Special Collections Blog Posts

March 8, 2001. On this day, Hertha Ward Taylor was the first recipient of the Dr. Joseph T. Taylor Award for Excellence in Diversity, given at the Joseph T. Taylor Symposium.Hertha Taylor, the widow of Dr. Taylor, received the award to honor persons who enhanced IUPUI's climate of diversity and inclusion. The symposium and award are named for Dr.... Read More
March 7, 1979. On this day, an editorial writer of the Sagamore, the IUPUI student newspaper, chastised the Indiana University Board of Trustees for evading protesters who picketed outside their meeting on March 3rd.The Indianapolis South Africa Committee (ISAC), a group of IUPUI students and faculty, had announced their intention to picket the... Read More
"Let's face the music and dance!" IUPUI's Moving Company dance troupe has a long record of performance and education. In this week's photo from the 1980s, members work with youngsters to explore the joys of dance.IUPUI Special Collections and Archives has significant holdings of IUPUI suitable for every occasion. You can search a portion of them by... Read More
March 6, 1971. On this day, IUPUI intercollegiate athletics began. Its origin was inauspicious and unplanned, not unlike many aspects of IUPUI's development. However, as has typically been the IUPUI experience, from modest beginnings grew great things. The 1969 merger of Purdue and Indiana University campuses in the state capital brought... Read More
March 5, 1983. On this day, Melvyn J. Garland, men's basketball coach and IUPUI athletic director, died from leukemia.An Arsenal Tech High School grad, Garland was a stand-out in both baseball and basketball at Purdue University-West Lafayette, winning All-Big Ten and academic honors in both sports. He was MVP of the basketball team in his junior year... Read More
March 4, 1980. On this day, university and city grandees gathered to break ground for a new building to house the School of Education and the School of Social Work. The groundbreaking also signaled the beginning of construction of the Natatorium building on the south side of New York Street. Continuing the decades-long effort to consolidate IUPUI'... Read More
March 3, 1978. On this day, IUPUI began an extended spring break due to the national energy crisis and an ongoing strike by American coal miners.In late 1977 and into the New Year, international politics sent petroleum prices skyward. As well, coal miners in the United States went on strike, creating coal shortages for power producers reliant on the... Read More
March 2, 1989. On this day, third-year law student in the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis Kirk J. Kavanaugh gave a public lecture at the law school on "Federal Sentencing Guidelines." At the time, Kavanaugh had served thirteen years as a probation officer and director of training for the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal... Read More
March 1, 1983. On this day, the IUPUI men's basketball team won their first post-season tournament game.The IUPUI Metros squad defeated Huntington College 89-82 in the first round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District 21 playoffs. Huntington had taken an early lead, but the Metros came back quickly to seize the lead... Read More
February 28, 1978. On this day, IUPUI held its first Homecoming celebration.IUPUI students had competed in intercollegiate athletics for several years. IUPUI's first intercollegiate athletic competition occurred in 1971 when the winning men's intramurals basketball team played in an intercollegiate tournament. The first Metros men's basketball team... Read More