Friday, April 23, 2010

April DMR Collections

April has been  another digitally productive month.  We are pleased to announce the following 4 new collections in the Digital Media Repository. 
American Almanacs digital collection consists of representative samples from almanacs published in the United States primarily during the 18th century.

Samuel G. Bartel Architectural Records digital collection includes drawings for school houses, commercial buildings, churches, and modest residential homes in Indiana from 1894 to 1920. 

Historic Children’s Books digital collection contains 131 monographs published during the 19th and 20th centuries for youth.

Indiana Natural Resources Maps digital collection has maps depicting natural gas, coal, and petroleum deposits as well as locations of stone quarries, pipelines, and wells from the 1880s to the early 1900s.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Indiana Archivists Hold Successful Conference in Bracken Library

Thirty-eight archivists from throughout Indiana gathered in the Martin D. and Helen B. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex in Bracken Library on Friday- Saturday, March 12-13.

All members attending the annual meeting of the Society of Indiana Archivists (SIA) came to learn about and discuss topics such as digitization, moving large archival and library collections, working with Encoded Archival Description, Web 2.0 applications for archives, appraisal techniques, preserving architectural records, and pest management.

Comments received from attendees during and following the conference attested to the high quality of the facilities and technology of the Schwartz Digital Complex and the hospitality of the University Libraries. According to the SIA outgoing president Kate Cruikshank, Political Papers Specialist at Indiana University, one long-time member reported to her that this was the best annual meeting that he had ever attended.

In addition to working as hosts for the meeting and participating in local arrangements, University Libraries personnel’s involvement in the conference included a digitization workshop conducted by James A. Bradley, Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives; Amanda A. Hurford, Digital Initiatives Multimedia Developer; and Blake R. Stiener, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Developer.

Carol A. Street, Archivist for Architectural Records, led a session on preserving architectural materials. Two behind-the-scenes tours and presentations on Archives and Special Collections were offered by John B. Straw, Assistant Dean of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections; Carolyn F. Runyon, Archivist for Digital Development and University Records; and Lajmar D. Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor.

At the business meeting, Library Science student Amanda Hunt was awarded the Thomas Krasean Student Scholarship. Amanda is a former student assistant in the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, and she is now a graduate assistant at Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is completing her Masters in Library and Information Science.

Exhibit Coming Soon: A Century of Scouting: Celebrating 100 Years of the Boy Scouts of America

In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Boy Scouts of America, Archives and Special Collections will be featuring the exhibit A Century of Scouting: Celebrating 100 Years of the Boy Scouts of America from May 3, 2010-July 16, 2010 on Bracken 2 West. 100th

The Boy Scouts were founded in 1907 by England native, Robert Baden-Powell. Designed to promote the moral and physical growth of young boys, the Boy Scouts were officially brought to America in 1910 by American publisher William Dickenson Boyce, beginning what would be a popular and wide spread organization.

The exhibit will feature Scout documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia from the William “Jack” Spears Boy Scouts of America Records and Photographs Collection.. Jack Spears, a prominent Delaware County Scoutmaster and collector of Boy Scout memorabilia, spent many hours researching the local scout summer camp, Camp Redwing. After his death in 2009, his surviving wife, Cindy, donated a portion of his extensive Boy Scouts collection to the Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections.

For more information, please contact Lajmar Anderson at, (765) 285-5078.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Student Publication Uses Images from Archives and Special Collections to Celebrate Women's History Month on Campus

Entitled The Girls' Club, Ball Bearings, a Ball State University student-produced news magazine and website, created an interactive timeline featuring historic female leaders of the university.

Entitled in 1925 with the first African American graduate, Jessie Nixon, and ending in 2004 with the appointment of Dr. JoAnn Gora as the first female president, the timeline takes viewers through the rich and diverse history of women at Ball State using information and images found in Archives and Special Collections.

View the timeline

New DMR Collections

March continues to be a prolific month for the premiere of three new digital collections in the DMR.  

The Wayne M. Weber Architectural Records. collection from the Drawings and Documents Archive includes photographs and drawings of Indiana covered bridges from Weber’s nearly 30 years (1940s – 1970s) photographing, documenting, and preserving these colorful structures.  Weber was an accomplished architect and architectural photographer.  

Thomas Neely Diaries  This collection consists of digital copies of five volumes of diaries kept by Delaware County pioneer Thomas Neely (if you drive on or cross Neely Road on campus, you may recognize the name) from 1867 through 1901.  These diaries are just the first in series of a digital diaries collection that will be developed in the DMR.

Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps.  This is the successful (and early) completion of our 2009-10 LSTA grant project.  The collection contains aerial plat maps received from the Delaware County Auditor’s Office, created in the 1970s to track divisions and combinations of properties in Albany, Daleville, Eaton, Gaston, Muncie, Selma, and Yorktown.

Professional Committee Appointment

Carolyn F. Runyon, Archivist for Digital Development and University Records, was appointed as Webmaster for the Society of Indiana Archivists. She will serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Board and will chair the Society’s Web site task force.