Historical Timelines

Indiana University historical timelines

The IU Bicentennial is more than just a celebration for IU—it is a time of reflection. IU Bicentennial Interns have been researching the people and places of IU’s history and they have created these historical timelines with rich archival sources. This page will be updated as new Interns complete their research projects.

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A sepia-toned photo of the main building on the Seminary Square campus


Seminary Square

Trace the history of IU’s original campus from the 1800s through the present day. 

See how the campus transformed
A sepia-toned photo of a group of women in dark skirts and white shirts playing basketball.


Women’s Basketball

See how women’s basketball developed at IU from the 1890s through 1972.

Explore women’s basketball
a black and white photo of a group of men and women raising their fists in the air.


LGBTQ+ History

See how LGBTQ+ organizations at IU Bloomington evolved in relation to important national events that affected gay rights.

See the evolution
A couple dressed in military uniforms passes through a human arch formed by military people touching swords together in the air.


IU and the U.S. Military

Follow IU's participation in the United States Military from the War of 1812 through the Iraq War that began in 2003.

Follow IU's U.S. military history