200 years in the making: Capturing IU's oral history

September 30th 2016
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The Indiana Seminary was founded by the Indiana General Assembly on January 20, 1820. Adding a president and more professors, as the institution grew, it became Indiana College in 1828 and Indiana University in 1838. January 20, 2020 will mark our 200th birthday.

Capturing IU’s oral history

The Bicentennial Oral History Program began in 2008 and has collected several hundred alumni stories, primarily from the Bloomington campus. The project will now expand to include faculty, staff, and alumni across all campuses. The program captures areas of institutional history aligned with the needs of relevant units and will facilitate a new history of Indiana University that is not written solely from the perspective of administrators. Instead it will be written from the perspective of those who attended, worked, and interacted with the university.

Learn more about Signature Projects, such as the Oral History Program, on the recently launched Bicentennial website.  Many of the excellent historic photos are courtesy of the University Archives.

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Contact Info

Herman B Wells Library
1320 E. 10th St., Room 232
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-3403
(812) 855-2576 (Fax)