Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Herman B Wells with Globe, Bell, and Bowl

image number:

P0029672

description:

A note from Wells that accompanies this image reads, in part: "The school bell denotes the school master. This bell was used by my father as a country school teacher for many years. The Tibetan Monk's begging bowl symbolizes that a University President must ask for financial support for his Institution. The globe denotes the worldwide concern of the University. All the world is our parish." In his book, "Being Lucky", Wells describes the three items on page 432: "The EWA position [chairman of the board of Education and World Affairs in New York] enabled me to emphasize two of the functions that had been important during my presidency - fundraising and our international outreach and concern. When I was in that office I frequently referred to the three symbols of my presidency (schoolmaster, beggar, internationalist) as represented by artifacts on my desk; my father's school bell, which he had used as a teacher to summon students in from the playground, the antique begging bowl of a Tibetan monk, and a globe indicating that the world is the university's parish."

date taken:

1961 September 6

film code:

Kodak Safety Film

photographer studio:

News Bureau, IU

photographer studio:

Cowherd, Elwood Martin "Barney"

donor image number:

Frame 12

accession number:

99/075

copyright owner:

Indiana University

personal name:

Wells, Herman B

topic:

Globes

topic:

Fund raising

topic:

Bells

topic:

College administrators

topic:

Portraits

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Individuals

subseries:

Wells, Herman B

folder:

Bell Ringer