Special Collections Blog Posts

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
July 31, 1972On this day, IUPUI announced the start of Project Upward Bound, a new program for recently discharged United States military veterans enrolled at IUPUI. The program aimed to address the needs of men and women who had served in the armed forces who were entering college for the first time. The program originated in the period when many veterans... Read More
July 30, 1992On this day, campus administrators announced that IUPUI would join the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II at the start of the 1992-1993 academic year. In doing so, IUPUI left the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which it had joined in 1977 when Indiana University president John W. Ryan had... Read More
July 29, 1970On this day, construction of a new facility for the IU School of Nursing began on the IUPUI campus. Long housed in the Ball Residence Hall, the IU Training School for Nurses, later called the IU School of Nursing, had grown dramatically under the dynamic leadership of dean Emily Holmquist. The new building allowed for an expansion of both... Read More

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