Friday, June 12, 2009

The WWII Government Publications Collections are now available in the Digital Media Repository (http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/WWIIGovPubs). This collection contains 102 pamphlets published by the U. S. Office of Civil Defense and other government agencies in WWII. The publications were intended to education the public on air raids, civilian defense, veteran information, and other topics. It includes publications specifically for Muncie and Indiana as well.
A new digital collection is now available for teaching, research, and classroom instruction through the Ball State
Digital Media Repository (DMR), a project of the University Libraries, http://libx.bsu.edu.

The Steinbeck Monograph Series collection consists of 15 full-text publications about Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck. These provide a revitalized resource for students, faculty, and researchers because of their availability globally 24/7 through the DMR, http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/StnbckMngrp. The series was originally published by the Steinbeck Society of America and the Ball State University English Department from 1971 to 1991.

These materials are part of the University Libraries’ outstanding Steinbeck collection that was established through the support and leadership of renowned Steinbeck scholar Dr. Tetsumaro Hayashi, professor emeritus of English at Ball State and founder, director, and president of the Steinbeck Society of America.

College of Architecture and Planning and the University Libraries Collaborate on the Drawings and Documents Archive

The College of Architecture and Planning’s (CAP) Drawings and Documents Archive was founded by Professor Andrew R. Seager in the 1970s. Andy retired in 2008 after serving the College of Architecture and Planning for 40 years. On May 27, 2009 he will receive the Dick Green Memorial Historic Preservation Award from the Muncie Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation Commission for his work in creating and growing the Drawings and Documents Archive.

Under Andy’s stewardship, the Drawings and Documents Archive grew to house more than 100,000 items, with a focus on drawings and renderings by practitioners throughout Indiana from the late 19th century to the present. Materials in the collection include working drawings, presentation drawings, construction documents, architects’ letters, business records, photographs, and models from over 40 firms and agencies. Andy retired in 2008, leaving a void in the archives for students and faculty at CAP conducting historical research.

In an effort to maintain the archive within CAP and to harness the technical and archival expertise of the University Libraries, CAP and the Libraries reached an agreement to propel the Drawings and Documents Archive into its next phase of development.

A major part of that agreement was for the University Libraries to hire a full-time archivist, and at the beginning of April, 2009, Carol A. Street began her responsibilities as Archivist for Architectural Records in the University Libraries. A major objective for her is to identify signature collections within the archive for digitization to facilitate research, learning, and teaching for CAP’s students and faculty, and scholars around the world.

Carol has a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), as well as extensive library and curatorial experience working in art and design museums, including the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography both of which are in New York City, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (Indianapolis).

Working under the direction of John B. Straw, Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, and with advice from the faculty and administration at CAP, Carol will continue the important legacy of the Drawings and Documents Archive as well as seeking ways to expand the collections and services offered to students, faculty, alumni, and other researchers.

For more information, contact Carol A. Street, Ball State University Libraries’ Archivist for Architectural Records, CAStreet@bsu.edu, 765-285-8441.

University Libraries Provide Digital Access to Muncie Redevelopment Commission Minutes

The vision for the Ball State Digital Media Repository, http://libx.bsu.edu, a project of the University Libraries, is to provide global access to digital content that supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of students, faculty, and researchers at Ball State and beyond. In addition to the rich digital resources of the University Libraries, the Digital Media Repository (DMR) provides access to digital content from other areas in the University; the local community; and local, state, regional, and national organizations.

By partnering and collaborating with local community leaders and organizations on development of digital collections, the University Libraries are able to provide a broader range of digital assets for educational and research purposes.

A recent collaboration with a community organization has resulted in the minutes of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission from 1973 and 1980-2004 being made available in the DMR for use by students, faculty, and other researchers 24/7. These minutes are a rich resource of historical, demographic, and community development information. The collection will continue to grow as additional materials are added, http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/MunRedCom.

The Muncie Redevelopment Commission was created by city ordinance on July 3, 1973. The Commission provides loans to property owners to rehabilitate properties in "blighted" areas in Muncie. For more information on the City of Muncie, the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, and the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, visit the Web site at www.cityofmuncie.com. Examples of other community collaborative projects that resulted in collections in the Digital Media Repository include:

Henry County Historical Society Civil War Materials
Meridian Services, Inc., Records
Muncie Chevrolet Plant Architectural Drawings
Muncie Economic Development Oral Histories
Muncie Labor Oral History Collection
Muncie Public Library Civil War Documents
Muncie Times Newspaper
National Association of Interpretation FourThought newsletter
U. S. Vice President Museum Civil War Materials
Yorktown-Mount Pleasant Township Historical Alliance Collection

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