Collections by Name

Adams County Public Records

  • This collection is part of an on-going project of the Adams Public Library System to digitize and make publicly available the records for Adams County. Current records include the statistical reports from the Adams County Assessor's Office. Additional materials will be added as time and funding permit.


Adams County's Contributions to Indiana History

Administrators' and Executors' Bonds and Letters, 1844-1851

  • The Administrators' and Executors' Bonds and Letters, 1844-1851 is a bound volume of Harrison County probate records from the early 1800s. It is the earliest probate record in the collection of the Frederick Porter Griffin Center and contains entries from April 20, 1844 to June 24, 1851. The book primarily contains records associated with administrators and executors, individuals charged with managing and settling the estate of a deceased person. Administrators and executors were required to sign oaths, letters, and/or bonds that held them accountable for the duties entrusted to them. It is these records that are in this volume. There are also four wills recorded in the book—those of Engelbert Bunne, Samuel Current, Reuben Wright, and St. Clair Young. Information in the documents can be helpful in determining residency, date of death, and familial relationships.

    The volume contains over 450 handwritten pages of probate records. These pages have not been transcribed as yet. However, the accompanying index has been transcribed and is organized alphabetically by the last name of the deceased, and these can easily be found by entering the deceased's surname in the search box.


African American Notables

All Souls Unitarian Church

Allison Transmission

  • The Allison Transmission archival collection is held by the company at its global headquarters in Indianapolis. This digital collection was created as part of the company's centennial in 2015. Included are newsletters, brochures, advertisements, and photographs.

    If you own a newsletter issue or unique advertisement not represented in this collection and would be willing to loan it for scanning and consideration, please contact the Center for Digital Scholarship.

    If you can enrich the description of photographs through correcting a date or identifying events, products, or people, please use the 'Comments' function at the bottom of the relevant item page or send information to [email protected]. Suggested amendments will be reviewed periodically for inclusion.


Alvin W. Holmes Covered Bridge Photographs

  • The Alvin W. Holmes Covered Bridge Photographs digital collection is a representative sampling of more than 300 photographs and slides documenting covered bridges in Indiana and other locations taken by Alvin W. Holmes, circa 1939 to 1972.


Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition

  • On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is located in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic center of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the longstanding heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community for centuries. In response to the attack, a San Francisco bookseller, Beau Beausoleil, rallied a community of international artists and writers to produce a collection of letterpress-printed broadsides (poster-like works on paper), artists' books (unique works of art in book form), and an anthology of writing, all focused on expressing solidarity with Iraqi booksellers, writers and readers. The coalition of contributing artists calls itself Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition. This collection supports and promotes awareness to the important mission and framework of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition's focus on the lasting power of the written word and the arts in support of the free expression of ideas, the preservation of shared cultural spaces, and the importance of responding to attacks, both overt and subtle, on artists, writers, and academics working under oppressive regimes or in zones of conflict despite the destruction of that literary/cultural content.


AMBS Digital Repository

Amelia Earhart at Purdue

  • Purdue University President Edward C. Elliott invited Amelia Earhart to lecture at the university in 1934. Earhart joined the Purdue University staff as a women's career counselor in 1935. The Purdue Research Foundation funded the purchase of her Lockheed Electra 10E "flying laboratory" that she used in her ill-fated attempt to fly across the world at the equator in 1937. Earhart was on leave of absence from Purdue when she disappeared during this flight. This collection contains photographs and documents related to her time a Purdue.


American Pianists Association

  • The non-profit American Pianists Association nurtures the artistic growth of America's top young pianists by focusing on creative expression and career development while holding the nation's premier jazz and classical competitions.


American Turner Topics

  • The American Turner Topics, published since 1936, is the newsletter of the American Turners, a German-American organization that stresses physical fitness and German culture. The newsletter contains articles about Turner history and philosophy, obituaries of Turner members, and reports on the activities of the national organization, of individual Turner societies, and of related German-American organizations.

    This project was funded in part by the Hoyt-Reichmann Chair in German-American Studies.


American Turners Image Collection

  • The American Turners is a national German-American organization founded in 1850 by German immigrants. The American Turners advocated a liberal political philosophy, protected the political rights of German-Americans, and promoted the preservation of German culture. Strong believers in physical fitness, the American Turners lobbied to have physical education made a part of the educational curriculum in public schools.


American Turners Local Societies

  • The American Turners is a national German-American organization founded in 1850 by German immigrants. The American Turners advocated a liberal political philosophy, protected the political rights of German-Americans, and promoted the preservation of German culture. Strong believers in physical fitness, the American Turners lobbied to have physical education made a part of the educational curriculum in public schools.


Ancient World 3D

Anderson Guards

  • This collection consists of records of the Anderson Guards, an independent military organization formed in Corydon, Indiana in 1861. The collection includes the organization's constitution and bylaws, as well as meeting minutes from March and April 1861. There is also a roll of members and notes to the Secretary regarding proper report methods.


Archive of Muslim American History and Life

  • The American Turners is a national German-American organization founded in 1850 by German immigrants. The American Turners advocated a liberal political philosophy, protected the political rights of German-Americans, and promoted the preservation of German culture. Strong believers in physical fitness, the American Turners lobbied to have physical education made a part of the educational curriculum in public schools.


