Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Local History Photograph Album Collection now available in the Digital Media Repository!

Our latest digitized collection provides researchers with an opportunity to visualize Muncie’s past from individuals who helped define what our city is today. The Local History Photograph Album Collection features a leather bound album, including over 60 photographs of prominent Delaware County men ranging from circa 1850-1920. This one-of-a-kind digital collection also includes signatures for over half of the men.

A. Gage Arrasmith

A. Gage Arrasmith was a leading portrait photographer in Muncie around the turn of the 19th century and into the 20th century. His keen eye for detail led him to great success in East Central Indiana. Portrait photography was his primary focus and can be found throughout the Digital Media Repository. Arrasmith was born on February 17, 1859 and passed away on December 13, 1934.   
Frank Ellis

Frank Ellis served as Judge of the 46th Judicial Circuit Court in Muncie from 1910 to 1916. Ellis was elected County Treasurer in 1864, served as a City Council member, City Attorney, and Mayor of Muncie during 1883 to 1891. He was born on February 12, 1842 and died March 6, 1919.

Jesse G. White

Jesse G. White was superintendent of Beech Grove Cemetery from 1919 to 1942 during which many improvements took place at the gothic-inspired cemetery. He was involved with the Muncie Police Department for 12 years where he was elected the Delaware County sheriff in 1912 and acted as such until 1916. He was born February 6, 1865 and died August 12, 1942. 

Identified in this blog post are only a few of Muncie’s past, prominent men. This digital collection will continue to grow and include several photograph albums from the Stoeckel Archives of Local History photograph collection. For more information, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Digital Collection Documents Diverse History of Ball State Student Experience

The 1947-1948 student handbook
documents The Village
of the late 1940s (p. 10).

 The Ball State University Student Life Collection, recently added to the Ball State University Digital Media Repository, contains an assortment of digitized textual records and artifacts broadly documenting the diverse range of student experiences at Ball State. Broad in scope, the collection contains materials dating from the institution's founding in 1918 to the 1990s.

Materials available in this digital collection were selected for digitization from a variety of individual paper collections at the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Ball State homecoming button,
1963 (click for full image)
The Ball State University Student Life Collection includes editions of the Ball State Teachers College/University student handbook, also known as the Cardinal Code; a selection of scrapbooks created by Ball State students documenting campus life; newsletters published by a variety of student organizations; Ball State homecoming buttons; pamphlets, brochures, and leaflets containing information for students; and material documenting this history of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

The above-linked selection of student newsletters and publications document a variety of student causes and interests.  Vector, a magazine containing student writing and photo essays, published several editions in 1974.  Environmental Action worked to promote awareness of environmental issues on the Ball State campus during the early 1970s.  SIMBA, published by the Black Student Union through the Office of Special Programs at Ball State, provided a voice for Ball State's black student community.  A full list of publications included in this digital collection is available on the collection's homepage.

SIMBA newsletter, January 29, 1970
(click to read)
In addition to newsletters and publications, other materials in the collection further document the diverse history of student life at Ball State.  A scrapbook compiled by Edith Wright documents the campus community and the life of a female student from 1918 to 1920.  A brochure entitled "Hall Life", issued in 1963, outlines expectations and norms for life in student housing on campus.  A brochure entitled "The Disabled Student in the Classroom" published in the 1980s demonstrates efforts made at Ball State to improve the lives of disabled students.

Other digital collections that contain materials documenting student life include The Orient yearbooks, the Ball State University Student Newspaper collection, the Ball State University Campus Photographs collection, and the Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection

"Beanies, Bobbysox, and Body Piercing: A History of Student Life at Ball State", an online exhibit, also presents a history of student life on campus.