The Special Collections and University Archives is responsible for building and maintaining a variety of collections. Each collection has its own collection development policies. Before making a donation or inquiring about a collection, see its specific policy below.
We collect records of administrative, legal, and historical value created by or pertaining to IUPUI. These records come from a broad range of university units, schools, and departments, as well as from faculty, staff, and student organizations
Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives accepted the records of the Athenaeum Turners in 1978. The University’s connection to the Turners through the School of Physical Education, which had previously been the Turners’ Normal College of the American Gymnastics Union, made the Turners records a good fit. The collection expanded to include several other Turner-related collections in subsequent years.
The IUPUI Philanthropic Studies Archives collects paper or digital documents, datasets, photographs, audiovisual materials, scrapbooks, and other formats that provide information about the history and development of philanthropy.
The primary mission of the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library is to support the educational and research programs relating to philanthropic studies and nonprofit management at IUPUI. The secondary mission is to support the wider scholarship of philanthropy in other educational and research programs in the US and internationally, including the Fund Raising School. The tertiary mission is to support the functional research needs of the non-profit community in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.