Indiana University’s Bryan Hall is full of activity with the change in administration. However, much of the hustle and bustle is going on in the university archives. The archivists are relocating five floors of documents, films, and photographs, while simultaneously trying to salvage the records of departing administrators. Associate Archivist Dina Kellams says the President’s Office regularly donates their records every few years, and departing Vice-President Judy Palmer’s office is sending over about 50 boxes. Kellams says they’re working hard to make sure other leading administrators know the archives are ready and waiting.
The packed 5,000 square-foot space is supposed to be clear by January so the President’s office can move in. Kellams says they’ve been trying to move 200 boxes a week to the auxiliary library facility at 10th and the Bypass. But decades of university history make for slow packing. The archives’ new home will be the 4th floor of the Herman B Wells library. Kellams hopes the change in locale will help bring in more student users.