My Adventures in the University Archives

*Post written by Mikayla Hanks, student assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Student assistant, Mikayla Hanks, creating the "Cool Old Stuff" sign for the archives department, 2018.

Student assistant, Mikayla Hanks, creating the “Cool Old Stuff” sign for the archives department, 2018.

Have you ever seen a real life copy of the Titanic Newspaper? Did you know that Archie has not always looked the way he does today? My name is Mikayla Hanks and I am a student worker in the University Archives and Special Collection (UASC). I have been a student worker in the Archives department for two years. During my time in the archives, my mind has been opened to numerous different parts of history that I was not aware of before. The Titanic Newspaper and Archie are just a glimpse into what I have experienced and learned in my time here. Being able to see a copy of the Titanic Newspaper after it sunk, in real life, is one astonishing thing to experience. I highly recommend if you want to see an unbelievable piece of history, stop into the archives and witness it for yourself.

Did you know that Archie has not always looked the way he does today? There have been many different Archie’s in the past. Each one being much different from the one before. His beak, his uniform, and even his muscles have changed. The UASC has some of the past Archie’s outfits and often puts them on display. So many different Archies at USI, who knew?

 

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One of my favorite experiences with the Archives department was being able to help with the displays and decorations for Arch Madness (Arch Madness is like March Madness, but with archive materials). During the promotion, I was able to use my art background and make displays that had images of each archive material that was on the bracket racing to the number one spot. Coming in to work, I was excited to see what archives won that day and what new pieces I was going to be able to recreate. One of my favorite pieces to recreate was the 1963 “Ultimate Frontier” painting from the Stelle Community Collection, which is located in the Communal room of the Archives. My experience working in the Archives changes each time I go in those doors, I learn something different, or I add knowledge to something I already knew. The USI Archives Department is full of countless wonders and treasures you never know what you will find or what is waiting to be explored.

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2018 Arch Madness Champion Revealed!

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

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century.

Ladies and gentleman, after a month of competition, a winner has been crowned! This year’s winner of Arch Madness is … the Incantation bowl from the Lawrence Library. The bowl defeated last year’s Arch Madness champion, 1603 Book of Alchemy, 372-350. For the next couple of days, the Incantation bowl will be on display in RL 3021 on display. It will also have an automatic bid to the 2019 Arch Madness competition.

Thank you to everyone who voted over the past month and we hope you enjoyed this year’s competition. We look forward to having you all vote again in next year’s competition. Until next time!

The winner of the 2018 Arch Madness competition is the Incantation Bowl from the Lawrence Library.

The final bracket for the 2018 Arch Madness competition!

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Arch Madness 2018: “Meet Ya” Guide to the Championship

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

*Item descriptions written by Jennifer Greene, university archivist of University Archives and Special Collections, and Susan Sauls, art collection registrar.

On March 12, we started with sixteen artifacts competing for the title of “coolest artifact of 2018”. Now, we are down to our final two entries! Voting begins on April 2 and will end on April 8, at 11:59 PM CST. The final results will be announced on Monday, April 9, at 9:00 AM CST. Stay tuned for more and go vote.

We are down to our final two artifacts: the 1603 Book of Alchemy, from Special Collections, defeated the Game of Community, from Communal Studies, 114-52. On the other side of the bracket, the Incantation Bowl, from the Lawrence Library, defeated the "Beethoven" print, from the USI Art Collection, 114-52.

Final two bracket for Arch Madness 2018!

Special Collections

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington.

Final score against The Game of Community, 114-52.

*Defending 2017 Arch Madness Champion.

The Collected Works of Paracelsus is a rare book in our Special Collections.  Printed in 1603, this two-volume set contains the books and writings on alchemy, magic, and occult philosophies of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus.

Lawrence Library

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century.

Final score against the “Beethoven” print, 114-52.

The incantation bowl, which goes by many names such as a demon bowl or a magic bowl, was usually buried face down in a home’s courtyard or near cemeteries in order to capture demons or evil spirits. Once retrieved, a hole would be made in the bowl to release the spirits.

 

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Arch Madness 2018: “Meet Ya” Guide to the Final 4

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

*Item descriptions written by Jennifer Greene, university archivist of University Archives and Special Collections, and Susan Sauls, art collection registrar.

We are down to our final four artifacts and this is the final stop to the championship round. Let’s meet our competitors for the Final 4. Voting for this round will start on March 26 and end on April 1, at 11:59 PM CST. As a reminder, this round will be Special Collections vs. Communal Studies and USI Art Collection vs. Lawrence Library.

We are down to our final four artifacts. The winner of the Special Collection region is the 1603 Book of Alchemy and it will compete against the winner of the Communal Studies region, The Game of Community. On the right side, the winner of the USI Art Collection region is the Beethoven print. It will compete against the winner of the Lawrence Library region, the Incantation Bowl. Voting begins April 26 at 9 AM and ends on April 1 at 11:59 PM CST.

Arch Madness: Final 4!

Special Collections

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington.

Final score against Elvis Presley telegram, 109-53.

*Defending 2017 Arch Madness Champion.

The Collected Works of Paracelsus is a rare book in our Special Collections.  Printed in 1603, this two-volume set contains the books and writings on alchemy, magic, and occult philosophies of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus.

Communal Studies

"The Game of Community" board game, 1972. The game is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

“The Game of Community” board game, 1972.

