Students, faculty, and anyone interested in historical views of Indiana landscapes, including the Ball State campus, can now find a rich resource in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, http://libx.bsu.edu/, a project of the University Libraries. The Biology Department Lantern Slide Collection contains images of the campus, Indiana Dunes State Park, and general landscapes of Indiana taken in the 1920s by Clyde E. Volkers. The slides were part of a teaching collection donated to Archives and Special Collections by the Department of Biology.
Lantern slides were the fore runnerof modern photographic slides.These glass plate slides were introduced in 1849, just ten years after the invention of photography. They were used in numerous academic disciplines as teaching aids in the19th and 20th centuries. Converting this antiquated format to digital gives new life to the images as teaching and learning objects. After sitting in a storage area in the Department of Biology for years, these revitalized resources will now be accessible globally through the Internet.
For more information on this or any collection in the Digital Media Repository, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.