Indiana University Archives Exhibits

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Student Demonstrations at IU in the 1960s
The mention of "student demonstrations" is most likely to bring to mind schools such as UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Kent State University, where some of the most well-known protests have taken place. In reality, schools all across America have had significant student protest movements. From the mid-1960's onward a number of Midwestern schools became embroiled in protests over civil rights, the Vietnam War, women's liberation, and the rights of students. Among those schools was Indiana University. This exhibit showcases archival materials related to major demonstrations, strikes and protests at Indiana University during the 1960s. It…


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IU Student Life and Culture in the 19th Century
What was it like to be an IU student in the 19th century?  What courses were available?  How much did tuition cost?  What did students do outside of class? Where did students live?  What did the campus and the town of Bloomington look like? This on-line exhibit was created to provide some answers to these questions. The exhibit is divided into 9 sections.  The first 4 sections - location of campus, student and faculty popluation, women at IU, and traveling to IU - offer insights into the infrastructure and the size and composition of the campus.  The section on curriculum focuses on class content, and the section on tuition and other…


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IU and World War II
What was it like to be a student at IU shortly before, during and immediately after World War II?   In this exhibit, we attempt by means of short narratives and photographic images to partially answer this question.  The exhibit is divided into 4 sections:  Preparing for the War, Reactions to Pearl Harbor, IU During the War Years, and Post War IU.  In the course of the narrative, we address the following questions about the impact of WWII on Indiana University:  What changes occurred in the curriculum?  Was there a strong military presence on campus before and after the war?  How did IU enrollment change during the war years, and what…

IU Student Traditions
This exhibit hightlights some of the important student traditions at Indiana University. All but one of these traditions (the Well House) have died away.  A few of these traditions lasted only a few years (Book Nook Commencement) or one or two decades (Panthygatric Dance), but most survived for many decades, and in their time and while they thrived, all of these IU traditions were important activities in many students' lives. In this exhibit we strive to provide you with some basic historical information on each tradition, and then by means of photos and documents to offer some glimpses and insights into the very nature and character of the…

Student Demonstrations at IU in 1970
Student unrest was at a high point in 1970 after nearly a decade of student protests at Indiana University, especially towards the end of the 60's. It was no surprise, then, that this unrest reached a boiling point when President Nixon announced U.S. involvement in Cambodia. This exhibit documents the events of the I.U. Cambodia Strikes of 1970, including the initial response to Nixon's announcement of U.S. involvement in Cambodia; campus reactions to the Kent State shootings; and the days following the rally. Most of the archival materials in this exhibit come from the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and the Arbutus, IU's student yearbook.


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