June 30, 1987.
On this day, IUPUI's Peirce Project unveiled a geodetic marker donated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to honor Charles S. Peirce, the towering philosopher and logician whose voluminous papers and writings were being assembled, annotated, edited, and published by the Peirce Project.
According to Prof. Christian Kloesel, director of the Peirce Project, the new marker had two functions. As well as being a monument to honor Peirce, it served as a tool to make accurate geodetic measurements, assisted by satellites orbiting earth in space.
The marker resides near the Education/Social Work building in the courtyard bounded on the north by Taylor Hall.
Peirce (1839-1914) is considered one of the most important logicians in world history. He developed the philosophical movement which scholars today call pragmatism. He also made numerous other contributions that scholars in a wide variety of disciplines study, such as statistics, mathematics, and physics. For many years he worked for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, which later became a part of NOAA.
The Peirce Project came to IUPUI from Texas Tech University in 1975. Today it is one of the major documentary-editing projects under the umbrella of the Institute of American Thought in the School of Liberal Arts.
IUPUI Special Collections and Archives has records documenting the arrival of the Peirce Project at IUPUI and the development of the Institute for American Thought. Please contact Archives staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With this entry, we conclude our On This Day in IUPUI History year-long survey of events that occurred over the last fifty years. Some of the events were big, others were not so big. In either case, we hope that readers have learned a little bit about the history of IUPUI: its origins, its development, and the many achievements and contributions that IUPUI students, staff, and faculty have made along the way.