Winter Edition of Cornerstone Released

Cornerstone MagazineThe Indiana State Library Foundation has published the third edition of its official magazine, Cornerstone. The quarterly publication is designed to highlight the State Library’s rare collections, public services, statewide programs, and relevant library news from across the state. Specifically, the Foundation hopes to use Cornerstone as a catalyst and reference point to carry out its mission to serve citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library as well as aid in the development of library related programs benefiting libraries throughout the state and the library profession.

The Winter 2014 issue of Cornerstone highlights the State Library’s Genealogy Collection – one of the largest in the Midwest – and discusses the retirement of former State Librarian Roberta L. Brooker.

Click here to view the Winter issue of Cornerstone.

Historic Indiana Newspapers Added to Chronicling America

Indiana Historic Newspaper Project

The Library of Congress recently updated Chronicling America with a batch of new historic Indiana newspapers. The following additions will bring the total number of Indiana newspaper pages on Chronicling America to over 70,000: 

The Indiana State Library in 2011 was awarded a $293,157 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize Indiana’s historically significant newspapers. Newspapers digitized as part of this two-year project will be included in the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America Database as well as Indiana Memory. You can continually monitor the status of this project at the official Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project website.

Jazz Legends, Music Headline One-of-a-kind Event

By Steven Schmidt, Supervisor, Indiana State Library Development Office

Jazz in Indiana

Jazz legend David Baker engages the audience at Jazz @ the State Library on October 5, 2013.

On Saturday, October 5th, the Indiana State Library was anything but quiet!  In partnership with the 25th anniversary of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership, the Indiana State Library hosted a presentation on the history of jazz in Indiana, plus a jazz concert presented by a group of students from Cologne, Germany.

Jazz photographer and historian Duncan Scheidt presented a slide show tracing the early days of Jazz in Indiana, then Hoosier jazz icon Dr. David Baker talked about the state’s contributions and influences on the art form.

Following their presentation, the musicians, lead by André Nendza, one of the leading bass players in Germany and the winner of the Echo Prize, the European equivalent of the Grammy Award for best bass player.  The band, composed of Saara Wallraf on violin; Robert Schlanstein on the drums; Ula Martyn-Ellis on the guitar and Annkathrin Huber providing the vocals performed a selection of composition by Nendza and Martyn-Ellis.

Jazz in Indiana

André Nendza plays along with students from the Cologne College of Music

These musicians are visiting Indianapolis as a part of the 25th anniversary of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister City Partnership and have performed at a number of venues around central Indiana during their stay.   The rest of the Cologne delegation consisted of Cologne Vice-Mayor Angela Spizig, Cologne-Indianapolis committee chair Volkmar Schultz, Vice-chair and German-American Society of Cologne chairman Hartwig Prüßmann, Lydia Kluetsch from the Office of International Affairs for the City of Cologne and Claudia Burger, widow of the late Lord Mayor Norbert Burger who signed the original sister city agreement with Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut in 1988.

Since 1988, Indianapolis and Cologne, Germany have been connected through an active and lively sister city relationship,” said Martin Baier, President of the Indianapolis-Cologne Sister-City Partnership Committee. “The mission is to foster international understanding at all levels by forging person-to-person bonds between the people of Indianapolis and Cologne.”

Click here to learn more about this event and jazz-related holdings at the State Library.