Friday, June 27, 2008

New DMR Collection: Forum Literary Journal

We are pleased to announce a new collection in the Digital Media Repository: The Forum literary journal. This publication of the Ball State English Department ran from 1960 through 1989. Additional issues will be added in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Upcoming Special Hours

Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Monday, July 7th
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (usual summer hours)

Personnel Changes

Bridget K. Hahn, Graduate Assistant in Archives and Special Collections, began on May 12, 2008. She obtained a B.A. in political science from St. Mary’s College and is pursuing a master’s degree in history.

Personnel Changes

Hannah D. Cox, Archives & Special Collections Supervisor resigned effective June 13, 2008.

Philip J. Deloria, Archivist for Digital Projects and University Records resigned effective June 13, 2008.

LSTA Grant To Support Middletown Women's History Resources

An LSTA Digitization Grant award in the amount of $21,194 will be used to create a Middletown Women’s History Digital Collection to provide online access to archival materials documenting the experiences of women in Muncie, Indiana, from the 1880s through the 1930s. The resources will illuminate women’s history in the six areas of the seminal Middletown studies conducted in Muncie as a representative American community beginning in the 1920s: Getting a Living; Making a Home; Training the Young; Using Leisure; Engaging in Religious Practices; and Engaging in Community Activities.

Through increased access to diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other records of women and women’s organizations, the resource will expand research opportunities in women’s studies, women’s history, U. S. history, sociology, and other disciplines. It will provide fresh historical perspective and new areas for investigation focusing on women in Middle America.

Items to be digitized include:

• Altrusa Club of Muncie, Inc., Records, 1923-45
• Cassady/Nelson Family Collection, 1887-90, 1926
• Grace Arthur School Memory Book, 1926-32
• Louise Carey School Memory Book, 1915
• Mae Evans Papers from the Fred and Penny Prow Collection, 1916-31
• Marsh/Ryan Family Collection, 1902
• McRae Club Records, 1894-1950
• Mina McCormick Becket Diaries, 1933-34
• Muncie Business and Professional Women’s Club Records, 1919-62
• Reticule Circle Club Records, 1927-40
• Riverside Culture Club Records, 1913-34
• Unitarian Universalist Church Records, 1894-1942
• Women’s Club of Muncie Records, 1876-1942
• Women’s Franchise League of Muncie Records, 1912-19
• YWCA – Muncie, Indiana Branch Records, 1911-38

Ball State’s Center for Middletown Studies and the Women’s Studies Program will be partners in the grant project. The resources will be part of a Web-based teaching tool under development by the Center for Middletown Studies in partnership with Archives and Special Collections. Ball State’s Women’s Studies Program will provide two student interns to assist with transcription of selected hand-written items and will promote the resource through their Web site and publications. Students from the program will also utilize the materials for classes and assignments.

-Library Insider, June 2008, Volume 6, Issue 6

Ditsky Collection Donated to University Libraries

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. C. Suzette Ditsky, students, faculty, and researchers studying the life and work of Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck will have access to the papers of renowned Steinbeck scholar Dr. John M. Ditsky.

Mrs. Ditsky donated her late husband’s books and papers to Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections where they will join the papers of fellow Steinbeck scholars Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi and Roy Simmonds as part of the Libraries’ outstanding Steinbeck Collection.

Dr. John Michael Ditsky (March 9, 1938 – May 15, 2006) received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1967 and was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Windsor, Canada, from which he retired in 2003 after 37 years of teaching. Prior to his tenure at the University of Windsor, he taught at the University of Detroit and Wayne State University. During his career, he served as vice president of the International Steinbeck Society, president of the New Steinbeck Society of America, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Steinbeck Quarterly, and more recently of the Steinbeck Review.

In addition to his work as a Steinbeck scholar, Dr. Ditsky was an active poet, poetry editor, and music critic. He served as poetry editor of the University of Windsor Review for many years. He published four poetry collections, five critical volumes, and over 100 critical articles, essays, and book chapters on a variety of literary subjects. His vast publishing output and the many outstanding academic achievements of his career are reflected in his papers.

According to his long-time friend and colleague Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, Dr. Ditsky “was first and foremost a passionate and dedicated scholar, teacher, and mentor.” The collection of his books and papers available to students and researchers in the Ball State University Libraries will continue Dr. Ditsky’s “… legacy of extending a helping hand to emerging Steinbeck scholars.”
According to John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, the addition of the John M. Ditsky Collection “… strengthens the reputation of the University Libraries as one of the premiere Steinbeck research collections in the world. The resources available at Ball State attract international scholars.”

In 2007, Mrs. Ditsky made a significant contribution to support the use of the Libraries’ Steinbeck collections when she established the Steinbeck Research Fund in honor of Dr. Distky. The fund is used to bring Steinbeck scholars to conduct research in the Archives and Special Collections. The first two recipients of the Ditsky Award were Dr. Kyoko Ariki, Shujitsu University in Japan, and Ms. Kay Bosse, University of Dayton, in 2007. The John M. Ditsky Collection will be a great resource for future recipients of the Ditsky Award to use in their research.

-Library Insider, June 2008, Volume 6, Issue 6