Archives staff have been hard at work attempting to save a 100 year old map of Evansville. The map below had been folded 8 times and placed in an envelope for much of that time. The blue bin in the photo serves as a re-hydration chamber used to get moisture back into this brittle document. Once it was able to be opened without tearing, we used the weights on top of the blue bin to help flatten the map over the period of a week. Today, we are repairing the rips and tears that are ever present in a map this old. It is coming along nicely! Look for it this fall at the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science.
Check out this week’s discovery! Found in a shuck related to a libel case from 1912, this article came from one of Evansville’s African American newspapers, The Negro Press.
Elvira Roach sued for $10,000 in damages, almost a quarter of a million dollars in today’s money, over a dispute in the women’s auxiliary of the Knights of Pythias. She claimed an group of women conspired to slander her good name with the article below.
We have been exploring our World War I era records (1914-1918) in honor the 100th commemoration of the U.S. entry into the war. Unique local pieces from that period keep popping up. Check out this large map of Evansville from 1917! It is in remarkably good shape.
Did you know that the Clerk’s Archives chronicles the judicial impact of the Prohibition era in Vanderburgh County Courts? Court records contain search warrants from Prohibition Enforcement Agents and show the many creative ways people in Evansville tried to circumvent liquor laws. From gin hidden in secret compartments of the suitcases of traveling salesmen to New York bootleggers sneaking into the Longbranch Roadhouse (now the University of Evansville’s Peterson Gallery on the corner of Lincoln and Weinbach) all aspects of Prohibition era criminal activity appear in local court records.
This piece recalls Evansville’s bilingual past. Due to large numbers of German immigrants public notices and advertisements were often printed in both English and German.
The Southwestern Indiana Collections Connection Association’s 4th Annual Meeting is coming up on Monday, April 3rd. If you are affiliated with a cultural heritage institution in the southern Indiana region, we’d love to see you.
Staff, volunteers, interns, board members are all welcome to this free event.
To read more and register, simply go to…
1917 German National Bank Ledger
Check out the University of Southern Indiana Archives “Arch Madness 2017!”
*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
To celebrate March Madness, the University Archives and Special Collections wants to know what you think is the coolest artifact in the archives. During the month of March, sixteen items from our four areas of collecting are battling for the ultimate prize of becoming USI’s coolest artifact! We are asking students, faculty, staff, and the public to vote each day.
Starting February 27th, the archives will post the artifact teams competing that week. We are asking students, faculty, staff, and public to vote on their favorite artifact each week. The winners of each week will continue to the final showdown to determine the “Coolest Artifact.” Voting is available through polls located on the David L. Rice Library Facebook, Twitter, amUSIngArtifacts, or in person in the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of Rice Library. The sixteen artifacts represents the four different areas we collect at the archive such as: University History, Regional History, Special Collections, and Communal Studies.
For more info go to amUSIng Artifacts at https://ricelib.wordpress.com/
You might remember that Oak Summit Park is now known as Mesker Park. In current memory, many might recall concerts in the amphitheater but it was a local gathering place long before that. Check out this advertisement for a concert at the park in 1907.