Arlington High School

  • Arlington High School was among the last three public high schools to open within the Indianapolis Public Schools system. Built in response to the rapid growth of the Indianapolis suburbs on the northeast side, Arlington opened in September 1961.



  • Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms. We bring together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the work of their organizations and the quality of life for citizens and communities.


Arsenal Technical High School

  • Arsenal Technical High School began as an actual U.S. Army federal arsenal. Attracted by the student-ready buildings, location, and park-like grounds, the Indianapolis Public Schools began using the former arsenal as a new high school. The Arsenal Technical High School collection includes school yearbooks dating from 1914 and other archival materials of interest to graduates and historians alike.


Artifacts at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

  • Objects can be compelling storytellers that put other times and places in context. They bridge time periods and cultures and celebrate our differences. The Indianapolis Public Library and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis have selected 1,000 artifacts from the museum collection to make available via the library's web site. Selected objects range over school subjects from Social Studies to Science to Geography with a particular emphasis on Indiana.


Artists from Indiana and Beyond

Arts Council of Indianapolis

  • The Arts Council advocates for the need and importance of broad community funding and support for a thriving arts scene; innovates by constantly pursuing and promoting innovative ideas and programs that better serve the area, its artists, and arts organizations; and connects artists, audiences, businesses, foundations, and arts and cultural organizations with opportunities to explore and expand central Indiana's creative vitality. This digital collection contains over 20 years of programs, brochures, and calendars.


Arts for Learning Indiana

  • Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of the Young Audiences, Inc. non-profit organization, was formed in 1961 and has since been empowering children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education around the state. This collection spans the history of the organization in Indiana, told through photographs, programs, curriculum, and correspondence.


Athenaeum Damenverein & Women's Auxiliary Image Collection

  • The Athenaeum Damenverein is the women's auxiliary of the Athenaeum Turners, one of the German-American organizations established in Indianapolis in the 1800s. Organized in 1876 to support the Turner society, the Damenverein expanded its activities to include philanthropic and social service work in the community and social and cultural events for their members. The Damenverein is still active. These photographs are part of the Athenaeum Damenverein Records held by the IUPUI University Library Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives.

    This project was funded in part by the Hoyt-Reichmann Chair in German-American Studies.


Athenaeum Pops Orchestra

  • The Athenaeum Pops Orchestra began in 1870 and has continued to flourish. Its mission is to make music for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of Indianapolis-area audiences with an emphasis on diverse and under-served populations.


Athenaeum Turners Records, 1880-2002

  • The Athenaeum Turners is a German-American organization founded in 1851 as the Indianapolis Turngemeinde. Its original emphasis was on promoting physical fitness and intellectual development, advancing the political interests of German-Americans, and preserving German culture. The Athenaeum, the Turners' home since its opening in 1893, served as a gathering place for the Indianapolis German-American community, and members of the Athenaeum Turners were prominent leaders in the political, business, educational, and cultural life of the city. Today the Athenaeum Turners is primarily a German cultural organization. These photographs are part of the Athenaeum Turners Records held by the IUPUI University Library Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives.

    This project was funded in part by the Hoyt-Reichmann Chair in German-American Studies.


Avon-Washington Township Public Library

  • Digitized images from the local history collection at the library.

    Many of these images do not have smaller versions. To view the original image, select "View Asset" from the bottom, left-hand corner of the source record.


Ben Davis High School

  • Ben Davis High School is named for Benjamin Davis, general superintendent of the Vandalia Railroad. He was instrumental in getting a railroad stop for a small community in Wayne Township. The first school was built on the corner of now High School Road in 1892, housing the grade school and the high school with 64 students and two teachers. That school building was replaced in the early 1900s by a larger one at the corner of what is now Morris Street and High School Road. In 1922, Ben Davis became the first consolidated high school in Indiana.


Beech Grove High School

  • Beech Grove High School began in 1917 in a one story red brick building at the corner of Tenth and Main streets. The building was razed in 1957 after the high school moved to a new building at 1248 Buffalo Street, where it shared facilities with the junior high school until the present school at 5330 Hornet Avenue was completed in 1966. The yearbooks in this collection were scanned by the Beech Grove Library and span the 1940s to the early 2000s.


Ben Winans' Photography

  • Ben Winans worked as a printer in Brookville, and also mastered the art of photography. He produced approximately 3,000 glass-plate negatives from 1902 to 1916 and fortunately wrote captions and dates for them. Much of what existed in turn-of-the-century Brookville and Franklin County has been lost to "progress" and decline. But the scenes and people of these times have been captured for all time by Winans.


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

  • The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is an independently-funded nonprofit museum dedicated to preserving and sharing Harrison's presidential legacy and largely hidden collection of more than 10,000 historical items. The collection is composed of original Harrison family artifacts and accessioned artifacts of national significance. Through the collection, the Presidential Site preserves and interprets personal property, papers, and historical documents relating to Benjamin Harrison, his service to the state of Indiana, and his service to the United States. The collection is cataloged according to standard museum best practices. Unique artifacts relating to Benjamin Harrison span the decades and connect to various other family members, politicians, public figures, and over 20 other U.S. Presidents. The materials range widely, e.g., political and White House memorabilia, letters, documents, historic photos, household goods, clothing, original artwork, etc.


