Wells, H.B. mss., 1980-2000

Papers of Herman B Wells, 1980-2000, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Alyssa Mertka

Title: Wells, H.B. mss.
Collection No.: LMC 2410
Dates: 1980-2000

Quantity: 1 Box

Quantity: 1 standard

Abstract: The Wells, H.B mss., 1980-2000, consists of the writings of Herman B Wells, 1902-2000, president of Indiana University.
Location: Lilly - Stacks
Language: Materials are in English .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Biographical Note

Herman B Wells, 1902-2000, was the president of Indiana University from 1937 to 1962. He was born June 7, 1902 in Jamestown, Indiana. After graduating from Indiana University in 1924, Wells served as an assistant cashier at the National Bank of Lebanon before going on to work for the Indiana Bankers Association, the Indiana Commission for Financial Institutions, and the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions. In 1935 Indiana University President William Lowe Bryan named Wells the dean of the School of Business Administration, and two years later Wells would succeed Bryan as president of the university. Wells would hold the position of university president until 1962. Upon his retirement, he was named University Chancellor, a position which was created specifically for him. While serving as Chancellor, Wells wrote his autobiography Being Lucky: Reminiscences and Reflections , published by Indiana University Press in 1980. Wells died on March 18, 2000 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

Present in the collection are the printer's manuscripts for Being Lucky (Indiana University Press, 1980) as well as a photocopy of the manuscript, galleys, and page proof for the publication.


This collection is arranged following original order.


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Preferred Citation

[Item], Wells, H.B. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 1981 .