Special Collections Blog Posts

This week's photo show's IUPUI men's basketball coach Ron Hunter and members of his squad fitting donated shoes to childrens' feet during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Caring in 2009.Visit IUPUI Special Collections and Archives to find a wealth of IUPUI historical photography. Search the IUPUI Image Collection to see a fraction of our holdings. Contact... Read More
January 9, 1978. On this day, the Sagamore, the student newspaper at IUPUI, took stock of the progress the university had made since the 1969 merger of the Indianapolis extensions of Indiana University and Purdue University. In an editorial titled, "IUPUI is Growing Up," newspaper writers assessed that IUPUI had grown in many ways. New programs of... Read More
January 8, 1995. On this day, national news outlets reported that former Vice President Dan Quayle, who had entered University Hospital on the IUPUI campus days before to have an emergency appendectomy operation, had had in fact a rare benign tumor in his appendix. According to the New York Times, the growth was a "cyst-like tumor containing mucous and... Read More
January 7, 1985. On this day, the state's first bone marrow transplantation program opened in Riley Hospital for Children on the Indiana University Medical Center campus of IUPUI. The unit treated both pediatric and adult patients with certain leukemias and non-cancerous blood diseases. The unit aimed to treat 15 to 25 patients in the first year, an... Read More
January 6, 1975. On this day, the IUPUI Sagamore, the student newspaper, published schedule corrections for registration for spring-semester classes. As the newspaper noted, "THESE CHANGES ARE NOT printed in your schedule." The notice served as evidence that the newspaper was the best, most up-to-date means of communicating to students any additions to... Read More
January 5, 1985. On this day, the IUPUI women's basketball team defeated Oakland City College 68-66 in a home game played in the gymnasium in the Natatorium building. While the Metros (as IUPUI teams were then called) never trailed, Oakland City were able to tie them seven times. IUPUI's winning basket came with seven seconds left in the game. The win... Read More
January 4, 1973. On this day, IUPUI students could begin their preparations to make changes to their schedules to start classes in the Spring Semester starting January 11.In the old days, students had to register for classes, make payments, drop or add classes to their schedules, and do other administrative chores in person. According to an... Read More
January 3, 1977. On this day, the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts announced a new interdisciplinary minor in International Studies. Political Science Department chairperson Dr. Richard A. Fredland noted that the minor would afford students the opportunity to study different cultures and across different disciplines without making the commitment of earning... Read More
We hope you didn't overindulge on New Year's Eve. If you did, we have this photo for you. The photo shows IU School of Medicine professor of biochemistry emeritus Rolla M. Harger demonstrating his Drunk-o-meter, a device that accurately indicated blood-alcohol levels. The Drunk-o-meter was the first invention developed commercially by the Indiana University... Read More
January 2, 2011.On this day, the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives Photo Caption Contest began. Archives staff were inspired by the cartoon caption contests that ran in The New Yorker magazine, which prompted readers to submit clever and funny captions. Archives has such a wealth of strange and funny photos of IUPUI through the year, staff thought. Why... Read More