Bethel A.M.E. Church Collection

  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was established in Indianapolis in 1836. As it began to grow it was known as the Indianapolis Station of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Bethel's church building at 414 West Vermont Street was built in 1869 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. The church has been traditionally known for its outreach from hosting the nineteenth-century black state conventions to its social programs including an adult day-care, well-baby clinic, and a credit union during the twentieth century. This collection contains photographs, scrapbooks, and manuscript materials from the church.


Blue River Township Justice Dockets

  • This is a collection of four Justice of the Peace docket books for Blue River Township, Harrison County, Indiana, that date from 1882 through 1951. The dockets contain entries of court cases that were brought before local justices of the peace by township residents. The cases reflect the daily lives and conflicts of residents throughout the period and include charges of unpaid debts, provocation, assault and battery, bastardy, property conflicts, public intoxication, larceny, profanity, trespassing, and other offenses. The records include names of plaintiffs and defendants, as well as those of witnesses, constables, attorneys. Some family relationships can be gleaned from the entries, and a few cases concern the settling of estates and so can help to narrow down a date of death.

    A note about transcription: These records were handwritten and while the majority of the books are easily readable, there are portions that are difficult to read and some that are indecipherable. In these instances, a bracketed question mark [?] indicates a word or phrase that was questionable or totally unreadable. Also, given that spelling and grammar were not always a priority for late 19th century record keepers, there are numerous errors of this type throughout the works. Rather than transcribe the records exactly as written, we have elected to correct those errors in order to ease the readability of the text. Be aware, however, that occasionally the scribes of these records confused the words plaintiff and defendant. These mistakes have not been corrected.

    Various cases in the dockets have original documents, such as promissory notes or receipts of payments, attached to the record. These attachments have been scanned and transcribed and are included in the collection. Blank pages were not included.


Book Arts Bunch Image Collection

Boone County Heritage

British Studies Intelligencer

  • The newsletter of the North American Conference on British Studies, the British Studies Intelligencer was published twice annually at the University of Arizona at Tucson. It included information on forthcoming meetings, summaries of regional and national meetings, and additional announcements and news in British studies. This archive covers 1962-2001. This digital collection was collaboratively accomplished with the work of IUPUI University Library and Dr. Jason Kelly, Assistant Professor of British History with the IUPUI Department of History.


British Studies Monitor

  • The British Studies Monitor was published thrice annually at Bowdoin College from 1970-1981. It included information on forthcoming meetings, summaries of regional and national meetings, and additional announcements and news in British studies. This digital collection was collaboratively accomplished with the work of IUPUI University Library and Dr. Jason Kelly, Assistant Professor of British History with the IUPUI Department of History.


Broad Ripple High School

  • Broad Ripple High School was originally established in 1886 with a two-year high school course of study for students in the little village north of Indianapolis. The first Broad Ripple High School yearbook was published in the spring of 1926. Published annually since then, the book is titled "Riparian" which means "bank of the river", the name chosen by a student contest.


Brock's Birds of Indiana

  • Brock's Birds of Indiana, part of the IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship's Cultural Heritage Collection, contains a wealth of information of the birds that can be found in Indiana. This information packed resource contains historical notes as well as population and distribution information for bird species occurring in Indiana. One can also find details of when to expect the arrival and departure of Indiana's migrant birds. This is truly a treasure trove of information for nature enthusiasts, bird biologists, or anyone interested in learning more about the birds in Indiana.


Brownsburg Then & Now

  • Brownsburg Then and Now is a digitized collection dedicated to preserving the past while sharing this information with the public. This is a searchable collection of images, postcards, and documents that is a continual work in progress. We invite users to explore our past and present, learn about the town of Brownsburg and join us in our efforts to identify people, places, and events important to our history.


Bulletin of the Santayana Society

  • The Santayana Society is an international and interdisciplinary organization, founded in 1980, to further work on The Santayana Edition specifically and to promote Santayana scholarship generally. George Santayana was Spanish born philosopher, poet, critic, and best-selling novelist.

    The Society's publication, Overheard in Seville: Bulletin of the Santayana Society appears annually and is devoted to Santayana scholarship. The bulletin includes scholarly articles, announcements of publications and meetings, and recent updates to the Santayana bibliography which is maintained by Kristine Frost of the Santayana Edition. Angus Kerr-Lawson edits the bulletin. It is printed by Graphic Services, University of Waterloo, and it is published and distributed by the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI to 450 subscribers.


Burmese American Community Institute

  • Founded in 2011, The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a non-profit organization that provides educational and vocational support to the Burmese community in greater Indianapolis. The collection includes various publications from the BACI such as quarterly newsletters, a community integration guide, and documentaries. Each work focuses upon the Burmese community in Indianapolis, as well as some of the programs that the BACI has implemented in order to serve this community.


Butler University Buildings and Grounds Collection

Butler University Collegian Archives

  • First published in 1886, The Butler Collegian has served as the student newspaper of Butler University for more than 100 years. Its archives are being made available here. The online archive currently covers 1886-1892 along with some issues from 1893, 1962, and 1963.


