Historical Timelines

Indiana University historical timelines

IU Bicentennial Interns researched the people and places of IU’s history and have created historical timelines from rich archival sources.

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Milestones in Global and International Affairs

From 1836 to the present, explore some of the important milestones in IU's unique global history.

Explore the rich history
Daniel Kirkwood


Daniel Kirkwood: Astronomer and Professor

Learn more about the man whose name graces Kirkwood Avenue, Kirkwood Hall,
and Kirkwood Observatory on the IU Bloomington campus.

Read about Daniel Kirkwood


History of the Graduate School

The University Graduate School is responsible for all research-based graduate degrees in the Indiana University system, supporting not only graduate education but also world-class graduate and faculty research.

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The Birth of Greek Life at Indiana University

The first Greek chapter at IU was chartered in 1845. Greek life now spans over 70 chapters and 8,000 undergraduate members. See how Greek life has changed the university.

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The Women of Indiana University Portrait Collection

Learn about the important role women have played in the development of Indiana University as illustrated in the Women of IU Portrait Collection.

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Swimmer underwater


The Science of Swimming, The Doc Counsilman Era at IU

Doc greatly improved the sport of swimming through his research over the course of more than three decades as coach. Learn more below.

Explore Doc’s research and achievements
Doc Councilman talks to a group of swimmers in the pool


The Science of Swimming, Doc Counsilman’s Legacy

Doc’s far reaching legacy continued both at IU and in the world of college swimming. Discover more about his research.

Explore the rest of Doc’s career
Counsilman climbs out of the pool


The Science of Swimming, Doc Counsilman’s Early Life

Doc Counsilman transformed the IU men’s swimming program and changed the face of swimming forever. Trace the development of the program.

Read about the early history of the legendary Doc Counsilman


The Legacy Continues: The Story of the African American Arts Institute

From unforgettable performances to international travel, get a glimpse of the rich history of the African American Arts Institute.

Learn about the AAAI story
Map of the United States with locations marked of college and university land-grants.


Major Milestones of Higher Education

Experience the legal development and important legislative milestones of higher education.

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Juliette Maxwell: The First Director of the Department of Physical Training for Women at IU

Read more about Juliette Maxwell and the new department of physical education for women.

Learn how women's athletics developed


Deans of the College of Art + Sciences

The College of Arts + Sciences was formally established as its own administrative body in 1870. Learn how the role of the Deans has changed over time.

See how the Deans have shaped the College of Arts + Sciences
Hunt Hall, IU Kokomo, 2014


Explore the history of Indiana University Kokomo

Learn more about the people, places, and events that have shaped Indiana University Kokomo.

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Historical photo of female administrators


A History of Indiana University's Deans of Women

The Office of the Dean of Women at Indiana University served women students from 1901 to 1946. Learn more about the factors that led to the office's creation.

Explore the office's history
Hunt Hall, IU Kokomo, 2014


History of Indiana University East

Examine the history of Indiana University East, Indiana University's sixth regional campus and learn how it has changed and expanded since 1946.

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Mitchell Hall, 1896


Bloomington School of Public Health, Volume 1

Follow the evolution of the school from a program in 1890 to the IU School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1946.

Read the first part of the story
1961 August 10


Bloomington School of Public Health, Volume 2

The story continues with the HPER opening, developing its curriculum, and celebrating its silver anniversary.

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Mitchell Hall, 1896


The Bloomington Music Scene

Bloomington, Indiana has a storied music history. Trace its development and the stars that emerged as a result.

See how music shaped Bloomington
Richard Nixon, right, autographs a book for an IU Bloomington student on October 17, 1965, while campaigning on campus.


IU and The American Presidency

President William Taft, President Dwight Eisenhower, a campaigning Richard Nixon, and a campaigning Robert Kennedy. These are just some of the connections to the United States presidency that IU has had throughout the decades.

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HPER 50th anniversary, 1995


Bloomington School of Public Health, Volume 3

HPER's story continues as it becomes the state's first school to have a Master's of Public Health degree, and the nation's first school to offer a doctorate in Health and Safety Education.

Read the third part of the story
A black and white portrait of President Wylie


Indiana University Presidents 1829-2017

Explore an overview of each presidential tenure and see the buildings and other places that have been named after them.

See how the presidents shaped IU
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
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