Drawings

The Juliet Peddle Architectural Drawings collection represents architectural drawings, sketches, industrial design drawings, and holiday cards from the career and travels of Juliet Peddle, the first female architect licensed to practice in the state of Indiana. Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Peddle (1899-1979) graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1922 and started her career working at prominent architecture firms in Chicago.

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During her time in Chicago, Peddle and seven other women architects founded a professional organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating the work of women architects. Known as the Women’s Architectural Club of Chicago, the organization held exhibitions at their firms, produced publications, and exhibited at the first Women’s World’s Fair in Chicago in 1927. Juliet also traveled extensively through Europe, producing numerous sketches of historical buildings, canals, and other old world architecture that captured her interest.

The Great Depression affected many architects and it was during this time that Peddle left Chicago and moved home to Terre Haute, where she would work until her death in 1979. She was known for her modern designs and her skillful drawings, as well as her interest in historic preservation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Cardinal Greenway Wildflower Photographs

Ooooooo....look at all the pretty flowers!  The Cardinal Greenway Wildflower Photographs digital collection provides online access to 146 photographs of wildflowers taken by Diane E. Hill along the Cardinal Greenway between 1999 and 2005. Slides were produced from the original photographs between 1999 and 2008. Research to identify the wildflowers was conducted by Stanley P. Hodge in April 2006.

Dame's Rocket along the Cardinal Greenway

Incorporated in 1993, Cardinal Greenways, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization that encompasses the Cardinal Greenway, White River Greenway, Historic Wysor Street Depot, and Cardinal Equestrian Trail. In 1993, Cardinal Greenway, Inc. acquired sixty miles of abandoned railroad as part of a Rails-to-Trails program. The Cardinal Greenway is the longest rail-trail in Indiana and spans 62 miles from Marion through Muncie to Richmond, Indiana.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Frank A. Bracken Civil War Collection

The Frank A. Bracken Civil War Collection provides online access to U.S. Civil War related correspondence, certificates, maps, photographs, plaques, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts from circa 1860-2000 collected by Frank A. Bracken.

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Frank A Bracken is the son of Alexander M. Bracken and Rosemary Ball Bracken. Bracken began his career as an attorney for Bingham McHale LLP. He has served in leadership and board positions for several local companies including the George and Francis Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation, Ball State University, and First Merchants Corporation. In 1989, Bracken was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and remained in that role until 1993. Bracken was also a researcher of Civil War topics and was involved in battle reenactments and battle field preservation as a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. As a result of his active research and preservation efforts, Bracken established a personal collection of Civil War books, paintings, photographs, and artifacts, many of which are featured in this digital collection.