Tuesday, May 09, 2006

French Revolution Pamphlet Collection Finding Aids Available

PDF finding aids with titles in both English and French are now available online for the French Revolution Pamphlet Collection. Containing more than 540 pamphlets dating from 1779 - 1815, the collection's particular strength lies in the early years of the revolution between 1789 and 1793. Major topics include laws, taxes, trade, rights, the judicial system, the creation of the constitution, the army, the church, and the execution of the king. Included is the Déclaration que S.A.S. le Duc régnant de Brunswick-Lunebourg. This pamphlet is the the Proclamation of the Duke of Brunswick, which was the primary justification for the downfall of the monarchy and the eventual execution of the king. Among the more interesting pamphlets surrounding the debate over Louis XVI’s execution is the three act tragedy entitled La Mort de Louis XVI, written by an anonymous royalist. One of the most fascinating literary pamphlets we have is Marie-Joseph Chénier’s Charles IX, ou L'école des Rois, tragédie which attacked the state’s use of censorship. There are also works by a large number of important people. These include Jean Sylvain de Bailly, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Armand Gaston Camus, Lazare Carnot, Trophime Gerard, Marquis de Lally-Tollendal, Honoré Gabriel Riquetti, Count of Mirabeau, Jacques Necker, Maximilien Robespierre, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, and Jerome Pétion de Villenere.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Larger Images Added to Middletown Digital Archives Collections

Larger images are now available for online browsing for the following Middletown Digital Archives Collections in the Digital Media Repository:

U.S. Civil War Letters Available Online

A collection of U. S. Civil War letters from the Archives are now available online 24/7 for learning, teaching, and research through Ball State’s Digital Media Repository, a project of the University Libraries. The letters form part of the U. S. Civil War Resources for East Central Indiana collection. Funded by a Library Technology Services Act (LSTA) grant, the collection is the result of a partnership between the University Libraries, Henry County Historical Society, Muncie Public Library, and the Dan Quayle Center and U. S. Vice Presidential Museum. Researchers can view digital images and read transcriptions of the original documents. More Civil War materials will be added to the collections in the near future.

For information, contact John Straw, Director, Archives & Special Collections Research Center, at JStraw@bsu.edu or (765) 285-5078.

Bracken Library Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the John Steinbeck Collection

“Dedication to Steinbeck: The 1976 Exhibit Revisited” marks the 30th anniversary of the dedication of the John Steinbeck Collection. The collection was dedicated on March 26, 1976, as one of the events celebrating the new A.M. Bracken Library. The Steinbeck event included an exhibition of first editions, translations, photographs, galley proofs, movie posters, and other Steinbeck items. The current exhibit “revisits” 1976 by reproducing much of that exhibition and displaying photographs and items from the dedication. Some more recent additions to the collection are also included. “Dedication to Steinbeck” continues through May 31 on Bracken Library’s Second Floor West.

Recent Donations

April 2006

Stoeckel Archives of Local History

Altrusa International Inc. records, 1922-2003, (6 cu. ft.)
Curriculum for Elementary Librarians Materials, 1976-1997, (1 cu. ft.)
Delaware County Fair ticket stubs, 1861, 1863 (0.1 cu. ft.)
Dorothy Hamilton Papers, 1962-1986, (2 cu. ft.)
Marie Fraser Photo Album, 1940-1941, (.02 cu. ft).
Meridian Services records, 1976-present, (1 cu. ft.)
Muncie Federate Club of Clubs scrapbook, 1926-1927, (0.1 cu. ft.)
Muncie Phone Book, 1946
Rotary Club records, 1996-1999, (0.1 cu. ft.)

University Archives

Muncie Normal Institute Yearbook, 1913
“Reflections on our 11th president: John Worthen,” videotape, 2000.
School of Music, Concert Programs, 2002-2003 (0.1 cu. ft.)
School of Music, Program Books, 2003-2004, 2004-2005 (0.1 cu. ft.)

April 2006

MSS 107 Wapehani Girl Scout Council, Inc., 1943-2003
21 boxes; 13.4 cubic feet
Includes correspondence, newsletters, management files, property information, cookie sale forms, and photographs.

MSS 131 St. Mary Catholic Church Records, 1955-
5 boxes; 1.2 cubic feet
Consists largely of St. Mary Church bulletins and issues of “The Voice of St. Mary’s” but also includes several parish directories, a 1965 Dedication program, and a 1955 debt reduction/parish expansion plan.

MSS 183 Indiana Refrigeration Lines Strike Collection
1 box; 0.2 cu. ft.
Photocopies of company president Rodney Tetrault’s scrapbook, which included news clippings and photographs documenting violence during the attempt to unionize Indiana Refrigeration Lines drivers.

MSS 184 Marhoefer Packing Company, 1978-1980
1 box; 0.3 cu. ft.
Includes correspondence, publications, and memos related to employee benefits and labor relations; also news clippings on labor issues and the company’s closing.

MSS 245 Vernon Freeman Family Collection
6 boxes; 3.0 cu. ft.
Includes Freeman family, farm, and business records dating from the mid-nineteenth century through 1990. Also genealogy materials and family photographs.

French Revolution Pamphlet Collection
New French and English language finding aids created.