Herman B Wells biography

 Please join us this Wednesday, April 18, from 5-6:30 in the Wells Library lobby to celebrate the release of Professor James Capshew’s Herman B Wells: The Promise of the American University.

Further information about the event can be found here. As mentioned in the press release, Dr. Capshew heavily utilized our collection for his research, so we have been asked to help with the event! If you visit the Wells Library lobby, you will see that we have already installed exhibits in both the East and West cases. The West case features a chronological exhibit of Dr. Wells, while the East case has “‘Thank God for Herman B Wells: Wells and the Student Touch,” highlighting the special relationship Dr. Wells had with students through the entirety of his career. In addition to photographs from our collection, we have also included selections from Wells’ presidential and chancellor’s records, speeches and writings, as well as oral histories from former students. Additionally, Archives intern Whitney Olthoff helped develop a looping slide show of Wells images for the lobby flat screens, posters for the pillars, and tent cards for the tables featuring Wells trivia!

He had an astounding memory, but additionally, he was phenomenally human. He had the capacity to share the moment with anybody, it seemed like.
-John Harrold, Class of 1961, in a 2008 oral history

Chancellor Wells speaking with member of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), 1969.

The reception is open to the public, so please join us for “Wells-themed” hors d’oeuvres (fried chicken! green beans! Dr. Wells’ favorite cake!) will be served. Copies of the biography will be available for purchase and Dr. Capshew will be on hand to sign them.

New Finding Aid: Newell and Eleanor Long Show files, 1939-1982

The finding aid for the Newell and Eleanor Long Show files is now available!  Newell Long was a music professor at Indiana University from 1935 to 1975 and his wife Eleanor taught English at IU from 1939 to 1962.  Together the couple wrote a number of musical pageants, plays, and skits for university and local events.  Newell Long would write the musical scores and Eleanor Long composed the scripts.  The collection includes general information on the shows, music, programs, and scripts.

Many of these shows were either Indiana or IU themed, including “All’s Wells That Ends Well,” a musical tribute to Herman B Wells upon his retirement as IU President in 1962.  The musical revue was performed by faculty and their spouses and included songs such as “The Might of the Humble B,” “Wells’ Belles,”  and “Be Yourself.” Other items you will find in the collection about “All’s Wells that Ends Wells” includes notes, musical scores, lyrics, scripts, and a newspaper article.

“Gloriana, Indiana,” a musical history of IU, was written by the Longs and presented to the University Club for the 150th anniversary of Indiana University.  Original songs include “Tomorrow is Foundation Day” and “Equality for Women.”  The show files also contain music for “Hymn to Indiana” and “Hail to Old IU.”

Among other shows featured in the collection are “The Cradle of the Commonwealth,” for the Corydon Sesquicentennial, “The Tale of the Lonesome Tulip Tree,” for the Tulip Trace Council of Girl Scouts, and “Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman,” for the University Club.