Monday, January 23, 2012

Muncie and Delaware County and Ball State Historic Film Collections Now Available Online

Ball State Homecoming parade, 1952
 The Ball State University Libraries is pleased to announce the creation of two new Digital Media Repository (DMR) collections that provide online access to newly-digitized archival film from Archives and Special Collections.  The Muncie and Delaware County Films and Videos collection and The Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection, when completed, will provide access to several hundred unique visual records of Muncie and Delaware County and Ball State history.

The Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection contains films that document significant campus events, social activities, athletic events, lectures and notable campus visitors, and faculty research projects from the 1950s through the 1970s. You can see University presidential inaugurations, ground breakings and dedications for campus buildings, speeches and interviews of celebrities and other campus visitors, football games (including Ball State’s appearance in the 1965 Grantland Rice Bowl), Homecoming, promotional films for Ball State, and campus scenes depicting student activities and campus life.
White River flood of 1913
 The Muncie and Delaware County Films and Videos collection features rare historical film footage of Muncie and Delaware County from the 1910s through the 1970s. The collection documents local businesses and industry, family life, social activities, buildings, and events.  For example the Indiana floods from 1913 and the 1930s, the groundbreaking for the Westinghouse plant (now Progress Rail) in 1959, the Delco Remy UAW strike in the 1970s, and a tour of Camp Chesterfield (spiritual camp) in the early 1970s are all documented in these newly digitized films.

After viewing digitized video objects in the DMR, please consider completing this short digital video survey to help the University Libraries understand how to best provide online video content to our digital patrons.

Protests surrounding George Wallace's
1964 campus visit
These two new collections will continue to grow over the next few months as more films are digitized and added.  Please visit the DMR often to see what’s new in these interesting and historically valuable collections. You might see someone you know, or even a younger version of yourself.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Daniel B. Crowder Oral Histories Now Availible Online

P.008-1288, Warner Gear Plant, circa 1931
The Daniel B. Crowder Oral Histories digital collection provides online access to 16 taped interviews from the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO) Local 287 members of Muncie, Indiana.

The taped interviews in this collection formed the basis for a dissertation by Daniel B. Crowder entitled "Profile in Progress: A History of Local 287, UAW-CIO." Crowder received his Ph.D. in history from Ball State University in 1969. These interviews cover the history of organized labor in Muncie, Indiana, specifically with United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW-CIO) Local 287 members.

The United Automobile Workers of America, affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, began their organization in Muncie in 1935. On March 25, 1937, the workers of the Warner Gear Division of Muncie were chartered as Local 287.

New Hire: Archives Collections Specialist

Archives and Special Collections welcomed Stephen T. Jones, Archives Collections Specialist, on December 12, 2011. Before coming to Ball State University, he worked as a processing archivist at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Stephen has a M.A. in History from George Mason University and a B.A. in History from Taylor University. His first projects include processing the Muncie Civic Theatre manuscript collection and the Ralph Satterlee Indianapolis 500 photograph collection for digitization.