Wells, Herman B.

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Before becoming president of Indiana University, Herman B 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. He was named dean of the Indiana University School of Business administration in 1935 by IU President William Lowe Bryan. In 1937 he was named acting president of the university and president the following year, a position he held until 1962. Upon his retirement, IU created the position of University Chancellor, which Dr. Wells held until his death in 2000.

From the description of Herman B Wells papers, 1819-2001, (bulk 1922-2001). (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 499120840

Please see the biography by James Capshew at http://www.indiana.edu/~ilbarch/Wells/wellsbio.html.

From the guide to the Herman B Wells papers, 1819-2001, (bulk 1922-2001), (Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives)

A native of Jamestown, Ind., Wells attended Indiana University and remained affiliated with the school until he retired. He was dean of the School of Business Administration, president for 25 years, then chancellor. He is considered an authority on business administration and economics.

From the description of Interview, 1979. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 37669648

Indiana University alumnus, president, and chancellor.

Late in 1947, in the midst of his Indiana University presidency, Wells took a six month leave of absence to serve as Director of the Education and Cultural Relations Division of the Office of Military Government for Germany, U.S. (OMGUS). During this time he also served as General Lucius D. Clay's cultural affairs advisor.

From the description of German assignment papers, 1947-1951 (bulk 1947-1948). (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 55471790

In early 1947, Indiana University President Herman B Wells was approached by a representative of the Unites States Military Government in Germany (OMGUS) to head the new Education and Cultural Affairs Division of the Occupation in Germany as well as serve as General Clay’s cultural affairs advisor. At the time Indiana University was in the midst of coping with post-war problems, such as a yearly increase in the influx of students, and neither the Board of Trustees nor the Governor of Indiana were favorably disposed to Wells taking the year-long leave requested by the Government. In the end, the prestige of the post, both for Wells and the University, and Wells’ suitability to the mission convinced the trustees and the governor to grant him a six month leave of absence.

President Wells arrived in Berlin on November 21, 1947 to a city still in ruins. He immediately began questioning the existing staff about the problems that needed to be solved. From that questioning, and the wishes of General Clay, four primary challenges and objectives emerged: 1. To assemble cultural activities in a single division under a unified policy and administration; 2. To create an agency in the U.S. to serve as a liaison between the American people and the Education and Cultural Relations Division (ECRD); 3. To stimulate military-government divisions to enter reorientation work; and 4. To recruit qualified personnel for the ECRD in Germany and in stateside organizations.

During his six month stay, Wells worked closely with both German and American education experts to restructure the German education system along more democratic lines while respecting German traditions. Here, as with everything he did, Wells used his abilities as a communicator to facilitate communication between the Americans and the Germans, and the educators and the military. Among Wells’ many accomplishments during his six months in Germany were the rapid improvement and expansion of the exchange program and the establishment of the Free University of Berlin.

From the guide to the German assignment papers, 1947-1951, bulk 1947-1948, (Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management http://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives)

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referencedIn Jones, James H. (James Howard), 1943-. Oral history interviews of the History: Kinsey Institute for Sex Research Oral History Project, 1971-1972. Indiana University
creatorOf Wells, Herman B.,. Interview, 1979. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Records, 1942-1967. Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School
referencedIn Ball mss., 1873-1981 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
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referencedIn Hastings, John Simpson, 1898-1977. John Simpson Hastings papers, 1933-1977, bulk 1959-1976. Indiana University
referencedIn Barnhart mss., 1813-1962 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Herman B Wells papers, 1819-2001, (bulk 1922-2001) Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Managementhttp://www.libraries.iub.edu/archives
referencedIn Indiana University History Department Centennial, 1994 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Wells, Herman B. German assignment papers, 1947-1951 (bulk 1947-1948). Indiana University
referencedIn Bryan, William Lowe, 1860-1955. William Lowe Bryan papers, 1830-1956. Indiana University
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referencedIn Medical Profession in Indiana, 1975;, 1976;, 1978 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Wells, Herman B. Herman B Wells papers, 1819-2001, (bulk 1922-2001). Indiana University
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referencedIn AURA - Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Incorporated, 1983-1984 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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creatorOf Moore, John Robert, 1890-1973. John Robert Moore papers, 1910-1972 1930-1970. Indiana University
referencedIn Coleman, Sallie E., d. 1947. Scrapbook, 1922-1950. Indiana Historical Society Library
referencedIn Careers in Librarianship, 1992 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Mason, Thomas A., 1944-. Thomas A. Mason papers [manuscript], 1958-2009. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Jackson, Margaret Weymouth. Papers, 1933-1973. Indiana University
referencedIn Lindley family. Lindley family collection, 1937-1982. Indiana University
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creatorOf Atkinson, Robert d'Escourt, 1898-1982. Robert d'Escourt Atkinson papers, 1893-1981. Indiana University
referencedIn Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005. Thomas D. Clark papers, 1968-1976. Indiana University
referencedIn Indiana University Oral History Archive, 1991-1998 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
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correspondedWith Atkinson, Robert d'Escourt, 1898-1982. person
associatedWith Ball family family
associatedWith Barnhart, John D. (John Donald), 1895-1967 person
correspondedWith Bryan, William Lowe, 1860-1955 person
associatedWith Buley, R. Carlyle (Roscoe Carlyle), 1893-1968. person
associatedWith Carmichael, Hoagy, 1899-1981. person
associatedWith Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005. person
correspondedWith Clay, Lucius D. (Lucius DuBignon), 1897-1978 person
associatedWith Coleman, Sallie E., d. 1947. person
associatedWith Cooper, Kent, 1880-1965 person
associatedWith Dorson, Richard Mercer, 1916-1981 person
associatedWith Eldridge, James Anthony, 1920-1978. person
correspondedWith Franklin, Joseph Amos, 1904-1981 person
associatedWith Germany (Territory under Allied occupation, 1945-1955 : U.S. Zone). Office of Military Government. Education and Cultural Relations Division corporateBody
correspondedWith Hastings, John Simpson, 1898-1977. person
correspondedWith Haurowitz, Felix, 1896-1987 person
associatedWith Hurt, John E., 1912- person
correspondedWith Hyneman, Charles S., 1900-1985. person
associatedWith Indiana University corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University, Bloomington corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University. President. corporateBody
associatedWith Jackson, Margaret Weymouth. person
associatedWith Lilly, Eli, 1885-1977. person
associatedWith Lilly, Josiah Kirby, 1861-1948. person
associatedWith Lilly, Josiah Kirby, 1893-1966. person
correspondedWith Lindley family. family
associatedWith Mason, Thomas A., 1944- person
associatedWith McNutt, Paul V. (Paul Vories), 1891-1955 person
correspondedWith Moore, John Robert, 1890-1973. person
correspondedWith Patterson, Robert Porter, 1891-1952 person
correspondedWith Thompson, Stith, 1885- person
correspondedWith Unitarian Service Committee. Medical Missions. corporateBody
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Indiana--Bloomington
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World War, 1939-1945--Education and the war
Bankers--Archives
College presidents--Archives
Cultural relations
Deans (Education)--Archives
Banks and banking
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Birth 1902-06-07

Death 2000-03-18

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