Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ladies and Gentleman: Look into these resources!

For many Hoosiers, the month of May brings the greatest racing spectacle in the world, the Indianapolis 500! Did you know the legendary award for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 is called the Borg-Warner trophy? The trophy is actually named after a United States automotive supplier, Borg-Warner.

In 1928, the Borg-Warner Company merged with three Midwestern auto part manufacturers, including Warner Gear of Muncie, Indiana; Mechanics Universal Joint of Rockford, Illinois; and Marvel Carburetor of Flint, Michigan--to form Borg-Warner. The Muncie Borg-Warner Company had great success in its early-mid years. The plant closed its doors in April 2009 because North American sales were down.
To further document the life of the Borg-Warner Corporation in Muncie, Indiana, Archives and Special Collections and the Center for Middletown Studies have several items available:

  • The Digital Media Repository Gear-O-Gram Magazine digital collection includes over 160 issues of the magazine published by and for employees of the Borg-Warner Corporation located in Muncie, Indiana. Published from 1944-1972, the magazines include details of employee activities, announcements of service, awards and accolades, and general interest pieces about automobile transmissions.
  • The Center for Middletown Studies, in conjunction with Ball State`s Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education, has produced the documentary film Changing Gears, End of an Era (V.282). This documentary film explores the significance and impact of the closing of the Borg-Warner auto parts plant in Muncie, Indiana in April 2009. More details on the film can be found here.
For Indianapolis 500 fans, Archives and Special Collections have two photograph collections from prominent Indianapolis 500 photographers, Roger H. Pelham and Ralph Satterlee.

  • The Roger H. Pelham Photograph Collection (P.066) ranges from 1950-1971. In 1950, Pelham convinced the Indianapolis Star that he could take pictures with his Leica camera better than anyone else at the race could. He would position himself at one of the four turns of the track in order to take action sequence shots of the cars, especially during turns and wrecks. Pelham`s favorite Indianapolis 500 driver was Jimmy Clarke.
  • The Ralph Satterlee Photograph Collection (MSS.220) ranges from 1949-1972. Ralph Satterlee was editor and photographer of Borg-Warner`s Gear-O-Gram magazine from 1944-1972. In addition to documenting company and community activities, he extensively photographed the Indianapolis 500. Mr. Satterlee covered the presentation of the traditional Borg-Warner trophy to the winner, and shot photographs of activities and people throughout the month of May.
Top image: Ralph Satterlee Photograph Collection (MSS.220), 1965, Jimmy Clark in victory lane with the Borg-Warner trophy.

Bottom image: Roger H. Pelham Photograph Collection, 1973, Tony Hulman had brought Rene Thomas over for the 1973 race. Rene, in a checkered cap was 85 years old. Rene won the Indianapolis 500 in 1914.

For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at http://www.blogger.com/libarchives@bsu.edu.

Monday, May 09, 2011

New Summer 2011 Intern

This summer, Elizabeth will be interning at the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections from May 9, 2011 to August 12, 2011. She is from Elkhart, Indiana and has lived locally in Muncie since her freshman year at Ball State in 2008. A senior this Fall 2011 to Spring 2012 academic year, Elizabeth is involved in the Honors College majoring in History.

She became interested in archives earlier this year when John Straw, Assitant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, gave a presentation to Dr. Michael Doyle`s History 240 class. After graduation next Spring, she plans to pursue a Masters program in archival studies. She wants to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom and possibly direct her studies there in archives or museums.

Elizabeth hopes to "gain a good foundation in archival work this summer while interning at the archives....and further relate what [she] learns to the field of public history."

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ball State Spring Commencement Speakers and Programs

Have you ever wondered what noted figures have spoken at Ball State's spring commencement over the years?  Are you reminiscing about commencement ceremonies from years past?  Ball State University Archives & Special Collections has complied this list of spring commencement speakers dating back to 1926.

Click on the date of the commencement ceremony to access the digitized graduation program available online in our Digital Media Repository.  Click on the name of the speaker for biographical information.  Visit the Ball State University Commencement Program collection to view our entire digital collection of commencement programs.

