Friday, September 16, 2011

Learn more about our returning graduate assistant, Tye Winker!

Tye is pursuing a Master`s Degree in History and is a graduate assistant in Archives and Special Collections in Bracken Library. During his tenure at Ball State, his studies are preparing him for a career in public history. His classes have included projects for oral histories, video game design, and the production of an educational video for the George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes, Indiana. He has also completed a graduate minor in Anthropology focusing on archaeological methods, a degree that he began while attending Marquette University.

In the Spring semester of 2011, Tye and three other graduate assistants developed and curated the exhibit titled, Disappearing Muncie: Our Lost Heritage. The exhibit featured photographs, newspaper articles, and artifacts from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History collection, the Drawings and Documents Archive, and the personal collection of Jeff Koenker. Through selecting and organizing historical items for the exhibit, Tye prepared exhibit captions and descriptions for the local community, students, and researchers to view. The research and preparation for the exhibit provided him with a valuable experience that he will be able to apply toward his future career. 

During the Fall 2011 semester, Tye will be processing the papers of Charles Sappenfield, the first Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, as well as working on various University Archives and Stoeckel Archives of Local History projects. As a graduate assistant, he is learning archival methods including More Product Less Process (MPLP), has familiarized himself with digitization processes, preservation, and our content management system Archivists` Toolkit (AT).

Tye will complete his degree in May 2012 and will be seeking a career in either teaching or public history.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Aerial Views of Delaware County Available for Research Online!

Students and researchers can now access digital aerial photographs of Muncie, Indiana, in the Ball State Digital Media Repository, a project of the University Libraries. The Roger Conatser Aerial Photographs includes over 1,500 aerial views of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana, taken by Muncie resident Conatser in 2005. Continuing to grow, the online collection eventually will include digitized materials from various formats and will total upwards of 3,000 aerial photographs ranging from 1985-2005.

Documenting Muncie and its surrounding cities in Delaware County, this digital collection allows a new way to view buildings and natural landscapes through images taken from the air. The photographs provide views of topographical changes in areas like the central business district, Ball State University, churches, schools, agricultural areas, shopping centers, the White River, Cardinal Greenway, Minnetrista Cultural Center, industrial sites, and major roadways.

Researchers can use the Conatser collection in conjunction with other Digital Media Repository collections such as the Muncie Sanborn Fire Insurance maps (1883-1911, 1954-1955, 1965) and the Muncie and Delaware County historic maps and atlases (1826-1903) to compare and contrast  the city`s landscape over time.

For more information contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or