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.
June 18, 1907 Advertisement for the Thomas Preston Brooke Band and for Miss Grace Chaliear Caborn, a popular soloist on the Chautauqua circuit.
Check out this month’s Black History Month Programming at the Evansville African American Museum!
Some of the most interesting documents come from boxes labelled miscellaneous. This document is a general power of attorney prepared out of Massachusetts. As the plaintiff was out of state in this civil suit, he hired a local attorney to act on his behalf. Notice the wax seal still affixed to the bottom of the paper.
1869 Marriage Return for Joseph L. Sehu and Veronica Miller. A marriage return confirms that marriage occurred, who the officiant was, and the date the couple was married.
Vanderburgh County Clerk Digitizes 19th Century Marriage Records
Evansville, Ind.— County Clerk Carla Hayden announces the completion of a digitization project to preserve all known 19th century marriage records contained within the County Clerk’s historical records.
The Vanderburgh County Clerk’s Archives announces the completion of its project to digitize and index all known Vanderburgh County marriage records from the 19th century. These types of records are requested frequently by genealogy and local history researchers. Some even lead back to the county’s earliest pioneer families. 37,963 pages were digitized.
Starting in 1818, these records include marriage affidavits, marriage returns, and marriage consents. Marriage affidavits often state the age and residency of the couple while recording the names of witnesses. Marriage returns record the date a marriage took place and who officiated. Marriage consent forms record when permission is given by the parent(s) for the bride and/or groom to marry. Marriage License Books were digitized as part of a prior project.
Former Clerk Debbie Stucki states, “These records types are required to be maintained permanently by County Clerk’s offices but the passage of time has made these documents fragile to handle. Some would come apart in your hands. This digitization project will make them easier to search for researchers and the general public for decades to come.”
The 19th century marriage records digitization project was completed by Pollux Business Services a business unit of Pollux Systems, Inc. Pollux has been providing professional record management services to all industries for over 25 years.
Happy New Year!
The Clerk’s Archives is happy to announce that we have digitized our 19th century marriage records. Although researchers will still need to work with a staff member to access these records, digitization and indexing will make the process more efficient and reduce the amount of handling these brittle records are subjected to. Check out this news story about the digitized records by WEHT reporter Jordan Vandenberge!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Clerk’s Archives. We will be back in 2017 with new content!
We are continuing work in the inventory project and uncovered this little piece of history. It is a charge sheet from the Evansville Police Department.
We are hard at work cataloging our Prohibition-era criminal cases in Circuit Court. Check out the Night at the Old Courthouse Event on November 4th, 6-10 p.m. to find out some of the stories we have uncovered!
Join us for an Evening of Spirits at Evansville’s historic Old Courthouse.
Experience The Old Courthouse as never before. Fun and mystery can be found as you walk the halls and chambers, some opened especially for this night. Enjoy sampling wine, spirits, food and amazing LIVE jazz music by Monte Skelton as you revel in the history of this icon of Evansville. Our county clerk’s archives will bring history to life with a prohibition era exhibit opening specially for this event.
Candlelight and stories of old will delight as you mingle beneath soaring ceilings and the magnificent architecture that is the Old Courthouse.
Get in the Spirit and CLICK BELOW to buy your tickets today!