archives

archives

History That You Can Hold (Or View, Listen To, Etc.)

History That You Can Hold (Or View, Listen To, Etc.)

Did you know that here at IU East we house our very own Archives in the Campus Library, located in Hayes Hall? Did you also know that as an IU East student, you can access the archives in person or online? I’m Marisa Vanzant, a new library student staff member, and I’ve had an opportunity to get to know some of the contents in the Archives, as I assist archivist Beth Brockman in organizing it. We have 40 collections, 37 finding aids, more than 200 boxes of materials and approximately 6,000 of photographs! So, what is an Archives? Put simply, it is a collection of history that can aid you in many different areas you may find yourself needing to … Continued
Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Veterans Day is a time to reflect on ordinary heroes – normal people who do brave and difficult things in spite of fear, to keep others safe and free.  Some have done it by choice, and others have been drafted.  But men and women from every walk of life have served the needs of their country, at great risk to themselves.  It’s easy to see soldiers as people who are out of the ordinary.  But this is incorrect – they are normal citizens who put on the uniform, just like their non-military countrymen.  And in a way, this makes their courage more profound. There are lots of ways to honor veterans – parades, monuments, ceremonies – but one of the … Continued
Long is the road we have already traveled

Long is the road we have already traveled

 “Once in a while it is good to look back and see just how long is the road we have already traveled.” ~ Dr. Frederick Grohsmeyer (November 5, 1973) On Saturday, July 21, 2012 IU East lost its first director, Dr. Frederick Grohsmeyer, a man who helped to establish Indiana University East.  Thanks to the memories of those who knew Dr. Grohsmeyer and to records documenting the influential life he led, his memory will not fade.  Fortunately we have some of those records in the Indiana University East Archives. Indiana University East began as the Eastern Indiana Center located at Earlham College.  Frederick Grohsmeyer was the Director of the Eastern Indiana Center, and in 1969, he began work to help … Continued
Collaboration is the key: Libraries, Archives, and Museums working together to digitize collections

Collaboration is the key: Libraries, Archives, and Museums working together to digitize collections

The photo collection of the IU East Archives is available online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/iuelibrary but ideally would be searchable with metadata through the IU Digital Library Program.  Certainly offering more collections online would increase their visibility, their usage, and hopefully encourage deeper research into the institutional history of Indiana University East.  So what’s stopping us?   Digitization is a very costly project.  This includes the cost of a quality scanner, storage of digital files, and the training and time required for staff to properly scan archival materials based on scanning and metadata guidelines.  The Indiana State Library, through the Indiana Memory project, has a solution for smaller archives struggling to digitize their collections.  Connie Rendfeld, Digital Initiatives Librarian of the Indiana … Continued
Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone?

Would you like to take a fresh approach to American history research?  Have you considered looking at primary sources?  Many primary resources can be found on your own computer through the IU East Campus Library!  We have many interesting databases that could be used for a broad range of topics.  Here are just a few: North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories This database can provide you with a personalized account of the life of immigrants in North America.  Browse the collection by year, country of origin, personal event such as education or religious experience, nationality, or author.  This database has it all – images, writings, and oral histories! Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment … Continued