Final score against Shiloh food labels: 98-64.

The Game of Community is board game developed by Family Pastimes Products, a Canadian company, in 1972.  Unlike most games, which pit player against player, to win this challenge everyone must work together to build a community.  The game includes problem solving and teamwork to get around the obstacles to creating a communal experience.

USI Art Collection

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987. This item is located in the USI Art Collection.

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987.

Final score against French Lick sculpture: 88-75.

Warhol created the Beethoven portfolio prior to his unexpected death in 1987 and is one of the most desirable prints by the artist. This particular print is an “Extra, out of edition” that was given to USI by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in 2013 for education and research.

 

 

 

Lawrence Library

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century.

Final score against Mudras of Buddha: 99-64.

The incantation bowl, which goes by many names such as a demon bowl or a magic bowl, was usually buried face down in a home’s courtyard or near cemeteries in order to capture demons or evil spirits. Once retrieved, a hole would be made in the bowl to release the spirits.

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Arch Madness 2018: “Meet Ya” Guide to the Elite 8

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

*Item descriptions written by Jennifer Greene, university archivist of University Archives and Special Collections, and Susan Sauls, art collection registrar.

The Sweet 16 round in the record books, we are moving onto the Elite 8. Let’s meet our competitors for the Elite 8. Voting for this round will start on March 19 and end on March 25, at 11:59 PM CST.

Elite 8 updated brackets: from the Special Collections, the Elvis Presley telegram will face the 1603 Book of Alchemy. In Communal Studies, The Game of Community is competing against the Shiloh Food Labels. In the USI Art Collection, the "French Lick" sculpture is facing off against the "Beethoven" print. Finally, in the Lawrence Library region, the Incantation Bowl is facing off against the Mudras of Buddha.

Elite 8 match-ups!

Special Collections

Elvis Presley telegram to Evansville radio jockey, Larry Aiken, 1957. This telegram is located in MSS 217, Larry Aiken collection.

Elvis Presley telegram to Evansville radio jockey, Larry Aiken, 1957.

Final score against Avant Garde Magazines: 59-52.

On September 12, 1957 Elvis Presley sent a telegram to local music promoter and musician Larry Aiken.  Mr. Aiken worked at the radio station WEOA while attending Bosse High School. He hosted a popular program and tried to get Elvis Presley to call in during the program.  Larry Aiken went on to travel with Dick Clark and the Caravan of Stars before coming back to Evansville to promote music and the arts.

 

Works of Paracelsus, 1603. Credit: James Wethington

Works of Paracelsus, 1603.

Final score against Coroner’s Record Book: 76-51.

*Defending 2017 Arch Madness Champion.

The Collected Works of Paracelsus is a rare book in our Special Collections.  Printed in 1603, this two-volume set contains the books and writings on alchemy, magic, and occult philosophies of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, better known as Paracelsus.

Communal Studies

"The Game of Community" board game, 1972. The game is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

“The Game of Community” board game, 1972.

Final score against Shaker bonnet: 75-62.

The Game of Community is board game developed by Family Pastimes Products, a Canadian company, in 1972.  Unlike most games, which pit player against player, to win this challenge everyone must work together to build a community.  The game includes problem solving and teamwork to get around the obstacles to creating a communal experience.

 

Shiloh Farms Bread Labels, created by Dr. Donald Janzen, n.d. This item is located in the Communal Studies Reading Room in RL 3024.

Shiloh Farms Bread Labels, created by Dr. Donald Janzen, n.d.

Final score against Zoar anniversary plate: 60-40.

Shiloh Farms was an organic bakery that started in New York State around 1942.  These labels represent just a small selection of the variety of foods offered by this conscientious community.  Not only did Shiloh Farms open a national bakery using pesticide-free chemicals, they also began printing product ingredients on labels as early as the 1950s.

 

 

 

USI Art Collection

"French Lick" Sculpture, 2010. This item is located within the USI Art Collection.

“French Lick” Sculpture, 2010.

Final score against Stephen Pace paintbrushes: 78-33.

This sculpture is created from found objects including a leather wedge sandal, a bowling bag, wooden shoe form, leopard print gloves, candlesticks, and sequined fabric among other materials.

 

 

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987. This item is located in the USI Art Collection.

Print of Beethoven by Andy Warhol, 1987.

Final score against Mola Applique: 89-38.

Warhol created the Beethoven portfolio prior to his unexpected death in 1987 and is one of the most desirable prints by the artist. This particular print is an “Extra, out of edition” that was given to USI by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. in 2013 for education and research.

 

 

 

Lawrence Library

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Incantation bowl, c. 6th to 8th Century.

Final score against Greek Bell Krater: 76-53.

The incantation bowl, which goes by many names such as a demon bowl or a magic bowl, was usually buried face down in a home’s courtyard or near cemeteries in order to capture demons or evil spirits. Once retrieved, a hole would be made in the bowl to release the spirits.

 

 

Tibetan Folio of Mudras of the Buddha, n.d. This item is located in the College of Liberal Arts in Lawrence Library.

Tibetan Folio of Mudras of the Buddha, n.d.

Final score against Book of Common Prayer: 58-51.

Mudras, the Sanskrit word for hand signs, illustrate important events from the life of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama. This decorative portfolio is from the Ladakh region of India, home to many of Tibetan descent.

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