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Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2002

IU history journal examines cholera epidemic, mentally retarded, sports archives

The 1849 cholera epidemic in Lafayette, education of mentally retarded students in the early 1900s, and sports history resources throughout Indiana are the featured articles in the September issue of the Indiana Magazine of History.

The quarterly journal is published by the Indiana University Department of History in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Society. This is the last issue edited by IU emeritus history professor Bernard Sheehan, who is retiring after six years in the position.

Joan Marshall, a former social service agency director, delves into rare documents to reveal the crisis facing Lafayette residents during the cholera epidemic some 150 years ago. The article is titled "Cholera in an Indiana Market Town: 'Boosters' and Public Health Policy in Lafayette, 1849."

Robert Osgood, an associate professor at the IUPUI School of Education, examines the origins and development of special classes and curriculum for mentally retarded children in his article "From 'Public Liabilities' to 'Public Assets': Special Education for Children with Mental Retardation in Indiana Public Schools, 1908-1931."

The sports item is a comprehensive guide to Indiana sports archives that was compiled by John Glen, a professor of history at Ball State University; Roger Dickinson, executive director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame; Mary Johnston, archivist with the National Collegiate Athletics Association; and Kent Stephens, archives and collections manager at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Several reviews of historical books also are included in the magazine, which documents the political, social, economic and cultural history of Indiana and the Middle West.

For subscription information, contact the magazine at 812-855-4139 or The magazine's Web site is at The magazine also is offered as a benefit of membership in the Indiana Historical Society, whose Web site is at