Vol 31, No 2 (2012)

Special Issue of Indiana Libraries: Story: Indiana Libraries and the West Baden Springs Hotel

Co-Editors:  Dina M. Kellams and Rhonda E.L. Spencer

Dina M. Kellams is an Associate Archivist, Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records
Management, Bloomington, Indiana (dmkellam@indiana.edu).

Rhonda E.L. Spencer is the Director of Admissions and Placement for the Indiana University School of Library
and Information Science, Bloomington, Indiana (spencerr@indiana.edu).

There is a lot of library history tied to this special place. Did you know that the 50th American Library Association Conference was held at the West Baden Springs Hotel in 1928? The Indiana Library Association held their conference there in 1923. During World War I, the hotel was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers -- complete with an ALA-supported library. Having a sense of  place - a sense of investment in one’s state and community - adds to the enjoyment of work in Indiana libraries.

Table of Contents


Story: Indiana Libraries and the West Baden Springs Hotel PDF
Rhonda Spencer 6-10


Meeting under the Dome: The ALA Holds Its 1928 Conference in West Baden PDF
Jean Preer, Lydia Spotts 11-16
Looking at historical scientific reports from a local history perspective: Orange County as an example. PDF
Lou Malcomb, Richard L. Powell 17-24
"The System of Baths" - Excerpts from the West Baden Journal (1912) PDF
Susie Owen 25
“Along the Unpoliced Boundaries of a National Pastime”: Negro League Baseball and the West Baden Springs Resort PDF
Carrie Schwier 26-30
The West Baden Springs Hotel in Michael Koryta’s So Cold the River: Collecting Local Connections in Your Library PDF
Renee S. Reed 31-32
Lura Slaughter and Mary Ahern: In the Service of Libraries PDF
Laura M. Wilkerson 33-39
Carnegie Arrives in Orange County PDF
Kenneth Perry McCune 40-43
Indiana Rooms: Start Your Local History Research Here! PDF
Cynthia Geiger 44-45
Greetings from Indiana Landmarks PDF
Suzanne Stanis 46
Oral Histories of the West Baden Springs Hotel--A Resource PDF
Barbara Truesdell 47-52
When Old Meets New: Researching Local History through Architecture and Industry PDF
Jason Hatton 53-55
In Conclusion: Highlighting the Indiana Library Association – 1923 Meeting at the West Baden Springs Hotel PDF
Rhonda Spencer, Dina Kellams 56

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