Butler University Eliza Blaker Collection

  • The Eliza Blaker Collection includes photographs and speeches relating to the life and work of Eliza Blaker along with historical records of the Teachers College of Indianapolis and the Butler University College of Education. Eliza Blaker established kindergartens in Indiana based on the teachings of Friedrich Froebel. She later started the Teachers College which became affiliated with Butler University in 1929 and is now the College of Education.


Bulter University Friesner Herbarium Digital Collection

  • The Friesner Herbarium Digital Collection contains images of plant specimens, collected throughout Indiana, from the Butler University Friesner Herbarium. This collection includes fern, orchid, and sunflower specimens along with plants in the bean, buttercup, figwort, mint, and mustard families.


Butler University Irwin Library Images Collection

  • The Butler University Irwin Library Images Collection includes photographs and documents related to the Irwin Library at Butler University which was designed by noted architect Minoru Yamasaki. The building was completed in 1963. Images of two earlier campuses of the University are also included.


Butler University Jordan College of the Arts Collection

  • Butler University’s Jordan College of the Arts Collection currently contains a selection of School of Music programs from performances which took place during the 2018-2019 academic year as well as productions from the Department of Theatre over a 75-year period. We are continuing to add items as time permits.


Butler University Ovid Butler Collection

  • This collection will eventually contain all of the letters written by Ovid Butler from 1862 to 1866. These letters are bound in a letterbook which is in the Butler University Archives. Letterbooks were used to keep copies of letters written to and from individuals or businesses as a way to keep track of their correspondence. The letters discuss family life, Scot Butler’s service in the Civil War, business dealings, land holdings, taxes and more. The last few pages contain an index of the letter recipients in reverse alphabetical order.


Camp Chesterfield

  • The Hett Art Gallery and Museum at historic Camp Chesterfield in Anderson, IN houses 127 years of historical documents and photographs related to the movement and religion of Spiritualism, as well as primary documents and artifacts dating back over a century to the original formation of the Indiana Association of Spiritualists (IAOS) in its museum archives.

    Currently, due to the fragile condition of the archives (including handwritten documents dating back to the late 1880s and photographs—some on tin plates) it is not possible to allow researchers or individuals wide access to the archives for fear of damaging or ruining the stored materials.

    This digitization project is important because the entire collection is at serious risk of being lost, which would be a calamity not only for the IAOS and the Hett Art Gallery and Museum, but also for Indiana state history and worldwide Spiritualist history.

    This collection will capture the digitization and metadata for photographs, oral histories, hotel logs, paintings and murals.


Center for Bradbury Studies

  • The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is one of the larger single-author archives in the United States, and a hub for scholarship on the work of Ray Bradbury and science fiction. The Center is home to more than 100,000 pages of published and unpublished literary works stored in thirty-one of the author's filing cabinets; forty years of Bradbury's personal and professional correspondence (an additional 10,000 pages); and author's copies of Bradbury books, including extensive foreign language editions, and his working library (a combined 4000 volumes).


Cephas M. Huddleston Glass Plate Collection

  • Cephas M. Huddleston spent most of his life in Henry County. The images in the collection depict the Spiceland Community. The Hoover Block, Spiceland Academy, Spiceland Sanitarium, train depot and Stigleman Manufacturing Company are among the landmarks shown.


Chapin Letters Collection

  • The Chapin Letters Collection consists of correspondence primarily written to and from Lucius Philander Chapin, Jonathan Edward Chapin, and Alice Ruby Chapin. The majority of these letters were written during the Civil War while Lucius Chapin and his brother Elisha served in the Indiana 4th Cavalry. Lucius and Jonathan and two other brothers attended Wabash College, and a number of letters provide glimpses of college life in the 1850s.


Charitable Organizations and Philanthropy

  • The Indiana State Library has various materials on philanthropy and charitable organizations, starting from the late 19th century to present day and from across the state. This collection contains material about and from those organizations as well as materials about community chests such as the Indianapolis Community Fund and their Red Feather campaigns. Please check back as more materials will be added.


Charles Alexandre LeSueur Collection

Charles C. Brandt Construction Collection

Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection

  • Charles Weever Cushman, amateur photographer and Indiana University alumnus, bequeathed approximately 14,500 Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater. The photographs in this collection bridge a thirty-two year span from 1938 to 1969, during which time he extensively documented the United States as well as other countries.


Chris Gonzalez GLBT Archive Collection

  • In partnership with the Chris Gonzalez Library & Archives, Indy Pride, and with support from the IUPUI University Library Faculty Digitization Grant, this digital collection provides a unique glimpse into the early, organized GLBT community in a mid-sized, Midwestern city. Presently the collection includes digital versions of, The Screamer from 1966-67 and The Works, later renamed, The New Works News, "Indiana's gay news magazine for gay men and women," from 1982-1989.

    A note on collection content. This collection contains material about adult sexuality. This includes images and descriptions of nudity, sexual acts, and other material of a sexually explicit nature that may not be appropriate for some users.


