*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
*Item descriptions written by Deanna Engler, library associate of University Archives and Special Collections.
As a reminder, Arch Madness begins next Monday, February 27th and ends on April 1st! Take some time and read about the items in this year’s competition from the various regions.
The 1821 Harmonist sundial is part of the New Harmony Collection. This collection contains material about the Harmonist of New Harmony, Indiana. The Harmonists moved to New Harmony is 1814 and this sundial is a replica of the one created by founder George Rapp, which was attached to his home.
The 1963 “Ultimate Frontier” painting is part of the Stelle Community Collection. This collection contains material about the Stelle communal group. Stelle community began in 1963 in California and later moved to northern Illinois. This painting is a visual representation of founder Richard Kieninger’s work The Ultimate Frontier.
The 1974 “Hey Beatnik!” is part of The Farm Collection. This collection contains material about The Farm communal group. The Farm was established in 1971 in Tennessee. This is one of the earliest published books from The Farm, and discusses life on The Farm and founder Stephen Gaskin’s philosophy.
The Shiloh Farms Organic Food Company label is part of the Don Janzen Collection. This collection contains material about the academic work of Don Janzen, a retired anthropologist who spent much of his academic career researching and studying communalism and communal groups. The Shiloh Farms company label is part of a larger collection of material about the Shiloh Community, a post-World War II community practicing sustainable farming and business.
The 1960’s Mead Johnson Co. product sample is part of the Mead Johnson Co. Collection. This collection contains material about Mead Johnson’s Evansville plant. The Evansville facility specialized in pediatric nutrition and manufacturing. It was here that Enfamil was produced, the first routine infant formula to have the nutritional composition of breast milk.
The 1950’s Servel traveling salesman suitcase is part of the J. Henry Ballman Collection. This collection contains material about Servel and Arkla, local companies that produced heating and cooling systems. The suitcase visually demonstrated the new heating and cooling technologies available for businesses.
The Dr. Charles Rochelle 33rd degree Masonic hat is part of the Dr. Charles Rochelle Collection. This collection contains materials about Dr. Rochelle and his lifetime as an educator. Dr. Rochelle was one of the first African-Americans to receive a doctorate in education from UC Berkeley in 1942. Dr. Rochelle’s Masonic hat is just one of the many accomplishments that he achieved throughout his lifetime.
The 1926 Helen Wallace “The Greater Glory” movie sketch is part of the Helen Wallace Collection. This collection contains material about Helen Wallace’s art, her fashion sketches, and her time with the Chicago Herald newspaper. Helen Wallace studied at the Chicago Art Institute and this sketch shows the depth of her talent, as well as how movie trailers have changed since the 1920’s.
The 1603 Collected Works of Paracelsus is one of the rare books in our Special Collections. Published in 1603, this two-volume set contains the books and writings on alchemy, magic, and occult philosophies of Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheimc, better known as Paracelsus.
The World War I Pickelhaube helmet is part of the Roy Kennedy Collection. This collection contains material about WWI trench warfare, specifically from the German side. The Pickelhaube was primarily used by the German military in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is still used today as part of parade and ceremonial uniforms.
The 1912 Titanic disaster newspaper is part of the Miscellaneous Memorabilia Collection. This collection contains material from various unknown sources and covers a wide range of topics, both locally and nationally. This edition of the Chicago Saturday Blaze newspaper came out just two weeks after the disaster, and is an example of journalism of the early twentieth century.
The 1979 James Bond “Moonraker” movie poster is part of the Jeanne Suhrenreich Collection. This collection contains material about movies, theater, and music. “Moonraker” was the highest grossing James Bond movie at 210 million and was only surpasses in 1995 by “Goldeneye.”
The ISUE megaphone is part of the University Memorabilia Collection. This collection contains material documenting the growth of ISUE/USI from 1965 to today. The megaphone was used during athletic events and even sports the signature of famed UCLA coach John Wooden.
The 1985 USI Independence t-shirt is part of the University Memorabilia Collection. This collection contains material documenting the growth of ISUE/USI from 1965 to today. Students wore the t-shirt during the independence celebration of 1985.
The 1966 ISUE “Roach” student newspaper is part of the Student Publications Collection. This collection contains material produced by students at ISUE/USI. The “Roach” was an unsanctioned student newspaper from the Centennial School, ISUE’s first home. Depending on whom you ask the name has various meanings, however its “official” one is a dig at the critters scurrying around.
The original USI seal is part of the University Memorabilia Collection. This collection contains material documenting the growth of ISUE/USI form 1965 to today. The first USI seal in 1985 was the old ISUE seal with a slight name change. It was not until 1990 that USI created its own, original seal.