Have you heard about “ArchivesFest”?

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

*PowerPoint created by Maggie Scully, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

ArchivesFest @ USI. October 16, 2017: Photography. October 17, 2017: Exploring Community. October 18, 2017: Historical Books, October 19, 2017: Historical Documents. October 20, 2017: Historical Artifacts. October 16-20, 2017. Sponsored by the David L. Rice Library's University Archives and Special Collections.

ArchivesFest event calendar, 2017.

October is National Archives Month and in celebration, the University Archives and Special Collections is hosting a weeklong celebration, ArchivesFest. ArchivesFest starts October 16 through October 20 and will highlight materials from the Lawrence Library. There will be various festivities such as a photograph collage, creating book cover gift-bags, playing Mario Kart 64, and many more throughout the week! Enter to win daily door prizes and everyone is eligibility to enter for the grand prize, a $25 gift card to the Campus Store. To enter, you must complete your “passport” and it must have five stamps from each day. Use the hashtag, #ArchivesFest, to post your photos and videos throughout the week. This event is free and open to the public.

Check the David L. Rice Library Facebook and Twitter pages or continue to check for update through amUSIngArtifacts for more information. Below, there is a daily schedule of events. If you have questions or comments about ArchivesFest, email archives.rice@usi.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

  1. October 16th, 2017: Photography
  2. October 17th, 2017: Exploring Community
    1. What does community mean to you?
  3. October 18th, 2017: Historical Books
    1. Learn how to make a book dust jacket gift bag.
  4. October 19th, 2017: Historical Documents
    1. Learn how to make bookmarks and book pocket invitations.
  5. October 20th, 2017: Historical Artifacts
    1. Play some Mario Kart 64 on the Nintendo 64.
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#OnThisDay: Ray Ryan Murder

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Officials/investigators inspect the mangled remains of a car behind the electric substation on Bellemeade Ave., near the Hale & Sons Auto Parts store, Lawndale Branch, at 5009 Bellemeade Ave. Given the location, date, and shape of the car, this is most probably the murder of Ray Ryan, a man in the oil business and a gambler. He went to his health club (Olympia Health and Beauty Resorts, Inc. at 4920 Bellemeade Ave.) the morning of Oct. 18, 1977, and when he came out and started his car, it exploded. The murder was not solved, but is widely believed to have been a mob hit., 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 038-1732.

Mangled remains of a Ray Ryan’s car behind the electric substation on Bellemeade Avenue, 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 038-1732.

On this day in 1977, Evansville and the Mob had a violent encounter because one person: Ray Ryan. Ryan was a local oilman and had his wealth in oil. On this day, a bomb exploded inside of Ryan’s car, killing him instantly. His murder occurred outside of a health club near 4920 Bellemeade Avenue: as of March 21, 1997, the Ray Ryan murder was never been solved (Browning Genealogy Database, n.d.).

Ryan was originally from Watertown, Wisconsin until coming to Evansville, Indiana in the 1930’s; however, he was a local celebrity in Evansville but he had celebrity friends such as William Holden and John Wayne (Davis, 1977a). Ryan is best known as “Mr. Palm Springs” because “… in the early 1960s and was the largest single developer” (Heiman, 1977). He had numerous investments in various places throughout the world such as Mount Kenya Safari Club in East Africa (Davis, 1977a), Lake Malone, Kentucky, Jamaica, and many more (Heiman, 1977).

Man sweeping and shoveling debris from an automobile and putting it into a box for investigation purposes. Next to him is an Evansville Fire Department employee, and other law enforcement officials are nearby, some inspecting the mangled remains of the car. Given the location, date, and shape of the car, this is most probably the murder of Ray Ryan, a man in the oil business and a gambler. He went to his health club (Olympia Health and Beauty Resorts, Inc. at 4920 Bellemeade Ave.) the morning of Oct. 18, 1977, and when he came out and started his car, it exploded. The murder was not solved, but is widely believed to have been a mob hit, 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 038-1729.

Murder scene of Ray Ryan on 4920 Bellemeade Avenue, 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 038-1729.

He had been involved in a two major court cases 1964 and 1970 because of his “… involving contact with the alleged underworld” and served time in prison (Davis, 1977b). He testified for the U.S. Justice Department against Las Vegas gamblers in 1971 (“Car blast kills Ray Ryan”, 1977) and Johnny Rosselli, a fellow mobster (Bagbey and Marynell, 2012).

If you are curious and want to read more about this case, check out Mob Murder of America’s Greatest Gambler by Herb Marynell and Steve Bagbey. A copy is available at Rice Library.

