Category Archives: University Archives

Pet Rattlesnake, Heartbroken, Dies

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.

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WKU Archives YouTube Channel

This is just one of the many 2-inch quadruplex videotapes housed in WKU filmArchives.  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

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January Out of the Box

Board of Regents 1/1915

WKU Winter Scene

WKU Winter Scene

Charles Crume Papers

Class of 1940

Elevator 1/1915

Green & Gold 1905

Master Plan 1965

Old Fort Bridge

Oral History Committee

Peggy Keck Interview

Sociology

Teachers College Heights 1/1940

Winter Images

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WKU Alum – Charles Napier

Charles NapierCharles 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

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Happy New Year!

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/

1990 Talisman

25 Years Ago – Talisman 1990

1965 Talisman

50 Years Ago – 1965 Talisman

Talisman 1940

75 Years Ago – 1940 Talisman

 

1915 Vista

100 Years Ago – 1915 Vista

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post written by WKU Archives Assistant April McCauley.

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Out of the Box – December

Board of Regents Meeting 12/1939Elevator12-1914

Chamber Singers

College Heights Herald 12/1954

Commencement 12/2014

Elevator 12/1914

Hill Talk 3/1984

Home Economics Video, 1972

Modern Languages, Administration File Collection Inventory

Student/Alumni Scrapbooks

Unidentified Students, help us identify students

Western Players

WKU Owensboro

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Dear Santa

Training School GirlsThis year the WKU Archives Elves have been quite good.  We have digitized over 3500 images, scrapbooks, audiotapes, videotapes, posters, student newspapers, newsletters, programs, and other types of documents and described over 400 record groups and answered over 400 reference requests.

And all we want for Christmas (in addition to our two front teeth) is:

So Santa, baby, hurry down the chimney and leave us some goodies for the collections.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

XOXO

WKU Archives Elves

 

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Out of the Box – November

75th Anniversary

Board of Regents 11/5/1931kybuilding75th

Cherry Hall

College Heights Herald 11/16/1956

Football, 1913

Founders Day

Fourth Estate 1980

Henry Hardin Cherry

Homecoming

Kentucky Building

ROTC Building

Veterans

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From Quad to DVD

filmThis 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 first shipment of DVDs arrived at the Kentucky Building this week.

Theses titles are now available to researchers, some are available on TopScholar and on the WKU Library Special Collections YouTube channel.

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Western Players & Summer Players Scrapbooks

Leo Burmester “steals the show” with a belly dance in South Pacific, 1966/1967

Leo Burmester “steals the show” with a belly dance in South Pacific, 1966/1967

This photo from 1957-1958 shows women looking at a Western Players scrapbook, now in our collections, that was already 23 years old. It is now 80 years old.

This photo from 1957-1958 shows women looking at a Western Players scrapbook, now in our collections, that was already 23 years old. It is now 80 years old.

These fifty newly conserved and processed scrapbooks document theatre productions and other activities of Russell H. Miller and the Western Players from 1934 to 1969 and the Summer Players from 1956 to 1968. These scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, tickets, greeting cards, correspondence, and many, many photographs.

Corky McCormick shows off his guns in Picnic, 1959-1960

Corky McCormick shows off his guns in Picnic, 1959-1960

The intended topics of the scrapbooks include the Players as a student organization, the players as students and actors, theatre productions, Bowling Green Community Theatre, oratorical and speech contests, debate team competitions (Miller was their coach for several years), regional theatre productions, and similar activities. However, the scrapbooks are also informative on changing fashions, costuming, perceptions of minorities (Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, French, the aged, and the disabled), set design, gender roles, and a variety of other topics. Continue reading

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