Eastern Kentucky State Normal School

Students, faculty, and staff spelling out EKSN in 1921
The latest statistics show that over 16,000 students are attending Eastern this semester. That is a long way from this early photo of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School.

In the Days When Kentucky Came to California

Governor Chandler and family at a movie premier
You never know what you’re going to come across while working in the archives, especially when you’re unsure of what you’re looking for. When I began searching for a blog topic, I didn’t even know where to begin.

What is the origin of the EKU Colonel?

Cartoon of Colonel kicking a leopoard
In the 1920's, Eastern students who wished to be known as something other than "The Maroons" voted for the Leopard as the school mascot. A plan to purchase a leopard from the Memphis, Tennessee zoo came to nothing and the students...

Books to Movies

Walter Tevis, The Hustler
A couple months ago I was looking at books by Kentucky authors which had been made into movies. With the help of IMDB I was able to pull together a short list of titles. These authors were born in Kentucky or have close connections with the state....

Jennie Jeffers Ashby

Photo from Jennie Jeffers Ashby papers
Several years ago we processed a small collection of papers from long-time teacher Jennie Jeffers Ashby, who received a Normal Life Diploma from Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in 1907.

Major Family Papers

Democratic Ticket poster form the Major Family Papers
The Papers of the Major Family of Frankfort Now Open to Researchers!

English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians
Special Collections and Archives contains some fascinating volumes in its collection, and one of these is English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians, edited by Cecil J. Sharp. Sharp traveled throughout the southern mountains from 1916 to 1918...

Central University

The President's Office just sent this great woodcut to archives. It was taken from a German edition of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in 1886. The caption under the University Building translates to 'Main Building' and the...

Civil War Newspaper

EKU archives was lucky enough to find a Towanda, Pennsylvania newspaper, The Bradford Argus, dated September 3, 1862 on eBay recently. If you're a Civil War buff you might recognize that the date is right after the Battle of Richmond, Kentucky...

Milkin' the Winning Streak in the East

1966 had proven to be a tasty year for Eastern, especially against Western. Eastern had drained the competition and claimed their fifth consecutive KISC Crown in swimming, their ninth OVC Baseball Crown, second place in the OVC in track and EKU'...

Gold Star Men

The Gold Star Men collection was compiled to honor the Eastern men killed during World War II service. It consisted of three photo albums with photographs of each soldier and a card with information about his rank, hometown, attendance at Eastern...

Austin SAA 2009 Recap

Although it's been several weeks since attending the Society of American Archivists Conference in Austin, Texas, I still wanted to include some of the highlights. Below is information on Session 306.

The Campus Beautiful

The term "Campus Beautiful" has been used to describe the buildings and landscaping of Eastern as early as 1915.*