Celebrate Archives Month at IU this October!

September 28th 2016
Men examining rare books for Victorian Studies, 1959

October is American Archives Month! American Archives Month is collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories across the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

We are so fortunate at IU Bloomington as there are archives and special collections scattered across the campus. Below are highlights of just some of their events and activities throughout the month – what will you learn this month? 

Jump to: All Events | All Exhibits | Archives of African American Music and Culture | Archives of Traditional Music | Black Film Center/Archive | Center for the Study of History and Memory | Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology | Herman B Wells Library | Kinsey Institute | Lilly Library | Mathers Museum of World Cultures | IUL Moving Image Archive | Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection | Indiana University Archives | Wylie House Museum

All Events

Follow links for event times and locations

October 1:  Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation (off-campus), Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 3: Lecture: Dr. Gerald Butters, Aurora University, Black Film Center/Archive

October 4: Stories of the Hoosier State: Conversation with the Curator and Reception, Lilly Library

October 5: #AskAnArchivist Day @IUBArchives, Indiana University Archives

October 5: #AskAnArchivist Day @IULillyLibrary, Lilly Library

October 6: The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artist Series, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 6: First Thursdays on the Fine Arts Plaza, Wylie House Museum

October 6: First Thursdays on the Fine Arts Plaza, Lilly Library

October 6: First Thursdays--Limestone Carving, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 6: Wings (1927) screening and a post-screening discussion with film archivist Andrea Kalas, Moving Image Archive

October 6: Mathers After Hours--Mister Lonely (2007) Costume Party, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 7 - November 1: Day of the Dead Altar Opening, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 8: “MEET THE SEEDS”: Heirloom Seed Exhibit/Workshop & Seed Return Day, Wylie House Museum

October 10 & 11: Deborah Riley Draper: Untold African American Stories, (lecture and film series) Black Film Center/Archive

October 11: Health, Healing, and the Arts, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 13: The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artist Series, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 15:  Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation (off-campus), Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 15: Parlor Concert Series, Wylie House Museum

October 17: #BlackPanthersMatter: The Black Panther Party at 50 (film series), Black Film Center/Archive

October 19: Edit the Election: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, IU Libraries Social Sciences

October 20: "A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana," by Steven Higgs, Wylie House Museum

October 21: Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 22: #BlackPanthersMatter: The Black Panther Party at 50 (film series), Black Film Center/Archive

October 26: Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 27: The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artist Series, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

October 30: Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters!, Mathers Museum of World Cultures

(Ongoing) May-November: Free guided tours of the Wylie House, Wylie House Museum

(Ongoing): Artifact Office Hours, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

All Exhibits

Follow links for exhibit times and locations

June 24 - October 7: C. David Repp: Photographer (ending soon!) Indiana University Archives

August 9 - October 7: These are the Voyages: Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek (ending soon!) Lilly Library

October 8: “MEET THE SEEDS”: Heirloom Seed Exhibit/Workshop & Seed Return Day Wylie House Museum

September 19 - October 21: The Eye of the Beholder: Four Hundred Years of Beauty Ideals Lilly Library

August 22 - December 9: The Illustrated Woman: Fashion Images from the Sage Collection (IU Scholars’ Commons) Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection

September 26 - December 17: Stories of the Hoosier State: Two Centuries of Indiana Literature Lilly Library

(Ongoing): Shawnee Pottery Exhibit Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

(Ongoing): Poland’s Literary Lion: Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) (Wells Library East Tower, 5th floor), IU Libraries Area Studies

                    2016: Celebrating the Centennial of Eight Great Spanish & Latin American Writers (Wells Library East Tower, 6th floor) IU Libraries Area Studies

                    East Asian Nobel Prize Winners in Literature (Wells Library East Tower, 8th floor) IU Libraries Area Studies

                    The Shaname (“The Book of Kings”) by Ferdowsi (Wells Library East Tower, 9th floor) IU Libraries Area Studies

Archives and Special Collections at Indiana University Bloomington

Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC)

The Archives of African American Music and Culture (AAAMC) is a repository of materials covering a range of African American musical idioms and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era.

Archives of Traditional Music (ATM)

The Archives of Traditional Music is an audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world.

Black Film Center/Archive (BFC/A)

The Black Film Center/Archive is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people.

