Thursday, December 03, 2009

Review of the Additions to the Ball State Digital Media Repository in 2009

T’was the night before final exams, and all through the halls of academia, not a student was texting or tweeting. It was time to look in the digital stocking to see what gifts were waiting.

Suddenly such a clatter arose on the roof of Bracken Library, and with a clang and a twitter, the digital elves, those little pixel pixies, had arrived, delivering new digital resources from the University Libraries to bring joy and academic advancement to all the Ball State girls and boys. (And thanks to that jolly little round-bellied elf named Google and his competitor elves, to boys and girls everywhere.)

Here is a list of this past year’s stocking stuffers, all of which are accessible to you through Ball State’s Digital Media Repository,

Art History Images – A selection of significant artworks, ranging in date from prehistoric to the late 1990s, including such styles as Abstract Expressionist, Fauve, Surrealist, Pop and beyond.

Charles E. Bracker Orchid Photographs – Thousands of digital photographs of orchids taken by Dr. Charles E. Bracker from 1964 through 1999.

Cantigny First Division Oral Histories – Forty high definition video oral history interviews with veterans of the U. S. Army’s First Infantry Division, commonly known as the “Big Red One.”

Middletown Women’s History Collection – Diaries, minutes, correspondence, photographs, and other archival materials documenting the experiences of women and women’s organizations in Muncie, Indiana, from the 1880s through the 1930s.

Muncie Redevelopment Commission Records – Minutes from 1973 and 1980-2004 that document the organization’s work to rehabilitate properties in the city of Muncie.

Pierre and Wright Architectural Records – Drawings, photographs, 3-D models, and other materials from the architecture firms of Edward D. Pierre, the Pierre Wright Partnership, and Edward D. Pierre and Associates, documenting many well-known buildings designed by the firms throughout Indianapolis and the state of Indiana from 1920 to 1960.

376th Heavy Bombardment Group Oral Histories – Audio and video oral histories with veterans serving in the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group during World War II.

Yorktown-Mount Pleasant Township Historical Alliance Collection
Photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials from the Historical Alliance documenting the history of Yorktown and Mount Pleasant Township, Indiana, from 1888 to 2007.

So all the Ball State students, faculty, and staff snuggled warm in their beds, knowing these digital gifts were waiting just a click away on the University Libraries’ wonderful Web site to help them achieve success in their academic careers.

As they fell into slumber on this cold winter’s night, they dreamed of all the new digital resources that would arrive in the new year: American Almanacs, Indiana Historical Atlases, Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps, Beeman Costume Collection, Frederick Putnam Diaries, Student Architectural Models and Projects, Samuel Bartel Architectural Records, Wayne Weber Architectural Drawings and Photographs, Holy Cards Collection, Historical Children’s Books, Bird Specimens Collection, Vietnam Veteran’s Oral Histories, and so much more.

From all the University Libraries’ digital elves, season’s greetings, and to all a good night.

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