Up From Bondage

February 3rd, 2014


We work hard today to combat discrimination, promote equality, and protect human dignity.  It’s a task that is never truly done, and requires constant diligence.  But it is a task that has seen great successes, and our world has been strengthened and improved.  So, from our own experiences, it can be hard to comprehend a time in which the law of the land declared African Americans as only three fifths of a person, and a black person could be beaten or killed with impunity for disobedience.

At that time, an attempt at escape represented a risk almost unimaginable in our modern world.  Stories of the bravery of slaves risking their lives, and law-breaking abolitionists sheltering them on the ‘Underground Railroad’, are powerful reminders of what equality costs.

It is a story that people of all ages should hear and understand.  And we have many resources perfect for a college student – from general books such as Slave Narratives (E444 .S56 2000), Five Slave Narratives; A Compendium (E444 .F52), Slave Catchers: Enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Law, 1850-1860 by Stanley Campbell, Flight to Freedom: African Runaways and Maroons in the Americas by Alvin Thompson, and On the Edge of Freedom: The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870 by David G. Smith to books detailing the experiences of specific slaves in their quest to be free, including My Chains Fell Off: William Wells Brown, Fugitive Abolitionist by L.H. Whelchel (E450.B883 W44 1985), Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave by Walter McDonald, Shadrach Minkins: From Fugitive Slave to Citizen by Gary Collison, Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac by Josephine Pacheco, and Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown by Henry Brown himself.

Our databases include articles, diaries, and other primary sources, as well – notably African American History Online, Black Thought and Culture, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, and Sabin America: 1500-1926

We also have materials more appropriate for sharing with children, both in our Children’s Book section, and as free gifts!  All through Black History Month, teachers can stop by the library to get a free copy of Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea and Brian Pinkney, to share with the children they instruct.  And if you know a teacher, pick up a copy to give to them.  Perfect for kids from kindergarten through the third grade, Step-Stomp Stride tells the story of the famous escaped slave and abolitionist in bold, alliterative prose.  It can help children understand what slavery meant, and how important it is to take a stand (or a stride) for equality.

And remember, if you have any questions, contact us at iueref@iue.edu!

step stomp stride cover

Art Resources

January 26th, 2014

This month, IU East has opened a brand new art center, Room 912, in downtown Richmond.  It’s a place for study, practice, and display – Room 912 includes classroom and studio space, as well as a gallery, for IU East and the local community.  It’s a great way to expand IU East’s rapidly growing fine arts program, and our presence in the community.


Of course the library stands ready to support this expanded art program!  We have plenty of online resources that can be fully explored on campus, at Room 912, or at home – books, articles, guides, and more.  Some of our databases include ProQuest Arts, Oxford Art Online, Humanities International Index, Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), Wiley Online Library: Art and Photography, and Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center.  General databases like JSTOR offer access to numerous art sources, as well, such as key periodicals like Woman’s Art Journal and The Art Bulletin.

And if books are what you want, our collection covers subjects like art history, aesthetics, art therapy, and practice.  Try titles like Art Spirit, Soul Making: Interweaving Art and Analysis, Art Therapy and Anger, Beauty and Art, But Is It Art?, or any of the titles in the Art of Century series.

Need any help?  Contact us at iueref@iue.edu!  And join in the celebration at the Room 912 ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, January 31st, at 6:00 pm at 912 East Main Street.

For the dead and for the living we must bear witness: A life spent in service above self

January 20th, 2014

“For the dead and for the living, we must bear witness.” – Elie Wiesel

Dr. Paul Kriese is a tenured Political Science professor at Indiana University East where he has taught since 1983. Dr. Kriese grew up as a Quaker within a diverse neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, where most of his neighbors were Catholic, Jewish, African American, American Indian, Asian, or Hispanic. It was a poor community and, while Paul was poor also, he always helped out his neighbors and was very active in the community. He learned early on the importance of diversity, respect, and community engagement and it was a major influence on his education.

