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Student Life Exhibits (5 total)

Student Demonstrations at IU in the 1960s

The mention of "student demonstrations" is most likely to bring to mind schools such as UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and Kent State University, where some of the most well-known protests have taken place. In reality, schools all across America have had significant student protest movements. From the mid-1960's onward a number of Midwestern schools became embroiled in protests over civil rights, the Vietnam War, women's liberation, and the rights of students. Among those schools was Indiana University.

This exhibit showcases archival materials related to major demonstrations, strikes and protests at Indiana University during the 1960s. It presents the rich history of student activism that is an integral part of what IU is today. This exhibit was created in conjunction with the Fall 2011 Themester, Making War, Making Peace.

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IU Student Life and Culture in the 19th Century

What was it like to be an IU student in the 19th century?  What courses were available?  How much did tuition cost?  What did students do outside of class? Where did students live?  What did the campus and the town of Bloomington look like? This on-line exhibit was created to provide some answers to these questions.

The exhibit is divided into 9 sections.  The first 4 sections - location of campus, student and faculty popluation, women at IU, and traveling to IU - offer insights into the infrastructure and the size and composition of the campus.  The section on curriculum focuses on class content, and the section on tuition and other expenses provides information what it cost a student to attend IU. Finally, the last 3 exhibit sections focus on the life of the student outside the class, including involvement in social clubs and intramural sports.

The records displayed in the exhibit come from the Indiana University Archives and consist of photos and various types of textual records, including newspaper articles, broadsides, catalogs, programs and publications.  Of course, this exhibit includes only a sample of the records relating to student life available in the IU Archives.  Links to collections that provide more detail on 19th century student life can be found in the exhibit pages listed below. If you do not find references to what you are looking for, please contact the Archives at or at (812)-855-1127.

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IU and World War II

What was it like to be a student at IU shortly before, during and immediately after World War II?   In this exhibit, we attempt by means of short narratives and photographic images to partially answer this question.  The exhibit is divided into 4 sections:  Preparing for the War, Reactions to Pearl Harbor, IU During the War Years, and Post War IU.  In the course of the narrative, we address the following questions about the impact of WWII on Indiana University:  What changes occurred in the curriculum?  Was there a strong military presence on campus before and after the war?  How did IU enrollment change during the war years, and what impact did those changes have on student life?  How did IU respond to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and to the declaration of war by the United States?  How did civilian IU faculty and students contribute to the war effort?  What was the impact of the G-I Bill on IU enrollment?  Where did IU house all these new students after the war?  After reviewing the exhibit we hope you will have a better understanding of the tremendous impact WWII had on IU, and of how the University responded to the challenges associated with educating its students and, at the same time, with preparing them to support the war effort.

IU Student Traditions

This exhibit hightlights some of the important student traditions at Indiana University. All but one of these traditions (the Well House) have died away.  A few of these traditions lasted only a few years (Book Nook Commencement) or one or two decades (Panthygatric Dance), but most survived for many decades, and in their time and while they thrived, all of these IU traditions were important activities in many students' lives. In this exhibit we strive to provide you with some basic historical information on each tradition, and then by means of photos and documents to offer some glimpses and insights into the very nature and character of the tradition.  We have attempted to present these traditions in chronological order.  Because it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint exactly when a tradition began (the first time a tradition is engaged it is hardly thought of as a tradition, and perhaps given even less consideration in terms of being worth documenting) the order presented here is a rough estimate.

Student Demonstrations at IU in 1970

Student unrest was at a high point in 1970 after nearly a decade of student protests at Indiana University, especially towards the end of the 60's. It was no surprise, then, that this unrest reached a boiling point when President Nixon announced U.S. involvement in Cambodia.

This exhibit documents the events of the I.U. Cambodia Strikes of 1970, including the initial response to Nixon's announcement of U.S. involvement in Cambodia; campus reactions to the Kent State shootings; and the days following the rally. Most of the archival materials in this exhibit come from the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and the Arbutus, IU's student yearbook.

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