Each of the artifacts below was contributed by a member of the IU community. We’ve tagged them as “sentimental” or “practical” artifacts according to how the contributor described that artifact’s significance to them.
In addition to a collection of IUB artifacts, our class also explored related items in local archives and museum collections.
an anonymous participant
An 11 year old pink Teddy Bear. About 12 inches tall. Multicolored strings attached to the ears. Pink and blue patch on top of head. From Phillipines.
A black, faux-leather, bi-fold wallet. The outside face is smooth, while the inside face contains four tiered pockets on each side of the fold to hold business cards, credit cards,...
A ring about 7/8" in diameter made out of Damascus steel with wavy patterns.
A cheap pocket protector utilized to hold fountain pens.
Small, metal, pink pin that says "Nasty Knitter" with the female gender sign.
The object is a tiny Eiffel Tower. It is turquoise and appears to be made of aluminum. It is broken from multiple use so it sits on my desk. It...
A white running watch with a black band. Touch screen display that offers time, date, and unlockable screen to access different options within the technology. Side buttons that include controls,...
A silver Lenovo laptop with stickers. They are a bit worn, but I have had gradually added them since freshman year.
I have a MacBook air, and a dark green case that holds some stickers that technically express my interests. There's a sticker of Angela Davis, one of the 1984 Olympics,...
8.5 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches, weighing roughly 2.6 pounds
Beige steel-toe boots with black leather top and yellow and red laces. 6" with steel toes on each shoe.
Black G&L Guitar with Turtle Shell Scratch Protector/ Blue Indigo Strap
4"x6" picture of my family of 4 celebrating Easter with bunny ears on our head. It is one of few pictures with every member of my immediate family included and...
Women's size 6 tan-colored, half-shoes with two elastic bands that go around the heel/ankle.
A small silver promise ring given by the participant's father to the participant's mother upon leaving for America.
A wallet that is attached to the back of a cell phone to hold up to 4 credit cards, debit cards, ID, etc. Black with IU logo and recreational sports...
These are some shoes that have a tan sole, checkerboard pattern, black toe area, white laces, a white mid-sole, and they are a size 8 in women's.
It is a small, heart-shaped, metal pin that is blue, yellow, and pink to represent pansexual pride colors. It was purchased from Amazon and is normally worn on a backpack....
An old tin can that's filled with paint brushes and other art tools
Traditional-looking Organic Chemistry textbook that is 8.8" x 2" x 11.2" weighing rougly 6 pounds.
A collection of pins that represent my personal political views, specifically feminsim and LGBTQ+ rights.
This Nanoblock model of the Eiffel tower is simultaneously a reminder of research, family, and overseas travel.
The object is a telephone, manufactured .ca 1894 by Stromberg-Carlson and restored to working condition by the participant.
This is a family photo of Sofia Ramirez with her two parents at her senior night.
A black graphic t-shirt with the text "My Chemical Romance" on top in one font and "[The Black Parade](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Parade)" in another.
A shiny enamel pin of the Pokémon Venusaur in its mega evolved form. It had a gold trim, and a silver back, with a black plastic stopper.
This is a pencil case that is designed to look like an old check out card from a library book.
A white adaptor, approximately 2 inches from end to end, for a VGA cable to a Thunderbolt port on a Macbook, circa 2015