Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wysor's Grand Opera House Programs now available in the Digital Media Repository!




Wysor's Grand Opera House, Spurgeon Greene Collection, P40-110-X526
 
The Wysor's Grand Opera House Programs digital collection includes over 40 season programs ranging from 1897-1902.

Jacob Henry Wysor (J. H. Wysor) built the Wysor's Grand Opera House in 1892 on the corner of Jackson and Mulberry Streets in Muncie. Mr. Wysor was a prominent Muncie businessman who accumulated nearly a half million dollars through his real estate interests, a trip to California during the Gold Rush, and various business ventures.

 
Wysor's Grand Opera House, Spurgeon Greene Collection, P40-X1629
Harry Richardson Wysor, J. H. Wysor's son, was the general manager for the Wysor's Grand Opera House from 1892 to the early 1900s. The opera house held many stage productions during its 70-year career, as well as movies beginning in the 1920s. In its prime, as many as four different plays or shows were performed each night.

The Wysor's Grand Opera House was razed in 1963.

For more information, check out the Drawings + Documents blog post featuring the Wysor Grand and other historic buildings in Muncie. You can also contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library Lectures and Publications Now Available in the Digital Media Repository


“The book’s early life will be happier, its maturity longer, its final disappearance more distant if, like a child, it has found its lines cast among kindly and sympathetic friends and parents.”
John Alden, The Care and Repair of Books

Friends of Bracken Library Dinner, 2010
The newest collection available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository documents the activities of The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, an organization that supports the Ball State University Libraries in the work of preserving and providing access to books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other important educational resources. The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library Lectures and Publications include newsletters, lectures, and brochures highlighting the programs and work of that organization. The lectures and brochures included in the collection deal with a wide variety of topics including Muncie and Delaware County history, United States history, the cultural significance of libraries, and literature. Of particular note, this collection includes the lectures, officially named the E. Bruce Kirkham Lectures in 2000, which are delivered annually at the Friends of Bracken Library Dinner.
 
Jack Carmichael and Jeff Koenker
The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library was established to maintain an association of persons interested in strengthening the Ball State University library system, enhancing its collections, and promoting its usefulness. Members support the University libraries through contributions of books, manuscripts, periodicals, other educational material, or financial donations. In fact, it is the generous support of this organization that helps make resources available in the Digital Media Repository. Currently, the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library has approximately 2,200 members from all 50 states and over 40 countries.

Vic Lawhead and Hurley Goodall
This digital collection will be of interest to current members of The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, individuals interested in becoming members, and researchers interested in the wide variety of issues and topics addressed by the organization. So, take some time to explore this new collection if you have an interest in the history of railroads in Muncie, appreciate Native American music, want to try a new recipe, find yourself pondering the significance of libraries, or are simply interested in learning more about the important work of the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library.

For more information about The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library visit the Ball State University Libraries website or contact John B. Straw.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Jerry Joschko Photographs now available in Digital Media Repository!


P.263-0000_A Jerry Joschko

The Jerry Joschko Photographs digital collection includes the works of photojournalist Jerry Joschko from the Muncie Star during the 1970s. Jerry's photographs captured life, art and news in Muncie and surrounding areas.

This collection contains over 200 photographs documenting local sporting events, special community events, people, buildings, and notable visits from Vice President Gerald R. Ford, Bob Hope, and Larry Conrad. This collection also features photographs of John J. Pruis, former president of Ball State University from 1968-1978 and Robert Hargreaves, former director of the Ball State University School of Music from 1945-1981.

P.263-0006 Unidentified child

As a well-known photographer in Muncie, Indiana, Jerry Joschko's dedication to photography landed him a job at the Muncie Star during the 1970s where capturing life, art, and news was not only his career, but his passion. Joschko's Muncie Star photographs were donated to Archives and Special Collections by his wife Eileen Joschko. Many of these captivating images may be remembered by those who grew up in Muncie during the 1970s.

Joschko began his career as a photography assistant in LaPorte, Indiana and went on to work for several major studios. According to his wife, Eileen, Jerry was drafted into the U.S. Army, and "liked to point out that he 'fought the Cold War' during his two years at Fort Ord, California, located near Monterey Bay and Carmel, home of Ansel Adams." He often recalled meeting the iconic photographer and treasured the afternoon spent discussing landscape photography and the early introduction of photography as art.

P.263-0197 Cheerleaders
In December 1969, Joschko was hired by Muncie Newspapers, Inc. His photographs dominated the news, sports and feature pages with photographs depicting horse racing, ballet, historic fires, landscapes, portraiture, and general events and activities in and around the Muncie area.

Joschko passed away on May 30, 2006 of leukemia. Joschko's legacy lives on through his photography and what Eileen, their family and friends describe as his "mark" on the world.

For more information contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Grant County (Indiana) Veterans Oral Histories made available in Digital Media Repository!


Image provided by the Marion Public Library

The Grant County (Indiana) Veterans Oral Histories collection provides online access to digitized audio recordings and transcripts of 64 oral history interviews with U.S. military veterans from Grant County conducted by Marion High School students between 1998 and 2004.

The veterans interviewed for this project served in World War II, Korea, Southeast Asia and Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Kosovo, Grenada, Fort Knox, and Desert Storm.

The oral history project was directed by Marion High School teacher William F. Munn. Physical copies of the audiotapes and the original transcripts are housed in the Marion Public Library's Indiana History and Genealogy Services. The digitized oral history transcripts in this collection are full-text searchable.


Image provided by the Marion Public Library
This is a collaborative project between the Ball State University Libraries and the Marion Public Library. This project is part of the Indiana Memory Digital Library and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or libarchives@bsu.edu.