City of Terre Haute

Civil War - Governor Morton Telegraph Books and Slips

  • During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton's staff recorded thousands of the governor's incoming and outgoing telegrams in small, bound books. The governor and his staff communicated by telegraph with the highest and most prominent government and military leaders in the North, including President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, United States Senators and Representatives, other Northern state governors, and generals commanding in all the theaters of operations. As perhaps the most influential of the Northern state governors during the Civil War, Morton exerted significant influence over federal policies and military planning. A tireless worker for Union victory, he communicated his ideas, plans, news, and opinions by telegraph wires to other leaders to shape war policy. While most communication was incorporated into the books there were roughly 5000 separate slips that were not. This comprehensive collection of books and slips may be the best documentation of an important Northern governor during the Civil War to survive. The physical Civil War Governor Morton Telegraph books and slips are located at the Indiana State Archives, who collaborated with IUPUI University Library to make this digitization project possible.


Civil War Home Front

Civil War Materials

Civil War Military Front

  • This collection includes military correspondence and records, diaries, published memoirs and regimental histories, photographs of soldiers in carte-de-visite and cased image form, broadsides, maps, and three-dimensional artifacts. Much of it documents the presence of Hoosier soldiers in various campaigns and events and provides insight into everyday military activities.


Clark County Collections

Clark County Visual History

  • In the late 1970s and early 1980s a librarian at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library in Jeffersonville, Indiana created a series of slide shows about the history of Clark County ranging from a general historical overview to shows focusing specifically on the buildings and industries of the area. The Library digitized these slideshows. These digital images were used by 6th - 8th grade students in Mrs. Gipson's classes at River Valley Middle School in fall 2014 and 5th grade students in Ms. Godsey's library classes at Clarksville Middle School in spring 2015 to learn about visual literacy.


Climate Data: Indianapolis IN

  • In collaboration with the Indianapolis Public Library, IUPUI University Library digitized a collection of Local Climate Data dating from 1940 through present. The data is recorded from the Indianapolis International Airport (NOAA) and is now available via the web. Also available are several weather-related newspaper articles ranging from 1936-1971.

    In addition to climate data and newspaper articles, IUPUI and Indianapolis Public Library collaborated on the creation of Dynamic Weather Calendar. The calendar enables users to interactively view high and low temperatures, daily precipitation, and monthly snowfall for dates between 1871-1994. Click on the link below to navigate to the calendar.

    Dynamic Weather Calendar, 1871-1994


Clinton County Collections

Clinton Public Library

  • The Clinton Public Library digital collection includes images of Clinton and Vermillion County. Subjects include street scenes and commercial establishments, activities of the Hillcrest Community Center from the 1910s through the 1930s, historic buildings and bridges, and the once vital activity of coal mining.


Coal Town Museum

  • The Coal Town and Railroad Museum at Main and Vine streets in Clinton, Indiana, is owned and operated by Little Italy Festival Town, Inc. (LIFT). Displays include artifacts, information, and well over 100 photographs. It is a local history museum focusing on the coal and railroad industry, immigration, and cultural development from ca. 1850 to ca. 1960.

    The museum is housed in the recently renovated 1904 Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad depot. It opened in 2002 and is open daily only during the Labor Day weekend (The Little Italy Festival). Groups can arrange tours at other times by contacting LIFT. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.


Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives

  • The Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives ( was created to collect, conserve, preserve, and promote the use of records that document the architecture, engineering, and arts associated with the built environment of Columbus, Indiana and Bartholomew County. The archives' collection includes materials on both Historical and Modernist projects, including many of the 60 plus designs by world famous architects of the last half century that are located in Bartholomew County. The CIAA is a partnership of the Visitors Center, the Bartholomew County Public Library, the Bartholomew County Historical Society, and Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC).


Conner Prairie Historical Almanac Collection

  • Almanacs, with their calendars, weather forecasts and astronomical information, were often coveted possessions in early American households. Indeed, one 19th-century historian claimed that almanacs and bibles "were the two books most likely to be found in Christian" homes. Though now lost to history one of the very first books thought to be printed in North America was an almanac published in Boston 1639.

    Though now generally associated in the public mind with farming and farmers, they were used by many. Their popularity led to the growth of "special interest" almanacs published by groups like temperance societies, abolitionists, and Christian groups who used them to spread their messages. For this reason such almanacs and others such as medical or comic almanacs were retained in the home long after "their year was over."

    Almanacs may be of great use to historians and researchers. Collected within their covers are examples of folkways, historic and scientific information, and wisdom of their times. This collection from Conner Prairie's Archive includes almanacs ranging from 1783 to 1857. It includes a rare second edition of the Farmers Almanac from 1819 and such diverse publications as the Western Comic Almanac, Anti-Slavery Almanac, and Jaynes Medical Almanac.


Conner Prairie Historic Clothing

  • Clothing is often a little studied area of American history, but what people wore, how it was made and who made it can offer important insights into a nation's social history. Though clothes do not the man make, they can tell you much about the men, women and children who wore them, and about the society in which they lived. Conner Prairie, an Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Indiana, holds a valuable and substantial collection of historic clothing and accessories. Heretofore, the fragile condition of many of the garments has limited their access to the public. Now, thanks to the partnership of IUPUI University Library and Conner Prairie, these objects may be seen and studied the world over.


Conner Prairie Museum Textile Collection

Conner Prairie Rural History Project

  • The Conner Prairie Rural History Project (2001-2003) was an effort to capture the fast disappearing rural landscape and heritage of Hamilton County, Indiana. Funded by the Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, the project conducted over 125 oral histories with farmers, business leaders, and local citizens who shared their memories of the county's rural past. In addition, diaries, letters and photos documenting that heritage were collected and digitized for posterity. A documentary produced in conjunction with project, Harvesting the Past: The Conner Prairie Rural History Project, aired on Indiana PBS stations and received a national Telly Award in 2003.


