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Researching Philanthropy Exhibit

Mss 78 Kiwanis Convention, June 1933

The questions that bring individuals to the Philanthropy Archives at IUPUI University Library include a variety of subjects and research needs.  Students, educators, fund raisers, foundation professional, and members of the community all have research needs that the Archives strive to meet.  This exhibit shows actual inquiries from researchers and introduces you to the resources of the Archives.  From "what was Merrimon Cuninggim role in philanthropy?" to "I'm studying youth organizations, what information do you have?" to "I need to know what grants the Ford Foundation gave in 1972," these questions are just a sampling of the answers to be found in the Philanthropy Archives!

Visit the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, located in the Lower Level of the IUPUI University Library to discover the answers!

Last updated by on 02/24/2014

World War II and the Home Front: Efforts and Effects

Nursing Students, n.d.The entry of the United States into World War II had a major impact on the lives of its citizens.  Millions of men and women served in the armed forces, and their families and friends both dealt with concern over their safety and sought ways to support the troops.  The civilian population faced shortages, rationing, and other disruptions to their way of life, but never stopped supporting the nation’s war efforts.  This exhibit, drawing on materials from various collections in the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, looks at some of the effects that World War II had on the home front and at the efforts of civilians of all ages to support both American troops and the overall war effort.

Last updated by on 01/29/2013

Genesis at 40

In 1972, faculty members Rebecca Pitts of the Department of English and Laurence Lampert of the Department of Philosophy proposed the creation of a literary journal containing poetry, short stories, and essays written by IUPUI students. The proposal won the approval of campus administration, and in the spring of 1973 the first issue of genesis appeared. In conjunction with the publication party for the Spring 2012 issue of genesis, the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives created an exhibit tracing the history of the journal. The exhibit contains photos of and comments by Pitts, Lampert, and the campus administrators concerning the journal, photos of students whose writings appeared in genesis, and copies of the journal.

Last updated by on 06/19/2012

Philanthropy, Service, and IUPUI

As an urban university IUPUI is deeply aware of the impact that its relationship with the community can have.  Public financial support made possible many of the buildings that stand on campus, from Long Hospital (opened 1914) to University Library (opened 1993).  Public donations have also helped support ongoing programs and scholarships.  The university strongly believes in giving back to the community through activities such as the Day of Caring.  Philanthropy and service are strong elements in the university’s value system.   For a quick look at these activities and growth of the university, visit our online snapshot.

Last updated by on 04/17/2012

In Memory of Robert L. Payton

The IUPUI University Library remembers with deep appreciation Robert L. Payton. Mr. Payton was a pioneer in the field of philanthropy, and played a leading role in establishing philanthropy as an academic discipline. He became the first ever professor of Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI and was a founding Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. He and his wife, Pauline, established the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library at IUPUI, one of the finest collections on philanthropy and the non-governmental sector worldwide.

Mr. Payton is the author of countless publications, including Philanthropy: Voluntary Action for the Public Good, and Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission. During his lifetime he earned many honors, including several honorary doctorates, and the John W. Gardner Leadership Award. He served on numerous private and non-profit advisory boards; he was a president of the Exxon Education Foundation, as well as a university president at C. W. Post College and Hofstra University in New York. He also served his country as U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Cameroon under Lyndon Johnson, and as a paratrooper in World War II.

Above all, he was a remarkable public teacher and philanthropist, inspiring action through "books, ideas, talk."

“Bob was integral to the development of both the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library and the Philanthropy Archives, in terms of his personal support and his influence on others who donated records, papers and funds. The library collections were always a part of his vision for the Philanthropic Studies program and that’s why we have the premier collection in the world in this field. He was a wonderful broad thinker who inspired the creation of a one-of-a-kind resource that today fosters the work of a wide community of students, scholars and practitioners on our campus and across the globe.”
—David Lewis, Dean of the University Library at IUPUI

A special tribute event recognizing Robert Payton will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011 at University Library. If you are unable to attend in person, please sign the Payton Memorial Guestbook or watch the live video stream of the October 1st event.


If you would like to make a donation to the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library in Mr. Payton’s name, you may do so by clicking the button below and pasting the following account number into the second gold box provided: 38P017015


give now

If you would like to make a contribution by check please make it out to “The IU Foundation,” in the memo line write “Payton Philanthropic Studies Library” and send it to:

IUPUI University Library
755 West Michigan St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Attn: Director of Development


 If you have questions, please call us at 317-274-0462. Thank you for your support.

Last updated by on 01/19/2012

IUPUI 2012 Photo Calendar Caption Contest

Check it out here:

Simply log in using your CAS identity and post captions to your heart’s content for some of the silly and odd photos in IUPUI Archives’ holdings.  You can also vote for captions others have posted.  At the end of each month sage and sober Special Collections and Archives judges will select a winner to receive FABULOUS PRIZES!

A new photo and caption contest will appear at the beginning of each month. 

Everyone’s a winner! 

So post your captions early and often!!

Last updated by on 04/05/2012

Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award

The IUPUI University Library invites applications for the Ruth Lilly Archives Research Award.  The competitive program awards grants up to $4,000 in any discipline for research that requires use of the Philanthropy Archives of the IUPUI University Library.

The Philanthropy Archives at IUPUI University Library offers a diverse array of primary source materials documenting the world's philanthropic tradition.  It is distinguished by holding the records of such key national institutions as the Independent Sector, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Giving Institute, several of the country's leading fund raising firms and foundations, and the Foundation Center Historical Foundation Collection.  In addition, the Philanthropy Archives documents the rich legacy of philanthropy in Indianapolis through preserving the records of the Indianapolis Foundation, Flanner House, the Health Foundation of Central Indiana, and many others. [More details]

Last updated by on 12/14/2010

University Library Honors Robert and Pauline Payton

Robert and Pauline Payton were honored by the IUPUI University Library at the 2009 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Awards on April 22.

Mr. & Mrs. Payton have been lifelong friends not only of the IUPUI University Library, but also of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.  In 1989, the Paytons helped to found a library for the study of philanthropy within the University Library.  The library is named for two of the Paytons' sons who were both deeply engaged in "voluntary action for the public good" and died before their time, one barely 18, the other 33 years of age.  Mr. & Mrs. Payton's unwavering support has helped transform the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library into an internationally renowned resource for the study of philanthropy.  Mr. Payton is professor emeritus of philanthropic studies at Indiana University, director emeritus of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and senior fellow at the Institute of American Thought.  He served as the director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University from 1988 to 1993.  Mr. & Mrs. Payton have been together for 61 years.

Last updated by on 04/28/2009

Follow the Philanthropy Archives on Twitter

Follow the Philanthropy Archives (philanthropyArc) on Twitter.  Get updates on the happenings and activities of the Philanthropy Archives and about the philanthropy world in general.
Last updated by on 06/10/2009

For your convenience! Archives Chat Service

As another way to communicate with the Archives staff, we now offer "Archives Chat!"  The service is available Mon-Thurs 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Type your message in the box to the left and get assistance with your research.


Last updated by on 06/10/2009

Women Building IUPUI

Women have played an important role in shaping the growth and development of IUPUI and its predecessor schools.  "Women Building IUPUI" is the result of a collaborative research project by Public History student Mary Owen developing the content and New Media graduate student Amy Schramm creating and designing hte website.  View at
Last updated by on 06/21/2010

New Website

New Special Collection Website is here!!!!
Last updated by andjsmit on 05/07/2008