Friday, March 14, 2014

University Libraries’ New Exhibit Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium

Summer Commencement, 1979
University Libraries invites you to come join the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Emens Auditorium as we present University Libraries invites you to come join the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Emens Auditorium as we present “The John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium, 1964-2014: 50 Years Of Arts, Culture, And Entertainment.” The new exhibit is located in Archives and Special Collections on the 2nd floor of Bracken Library and runs from March 10, to May 31, 2014.  

Arthur Fiedler directs the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, 1977

The display highlights the history of Emens Auditorium from its initial construction to recent performances held there and draws from several collections housed in the Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, with some materials also available on the University Libraries Digital Media Repository (  Featured collections are the Emens Auditorium Concert/Artist Series Programs and News Releases, Earl Williams Photograph Collection, Ball State University Subject Files, University Marketing and Communications Publications And Printed Ephemera, and many others.  In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary celebration Archives has also digitized selected materials from the Emens Auditorium collections and placed them on the DMR as the Emens Auditorium Collection

For more information on the exhibit, contact Archives and Special Collections at 765-285-5078 or email

Emens Auditorium Stage House Drawing, 1960

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