Friday, May 30, 2008

New Digital Exhibit

Howdy Goudy: Frederic W. Goudy and the Private Press in the Midwest

The Private Press Movement sought to revitalize printing as an art form, focusing on typography, design, and print quality rather than profits. Midwest-born printers and typographers Frederic Goudy, Bruce Rogers, Edwin Grabhorn, and Robert Grabhorn made the private press their life's work, becoming four of the most influential figures in the Private Press Movement in the United States.

The online exhibit is based on the exhibit held on display at Ball State's Archives and Special Colections at Bracken Library until July 16, 2008. The current digital exhibit can be seen here, with select images from the exhibit.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The World in Artistic Expression on Display

The World in Artistic Expression on Display in Bracken Library
by Hannah D. Cox, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor

Take a trip around the world by visiting Archives and Special Collections on the second floor of Bracken Library. The World in Artistic Expression will be on display from May 15, through July 30, 2008, outside Archives and Special Collections.

This exhibit of rare materials features such diverse items as Chinese calligraphy, Pueblo Indian paintings, and miniature Japanese screen paintings. The books on display include some of the exceptional artwork that can be found from America to Japan, with one of the highlights of the exhibit featuring artists and scenes from Indiana.

For more information, please contact Hannah Cox at, 765-285-5078

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Donation of the Month: April

April Donation of the Month

Benjamin B. Janney Broadway Collection, 1.0 cubic feet. Collection consists of photographs, posters, letters and programs.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Campus and Indiana Landscapes Available in DMR

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,, 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, 765-285-5078.

Summer Hours

Summer Hours in the
Archives and Special Collections

Hours for the summer session begin on Monday, May 5. We will open at 7:30 A.M. and close at 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday until August.