Special Collections

Researching Philanthropy Exhibit

Mss 78 Kiwanis Convention, June 1933

The questions that bring individuals to the Philanthropy Archives at IUPUI University Library include a variety of subjects and research needs.  Students, educators, fund raisers, foundation professional, and members of the community all have research needs that the Archives strive to meet.  This exhibit shows actual inquiries from researchers and introduces you to the resources of the Archives.  From "what was Merrimon Cuninggim role in philanthropy?" to "I'm studying youth organizations, what information do you have?" to "I need to know what grants the Ford Foundation gave in 1972," these questions are just a sampling of the answers to be found in the Philanthropy Archives!

Visit the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, located in the Lower Level of the IUPUI University Library to discover the answers!

World War II and the Home Front: Efforts and Effects

Nursing Students, n.d.The entry of the United States into World War II had a major impact on the lives of its citizens.  Millions of men and women served in the armed forces, and their families and friends both dealt with concern over their safety and sought ways to support the troops.  The civilian population faced shortages, rationing, and other disruptions to their way of life, but never stopped supporting the nation’s war efforts.  This exhibit, drawing on materials from various collections in the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, looks at some of the effects that World War II had on the home front and at the efforts of civilians of all ages to support both American troops and the overall war effort.

Genesis at 40

In 1972, faculty members Rebecca Pitts of the Department of English and Laurence Lampert of the Department of Philosophy proposed the creation of a literary journal containing poetry, short stories, and essays written by IUPUI students. The proposal won the approval of campus administration, and in the spring of 1973 the first issue of genesis appeared. In conjunction with the publication party for the Spring 2012 issue of genesis, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives created an exhibit tracing the history of the journal. The exhibit contains photos of and comments by Pitts, Lampert, and the campus administrators concerning the journal, photos of students whose writings appeared in genesis, and copies of the journal.

Philanthropy, Service, and IUPUI

As an urban university IUPUI is deeply aware of the impact that its relationship with the community can have.  Public financial support made possible many of the buildings that stand on campus, from Long Hospital (opened 1914) to University Library (opened 1993).  Public donations have also helped support ongoing programs and scholarships.  The university strongly believes in giving back to the community through activities such as the Day of Caring.  Philanthropy and service are strong elements in the university’s value system.   For a quick look at these activities and growth of the university, visit our online snapshot.

In Memory of Robert L. Payton

The IUPUI University Library remembers with deep appreciation Robert L. Payton. Mr. Payton was a pioneer in the field of philanthropy, and played a leading role in establishing philanthropy as an academic discipline. He became the first ever professor of Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI and was a founding Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He and his wife, Pauline, established the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library at IUPUI, one of the finest collections on philanthropy and the non-governmental sector worldwide.

IUPUI 2012 Photo Calendar Caption Contest

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Simply log in using your CAS identity and post captions to your heart’s content for some of the silly and odd photos in IUPUI Archives’ holdings.  You can also vote for captions others have posted.  At the end of each month sage and sober Special Collections and Archives judges will select a winner to receive FABULOUS PRIZES!

A new photo and caption contest will appear at the beginning of each month. 

Everyone’s a winner! 

So post your captions early and often!!

Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award

The IUPUI University Library invites applications for the Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award.  The competitive program awards grants up to $4,000 in any discipline for research that requires use of the Philanthropy Archives of the IUPUI University Library.

The Philanthropy Archives at IUPUI University Library offers a diverse array of primary source materials documenting the world's philanthropic tradition.  It is distinguished by holding the records of such key national institutions as the Independent Sector, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Giving Institute, several of the country's leading fund raising firms and foundations, and the Foundation Center Historical Foundation Collection.  In addition, the Philanthropy Archives documents the rich legacy of philanthropy in Indianapolis through preserving the records of the Indianapolis Foundation, Flanner House, the Health Foundation of Central Indiana, and many others. [More details]

University Library Honors Robert and Pauline Payton

Robert and Pauline Payton were honored by the IUPUI University Library at the 2009 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Awards on April 22.

Follow the Philanthropy Archives on Twitter

Follow the Philanthropy Archives (philanthropyArc) on Twitter.  Get updates on the happenings and activities of the Philanthropy Archives and about the philanthropy world in general.