Our latest haul covers IU area studies faculty as well as student life, child psychology, a Civil War general, and some newly digitized speeches!
Esther Thelen (1941-2004) was a professor of psychology at Indiana University Bloomington and a well-known researcher in the field of developmental psychology. She is known for applying the dynamic systems theory to the study of infant motor development; this has since become the dominant theoretical viewpoint in the field. Much of Thelen’s research was done at Indiana University Bloomington’s Infant Motor Development Laboratory, which she established and directed. This collection contains personal files and correspondence; documents related to public speaking appearances, publications, and roles in professional organizations and committees; educational materials from psychology courses taught by Thelen; and materials related to Thelen’s research, including handwritten notes, drafts of studies, and videotapes of research subjects.
Eugene Chen Eoyang is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Cultures and was a member of the Indiana University faculty from 1966-2002. His ollection consists of papers from his time teaching at Indiana University, as well as papers of his own areas of research and professional projects. The Lilly Library also holds a collection of material related to Professor Eoyang’s translations of Chinese poetry.
Claire Robertson was a professor at Ohio State University and a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. Robertson’s teaching and research focused primarily on the history and culture of women in Africa and on women’s studies. This collection consists of a portion of Robertson’s teaching materials, her research materials, manuscripts and writings, and other records relating to her career and professional activities.
Iliya Harik was Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington whose research and academic activities centered on Middle Eastern and comparative politics, government, and development. This collection contains a broad range of material related to Harik’s academic research and teaching activities and personal life, including articles, drafts, correspondence, research proposals and notes, reports, course syllabi, and lecture notes and audio recordings.
Emma K. Schmidt was a student at Indiana University from 1916 to 1918. This collection consists of a scrapbook she made to document her time at IU and includes information on campus buildings, booklets from campus events, local newspaper clippings, school and financial documents, and miscellaneous memorabilia.
This collection consists of minutes, agendas, bills, correspondence, event plans, copies of the constitution and bylaws, subject files, and financial records for the Teter Quad student government.
Walter Q. Gresham, 1832-1895, was an Indiana lawyer and a former student in IU’s Preparatory Department (1852). He also served as a brigadier general in the Civil War, a U.S. District Judge, a U.S. Circuit Court Judge, Postmaster-General, Secretary of the Treasury, and Secretary of State. This collection consists of correspondence from Gresham and about Gresham related to his Civil War service and the donation of Gresham’s Civil War sword to Indiana University in 1911 (the sword is no longer at IU).
The Indiana University Physical Plant was the central department for university buildings and grounds upkeep from 1959-2015. Prior to 1959 the Physical Plant was part of the Department of Buildings and Grounds. In 2015 the Physical Plant was renamed Facility Operations. This collection includes annual reports and newsletters issued by the department from 1938-2007 and is a handy source of historical information on the construction, maintenance, and restoration of university buildings; utility distribution on campus, including water, gas, and electric; parking and campus roads, including paving and signage; landscaping and grounds maintenance; campus safety; and janitorial, housekeeping, and equipment repair duties.
Newly digitized collections:
The speeches of former IU President Myles Brand (1994-2002) and Vice President and Chancellor Kenneth R. R. Gros Louis are now fully digitized and available online. These and other speech collections of campus administrators can be accessed through ArchivesOnline.