Monday, June 26, 2017

Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation Landscape Architectural Drawings Digital Collection Now Online

Ball State University Libraries' newly published digital collection, the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation Landscape Architectural Drawings, chronicles the development of the extensive park and boulevard system in Indiana’s largest metropolitan area from the 19th century to the mid-20th century.

Rhodius Park swimming pool layout, 1923
The collection, held in physical format by the Drawings and Documents Archive, a collecting area of Ball State University Archives and Special Collections, provides open online access to nearly 350 architectural, landscape, and engineering drawings of Indianapolis parks and arks, parkways, golf courses, bridges, boulevards, playgrounds, amphitheaters, stadiums, greenhouses, and other public facilities. The collection is published in the Ball State University's Digital Media Repository, an open access digital archive and research repository containing nearly 250,000 digital resources supporting research and scholarship.

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. It was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant to the Ball State University Libraries for 2016-2017. Grant funding for this project supporting the necessary equipment, staff time, and expertise to complete the digitization, description, and publication of these valuable historical drawings.  
The collection includes drawings and plans for prominent Indianapolis locales including Broad Ripple Park, Washington Park Zoo, Fall Creek Boulevard, Bush Stadium, Brookside Parkway, Eagle Creek golf course, Garflield Park, and Kessler Boulevard.

Ball State University Libraries' Drawings and Documents Archive is dedicated to preserving the history of Indiana's built environment and contains contain over 120,000 original architectural drawings, landscape plans, blueprints, photographs, models, and building remnants that tell the stories of Indiana’s sites and structures.

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