Conner Prairie Traditional Craft - Preservation and Reproduction

  • The preservation and continuation of traditional crafts and their skills are important to American culture. The Conner Prairie craft collection is usually limited to museum guests, scholars, and other specialized researchers. By digitizing the collection and making it widely accessible over the internet, these historic artifacts and the important story they tell will be available to a mass audience, including teachers and students. This collection consists of Conner Prairie traditional crafts featuring pottery, armsmaking, and blacksmithing.


Conner Prairie Transferware

  • Transferware was an 18th-century English innovation in ceramic decoration in which copper-plate engravings were "transferred" to items via a "tissue." No longer was it necessary to laboriously hand-decorate ceramics like tableware, basins or tiles. This early form of mass production was an immediate success and demand grew over the early nineteenth century. Manufacturers like Spode and Wedgewood found eager markets for their decorative, durable goods, particularly in the United States.

    Transferware typically featured scenic views or portraits surrounded by a floral border. Initially limited to single colors, technological advances led to the use of varied hues and the introduction of the wildly popular blues and pinks such wares are known for. Its popularity in the United States caused many English manufacturers to feature American scenes, buildings, or statesmen. There was an additional dimension to the American love of "Staffordshire" goods. As historian Jack Larkin has noted, transferware brought "pictures" to American homes that were often devoid of any other sort of "art" in the early nineteenth century.

    As can be seen in this collection, Conner Prairie is fortunate to have a wide selection of transferware, including pieces by Spode.


Corydon Photograph Collection

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

  • The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is an organization formed by the 1975 merger of the American Alumni Council (AAC) and the American College Public Relations Association (ACPRA). Constituents of both groups believed their goal of increasing the professional competence of those individuals involved in all phases of alumni work including, alumni administration, educational fund raising, public relations and publications in order to promote the cause of education could be better achieved as a single entity.


Crispus Attucks Museum

  • Crispus Attucks was Indianapolis' first segregated high school built for African-Americans in 1927. It was named after Crispus Attucks, a black man who was the first American to die in the Boston Massacre in 1770, a precursor to the American Revolutionary War. In 1986, the school converted from a high school to junior high school. This digital collection captures the history of the high school through its yearbooks (1928-1986), newspapers, and graduation programs.

    Special thanks to the Crispus Attucks Museum and its Board of Advisors for permission to digitize their valuable collection of historical documents.


Dam No. 43

  • This book is a collection of articles, remembrances, and photographs of life and work at Dam 43, a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers facility on the Ohio River in Taylor Township, Harrison County, Indiana. The book was compiled and edited by Catherine Kelley Summers (1913-2004), a Harrison County native, local historian, and a resident of Dam 43 for many years. Construction of the dam and lock system on the Ohio River began in 1914 and was completed in 1921. The massive project required around the clock operation and numerous employees. Located in a rather isolated area, the site included bunkhouses and individual cottages for workers and their families. The property also had a billiard room, tennis court, and a general store. Catherine Summers’ husband, Otis Summers, worked at the facility, and the couple and their children lived on the base for many years. Dam 43 remained in use until 1972.

    In this volume, Summers captures much of the history of the Dam 43 facility and provides a unique glimpse into what life at the dam was like for those who lived and worked there. She provides newspaper articles of the period that describe the dam’s construction and design as well as the overall property and its many features. Summers also incorporates the memories of various residents into the narrative and includes a number of images that reflect life and work at the facility over its 50 plus years of operation.


Daniel W. Hartwig Indiana Courthouses

  • The Daniel W. Hartwig Indiana Courthouse Photographs digital collection consists of over 500 digital photographs documenting county courthouses throughout Indiana. County courthouses form the symbolic center of dozens of Indiana towns, and many are significant architectural landmarks.


Danville Center Township Public Library

  • This collection consists of the records of the Central Normal College and Canterbury College. Danville, Indiana, was the home of Central Normal College (CNC) from 1878 to 1946. The college was one of the nation's earliest normal schools which specialized in teacher s training. In 1946, the Episcopal Church took over the college and the name was changed to Canterbury College (CC). It became a liberal arts school until it closed in 1951.


Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps

  • The Delaware County Aerial Plat Maps digital collection includes views of the following cities and towns in Indiana: Albany, Daleville, Eaton, Gaston, Muncie, Selma, and Yorktown. Created in the 1970s by the Sidwell Company, the plat maps were used by the Delaware County Auditor's Office to keep track of splits and combines of properties. Using red pencil, the County Auditor marked the division and consolidation of plats, thus maintaining current records on residential & commercial property.


Delaware County Methodist Churches

DNR Historic Preservation and Archaeology

  • This collection is the result of an on-going effort by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology to digitize the photographs in their files. The images represent two of the special initiatives undertaken by DHPA to preserve the culture and history of Indiana. The Historic Theater Initiative focuses on historic theaters, opera houses, and drive-ins that are rapidly disappearing in local communities. The Indiana cemetery initiative focuses on preserving the historic cemeteries and prehistoric burial areas found in every county.


