This month's bicentennial giveaway is for a photo book that isn't about Indiana, but has a strong connection to the state through its author, Malcolm Fleming. A native of Oregon, Fleming came to Indiana University in 1949 to get a master's degree and then a doctorate in education.
“I hung around for another 20 years or so and taught. Something about Bloomington keeps people here," said the 97-year-old Indiana resident, who has now lived in the state for nearly seven decades.
Fleming's photography first came to our attention through Bradley Cook, curator of photographs at the IU Archives. A few years ago, Cook was driving to his home in Bloomington when he saw a handmade sign advertising photographs for sale at a nearby assisted living center. Cook followed the sign to Fleming's apartment and discovered a treasure trove of photographs. Initially Cook was interested in Fleming's photography from his time at IU as a fellow in the Audio-Visual Center, but then Fleming pulled out a shoebox of photos he had shot during World War II when he was as an Official Army Photographer.
"These photographs were indeed a surprise and without a doubt the hidden gem of his collection," said Cook.
Shortly after their initial meeting, Fleming decided to donate his entire photo collection, including the World War II photos, to the IU Archives. We worked closely with Fleming and the IU Archives to produce a new book based upon Fleming's World War II photos, From War to Peace in 1945 Germany: A GI's Experience.
Now you have a chance to win a copy of this special World War II book with a Hoosier connection! Fill out the form below by June 27, 2016, to enter our book giveaway. And be sure to check out all of Fleming's World War II photography on the IU Archives website.