Monday, June 26, 2006

e-Archive Search Engine Available

A beta-version search engine is now available for the e-Archive, a digital repository of Ball State University electronic records, publications, and other resources. Using Google Site Search technology, the search engine provides full-text access to over 1200 items in the e-Archive.

Important Note: This search may not include all items in the e-Archive, since it depends on Google indexing. If you do not get a good result, please contact the Archives for additional assistance in locating electronic records.

Friday, June 16, 2006

“Middletown in the Good Old Summertime” on Display

“Middletown in the Good Old Summertime,” a new exhibit outside the Archives and Special Collections Research Center, Bracken Library 210, showcases summer leisure activities in Muncie from the 1890s through the 1980s. The exhibit includes historic photographs and other items from the Middletown and Stoeckel collections as well as selected illustrated essays from Bob Cunningham’s series of books, Growing Up in Middletown, U.S.A.

The exhibit highlights popular summertime events:

-Summer camps sponsored by the local YMCA, YWCA, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts gave hundreds of Muncie children time around the campfire.

-The circus came to town, with parades through the city streets, exotic animals and sequined performers, and shows in the Big Top.

-Baseball—including junior leagues for boys, adult leagues for teams sponsored by local businesses and organizations, and the champion semi-pro Muncie Citizens—kept fans in the bleachers from spring training to fall.

-The Delaware County Fair offered everything from horse racing to 4-H exhibits.

-People of all ages headed for the great outdoors to bicycle, swim, picnic, relax in city parks, and attend family reunions.

“Middletown in the Good Old Summertime” will be on display from June 14 to August 15. For more information, contact Jane Gastineau at or call (765) 285-5078.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

May 2006
Stoeckel Archives of Local History

Steinbeck Review Records, Fall 2005, (1 cu. ft)
Stephen George Papers, 1998-2004, (1 cu. ft)
Chevrolet plant drawings, 1919, (1.5 cu. ft)
United Autoworkers Local 499 records, 1940-(1 cu. ft)
National Association for Interpretation, 1959 – (addition), (1 cu. ft)

Andry, Nicholas, Orthopaedia: Or the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children, 1743
Folio Society, The Luttrell Psalte, 2006

University Archives
University Wives’ Club yearbooks, 1975-2001, (.8 cu. ft)

May 2006

MSS 072 Dorothy Hamilton Collection, 1971‑1992 (addition)
6 boxes; 5.5 cu. ft.
New additions to this collection consist of newspaper clippings, copies of her magazine serials, announcements of awards she received and the hon