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The story of Collins LLC can be said to begin with the construction of the Men's Dormitory (Smith Hall) in 1924, but its roots lie earlier still in the residential college traditions of Oxford and Cambridge. It is a story rife with triumphs, setbacks, and colorful characters. Along the way, there have been hundreds of innovative courses, three Little 500 victories, two military occupations, and a whole lot of open mic nights.

The resources below provide only a small glimpse of the richness of Collins' history. Additional resources dealing with the history of IU as a whole can be found on the Recommended Reading page.




Collins LLC Chronology
A brief history of MRC/Collins from 1820 to present.

Indiana University Chronology
External link to the IU Archives.

Historical Biographies
Ralph Collins
John W. Cravens
Clarence Edmondson
Ulysses Smith

Board of Educational Programming (BOEP) meeting minutes
Currently includes minutes from Fall 2001 only.

Executive Board Meeting Minutes
The current collection spans the years 1998-2003.

Chronological list of Collins Presidents

The Little Book
A guide to Collins' decision-making bodies and funding procedures during the late 1990s-early 2000s. It is no longer being updated.

Indiana University Buildings (.pdf)
External link to the IU Bureau of Facilities Programming and Utilization. This document lists all IU buildings and their dates of construction, among other trivia.





Collins Alumni Reunion

May 17-18, 2008

Bloomington, Ind.

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