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History of Indiana University

Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially recordings with history professor George Juergens, who discusses student activism, race relations, protests, and strikes at Indiana University during the Civil Rights era, as well as the first Black Studies course offerings at Indiana University; IU President Elvis J. Stahr (1962-1968), who recalls the impact made upon the university campus by the Civil Rights Movement, black and white extremist groups, and protests against the Vietnam War; Jazz composer and professor David N. Baker, who discusses experiences of racism and segregation; 1930 alumna Mrs. Narcissus N. Burton, who details the segregation and discrimination she experienced as an African American student during the 1920s; alumnus and retired Marine Corps general Joseph O. Butcher, who talks about diversity and the African-American presence at IU in the 1930s and the student protests at the university in the 1960s; teacher William Garrett, who in the late 1940s was the first African-American athlete in the Big Ten to be offered a basketball scholarship; 1920 alumnus Patton J. Hill, who describes what it was like to be an African-American in Bloomington and to work as a junior high school principal in Trenton, New Jersey, during desegregation; IU alumnus and trustee J. Dwight Peterson, who discusses his years as an African American on campus before and after World War II; Hyneman and Byrum Carter, who address the changing role of African-American students and student protests during the 1960s and 1970s; George A. Johnson, who recalls his time as an African American IU student between 1911 and 1915 and describes his experiences as a history teacher and school administrator in Vincennes, Indiana, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Wilmington, Delaware, and Cheyney, Pennsylvania; and Residence hall administrator Alice Nelson talks about the impact of African Americans at Indiana University in the interwar period.

Other interviewees who discuss African American students and faculty on the Bloomington campus include Hanson Anderson and Dean Barnhart, John E. Stempel, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Weathers, and John L. Young.

This collection also includes a recording of the Chase C. Mooney Memorial Service (Mooney was a history professor with a longstanding commitment to Civil Rights).

Collection Description (Extant): This project is a compilation of interviews of subjects with strong ties to and memories of Indiana University, primarily at the Bloomington campus. The interviewees include former students, faculty, and staff, among others. The information contained in the interviews generally spans a little more than the first half of the twentieth century and often deals with the administrations under presidents William Lowe Bryan and Herman B Wells. The project is a survey of Indiana University's history as a whole including information about various academic departments, athletics, student organizations, campus growth, university development, living conditions, segregation and the treatment of African-Americans, the administration, and the importance of jazz at Indiana University. In addition, the impact of specific events, such as the Great Depression, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, and water shortages, is detailed in many of the interviews in this project.

Access Copy Note: Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Date(s): 1968-1981

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: ohrc053

Extent: 90 interviews. Audiotapes (cassette and reel-to-reel), transcripts, and collateral materials.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: George Juergens, Elvis J. Stahr, David N. Baker, Narcissus N. Burton, Joseph O. Butcher, William Garrett, Patton J. Hill, J. Dwight Peterson, Hyneman Carter, Byrum Carter, George A. Johnson, Alice Nelson, Hanson Anderson, Dean Barnhart, John E. Stempel, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Weathers, John L. Young.

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American athletes
African American college students--Indiana
African American educators
African Americans--Civil rights--Indiana
Civil rights movements--Indiana
Discrimination in higher education
Indiana University
Indiana--Race relations
Race discrimination--Indiana
Student movements


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