Man gathering debris from a mangled automobile and putting it into a box for investigation purposes. Given the location, date, and shape of the car, this is most probably the murder of Ray Ryan, a man in the oil business and a gambler. He went to his health club (Olympia Health and Beauty Resorts, Inc. at 4920 Bellemeade Ave.) the morning of Oct. 18, 1977, and when he came out and started his car, it exploded. The murder was not solved, but is widely believed to have been a mob hit., October 8, 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 034-1728.

Murder scene of Ray Ryan, 1977. Source: University Archives and Special Collections, MSS 038-1728.

References

Bagbey, S. and Marynell, H. (March/April 2012). His cheating heart. Evansville Living. Retrieved from http://www.evansvilleliving.com/articles/his-cheating-heart

Browning Genealogy Database (n.d.) Ryan, Ray. Retrieved from http://browning.evpl.org/

Car blast kills Ray Ryan (1977, October 18). The Evansville Press. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/v2:1425EEB9C7F2D85F@EANX-NB-1463547B233D43A2@2443435-14634B17AF31AC03@0-14634B17AF31AC03@?p=WORLDNEW

Davis, R. (1977, October 19). Holden shocked by Ryan’s slaying. The Evansville Courier. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/v2:1425EEA2CB57B634@EANX-NB-154D5EA649C65CB5@2443436-1549C3250254C124@19-1549C3250254C124@?p=WORLDNEWS

Davis, R. (1977, October 19). Stars, mobsters knew him. The Evansville Courier. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/page/v2:1425EEA2CB57B634@EANX-NB-154D5EA649C65CB5@2443436-1549C30571CE7011@0?p=WORLDNEWS

Heiman, R. (1977, October 19). Ray Ryan had business interests in many parts of world. The Evansville Press. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/v2:1425EEB9C7F2D85F@EANX-NB-1463547C17C1AB6D@2443436-14634B9013945694@4-14634B9013945694@?p=WORLDNEWS

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#ArchivesFest Sneak Peek: Historical Artifacts

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*PowerPoint created by Maggie Scully, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

On the final day of ArchivesFest, we are going to show off some of the artifacts that have been donated to UASC over the decades. Come and check out an old spittoon from the L&N Train Depot, an ISUE megaphone signed by legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, a World War 1 helmet, and much more!

Throughout the day, there will be a Mario Kart 64 tournament. Show us your skills and how it is done. We will see you there!

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#ArchivesFest Sneak Peek: Historical Documents

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

*PowerPoint created by Maggie Scully, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Colored in illuminated manuscript, 2017.

Example of a colored bookmark.

Do you enjoy learning about local, national, and international history? We are showing off various documents from our collections on October 19. relating to various topics such as the sinking of the Titanic, land grants signed by Patrick Henry, a booklet from the Ku Klux Klan in Kentucky, a letter from Martin Luther King, Jr., and many more! Throughout the day, you can create your own “illuminated manuscript” bookmark.

Check the David L. Rice Library Facebook and Twitter pages or continue to check for update through amUSIngArtifacts for more information. Below, there is a daily schedule of events. If you have questions or comments about ArchivesFest, email archives.rice@usi.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ArchivesFest Sneak Peek: Historical Books

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

*PowerPoint created by Maggie Scully, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Who does not like a nice book? On October 18, we are showing off some of our book collection. The archive collects four distinct areas: communal studies, regional history, special and rare books, and university materials. Check out our book assortment and learn about our staff’s “favorite” books in the archive is! There will be crafts too: learn and create your very own dust jacket bag.

Book dust jacket bag, 2017. Source: James Wethington.

Example of a book dust jacket bag, 2017. Source: James Wethington.

Check the David L. Rice Library Facebook and Twitter pages or continue to check for update through amUSIngArtifacts for more information. Below, there is a daily schedule of events. If you have questions or comments about ArchivesFest, email archives.rice@usi.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ArchivesFest Sneak Peek: Exploring Community

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

*PowerPoint created by Maggie Scully, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

On October 17, we want to know what community means to you! The University Archives and Special will be showing off some of our communal collections materials. We hope more from you, the reader, on answering this question: what does community mean to you? Nevertheless, we will have to wait until next Tuesday to hear what your thoughts are!

ArchivesFest @ USI. October 16, 2017: Photography. October 17, 2017: Exploring Community. October 18, 2017: Historical Books, October 19, 2017: Historical Documents. October 20, 2017: Historical Artifacts. October 16-20, 2017. Sponsored by the David L. Rice Library's University Archives and Special Collections.

ArchivesFest event calendar, 2017.

Check the David L. Rice Library Facebook and Twitter pages or continue to check for update through amUSIngArtifacts for more information. On the right hand side, there is a daily schedule of events. If you have questions or comments about ArchivesFest, email archives.rice@usi.edu. We look forward to seeing you there!

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