It is because of the value one gains through community service that Dr. Paul Kriese has donated generously to the Library Foundation, in support of a $1500 per semester graduate scholarship for service engagement.  The Center for Service-Learning, located in the Campus Library, is strengthening IU East Campus-Community connections.  Current staffing includes part-time positions of campus-community liaison, coordinator, and work-study students.  This scholarship will enable service-learning to continue growing by involving a graduate student who will serve a key role in leading service projects. It will help build community while also garnering vital experience in civic responsibility for the student. The graduate student selected as a service engagement scholar would devote an average of 10 hours per week to developing and managing service projects.  IU East graduate students interested in applying for the scholarship, which will commence Fall 2014, can complete this application: http://iue.libguides.com/servicescholarshipgraduate

To highlight the range of Kriese’s work and to honor his contributions to education and community, the library has created an exhibit of some of his publications.  There are several articles and books addressing such topics as race, religion, and social justice in politics and government. Dr. Kriese has also served on many political committees, including the election committee for President Barack Obama. Dr. Kriese has donated his papers and publications to the IU East Archives. A finding aid for these resources is http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/822/372399/2011.002_Paul_Kriese_Collection.pdf


We Remember Four Little Girls

January 13th, 2014
Addie Mae Collins Cynthia Wesley Carole Robertson and Denise McNair

Addie Mae Collins Cynthia Wesley Carole Robertson and Denise McNair

In 1963, on September 15th, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed by members of the Klu Klux Klan. Five young girls were preparing for church services in the basement when the bomb went off, killing four of them, and injuring many others of the congregation.

During the 1960’s Birmingham, Alabama was one of the nation’s most segregated cities and had one the strongest and most violent KKK chapters. Racial tension was extreme and because of this, several civil right leaders made Birmingham the focus of many efforts to desegregate the South. Unfortunately, these efforts made Birmingham a dangerous place, earning the nickname “Bomingham” for as many as 80 bombs had been set off within the city by 1963.

The 16th Street Baptist Church was home to a primarily black congregation and a meeting place for civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The church bombing, which killed Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, and Addie Mae Collins, and injuring others, was the third bomb that went off within 11 days. The deaths of the four girls were the last straw and angry protestors gathered at the site of the church bombing. The situation quickly escalated into violence when Governor Wallace sent the police and state troopers to break up the protest. Many protestors were arrested and two were killed before the National Guard was called in to restore order.

In 1977, some justice was achieved when Robert Edward Chambliss, a Ku Klux Klan member, was convicted of murder for the 1963 church bombing and sentenced to life in prison. In 2001, two other accused KKK members, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Cherry, were also found guilty of murder for having participated in the church bombing.

The deaths of Cynthia, Carole, Denise, and Addie were terribly tragic. Martin Luther King Jr., who gave the eulogy at the girls’ funeral three days after the bombing, had even called them martyrs of the civil rights movement. It was a turning point and their deaths strengthened the cause for desegregation.

Indiana University East welcomes guest speaker Barbara Cross as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker. Cross, a survivor of the 1963 church bombing, is the daughter of the Rev. John Cross, pastor of the church when the bombing occurred. Cross will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. She is a graduate of Tuskegee University and retired from Bell South Services following more than 30 years in customer and network services

Cross and her father were in the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls,” which was nominated for an Oscar. The film will be shown on campus at noon on Jan. 21 in The Graf, and at 5:30 pm in the Community Room.

For more information about Barbara Cross or the 1963 church bombing, you can go to our libguide at http://iue.libguides.com/4littlegirls .


“Birmingham Church Bombing.” 2014. The History Channel website. Jan 8 2014, 3:22


Goldman, Russell. “House Honors Birmingham Church Bombing Victims.”  2013. ABC News website. April 25 2013.




Renewal for a new year

January 6th, 2014

A new year typically includes a myriad of “best” lists. Databases that are useful enough to be renewed for another year seem deserving of inclusion on a list, so here is a selection. All these resources and more can be accessed via the A-Z list (http://iue.libguides.com/A-ZList) using your IU East credentials. Anytime you need help using any of the library resources, we’re here for you! iueref@iue.edu

Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for more than 4,500 journals, including more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 titles

Alexander Street Literature is a cross-searchable package of collections covering literatures of place, race, and gender. Alexander Street Literature features 8 collections, containing more than 623,000 pages. This number is growing regularly with new content being added monthly.

America: History and Life is an index of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. It includes indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index enables users to locate biographical entries contained in more than 1,000 volumes and editions of important current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This index contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

Communication & Mass Media Complete now includes the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index, along with numerous other journals in the fields of communication and mass media.

Credo Reference is a reference collection representing more than 50 publishers, with cross-references across topics, titles and publishers that provide answers – and connections – in context.

Naxos Music Library is a large online classical music library. It offers streaming access to more than 86,030 CDs with more than 1,253,900 tracks, standard and rare repertoire. Approximately 800 new CDs are added to the library every month.