June 18, 1926 - George R. Grose
June 10, 1927 - Shailer Mathews
June 15, 1928 - Elmer Burritt Bryan
June 14, 1929 - Willis A. Sutton
June 6, 1930 - Charles Whitney Gilkey 
June 5, 1931 - Homer P. Rainey 
June 15, 1932 - Alexander Meiklejohn
June 14, 1933 - James Shera Montgomery* 
June 13, 1934 - Paul V. McNutt
June 12, 1935- Francis J. McConnell
June 10, 1936 - Rollo W. Brown
June 9, 1937 - Fred G. Bale*
June 18, 1938 - Thomas Vernor Smith
June 7, 1939 - Herbert Agar
June 7, 1940 - Albert Buckner Coe*
June 6, 1941 - Charles Whitney Gilkey
June 5, 1942 - Boyd H. Bode
May 30, 1943 - L.A. Pittenger
May 28, 1944 - Clyde Everett Wildman
June 8, 1945 - John Temple Graves II
June 4, 1946 - Thomas Vernor Smith
June 3, 1947 - Harold Benjamin
June 1, 1948 - James P. Adams
June 6, 1949 - Howard Pierce Davis*
June 6, 1950 - Ordway Tead
June 5, 1951 - Herold C. Hunt
June 3, 1952 - Thomas Vernor Smith
June 2, 1953 - Raymond Walters
June 8, 1954 - Chester M. Alter
June 7, 1955 - David Dodds Henry
June 5, 1956 - Andrew W. Cordier
June 4, 1957 - Harlan Hatcher
June 8, 1958 - Frederic W. Heimberger*
June 7, 1959 - Virgil M. Hancher
June 5, 1960 - William P. Tolley
June 4, 1961 - A. Blair Helman
June 10, 1962 - Robert D. Swanson


June 9, 1963 - Herman B Wells
June 7, 1964 - William S. Carlson
June 6, 1965 - Frederick Lawson Hovde
June 5, 1966 - O. Meredith Wilson
May 28, 1967 - Stanley S. Kresge
May 26, 1968 - Henry H. Hill
June 4, 1969 - Agnes de Mille
June 4, 1970 - John A. Scott*
June 3, 1971 - Elizabeth Duncan Koontz
May 24, 1972 - John J. Pruis
May 25, 1973 - John Brademas
May 17, 1974 - Roger W. Heyns
May 24, 1975 - Sister Jeanne Knoerle
1976 - 1980 - No Commencement Address
May 23, 1981 - Robert P. Bell
May 22, 1982 - James L. Fisher*
1983-1985 - No Commencement Address
May 24, 1986 - Richard G. Lugar
May 23, 1987 - Charles Everett Koop
May 21, 1988 - James M. Buchanan
May 6, 1989 - Charles H. Shaw, Dane Miller, Robert D. Orr
May 5, 1990 - Birch E. Bayh
May 4, 1991 - Carl Allan de Graaf*, Richard C. Notebaert
1992 - 1993 - No Commencement Address
May 7, 1994 - Richard L. Moake
May 6, 1995 - Thomas Huge*
May 4, 1996 - Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Negroponte
1997-2001 - No Commencement Address
May 4, 2002 - David W. Orr
2003-2004 - No Commencement Address
May 7, 2005 - David R. Gergen
May 6, 2006 - David S. Broder
May 5, 2007 - Andrew H. Card Jr.
May 3, 2008 - Diane Auer Jones
May 9, 2009 - Richard G. Lugar
May 8, 2010 - Angela Ahrendts



1933 - James Shera Montgomery, Chaplain to the US House of Representatives from 1921-1950
1937 - Fred G. Bale, Judge, Westerville, Ohio
1940 - Albert Buckner Coe, Minister, First Congregational Church, Oak Park, Illinois
1949 - Howard Pierce Davis, Minister, Observer, and Analyst of World Affairs
1958 - Frederic W. Heimberger, Vice-President in charge of Instruction and Research at The Ohio State University
1970 - John A. Scott, Editor and Publisher, Lafayette Journal and Courier
1982 - James L. Fisher, President, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
1991 - Carl Allan de Graaf, Associate Professor of Education, Indiana University
1995 - Thomas Huge, Actor and Entertainer, Class of 1982


For select years in the 1980s and 1990s, the individuals listed were guest speakers at ceremonies for individual colleges.