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

Arch Madness: Sweet 16

1907 Oak Summit Park

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.


19th Century Marriage Records


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.

‘Til Death Do us Part: 19th Century Marriage Records Preserved, Digitized

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!

‘Til Death Do Us Part: 19th Century Marriage Records Preserved, Digitized