Evansville’s Connection to Clara Barton

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

Born on Christmas Day in 1821, Barton was a trailblazer in American history. Some would equate Burton’s work to Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War years earlier. During the American Civil War, Barton gained the nickname of “the Angel of the Battlefield” by the soldiers. She did what only seemed natural to her by helping soldiers. After the war, Burton went to help in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870 and lobbied for the United States to sign the Geneva Convention in 1873. Those events led to the creation of the American Red Cross in 1881. At the age of seventy-seven, Barton served as a relief worker during the Spanish-American War in 1898; however, in 1904, she resigned from the Red Cross. Barton passed away on April 12, 1912 (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011).

Barton wrote the letter in 1890 after a tornado outbreak occurred in the Midwest, causing 24 tornadoes and close to 150 people died. Burton thanks Evansville mayor N.M. Goodlett for their assistance and giving him a report of the damage in the Tri-State area.

These letters were donated by the Meyer-Schlamp Family and are view-able by request (MSS 157).

Reference

The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. (2011, March 18). Clara Barton. Retrieved October 28, 2015, from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Clara-Barton

“Meet Ya” Guide to Arch Madness 2017: Championship

*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, starting Monday, March 27th to Friday, April 1st, voting begins to determine what will be crowned “the coolest artifact of 2017”.

RED BRACKET

stelle_painting

1963 “The Ultimate Frontier” Stelle Painting

WINNER OF THE COMMUNAL & REGIONAL REGIONS

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.

 

 

 

 

BLUE BRACKET

alchemy_book

1603 Works of Paracelsus

WINNER OF THE SPECIAL & UNIVERSITY REGIONS

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.

 

Reaching the Pinnacle: 2003-2004 Men’s Basketball

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

For the third time in school history, the University of Southern Indiana’s men basketball team made it to the NCAA Division II Finals with a 28-7 record; however, they lost to Kennesaw State University, 84-59 on March 27, 2004 (University of Southern Indiana, 2017). This ring belongs to former USI president, Dr. H. Ray Hoops.

Reference

University of Southern Indiana. (2017). USI Screaming Eagles Men’s Basketball. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from http://www.usi.edu/sports/mbasket/mbasketyears.asp#2003-04

“Meet Ya” Guide to Arch Madness 2017 for the Final 4

*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, starting Monday, March 20th to Sunday, March 26th, voting begins for our Final 4 competition! Let’s meet our competition for the Final 4:

RED BRACKET

stelle_painting

1963 “The Ultimate Frontier” Stelle Painting

WINNER OF THE COMMUNAL REGION

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.

 

 

 

 

travelling-briefcase

1950’s Servel Travelling Salesman Suitcase

WINNER OF THE REGIONAL REGION

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.

 

 

BLUE BRACKET

alchemy_book

1603 Works of Paracelsus

WINNER OF THE SPECIAL REGION

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.

 

isue_megaphone

ISUE Megaphone

WINNER OF THE UNIVERSITY REGION

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 John Wooden Connection at USI

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

In 1976, John Wooden, UCLA-famed basketball came to USI, then known as ISUE. During his tenure at UCLA, they won ten NCAA men’s basketball titles in twelve years, including seven titles in a row. Wooden went to an ISUE basketball game, met with students, and held an evening presentation in the Forum, featuring his “Pyramid of Success”.

Soaring to History: 1994-1995 Men’s Basketball Season

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

After USI’s heartbreaking loss in the Division II championship game to Cal State Bakersfield, USI was determined to bring home USI’s first-ever NCAA title. Under the leadership of Bruce Pearl, USI had a 29-4 overall record and were the Great Lakes Regional champions in the Division 2 tournament (University of Southern Indiana, 2017).

The Screaming Eagles marched into the National Finals in Louisville, Kentucky by defeating their first two opponents, New Hampshire by fifteen points, and narrowly Norfolk State by eight points (University of Southern Indiana, 2017). Their moment had come against University of California-Riverside: the Screaming Eagles came out on top, defeating UC-Riverside, 71-63 (University of Southern Indiana, 2017). Located in the archive, the championship game footage is available for viewing.

Reference

University of Southern Indiana. (2017). USI Screaming Eagles Men’s Basketball. Retrieved March 7, 2017, from http://www.usi.edu/sports/mbasket/mbasketyears.asp#1994-95

Rising through The Ranks: 1994-1995 Men’s Basketball Season

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

The men’s basketball team at the University of Southern Indiana has appeared in the Division 2 basketball tournament seven times since the 1977-1978 season to 1993-1994 (University of Southern Indiana, 2017). Until the arrival of Bruce Pearl in 1992-1993 season, the Screaming Eagles were tasting success by placing third in the region, defeating IPFW with a 22-7 record (“1993 NCAA Division II,” 2016). As motivation, expectations excelled and recorded the best record in school history at the time. Finishing 28-4, USI made it to the NCAA Division 2 final four and championship game for the first time ever in school history (University of Southern Indiana “1993-1994”, 2017).

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Head Coach, Bruce Pearl, is located in the center. (n.d.)

The Screaming Eagles came close to success but did not win the title. Cal State Bakersfield, 92-86 (University of Southern Indiana “1993-1994”, 2017), defeated USI. In the archives, “1994: An Elite Season” recaps their season and is available to view.

References

1993 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament. (2016, December 19). Retrieved March 6, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_NCAA_Division_II_Men%27s_Basketball_Tournament

University of Southern Indiana. (2017). USI Screaming Eagles Men’s Basketball. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from http://www.usi.edu/sports/mbasket/mbasketyears.asp#

University of Southern Indiana. (2017). USI Screaming Eagles Men’s Basketball. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from http://www.usi.edu/sports/mbasket/mbasketyears.asp#1993-94