Indiana University Historical Markers
President, Indiana University
This policy is established to provide for an orderly, coordinated, well researched, and informed practice of selecting topics for Indiana University historical markers and installing said markers university-wide. This policy is designed to establish a level of historical significance and a procedure to ensure proper vetting, research, and consultation is made before historical markers are installed.
The University Historian, supported by the Office of the Bicentennial and the Office of the President, shall handle administrative duties for this program. The University Historian shall coordinate committee and research activity. Upon the conclusion of the Indiana University Bicentennial at the end of 2020, the University Historian shall assume administrative duties in addition to committee and research duties.
Installation and Dedication
Editing and/or Removal of Historical Markers
The University Historian may consider the removal or editing of historical markers if new information reveals factual inaccuracy or revised interpretive significance. Should this occur, the University Historian, in consultation with the Historical Marker Committee, shall determine if the marker should be edited or removed.
Existing Historical Markers
Appointed by the President of Indiana University, the University Historian guides policy development and best practices related to IU’s historical identity. This includes the coordination of research and public outreach for the bicentennial, the development of curricula to enable students to participate in IU history, the creation of historical markers, and the coordination of publications. The University Historian convenes a Council of Historians to assist with this position’s assigned tasks.
Historical Marker Committee
A committee appointed by the University Historian which is comprised of no more than 15 voting faculty members of merit and five ex officio members who will assist the University Historian with evaluating nominations, conducting research, determining historical marker locations, and writing historical marker text. Member terms should be staggered and are for two-years; members may be reappointed for a second term at the discretion of the University Historian. (Half of the inaugural appointees will serve a one-year term to ensure the entire committee does not turn over simultaneously.)
Any historical markers that are installed on campuses without following the procedures outlined by this policy may be removed by the Office of the Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities at the behest of the University Historian.
|Historical significance, research, and interpretation||Dr. James Capshew (University Historian)||(812) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Office of the Bicentennial Administration and Program Questions||Jeremy Hackerd (Bicentennial Project Manager)||(812) email@example.com|
|Placement and design of historical markers||Adam Thies (Assist Vice President) Mia Williams (University Landscape Architect)||(812) 855-8195 (812) firstname.lastname@example.org@indiana.edu|
|Location of historical documents and records||Kristin Browning Leaman (Bicentennial Archivist)||(812) email@example.com|