Friday, September 25, 2015

Digitized William Sutton Papers Include Correspondence with Prominent Authors, Research on Gender Bias in Language

William Sutton, former Professor of
English at Ball State University from
1947 to 1980.
Ball State University Libraries has made available through its Digital Media Repository a selection of digitized manuscripts, correspondence, and research materials from the papers of William Sutton, former Professor of English at Ball State University from 1947 to 1980.  The complete collection of the papers of William Sutton, whose research interests included 20th Century American authors and poets including Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg, is available at Ball State University Archives & Special Collections.
Sutton's correspondence with
Allen Ginsberg on the state of
the teaching of English.

The collection contains 90 documents dating from Sutton's tenure at Ball State University, and includes professional correspondence pertaining to his research, original scholarship and writings, Ball State University administrative documents, and original research materials and publications related to gender bias in the English language.

Sutton's correspondence with
sociologist Robert Lynd.
The collection also contains documents pertaining to matters of civil rights, affirmative action, and Sutton's service on the Muncie Human Rights Commission as well as correspondence between Sutton and prominent authors regarding the teaching of English and the interpretation of literature. Available in this collection is correspondence with prominent authors including Pearl Buck, John Dos Passos, Allen Ginsberg, Archibald MacLeish, W.D. Snodgrass, and Robert Penn Warren.

Also included is correspondence between Sutton and sociologist Robert Lynd, co-author of Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture (1929) and Middletown in Transition (1937), from 1962 in which Lynd reflects on his scholarly influences and his mindset when conducting the Middletown Studies.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Archivist Carol Street Wins Prestigious Publication Award

Carol Street, Archivist for Architectural Records in the Ball State University Libraries, has been awarded the Margaret Cross Norton Award from the Midwest Archives Conference for her article “Indiana Architecture X 3D: Archival Encounters of the 3-D Kind” published in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Archival Issues. The award recognizes the best article published in the previous two years of the journal. 

The announcement of the award stated that Street’s work “is a well-written and exceptionally thoughtful article that documents her repository’s innovative use of computer 3D printing technology, coupled with public engagement, identifying users’ needs and working to fulfill them, as well as anticipating future research methodologies and interests associated with this technology.” 

According to the award committee, the article “also pushes the concept of archival engagement to an entirely different level that has not been part of archives’ traditional outreach methodologies.” 

Carol will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $250. The article was published in volume 36, number 2 (2015) of Archival Issues.