As you ponder the health of our habitat and our role in it, today, some local context may be useful to you. The online catalog for Special Collections, KenCat.wku.edu, can lead you to a variety of resources. Many of these, such as WKU publications, are available online.
For example, a KenCat search for “energy” will produce results on topics including the energy crisis, coal, conservation, solar energy, and past Earth Day activities. You may also want to search for conservation, recycling, environment, sustainability and other topics. You can also perform a truncated search by adding an * to words such as environment to expand the search.
Environment* will return:
This solar collector is a project to be entered in a competition according to Bobby Hunton and T.J. Moyers, both members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. They said the winner will be judged by the amount of temperature change recorded when water runs through the collector. 1977-1978
Post written by WKU Archives Assistant April McCauley.
Chapel – students on the steps of Van Meter
Elevator 3/1915 – student happenings 100 years ago
Fanlight, Spring 1990 – Kentucky Museum happenings 25 years ago
Gender & Womens Studies – collection inventory, records available for research
Health Clinic Report 1965
Potter Hall – building history which answers the question, “Who was Potter?”
Softball – a variety of sources on a favorite spring sport
University Center Board – Meeting 3/28/1990
Volleyball – a variety of sources on Volleyball
WKU Map 1965 – could you find a parking place in 1965?
WKU vs Austin Peay – men’s basketball program 2/22/1965
Womens Basketball – photos through the years
Yesterday we received 31 more videos from our digitization vendor. Many of these are short advertisements created by WKU Public Affairs in 1974 and 1975.
- Adele Gleaves, Miss Western & Accomplished Gymnast
- Verde White, 81 Year Old Graduate – interview with White Mills teacher upon the completion of her bachelor’s degree
- Verde White Graduates
- Homecoming 1975 – this video features a young Gary Ransdell when he was working in WKU Student Affairs, see if you can spot him.
- Legislative Interns – featuring students Suzanne Held and Lisa Cornwell
- Continuing Education – featuring students Ed Blair, Charles Covington, Roger Gant and Sue Meyers
- Jesse Stuart at Home – Jim Wayne Miller interviews the Kentucky author, short version and long version
- WKU Magazine: A Program of Music featuring the WKU Choir, Tuba Ensemble, Sylvia Kersenbaum, Percussion Ensemble, Opera and Guitar Ensemble
- WKU Dialogue program featuring discussion with Richard Leakey and Paul Rono
- La Boheme, Act IV in English, features introduction by James Heldman and players Michael Dunn, David Gibson, Conra Hester, Jim Jones, William Miller and Leslie White
- Western for the ’80’s – this video was previously unidentified
- Future Farmers of America Field Day
- Big Red Marching Band
- Bicentennial Exhibit at the Kentucky Museum
- 1975 Fine Arts Festival ad
- High School Band Day
- Recreation Majors – highlighting instruction at Opryland USA
- Tech Aqua
- Biology / Allied Health Majors
- Founders Day 1974 – tribute to Henry Cherry on the re-dedication of Cherry Hall
- Bowling Green Community College
- KET University Report: Kentucky Museum – featuring conservator Bruce MacLeish and cataloger Ann Johnston
We will be uploading these “new” videos to our WKU Library Special Collections YouTube Channel. Let us know if you can identify students and faculty included in the videos.
The Biology Department is mourning the loss of its pet rattlesnake. Death came stealing in on Sunday night after Homecoming and claimed it for her own. Some seem to think that the rattler was so disappointed over Western’s loss to Murray that it felt that future life was not worth while, even if that life was to be devoted to science.
None of the other depart[ments] was affected, as no one but Death and the Biology Department would want a rattlesnake or care what became of it.
Yes, we are digitizing more College Heights Heralds. I do enjoy reading through them and coming across tidbits like the one above from the Nov. 10, 1933 issue. The October 27th issue had reported the 20 to 6 homecoming game rout. Apparently it was too much for a devoted Hilltopper rattle snake to take.
The latest issues to be digitized are 1933-1941, 2005 & 2006. Check them out in TopScholar – search by date.
This is just one of the many 2-inch quadruplex videotapes housed in WKU Archives. These tapes were first created for use in television production in 1956. Quads were phased out in the early-1980s and replaced by smaller videotapes. WKU no longer owns playback equipment for these tapes.
WKYU-TV recorded many programs using quad tapes that are being digitized through a $7500.00 WKU Libraries grant. In September 59 quad tapes were shipped to Transfer Media in Indianapolis for digitization to DVD. The second shipment of DVDs arrived at the Kentucky Building last week.
Theses titles are now available to researchers, some are now available on YouTube:
BRADD Legislative Report Senator Walter “Dee” Huddleston, 4/15/1977, CD884, Senator Huddleston reporting on legislative activities impacting the Barren River Area Development District
B-Roll of Chemistry Department & Various Campus Locations, 2/24/1971, CD894, a student conducting experiments in a chemistry lab and video of campus showing buildings on campus including Downing University Center
Charles Napier is pictured here as Captain Striker in 1984, click on the image to visit the official Charles Napier website, which includes images of his watercolor paintings.
Charles Napier, a Scottsville native and WKU alumnus, is the tough military officer/ cop/cowboy that was the bad guy on everything you saw in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The list of his acting credits is extensive and much too long to include, here, but please check it out on imdb.com. Continue reading
Happy New Year! Here is a glimpse back as we continue to speed forward through the 21st century. For more, visit TopScholar and choose a year from the drop down box. http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/
25 Years Ago – Talisman 1990
50 Years Ago – 1965 Talisman
75 Years Ago – 1940 Talisman
100 Years Ago – 1915 Vista
Post written by WKU Archives Assistant April McCauley.