The Ball State University Student Life Collection contains an assortment of digitized textual records and artifacts broadly documenting the diverse range of student experiences at Ball State University with materials dating from the institution's founding in 1918 to the 1990s. Materials available here were selected for digitization from a variety of individual archival collections at the Ball State University Archives & Special Collections.
This digital collection includes editions of the Ball State Teachers College/University student handbook, also known as the Cardinal Code, a selection of scrapbooks created by Ball State students documenting campus life, newsletters published by a variety of student organizations, Ball State homecoming buttons, pamphlets, brochures, and leaflets containing information for students, and material documenting this history of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.
Newsletters and publications found in this digital collection include:
710 Link, 1959-1960 (Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity)
Balled U, 1973 (art, poetry, campus events)
Black Free Press, 1971
Cherry Statement, 1971 (women's rights)
Communique, 1978-present (disabled student issues and activities)
A Different Drummer, 1968-1969 (arts, culture, and politics)
Environmental Action, 1971-1972
Expo, 1984-2009 (student magazine)
Icarian, 1982 (student activism)
Issues, 1970 (campus opinion)
Issues, 1978 (campus news and opinion)
Off Center, 1959 (campus events)
Reality, 1970-1971 (campus news and opinion)
Right Guard, 1969 (student opinion)
SIMBA, 1969-1971 (minority student issues and opinion)
Trash, 1971 (campus news and opinion)
Vector, 1974 (student writing and photography)
Word to the Ys, 1953 (YMCA and YWCA news)
Other digital collections that contain materials documenting student life include The Orient yearbooks, the Ball State University Student Newspaper collection, the Ball State University Campus Photographs collection, and the Ball State University Historic Films and Videos collection.
Archives & Special Collections, Beanies, Bobbysox, and Body Piercing: A History of Student Life at Ball State online exhibit