INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – Historian Edward O. Frantz has been appointed interim director of the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives at the United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis. Frantz is an associate professor in UIndy’s Department of History & Political Science, specializing in the political history of the Midwest and the United States. He is the author of the 2011 book The Door of Hope: Republican Presidents and the First Southern Strategy, 1877–1933.

The institute, still under development and the focus of a $7.5 million capital campaign, is founded on UIndy’s archive of documents, images and other materials from the mayoral administrations of Richard Lugar, William Hudnut, Stephen Goldsmith and Bart Peterson, a four-decade era of innovative leadership that has made Indianapolis a world-class city capable of successfully hosting a Super Bowl.

Housed in a renovated area of the university’s Krannert Memorial Library, the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives will be a hub for research, teaching and public conversation, with resources for students, scholars, city planners and community leaders to explore issues that face any urban center.

UIndy Provost and Executive Vice President Deborah Balogh said Frantz, who holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin, was a logical choice to help launch the institute.

More information on UIndy’s plans for the Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives is available at