Theophilus A. Wylie was the cousin of Indiana University's first president Andrew Wylie and spent most of his adult life at IU, beginning in 1836,serving as its librarian, professor, vice president, and at one point, its interim president. Collection consists of Wylie's correspondence, diaries, sermons, drawings, and writings.
You will be specifically looking at the diaries kept by Wylie during his lifetime and a sub-series of transcriptions of those diaries done by Elizabeth Greene in the 1980s. The transcriptions also contain translations of the Greek and Latin sections of the original diaries. Highlights of the diaries include passages concerning the specific goings on around the Indiana University campus from 1837 through Wylie’s retirement in 1886, including the fire of 1883 which resulted in the re-location of the university to its current location east of Seminary Square at Dunn’s Woods.
Mildred Daum Ridenour, an Evansville native, attended Indiana University 1919-1922. Upon graduation, she went on to teach English in Evansville and Petersburg. She married W.W. Ridenour in June 1926. This small collection consists of a diary chiefly from her time as a student at IU.
The diary is “A Line a Day” and spans January 1, 1920 through the beginning of 1924. Ridenour wrote a short entry most days and many entries talk about her social plans, e.g., fraternity and sorority activities (she was in Pi Beta Phi), hanging out at the Book Nook, and her many dates.
George Juergens, born in 1932, has been a professor in the Indiana University Department of History since 1967. In this interview, he discusses his experiences at Indiana University in the nineteen sixties. Juergens' memories of student activism, race relations, protests, and strikes at Indiana University parallel the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. Events such as the Dow Incident, the Ballantine Hall Lock-In, the 1969 tuition increase, and the reactions of the student population to each event are detailed. Juergens also comments on the beginning of Black Studies course offerings at Indiana University, racism, and the Black Movement in general.
Born on November 30, 1950, John "Jeff" Richardson earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in 1973, went on to Indiana University School of Law immediately afterwards, received his law degree, and earned his Master's degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. A former student body president who served from 1972 to 1973, Richardson was extensively involved in campus politics, student government, and local politics and government in Bloomington. Some of the issues he discusses from his years as a student are the 1969 tuition increase, the Vietnam War, student protests and demonstrations, the Kent State University shootings, and women's rights. After completing three degrees, Richardson served as a member of the city council of Bloomington and later began working in Indiana state government. He recalls anecdotes involving Herman B Wells, Keith Parker, John Lombardi, and John Ryan.
Elvis J. Stahr, president of Indiana University from 1962 until 1968, discusses his years at the university. He recalls the impact made upon the university campus by the Civil Rights Movement, protests against the Vietnam War, and actions taken against Dow Chemical recruitment efforts on campus. Stahr details his beief about the importance of academic freedom and free speech while recalling the details of Herbert Aptheker's guest lecture.
John W. Snyder was a professor of history at Indiana University starting in 1954. In his time at the university he also served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences until 1969 when he left the university to become President at Westmont College. In this interview he discusses his research on learning problems and the SAT, student unrest in the 1960s, and changes to Indiana University during his tenure. Also, he comments the financial problems facing universities across the country and provides several amusing anecdotes.
Born on October 11, 1912, Dorothy Collins came to Indiana University in 1939 to pursue doctoral studies. Instead, she married Ralph Collins and worked in a variety of capacities at the university, including work in what became the Collins Living-Learning Center with her husband, the Kinsey Institute, and for several Indiana University presidents. She worked especially closely with Elvis J. Stahr and Herman B Wells, specifically in the capacity of ghost-writing speeches. In this interview, Mrs. Collins recalls many influences on the university such as the McCarthy era, university growth, the issues pertaining to minority and female students, and the administration.
Born in 1950, John Walda is a 1972 Indiana University alumnus who went on to receive his graduate degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1975. Very involved in student activities, Walda was president of his undergraduate class for two years and an active participator in student protests against the Vietnam War. Walda speaks of the anti-war climate on campus during the early nineteen seventies and the unrest and protests generated by tuition hikes and the Civil Rights Movement, including the Ballantine Lock-In and the effects of the Kent State shootings. He also speaks of the financial problems Indiana University is facing, his participation on the board of trustees, and the status and growth of the IUPUI campus.
Born on November 24, 1948, Paul Helmke is a 1970 alumnus of Indiana University who later attended Yale Law School. In this interview, he discusses his years as a student at Indiana University and his involvement in campus politics. A former student body president, he speaks of campus unrest during the late nineteen sixties including protests against the Vietnam War, protests against the tuition increase, and the Ballantine Lock-In. In addition, Helmke recalls campus life and his involvement with Greek life and activities at Indiana University. Of special interest are Helmke's stories of his friends and classmates from Yale Law School, Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Born on March 3, 1922, Byrum E. Carter worked at Indiana University from 1947 until 1987 in the capacity of political science professor, assistant dean of faculties, dean of the college, and chancellor of the Bloomington campus. Carter discusses the impact of veterans in the student population after World War II, the growth of the university and its graduate programs, and campus politics. In addition, he speaks of campus controversy as exemplified by the 1969 boycott and the Ballantine Lock-In. Carter recalls Indiana University under the administrations of Herman B Wells, Elvis J. Stahr, and John Ryan.