This arrangement dates to the Institute's founding in 1947.
Within the Institute itself there are four principal areas: Administration; Research; Information Services; and Library and Special Collections, which includes the library; the art, artifacts, and photography collections, and the Institute archives.
The Institute is advised by the Board of Trustees. The majority of Trustees must be members of the Indiana University faculty or of the Indiana University Foundation. The director of the Institute serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation . As head of an Indiana University research institute, the director reports directly to Indiana University administration.
The Institute's four current sources of financial support are: Indiana University, grants, its corporate earnings, and gifts and bequests. Individuals interested in supporting the Institute and its programs can contribute through gifts, material donations, bequests, or endowments. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.