The Sharley B. DeMotte Scrapbooks collection provides online access to 23 digitized scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings documenting the history of Ball State from 1925 to 1954.
Sharley DeMotte, an alumna of Indiana University, came to Ball State in 1925 as a faculty member, teaching English and journalism classes at the college until her retirement in 1954. In addition to her teaching duties, DeMotte was the founder-director of the Ball State News Bureau, the forerunner to University Marketing and Communications, and served as an advisor for all student publications, including the Ball State Daily News and the Orient yearbook.
Her collection of scrapbooks includes newspaper clippings from student and local publications and documents the social, cultural, and administrative history of Ball State from 1925 to 1954. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically, with each book covering one academic year or a range of years, and are available to be searched full-text.
A significant portion of the scrapbooks in this collection document the impact of World War II on Ball State, including the establishment of branches of the Army Specialized Training Program and the Civilian Pilot Training Program on campus. Articles regarding Ball State students contributing to the war effort overseas are also heavily documented.
In addition to documenting Ball State's contribution to the war effort through scrapbooking, DeMotte was instrumental in coordinating correspondence between Ball State community members at home and in war. In 1960, DeMotte was honored as a namesake for DeMotte Hall in the DeHority Complex dormitory on the Ball State campus. Sharley DeMotte passed away on January 24, 1978 at the age of 89.
A finding aid for the physical collection of Sharley B. DeMotte scrapbooks held in Archives & Special Collections is also available.