Friday, December 19, 2008

University Libraries' Collections included in The Indianapolis Star Article

The Indianapolis Star’s December 5, 2008 issue featured an article about special collections in Indiana libraries in the Arts and Entertainment section. Entitled “Libraries Throughout Indiana Have Fascinating Special Collections,” the article included several items from the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections unit, such as:

• The John Steinbeck Collection, the third largest in the country.
• The collection of more than 2,000 propaganda posters from World War I from the U.S. and Europe.
• The Middletown Studies project by Helen and Robert Lynd who engaged in an extensive study of Muncie called, Middletown: A Study in American Culture, as an ideal representative of a typical American small city.
• The Indiana history of the Ku Klux Klan.

Accompanying the article was a poster created to help build support for the war effort. A WWI doughboy machine gunner is shown in need of ammunition with the poster text stating, “And remember … Bonds buy Bullets!” The other poster shows support for the American Red Cross. View the article and images at

For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections,, 765-285-5078.

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