University Archives

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The University Archives is your stop for IU Bloomington history. 

As an archives, our primary mission is to collect, organize, preserve and make accessible records documenting Indiana University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors. With an estimated 18,000 cubic feet of records and papers in all formats, the University Archives is the largest and most comprehensive source of information on the history and culture of Indiana University. To ensure this history is captured, we provide records management assistance to IU Bloomington offices, schools, departments, as well as administrative offices on the IUB campus that have system-wide responsibilities.

We invite and encourage public, students, staff, faculty, and researchers to use our collections, whether the purpose is for teaching, research, or pure curiosity. 

Planning your visit

The University Archives reading room is located on the 4th floor of the Wells Library East Tower on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. View campus parking information; we recommend parking at the Jordan Avenue Garage. Wells Library has two accessible entrances.

Questions about your visit? Use the contact information on this page to get in touch with us. 


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  • Modern Political Papers

    The Indiana University Modern Political Papers Collection consists of the congressional papers of senators and members of the House of Representatives from Indiana and of prominent Indiana state legislators serving from post-World War II to the present.

Staff Directory

Photograph Curator
(812) 855-4495
Political Papers Specialist
Associate Librarian
(812) 856-4601
Director of University Archives
Associate Librarian
(812) 855-2323
Bicentennial Archivist
(812) 855-5897
Digital Archivist
(812) 855-8170
Outreach and Public Services Archivist
Assistant Librarian
(812) 855-3322
Project Archivist
Visiting Assistant Librarian
Records Manager
(812) 855-6564

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Mission Statement | Collection Policy | FAQs about the University Archives | Prices for Reproduction Services

Mission Statement

The mission of the IU Libraries University Archives is to appraise, collect, organize, preserve and make available records of enduring value in support of the University's administration, teaching, research and service. To this end, the University Archives will:

  • Provide information services which support University administrators in performance of their duties
  • Support research and teaching by making available and encouraging the use of its collections by the IU community and the public
  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the history, programs, and goals of Indiana University
  • Work with campus partners to develop and implement a records management strategy for IU Bloomington offices, schools, and departments and for administrative offices on the IUB campus that have system-wide responsibilities

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Collection Policy

The University Archives collects records relating to the history and culture of Indiana University that have long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value. The majority of the records collected by the Archives are generated by University administrative units and academic departments and document the process of administering and managing the University. Another prominent but less voluminous source of records collected by the University Archives are the records generated by faculty, student and alumni organizations. The Archives also collects records that are about the University and members of the IU community, even if the creator of these documents is not associated with IU. Finally, the University Archives collects on a selective basis the personal papers of prominent IU faculty and alumni.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)