IU History

Real democracy means that society at its best comes to the children of all the people and sets lessons for them, makes paths for them to all the occupations which history has proved good. This is the ideal of Indiana University.

President William Lowe Bryan, 1902

Moments in IU History

The Lost Art of Campus Wooing Podcast


It’s a sunny spring morning in Bloomington in 1895. The sun is hanging low in the blue, cloudless sky. The birds chirp from the branches of the maple trees and a young couple wanders along a dirt path running through Dunn’s Woods, a green space at the heart of Indiana University’s campus.

Listen to the podcast

Memorial Hall: The Dedication and Time Capsule of IU’s First Women’s Dormitory


The dedication of Memorial Hall, Indiana University’s first women’s dormitory, on October 20, 1924 was a long time coming. Twelve years earlier, in 1912, Dean of Women Carrie L. DeNise researched the university’s housing at the time and deemed the lack of space for female students to be, unsurprisingly, "unsatisfactory."

Read the history