DNR State Parks and Reservoirs

  • The Indiana State Parks traces its history to Richard Lieber, who recommended a system of state parks be created as part of the 1816 bicentennial. As part of its centennial celebration, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks and Reservoirs is digitizing materials from the collections held at each of its locations.


Dugger Coal Museum

Early Vincennes, 1732-1835

  • Initiated by the Knox County Public Library in response to the 275th anniversary of the founding of Vincennes in 1732, Early Vincennes includes digital versions of public records related to the first one hundred years of Vincennes and the early years of American western expansion.


East Chicago Public Library

  • The East Chicago Public Library’s Historical Collection consists of various components that have contributed to the history of East Chicago Indiana. Some of these components were community programs, public services, and industry. All of them have been significant to the city’s history and remain important to the citizens of this community. We have photos and documents from Katherine House (now known as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana - East Chicago Club), the Steel Mill, St. Catherine Hospital, the East Chicago Fire Department and the East Chicago Police Department.


Education In Indiana

  • "The system of public education…is, in its fundamental principles, the only system on which we can hope for success, and which will, in the end, prove satisfactory to the people." – William C. Larabee, Superintendent of Public Instruction, first annual report to the General Assembly, 1853.

    The Indiana State Library maintains a large collection of publications on education, including annual reports from the Superintendent of Public Instruction (1853 to present), pertaining to the history of education in the Hoosier state. Among these resources are high school and college yearbooks, reports from the Indiana State Teachers' Association, educational publications for teachers, school directories, and periodicals from long-closed institutes from around the state. Relevant unpublished materials from the library's manuscripts collections include papers from students and educators—such as correspondence, report cards, copy books, school assignments, examinations, teaching certificates, oral histories, and photographs—as well as records from educational institutions and organizations.

    This digital collection highlights many of these materials concerning education and more additions are expected.


Educational Heritage Association

  • The Educational Heritage Association is a volunteer-based organization focused on collecting, preserving, and promoting education in the Wabash Valley. Its collection includes yearbooks, photographs, trophies and plaques, and other memorabilia from Vigo County schools.


Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

  • The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was founded by Indianapolis businessman Harrison Eiteljorg. Its mission—to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America.


Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection includes an audio recording and accompanying transcript that document Eleanor Roosevelt's speech to a convocation in Assembly Hall at Ball State Teachers College (now Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana, on May 6, 1959. The title of Mrs. Roosevelt's speech was Is America Facing World Leadership? Mrs. Roosevelt warned those in attendance against complacency and stressed the urgency of understanding other peoples of the world.


Elkhart County Historical Society Collections

Elkhart Historic Photographs

  • This collection consists of photographs ranging through the 1900s, with some even going as far back as 1868 from the collection of the Elkhart Public Library. These photographs have been in storage with the Reference department at the Main library, but are now being made available digitally to the public.


Elmon Meyers Family Collection

Emil H. Rothe Scrapbook and Correspondence

  • Born in 1908 in Chicago, Emil H. Rothe was the son of Olympian Emil C. Rothe, a gymnast who participated in four events during the 1904 Olympics. Like his father, Emil H. Rothe developed a passion for gymnastics and physical education, graduating in 1929 from the Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union. During his time at school, Emil H. participated in and taught many sports, including fencing, basketball, and baseball, and often served as a judge for fencing competitions. However, one of his proudest achievements was becoming President of the Alpha chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa and helping turn it into what he considered the most vital chapter of the organization.

    Emil H. was extraordinarily well-spoken and well-written and was responsible for numerous speeches during his time at the school. Some of the transcripts of these speeches can be found within this collection, as well as a scrapbook that he kept detailing his time there, dance cards, graduation announcements, and commencement programs.

    What users might find most interesting, however, are the letters he wrote to his father. This correspondence provides an intimate glimpse into Emil H.’s life more than any other part of the collection. And although we do not have any of his father’s responses to these letters, it is clear that the two were quite close, with Emil H. desiring his father’s approval above all else.


Emmerich Manual High School

  • In the late 19th century, some innovative educators conceived of the idea of a high school that would combine a traditional curriculum, including subjects such as mathematics, science, and Greek, with courses in manual skills, such as mechanics, drafting, and home nursing. The school, originally known as the Industrial Training School, opened its doors in 1895 and quickly gained national attention as a successful educational experiment. The name of the school changed several times in the early years and finally, in 1916, the school became known as Charles E. Emmerich Manual Training High School in honor of the school's first principal.


Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

English's Opera House Collection

  • Formally opening on September 27, 1880, English's Opera House quickly became Indianapolis' leading theater presenting not only opera but drama, musical comedy, ballet, concerts, minstrel shows, lectures, vaudeville and film. These programs document performances given by actors such as Sarah Bernhardt, the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier and include ads for city businesses, previews and reviews of productions, even some jokes and commentary.


Enumeration of School Children, Harrison Township, 1866-1879

  • This early record book contains the enumeration of school children in Harrison Township, Harrison County, Indiana in the years 1866 through 1879. Arranged chronologically, the book presents the enumerations for each individual school (district). The township identified each school by number, but local citizens often attached their own moniker, which typically reflected the school’s location or the names of local landowners, especially those who donated or sold the land for the schools. Details on each school’s name and general location are provided in the description of each page. Also included in the collection is an 1882 map of Harrison Township with the location of each school identified.

