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"I will have much to tell": Eyewitness to History



Everyday people experiencing not everyday scenes – that is what one finds in the personal papers of the “every man” throughout archival repositories worldwide. They record these experiences in letters, diaries, scrapbooks, and photos and the resulting materials provide us, so many years later, with the opportunity to relive the happenings through their eyes.

This exhibit highlights selections from the Indiana University Archives collections. In these, the creators recorded what they saw, thought, heard, or did. While some of their experiences hold primarily local import, such as IU freshman Ralph Garriott’s witnessing of the dreaded hair cutting hazing on campus, others share stories of worldwide significance, such as WWI Red Cross leader Ernest Bicknell’s visual portrayal of the aftermath of war in Europe.




"Light is Good in Whatever Lamp It Burns": Religious Tolerance and the Vision of Beck Chapel - reading room




Retiring from a 25 year career as a teacher, minister and social worker in 1934, Frank O. Beck (A.B. 1894, A.M. 1895) and his wife Daisy (A.B. 1899) returned to their alma mater to serve as unofficial counselors to the student body and the administration. In 1937, at the request of President Wells, Frank Beck began work to organize what would become the University Committee on Religion which consisted of representatives from various religious faiths and sought to ease prejudice with tolerance and understanding. The related Student Religious Cabinet formed shortly thereafter. As the programs grew, the Becks began a nearly twenty year campaign to build a place of worship on the Indiana University campus for those of all faiths, and in 1957 thanks in large part to their own vision and financial support Beck Chapel was dedicated. Today the chapel stands as a symbol of religious unity, but not, according to Beck, as “a chapel of a universal religion but a chapel that recognizes te claims of all religions – a chapel that avows that ‘light is good in whatever lamp it burns.’”




Together with the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, the Archives has created a web site highlighting the tradition of the Old Oaken Bucket!





last updated: 11/21/2013