Students, faculty, and others interested in diverse disciplines such as women’s history, women’s studies, literature, and sociology will be interested in learning about a new resource at the University Libraries — a collection of almost 3,000 women authored mystery novels.
The Garnett Mystery Collection was donated to the Women’s Studies Program in 1999 where it has been housed in the Women’s Studies Resource Center in the Burkhardt Building. Julee L. Rosser, Interim Director of the Women’s Studies Program, recently contacted John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, about having the volumes transferred to the University Libraries where they could be made available for circulation.
Rosser said, “The Garnett Mystery Collection offers unique research value. The members of the Women’s Studies Program are thrilled to share this resource with the community. We are thankful to the people at Bracken Library for all their work in transporting, cataloging, and everything else they are doing to make the collection available. We are also very grateful to the donor.”
The donor selected the Ball State Women’s Studies Program over many others because they agreed to keep the collection together and make it available to the community. “We share her vision of helping people become more aware of the vast number of female authors who are writing mysteries,” Rosser said. “Now mystery lovers will be able to enjoy this large collection of women writers.”
The collection currently contains almost 2,000 paperbacks and 1,000 hardcover books. Teresa L. Story, Collections Development Assistant, and student assistant Karena D. Nedza boxed and moved the books to Bracken Library. Collection Resources Management personnel are now processing and cataloging this large collection to make it available for circulation.
Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, said, “When cataloging is complete, the volumes will be shelved together in an area on first floor of Bracken Library where students and others can browse it. This is a great addition for our students and faculty.” For more information, contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.
The Ball State University Libraries have a wealth of resources to support the research of visiting scholars. LaDale C. Winling, a Ph.D. candidate in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, spent the month of July 2008 conducting research in the University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections and the Geospatial Resources and Map Collection.
Winling’s research was funded by Ball State’s Center for Middletown Studies. Winling is currently working on his dissertation, tentatively titled Post-Industrial Plans: Universities, Students and the Politics of Urban Space. He chose Ball State University, along with the University of Texas-Austin, University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Chicago-Hyde Park/Woodlawn, as part of a chronological case study in the changing relationship between cities and institutions of higher education.
Dr. James J. Connolly, Director of the Center for Middletown Studies, said, “Dale is here to explore connections between the development of the community and the growth of Ball State between the world wars. His study will add an interesting dimension to research on Middletown, since the school’s role in the city was all but ignored by the Lynds in their first book, as well as to the history of higher education in the United States.”
While at Ball State, Winling used a variety of resources from the Archives and Special Collections to examine the development of Ball State Teacher’s College in the 1920s through the papers of former president Lemuel A. Pittenger, college building and planning files, the Ball State Daily News, and real estate and planning records for Muncie and Delaware County. He also took advantage of the collections and GIS resources available in the Geospatial Resources and Map Collection.
Speaking of his visit, Winling said, “Researching the role of Ball State in Muncie during the Middletown years would not be possible without the rich resources on administrative activity and student life available at the university archives. Combining that with the mapping capabilities of the Geospatial Resources and documents in the Map Collection, I hope to make a significant contribution to the scholarship on Muncie.”
For more information, contact Maren L. Read, University Libraries’ Archivist for Manuscript Collections, MLRead@bsu.edu, 765-285-5078.
A new fund has been created to expand the facilities for the University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections. And your help is needed.
As many students and faculty will attest, the shelves in the Archives and Special Collections are filled with signature collections and rich research materials for researchers to explore and use to achieve academic success or just for personal growth. In fact, the shelves are almost at total capacity, leaving little space for new collections that would benefit students and scholars for generations to come.
So with space running out and a responsibility to acquire important new collections to support learning, teaching, and research, where does Archives and Special Collections go from here? That is where the new Archives and Special Collections Facilities and Development Fund comes in. It is also how you can help us to achieve our vision of expanding our facilities.
Thanks to the generosity of supporters of the Archives and Special Collections and the University Libraries, a new fund has been created at the Ball State University Foundation to receive donations to be used for the unit’s development. Financial gifts to the Archives and Special Collections Facilities and Development Fund (#5114) will support construction expenses to renovate about 1,100 square feet of space to make it part of the Archives and Special Collections. We estimate a cost of about $140,000 for this important project.
Dr. David J. Ulbrich, formerly of the Ball State History Department and soon to begin in the History Department at Ohio University, recently made the initial gift to establish the fund. Additional generous founding contributions have been made by Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, Sharon A. Roberts, Assistant Dean for Collection Resources Management, and John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections.
The newly established fund will support renovation of about 1,100 square feet of space that is immediately adjacent (to the west) of the Archives and Special Collections. In order to accomplish our ambitious objective of renovating some adjacent space to expand the Archives and Special Collections, your financial contributions to this newly established fund are needed. Your support is vital in helping us to expand our facilities for the Archives and Special Collections.
If you would like to contribute to the growth of the Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections by contributing to this fund, please contact John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, JStraw@bsu.edu, or 765-208-5078.