Inauguration Day: Past and Present

January 15th 2017

This Friday, January 20, 2017 will mark the Inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.

Inauguration Day has a rich history of attendance, celebratory events, and even weather.  Some interesting facts include:

  • The shortest inaugural address was that of George Washington, concluding at just 135 words.
  • It rained all day during Benjamin Harrison's 1889 inauguration, and he ended up taking oath of office during a downpour under an umbrella.
  • The first inauguration to be filmed was William McKinley's in 1901.

For more information on the history and practice behind Inauguration Day, check out the Government Information collection or see the exhibit in the lobby at Wells Library.


  • ScanningFlatbed scanners Scanning
  • Nursing Mothers/Lactation RoomAsk at GIMMS Service Desk for door key and location. Refrigerator and Medela Lactina Select Pump available. Nursing Mothers/Lactation Room
  • PrintingBlack and white printing only Printing
  • Computer WorkstationsComputers available to IU affiliates and all U.S. citizens according to Federal Depository regulations. Computer Workstations
  • TechnologyMicroformat viewers and scanners. Assistance is always available. Technology
  • Quiet Study SpaceGIMMS is a low-talking area. No groups, please. Quiet Study Space

Contact Info

Wells Library 250B
1320 East Tenth Street
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
Emily Alford
Emily Alford - Head of Government Information, Maps and Microform Services, Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-8155

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