Thursday, August 31, 2017

Altrusa International Records

The Altrusa International Records collection provides online access to a selection of digitized records from Altrusa International, Inc. ranging in date from 1917 to 2011. The collection contains a variety of records documenting the history and activities of Altrusa International including constitutions and bylaws, correspondence, member directories, reports, and other administrative records; Board of Directors meeting minutes and proceedings; anniversary programs, certificates, and other commemorative materials; annual convention programs, minutes, and proceedings; newsletters; subject files; photographs; and video recordings.


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Altrusa International was founded in 1917 in Nashville, Tennessee as a non-profit organization for business and professional women that focused primarily on community service. The club aims to improve economic well-being and quality of life through community service and literacy. The first local clubs were organized cooperatively by Dr. Alfred Durham, a Kiwanis member who organized clubs in Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY, Dayton, OH, and Indianapolis, IN, and Mamie L. Bass, who had served as the Superintendent of the Women's Division of the United States Employment Services. In 1918, the Altrusa Institute held its first convention in Indianapolis. The Altrusa Institute was later renamed the National Association of Altrusa Clubs and adopted the organization's first bylaws. By 1922, Altrusa had twenty national divisions, and the first international division was founded in Mexico in 1935. In 1966, ASTRA service clubs were established to encourage young people ages 13 to 21 to participate in community service. In 1989, Altrusa International adopted a resolution to promote environmental concerns through service projects. In 2011, Altrusa launched a new branding and marketing campaign to increase the organization’s image in local communities and to reach out to an evolving membership. Altrusa International celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2017.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Home: Artistic Watercolor Maps

Home: Artistic Watercolor Maps was added to the Digital Media Repository in March of 2017.  Hannah Barnes, Associate Professor in the Ball State University School of Art, created a project for students in her watercolor class in the fall of 2016:  After visiting the GIS Research and Map Collection in Bracken Library and reviewing hundreds of maps, create an artistic map that represents the meaning of “home.”  The maps were featured in the Muncie Downtown Development First Thursday art exhibit in December 2016.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Ford Oval of Honor Oral Histories

The Ford Oval of Honor Oral Histories collection contains videos and transcripts for oral history interviews with local World War IIVietnam WarPersian Gulf War, and Iraq War veterans between 2013 and 2016. The interviews were conducted by Chris Reidy of WIPB-TV as part of its Oval of Honor award series sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Also included are annual Ford Oval of Honor programs about the award recipients for 2013-2015.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Unitarian Universalist Church Records

The Unitarian Universalist Church Records collection provides online access to a selection of digitized records from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, Indiana ranging from 1850 to 1993. The collection includes annual reports, governance documents, meeting minutes, education and ministry records, membership records, church service records, architectural drawings, construction and property records, scrapbooks, photographs, and audio recordings.
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The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie was organized as the First Universalist Church of Muncie in 1859 and originally met in a building located at the corner of Madison and Jackson streets. Many influential Muncie residents were associated with the church in its formative years including Adam Wolf, Thomas Kirby, Alfred Kilgore, and the majority of the Ball family. In 1913, the church changed its name to St. John's Universalist Church. In 1962, the national Unitarian and Universalist societies merged, leading the Muncie congregation to eventually change its name to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie in the early 1970s. In 1967, the congregation moved to a new building on West Bradford Drive. Throughout its history, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie has been known for a message of universal salvation and an emphasis on reason, tolerance, and individualism as the grounds for religious understanding.