Archives Sponsors Contest to Spotlight Variety of Resources Available

Sarah Warner, who came to Eastern Kentucky University from Chicago recently to pursue a graduate degree, had long heard her father’s fascinating stories about their descendants who supposedly helped settle the wild American frontier.

She dismissed them all as tall tales, though, until she discovered her family’s true Fort Boonesborough roots while doing research in the Special Collections and Archives section of EKU’s Libraries.

Many others have experienced similar revelations on the first floor of Crabbe Library. Now users are invited to compete for prizes simply by sharing their stories about how they have benefited from materials housed in EKU Special Collections and Archives.

The contest, entitled “I Found It in the Archives,” continues through March 31. Entries may be submitted in two forms: an essay of 400 words or less or a video of two minutes or less. Prizes will be awarded to the first 10 who submit valid entries, and a grand prize will go to the entry judged most compelling.

“We want to showcase the variety of resources here for students, staff, faculty and community members,” said Jackie Couture, University records officer and digital archives specialist for EKU Libraries.

For more information about the contest, visit archives.eku.edu/foundit.

Couture described Special Collections and Archives as consisting of four primary areas: the William H. Berge Oral History Center, manuscript collections (from local and regional families, businesses, organizations, etc.), University records (Board of Regents minutes, digitized and searchable copies of The Eastern Progress and Milestone, etc.), and special collection of books relating to Kentucky, Appalachia and genealogy.

For more information about EKU Archives, visit archives.eku.edu.

Published on February 14, 2014