For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office. Baker is a renowned African-American jazz musician, innovator, composer, teacher, and author who recounts his jazz-influenced youth in Indianapolis, his career as a musician, and his arrival as a student at Indiana University in 1950 in this interview.This was the beginning of a relationship that would last decades and have a meaningful impact on the Indiana University School of Music.
Acquisition Information Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.
Frank Banta, a student of the Indiana University German Department and alumnus of Indiana University, relates his memories and experiences of the department in the late nineteen thirties and early nineteen forties.
Banta discusses specific professors, the strengths of their classes, and anecdotes of the personal relationships he shared with some professors. Gill, who graduated in 19 respectively, discuss their time at the University in the first and second decades of the twentieth century.
The Indiana University students experienced a lot of social changes at this time with the return of soldiers from World War I, the enactment of Prohibition, and the beginnings of the jazz age. He wrote for , was varsity yell leader, and a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Allen was also a member of Hoagy Carmichael's band, Carmichael's Collegians," in which he played saxophone and violin.