Special Collections Blog Posts

December 28, 1991. Guess what, faithful readers? Nothing notable happened in IUPUI history on this day. Therefore, we provide you yet another opportunity to enjoy a visit by Santa Claus to Riley Hospital for Children, this time in 1991. In this photo, Santa confides with his best buddy.Call on IUPUI Special Collections and Archives for all your Santa-... Read More
December 27, 1973. On this day, the IUPUI chapter of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity held its annual Clothe-a-Child-for-Christmas event. The event, originally scheduled for December 20, had been postponed when a snow storm dumped fourteen inches of the white stuff on Indianapolis.  Working with a local community group, APO arranged for children... Read More
Last week we gave you a photo of Herman B Wells as Santa. Others could play that game, too. In this week's IUPUI photo, Virgil Hunt dons the red suit and beard to be Santa Claus. The photo was taken in December 1968 in the Union Building. Santa was assisted by some friendly elves.Hmm. Could Santa have been on hand for the handshake deal between the... Read More
December 26, 1981. On this day, nightly observances of Kwanzaa began in the Union Building, sponsored by the IUPUI Black Student Union (BSU). Running until December 31, the BSU organized workshops and entertainments for families. Representatives of local African-American groups led events for different age groups. Entertainments included musical and... Read More
December 25, 1949.We're shocked! Shocked! to discover that once again nothing of importance happened at IUPUI on this date. For this reason, please accept another Santa Claus photo from our vast haul of Santa photos. In this photo, Santa visits Long Hospital in 1949. This photo tells us that even grown-up boys and girls were pleased to see Santa!Bringing... Read More
December 24, 1968. Perhaps on this day, Indiana University president Joseph L. Sutton and Purdue University president Frederick L. Hovde met to hash out a deal to head off Indianapolis mayor Richard G. Lugar and Indianapolis Republican Party leaders who planned to create an independent state university in the city.I say "perhaps" because we actually do... Read More
December 23, 1988.On slow news days, reporters typically rustled up "human interest stories" to fill the columns of their newspapers. On this day, we (again) find that nothing noteworthy occurred in the past fifty years. Therefore, in finest journalistic tradition, we share another photo of Santa Claus visiting IUPUI, this time in 1988. This... Read More
December 22, 1970. On this day, we find in Onomatopoeia, the student newspaper of the Indiana University Downtown Campus, that the hours of the campus library in the building at 518 North Delaware Street were 9am to 5pm.Other than that, absolutely nothing happened in IUPUI history on this date. However, we wish to share with loyal readers an article... Read More
December 21.Our diligent efforts to find events of significance in IUPUI history on every day of the year have fallen flat for December 21. We have found nothing happened on this day. For that reason, we have decided to share another Santa Claus photo with the myriad followers of this blog.  In today's photo Santa is Art Lautzenheiser, the long-... Read More
December 20, 1969. On this day, the Indiana University Board of Trustees gave approval for two new four-year degree programs to be offered at the IUPUI "Downtown Campus," the name for the buildings on Delaware and Michigan Streets in downtown Indianapolis that housed IU before construction on Cavanaugh, Lecture Hall, and the library buildings were... Read More

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