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Indiana University oral history archive

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

Collection Description (CRHP): See in particular interviews with John W. Brooks, who discusses racism, segregation, integration, interracial dating, the Civil Rights Movement, and his fraternity Omega Psi Chi; 1967 alumnus Guy R. Loftman, who discusses the Ku Klux Klan, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Progressive Reform Party during the 1960s; chemistry professor Harry Day, on changes since the 1940s, including the impact the Civil Rights Movement on Indiana University; 1968 alumnus William G. Mays, who talks about his experiences with racism, fellow African-American students, and the Greek system in the 1960s; Stephen Kendall Smith, student body president in 1963-64, who discusses campus reactions to the Civil Rights Movement; John Walda, a 1972 Indiana University alumnus, who discusses protests related to the Civil Rights Movement, including the Ballantine Lock-In; Moses Gray, who attended IU on a football scholarship from 1957-1961 and discusses racism as well as exposure to academic and athletic excellence; Herman Hudson, Dean of Afro-American Affairs (1970 - 1981), who describes his founding of the Department of Afro-American Studies; professor Phyllis R. Klotman, who discusses racism, African-Americans, minority students, female faculty, affirmative action, minority enrollment, and the founding of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University; IU East Chancellor Charlie Nelms, who talks about his years as an Indiana University student, African-American students, experiences of racism, and his development of the Foster Quad Black Student Association; and science education professor James Weigand, who recalls racism, integration, and African-American doctoral students of the past few decades. Other interviews of interest are those with Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, William G. Bannon, William R. "Dick" Adams, and Gerald Bepko.

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, including former students, faculty, and staff, among others. The information spans most of the twentieth century and deals with the administrations under presidents Herman B Wells, John Ryan, Thomas Ehrlich, and Myles Brand. The project occurred in two parts. The first round of interviews was with administrators, trustees, and other high-ranking members of the university hierarchy. The second round of interviews was with senior faculty from a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The project is a survey of Indiana University's history as a whole including information about various academic departments, athletics, student organizations, campus growth, and the university's growth in the twentieth century.

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): 1991-1998

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: ohrc072

Extent: 194 interviews. Audiotapes (1 7/8 ips), transcripts, and collateral materials.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: John W. Brooks, William G. Mays, Stephen Kendall Smith, John Walda, Moses Gray, Herman Hudson, Phyllis R. Klotman, Charlie Nelms, James Weigand, Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis, William G. Bannon, William R. "Dick" Adams, Gerald Bepko

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


Affirmative action programs
African American athletes
African American college students--Indiana
African American college students--Societies, etc.
African American educators
African Americans--Indiana
Black studies
Civil rights movements--Indiana
College integration
Discrimination in higher education
Indiana University
Indiana--Race relations
Interracial friendship
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Indiana
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)


Sound recordings


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