     Upcoming Events

      October 3: Dr. Gerald Butters, Aurora University (lecture)

      October 10 & 11: Deborah Riley Draper: Untold African American Stories (lecture and film series)

      October 17 & 22: #BlackPanthersMatter: The Black Panther Party at 50 (film series)

Center for the Study of History and Memory

The Center for the Study of History and Memory began its existence in 1968, when the "Oral History Project" was founded by Oscar O. Winther as an initiative to collect the history of Indiana University itself. The Center is dedicated to building upon its work in the field of oral history while broadening the range of their research projects to address the many ways that people remember, represent, and use the past in public and private life.

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

The Black Lab collections are comprised of objects, papers, maps, microfilms, photographic negatives and prints, slides, films, digital files, illustrations, and artwork.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      Shawnee Pottery (current exhibit)

      Artifact Office Hours (ongoing event)

Herman B Wells Library, IU Libraries

On the Bloomington campus, the Herman B Wells Library, with its double towers of Indiana limestone, is the visual center of the multi-library system and primarily supports the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Especially noteworthy are the collections that support IU’s international and area studies, including interdisciplinary research collections developed in the areas of African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Uralic and Altaic Studies, East Asian Studies, and West European Studies.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      October 19: Edit the Election: Wikipedia Edit-a-ThonIU Libraries Social Sciences

      (Ongoing): IU Libraries Area Studies Exhibits, Wells Library East Tower:

          Poland’s Literary Lion: Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) (5th floor)

          2016: Celebrating the Centennial of Eight Great Spanish & Latin American Writers ( 6th floor)

          East Asian Nobel Prize Winners in Literature (8th floor)

          The Shaname (“The Book of Kings”) by Ferdowsi (9th floor)

Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections

Established in 1947, the mission of the Kinsey Institute is “to foster and promote a greater understanding of human sexuality and relationships through impactful research, outreach, education, and historical preservation.” The Kinsey Institute Collections encompass print materials, film and video, fine art, artifacts, photography, and archives. 

Lilly Library

The Lilly Library is the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections library of the Indiana University Libraries in Bloomington.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      August 9 - October 7: These are the Voyages: Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek (exhibit – ending soon!)

      September 19 - October 21: The Eye of the Beholder: Four Hundred Years of Beauty Ideals (exhibit)

      September 26 - December 17: Stories of the Hoosier State: Two Centuries of Indiana Literature (exhibit)

      October 4: Stories of the Hoosier State: Conversation with the Curator and Reception

      October 5: #AskAnArchivist Day @IULillyLibrary

      October 6: First Thursdays on the Art Plaza

Mathers Museum of World Cultures

The Mathers Museum Collections consist of over 30,000 objects and 10,000 photographs representing cultures from each of the world's inhabited continents.

     Upcoming Events

      October 1 & 15: Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation (various locations)

      October 6, 13 & 27: The Beauty of Indiana Folk Arts: Visiting Folk Artist Series

      October 6: First Thursdays--Limestone Carving

      October 6: Mathers After Hours--Mister Lonely (2007) Costume Party

      October 7: Nov. 1 Day of the Dead Altar Opening

      October 11: Health, Healing, and the Arts

      October 21 & 26: Sensual Knowledge: Visiting Performing Artist Series

      October 30: Halloween Family Fun Fest: Monsters!

IU Libraries Moving Image Archive

The IUMIA contains more than 86,000 items spanning nearly 80 years of film and television production, including many rare and last-remaining copies of influential 20th-century films.

     Upcoming Events

      October 6: Wings (1927) screening and a post-screening discussion with film archivist Andrea Kalas

Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection

Overseen by the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, the Sage collection serves as a resource for students, professionals, and the public. The Collection contains both a high-quality permanent museum collection intended for exhibition and research and a hands-on collection used in classroom instruction and fashion design studios.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      August 22 - December 9: The Illustrated Woman: Fashion Images from the Sage Collection (exhibit, IU Scholars’ Commons)

University Archives

The primary mission of the IU Libraries University Archives is to collect, organize, make accessible and preserve records documenting Indiana University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      June 24 - October 7: C. David Repp: Photographer (exhibit - ending soon!)

      October 5: #AskAnArchivist Day @IUBArchives

Wylie House Museum

Wylie House is a historic house museum administered by the IU Libraries. The house was built in 1835 by Andrew Wylie, first president of Indiana University.

     Upcoming Events and Exhibits

      October 6: First Thursdays on the Fine Arts Plaza

      October 8: “MEET THE SEEDS”: Heirloom Seed Exhibit/Workshop & Seed Return Day

      October 15: Parlor Concert Series

      October 20: "A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana," by Steven Higgs

      (Ongoing) May-November: Free guided tours of the Wylie House

Today's Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm All hours

Contact Info

Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-1127
Dina Kellams
Dina Kellams - Director
(812) 855-2323

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