Special Collections Blog Posts

In August 1987, Indianapolis and IUPUI hosted the Pan American Games, a major international sporting event. The Pan Am Games put IUPUI on the international map as a venue for elite competitions. The Natatorium, Track Stadium, and softball fields were venues for international events. Indianapolis prepared for years to be the perfect host to thousands of... Read More
August 8, 1980On this day, the Division of Labor Studies announced a drive to recruit union members, stewards, and officers as students into the program. Labor Studies has a long record in Indiana University of educating women and men of organized labor about the history of the labor movement and methods of organization. It has offered certificate,... Read More
August 7, 1969On this day, the undergraduate academic programs of IUPUI received separate national accreditation, the highest obtainable, after rigorous evaluations of their operations and resources by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).With the creation of a combined campus in Indianapolis came new accreditation requirements for... Read More
August 6, 1979On this day, the Indianapolis Tennis Center, dubbed the "Taj Mahal of tennis," made its athletic debut with the US Open Clay Court Championships. Tennis stars Evonne Goolagong-Cawley and Chris Evert-Lloyd were among the athletes competing in matches during the week at the stadium, located just south of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis... Read More
August 5, 1992On this day, "Successful Aging through Fitness," a conference aimed at promoting fitness and health maintenance for the growing number of people living into their 80s, took place at University Place Conference Center. The IU Schools of Allied Health Sciences, Nursing, Medicine, Physical Education and Social Work-along with the National... Read More
August 4, 1978On this day, the Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a request to plan for the construction of 40 modular housing units on the IUPUI campus. Funds for the construction came from a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor. In the following year, the campus erected apartment buildings on Limestone Street. Today the buildings are... Read More
August 3, 1971The Citizens for Progress Committee (CPC), an Indianapolis organization supporting educational and economic development in the city's African-American neighborhoods, presented a $250 grant to the Louis B. Russell Fellowship Fund for minority students at the Indiana University School of Medicine.The CPC was an organization of African-American... Read More
August 2, 1988On this day, Robert L. Payton was selected as the new director of the IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI and became the nation's first professor of philanthropic studies. He started in the position on September 1.The IU Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI was a bold innovation to create a new field of intellectual study. Planning began in 1986... Read More
The Department of Radiology in the IU School of Medicine employed many innovative technologies in their quest to diagnose diseases and improve human health. Here, nurse Patricia Chang and Ahmet Cakmak, MD, employ a 40 million electron volt accelerator machine in University Hospital to treat a cancer patient, 1974.Please explore IUPUI Special Collections and... Read More
August 1, 1990On this day, IUPUI and IU administrators and local dignitaries celebrated the groundbreaking for a new IUPUI University Library. University president Thomas Ehrlich presided over the event. Also present were Indiana governor Evan Bayh, Indianapolis mayor William Hudnut, and Purdue University president Steven C. Beering (formerly dean of the IU... Read More