Special Collections Blog Posts

July 6, 1993 On a hot summer day in 1993, over 500 volunteers helped transfer books from the old IUPUI Library-now Taylor Hall- into the current University Library building. After this initial book brigade finished their work, a professional moving company finished the task of moving all of the books, periodicals, and microforms from the old library,... Read More
July 5, 1973 On July 5, 1973, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Roy Wilkins delivered the first annual Wendell L. Willkie Memorial Lecture in the IU School of Law-Indianapolis building on the IUPUI campus.  Willkie (1892-1944) was a 1916 graduate of IU School of Law in Bloomington. A... Read More
On the birthday of the United States of America, IUPUI Special Collections and Archives presents a photo of a bicentennial celebration in 1976 on the IUPUI campus. Pictured is former IUPUI chancellor Maynard K. Hine in powdered wig at the podium. Behind him to the left in the photo are IU president John W. Ryan and IUPUI chancellor Glenn W. Irwin. In the... Read More
July 4, 1991 IUPUI’s downtown location makes it a popular spot for viewing fireworks that light up the Indianapolis skyline during July 4 Independence Day festivities. Despite the hoards of people who fill the roofs of campus parking garages to watch downtown fireworks shows, campus policy bans the use of fireworks on any university property. On... Read More
July 3, 1974  U.S. Senator Vance Hartke announced a grant from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare to the Indiana University School of Medicine for $2,050,000 to increase the number of physicians practicing in Indiana. The grant was, in part, a response to a recurring nationwide physician shortage. Post-World-War-Two... Read More
July 2, 1982  For two days, the newly built IU Track and Field Stadium hosted more than two hundred athletes from the United States, the Soviet Union, and several countries in Africa (competing as an African all-star team) who competed in the Lite Games. The event was one of several meets between the US and Soviet track teams after the US had... Read More
July 1, 1971The merger in January 1969 of IU and Purdue operations in Indianapolis did not happen overnight. Nor was the blending of two different university bureaucracies easy. IUPUI’s first chancellor, Maynard K. Hine, and many university administrators toiled diligently to bring together the academic and office functions of the two universities. Months,... Read More
Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives would like to announce the completion of an LSTA digitization grant from the Indiana State Library entitled "The Evolution of German-American Culture in Indianapolis, 1866-2011." Germans were one of the largest immigrant groups in Indianapolis in the 19th century.  The German language and German culture... Read More
Peter Dobkin Hall was a seminal figure in the critical study of philanthropy, and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives was honored to be selected by Hall as the home for his personal papers before his untimely death in 2015. We are pleased to announce we have finished processing his material and it is now open for research. Of particular... Read More
In January 2016, Huffington Post reporter Christina Wilkie wrote an article exposing Trump’s use of his foundation to position himself for a presidential run.  In detailing the abrupt change in the foundation’s practices from supporting local charities in the Northeast to supporting conservative political organizations, Wilkie notes, “... Read More