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Digitization of the IU Board of Trustees minutes continues! Researchers can now search the 1930s-present day!


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The Office of Archives and Records Management at Indiana University Bloomington is a department within the IU Library system. As an archives, the primary mission 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. The IU Bloomington Archives is the largest and most comprehensive source of information on the history and culture of Indiana University. As the records management office for IU Bloomington offices, schools and departments, and for administrative offices on the IUB campus that have system-wide responsibilities, the primary goal is to provide overall direction for developing and implementing a records management strategy that will effectively and systematically manage records throughout their entire life cycle.


Further information about the Archives


Finding Aids: Finding aids are guides and inventories to collections held in archives that provide detailed descriptions of manuscript collections, their intellectual organization and, at varying levels of analysis, of individual items in the collections.

Archives Photograph Collection: The Archives holds a vast photograph and negative collection that comprises approximately two-million images. The majority of these were shot by Indiana University's Photographic Services Department, Athletic Department, and News Bureau. The remaining images were shot mostly by local professional photographers, alumni, and faculty. Nearly all of the images document the history of IU.

Records and Papers of Herman B Wells: Collections from one of Indiana University's most memorable administrators, Herman B Wells. 

Digital and Special Projects 


Student Life at IU: Serving to host selected collections concerning the activities of Indiana University students, the Student Life at IU web site brings together memorable moments drawn from the holdings of the IU Archives. The site includes four online exhibits: "Student Demonstrations at IU in the 1960s," "IU Student Life and Culture in the 19th Century," "IU and World War II," "IU Student Traditions," and "Student Demonstrations at IU in 1970." (Updated, December 2013!)


Indiana Daily Student: Online access to the IUB student newspaper spanning 1867-1923! IUB-access only.


Arbutus: An ongoing project by the staff of the Indiana University yearbook, The Arbutus, to provide online access to this valuable resource on student life.


Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection: Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.

Bloomington Faculty Council Minutes: Cooperative project with the Digital Library Program and Faculty Council Office to provide full-text searchable web access to a growing number of meeting minutes and circulars of the BFC,

which is responsible for faculty governance on the Bloomington campus.

IU Board of Trustees Minutes: Cooperative project with the Board of Trustees Office and the Digital Library Program to provide access to a growing number of meeting minutes on the web.

Archives of Institutional Memory: AIM is a digital repository for disseminating and preserving official Indiana University records with long-term, indefinite administrative, legal, fiscal or historical value. AIM manages and distributes digital items and allows for indexing and searching of the files and associated metadata to locate and retrieve the items.

Indiana University Web Sites on The Indiana University Web Sites collection is an extension of the holdings of the University Archives which is responsible for the appraisal, acquisition, preservation and use of University records of permanent value and the private records of individuals and organizations associated with Indiana University.

last updated: 12/12/2013