Special Collections Blog Posts

Lots of people dress...shall we say...audaciously every day. But Halloween brings out the best. This photo from a Ball Hall Halloween party in 2008 displays a portion of our costumed revelers.Check out our IUPUI Image Collection to find Halloween partiers in days of old. Please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu for all your... Read More
October 31, 1973 On this day, IUPUI chancellor Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., gave his first major speech to the IUPUI community, his "The State of IUPUI Address." He gave it in Emerson Hall's auditorium. In his speech he outlined much of what would occupy much of his long tenure as chancellor: consolidation of IUPUI downtown.Having served as chancellor only... Read More
October 30, 1988 On this day, surgeons in the Indiana University Medical Center's University Hospital performed the first pancreatic transplant in Indiana. The patient had suffered from diabetes for years and had a successful kidney transplant three months before the pancreatic transplant. The surgery was led by Dr. Mark D. Pescovitz, then an... Read More
October 29, 1970 On this day, groundbreaking ceremonies for the Indiana University School of Nursing building occurred. Included in the festivities was a tree-planting, symbolic of the growth of a nursing program in the university. School of Nursing dean Emily Holmquist and senior student Sarah Reitz together planted a tulip tree--the state tree of... Read More
October 28, 1996 On this day, IUPUI leaders announced the roll out of the IUPUI Office for Women. "The office will serve as a focal point for advancing the academic and professional interests of women at IUPUI," said IUPUI executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties William M. Plater. The aim was to "improve the overall campus climate for all... Read More
October 27, 1976 On this day, in advance of the presidential election, four student organizations hosted a "Great Debate" forum for supporters of different political groups to air their ideas about the issues of the day. The four student groups were the Young Socialist Alliance, Students for [Jimmy] Carter, the Young Libertarian Alliance, and the IUPUI... Read More
October 26, 1979 On this day, the Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on campus held an "All Campus Halloween Dance" in the Union Building cafeteria in conjunction with the Student Activities Board. Halloween dances and events have had a long history at IUPUI. Over the years, students have enjoyed donning costumes and tripping the light... Read More
October 25, 2013 On this day, Dr. Ora Pescovitz was the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Hazelett Women in Leadership Forum. Sponsors for the forum were the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence in the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI, the Office of the Chancellor, and the IUPUI Office for Women. The Hazelett Forum celebrates the... Read More
We loved the old Chili for Charity event, held under Business/SPEA. The tastes! The smells! This photo gives us olfactory nostalgia!Check out our IUPUI Image Collection to search for IUPUI photographs of yesteryear. IUPUI Special Collections and Archives has a multitude of them for you to use. Contact us at speccoll@iupui.edu.
October 24, 1969 On this day, a new course, "Black Literature: An Overview," began in the Marott Building, one of the downtown buildings that IUPUI occupied before consolidating on the near-west side. The course was taught by Mari Evans (1923-2017), a noted African-American poet. Miss Evans was writer-in-residence for the 1969-1970 school year.Born in... Read More