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Campus Apartments on the River Walk

The Campus : Building and Location Namesakes



Mary Buchard Orvis
Mary Buchard Orvis

Orvis House

Campus Apartments on the River Walk

Mary Burchard Orvis (1880-1964) came to IU in 1916 to work in the Indianapolis Center of the Extension Division as an executive secretary. She became an assistant professor of journalism and "the officer in charge" of the Center in 1921, holding that post until 1945.

Her students included Joseph Hayes, author of The Desperate Hours, and children's book author Laura Long. Orvis was responsible for one of the earliest student activities at the Extension. In the spring of 1936, she organized "Free Victrola Concerts," intended to present good classical music to students.