Anything ... but Ordinary

The Special Collections and Archives (SC&A)  is full of unique finds. From diaries of old Kentucky brothel madams to family bibles, every  item has a story to tell.  So we have compiled a few of our favorite inimitable books and...

Will S. Hays and His Civil War Songs

As part of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Special Collections and Archives has created a new display in the mail library across from the circulation desk.  “Will S. Hays and His Civil War Songs”...

Beachin' Fashion Flashbacks

Does your summer look like this? Probably not, considering these three Eastern students were strutting their swimsuits in the 1930s. Nevertheless, there are definite similarities between the ladies of this photo and the youth of today. For example,...

New Collections Processed

Special Collections has been busy processing collections to improve access to our materials. Stop by and browse some of these new materials.

1937 Flood

In January, 1937, seventy-five years ago, six to twelve inches of rain fell in Ohio over a ten day period causing wide scale flooding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. The floods left a million people homeless and communities throughout...

Eastern Students had Fun, Fun, Fun until the Beach Boys Drove Away

Beach Boys at EKU in 1967
Today, we often see event and concert postings all over campus from various organizations including Student Life and the Student Government Association's Student Activities Council. But where and when did this tradition begin? Sure, we have had...

Student Projects Unveiled at Archives Month Event

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Special Collections and Archives and the Crabbe Library hosted Eastern's first ever Archives Month event last night. The event unveiled two new websites created with archival materials and resources using Omeka software. Both websites are fully...

Martha Layne Collins Oral History Project

A few weeks ago, I received the opportunity to do a project on Martha Layne Collins who was the first female governor for the state of Kentucky.

The Battle of Civil Rights: An Eastern Perspective

As students of the 21st century, it is easy to take the circumstances of daily living for granted (especially in the summer). Some sign up for classes and many may apply for financial aid to get through such classes. Then we zoom through a 6-8 week...

You Never Know What You'll Find in the Archives

Wedding photograph by Jimmy Taylor
Hi, it’s Cherrelle Harris again. My latest project that I’ve been working on is organizing a collection of photos taken by a man named Jimmy Taylor. I scanned the images and entered them into the EKU Archives image database. The...

Reflections on Homer Ledford

At times there is nothing like traditional music and nothing like honoring craftsmanship at its finest, particularly when the two are combined. This past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday EKU hosted the annual Appalachian Studies Association conference,...

No Fresh Hell

For today's college freshmen, freshman hazing by the upperclassmen is simply part of an entertaining story line in teenage flicks. Freshman Hell Week doesn't actually happen in real life. There is no week of orders, no courts or punishment....

Ireland in the Archives

In light of the St. Patrick's Day holiday, we decided to search for Ireland here in the land of the archives. With a little luck, we discovered a piece of Irish history tucked away conveniently in the Green-Fife-White Papers, a collection of...