Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Physical Culture Magazine Added To DMR

Students and scholars in diverse disciplines ranging from health and physical education to art, history, and journalism now have 24/7 access to a rich new historical resource for study online through the Ball State University Digital Media Repository (DMR), a project of the University Libraries.

Issues of Physical Culture Magazine are the newest digital collection in Ball State’s Digital Media Repository, http://libx.bsu.edu. The magazine began in 1899 to promote the virtues of healthy diet, exercise, and natural healing. Published articles, fiction, advice columns, testimonials, photographs, and a wide range of advertisements can be located through the search functions available in the DMR.

The collection of magazines was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Physical Education professor David R. Pearson and the Ball State University Student Chapter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. While a complete set is not yet available at this time, the digital collection currently consists of 40 issues from 1910 to 1939. More will be made available as they are acquired and donated by Professor Pearson and the NSCA student chapter.

“To be able to help start a collection of these magazines with the help of our student NSCA organization has been very exciting,” said Professor Pearson. He was also pleased to see the publication made available digitally. Professor Pearson said that because of the access provided through the Digital Media Repository, “… not only will our exercise students benefit from this collection, but others in art, marketing, and women’s studies will find a rich history with them.” For more information, contact John B. Straw, Ball State University Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.

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