    In 1866 Harrison Township recorded 16 schools. By 1877 the number had risen to 20 and included a school for African American children (No. 19). Yearly summaries of enumerations for 1866 through 1870 were recorded on separate pages at the end of the book. For the years 1871 through 1878, yearly totals typically appear at the end of each year’s record. Enumerations for 1879 recorded in this book cover only school districts Nos. 1 through 6.

    Enumerations during this period recorded children between the ages of six and twenty-one. For each school, the record provides the name of a parent or guardian, the total number of children he or she has in the school, a breakdown of how many males and females, and the family’s specific residential township and range. Names and ages of the children were not recorded. Notations were made if students transferred either to or from the school, and of the town, school or township associated with the transfer.


Eugene Stegall Aviation History

Eugene V. Debs Correspondence

  • The Eugene V. Debs Correspondence Collection contains more than 6,000 letters, typescripts, and manuscripts of nearly 1,700 individuals, including Eugene and his brother, Theodore Debs, written between 1874 and 1977. Marguerite Debs Cooper, the daughter of Theodore Debs, made an initial gift of the correspondence in her possession to Indiana State University in 1967.


Eugene V. Debs Museum

  • The Debs Museum collection contains personal artifacts which belonged to Eugene V. Debs or his family as well as memorabilia related to his role as a pioneer labor leader and Socialist Party candidate for president five times between 1900 and 1920. A collection of campaign buttons from these elections is included.


Evansville Centennial

  • The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library first opened on January 1, 1913. To celebrate 100 years of service to the community, this collection uses photographs, annual reports, and other items of note to demonstrate the history of the library and all of the services it has offered over the last 100 years.


Evansville City Directories

  • This is a collection of Evansville city directories, dating back to the first directory published in 1858. The directories provide historical information about Evansville, as well as addresses & occupations of residents; business listings; detailed trade & manufacturing information; advertisements; and information about schools, churches, & social organizations.


Evansville Digital History

Evansville Electronic Books

Evansville Images

Evansville in WWII

Evansville Postcards

Evansville Yearbooks

Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection

  • The Nappanee Center houses the Evelyn Lehman Culp Heritage Collection, founded at the Nappanee Public Library in 1971. This hidden gem is still maintained by the Library today and tells the story of Nappanee through permanent, rotating and special displays. Main attractions include several "Hoosier" cabinets made in Nappanee, a tribute to the city's six nationally-known cartoonists, an Air Force One display and the historic John Hartman House.


Families Talk: Indianapolis Public School Oral Histories

  • Between 2012 and 2013, the FAMILIES TALK Oral History recorded the school memories of 195 past and present students, parents and grandparents with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and charter school experiences. The goal was to explore how school experiences differ between people, places and times. The result is a vivid record of eight decades of urban life, from segregation to busing to school choice and re-segregation.


Fire Fighters Photographs

  • The Fire Fighter Photograph images are from the collection of Donald A. Weber, a retired professional fire fighter and photographer, and from the personal collections of other fire fighters. These images portray the important work of the Fort Wayne Fire Department over many decades and they provide glimpses of Fort Wayne buildings, streetscapes, and fire-fighting equipment.


Fisch Index

Flanner House Records

  • The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) collaborated to establish this digital project pertaining to Flanner House. The approximately 5,000 digitized objects consist of photographic, manuscript, artifact, and printed images from the IHS and IUPUI Flanner House collections and several items related to Flanner House from various collections at the two repositories. The Indiana Historical Society Flanner House collection can be viewed here.

    Flanner House has provided social services to African Americans in Indianapolis since its establishment as a settlement house for a migrant, rural population arriving from the South at the end of the nineteenth century. Flanner House was involved in at least three building projects in Indianapolis: establishment of 181 homes on the westside of Indianapolis; 150 homes on the eastside, near Douglas Park; and the River House Apartments. These online collections provide images of a changing westside neighborhood in Indianapolis over time–from about 1945 through the 1970s.


Fort Wayne and Allen County History

Fort Wayne Area Election Returns

Fort Wayne Area Government Information

Fort Wayne Area History Collection

  • Explore publications pertaining to Fort Wayne area history from earliest encounters between European settlers and the Miami Indians to industrialization during the first part of the twentieth century. The documents in this collection cover a broad range of topics, including social and cultural life, political affairs, and economic prosperity and hardship. It contains a rich assortment of maps, illustrations and letters as well as a biographical dictionary with more than 1,000 sketches of prominent figures in Fort Wayne history.


Vernon Township Public Library

Fountain County Community

Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection

  • Photographer and newspaperman Frank Hohenberger spent forty-seven years recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, Indiana, with side trips and hired assignments in other areas of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mexico. Thousands of images taken from 1904-1948 of landscapes, buildings, and people testify to Hohenberger's belief, recorded in his diary, that "pictures speak the only language all mankind can understand."


Franklin Township Volunteer and Militia Rolls, 1862

  • Two lists from Franklin Township, Harrison County, Indiana, provide the name, age, and occupation of over 250 men who resided in Franklin Township and either volunteered for military service or enrolled in the local militia in 1862.

    Volunteer Roll

    A list of sixty-one men from Franklin Township, Harrison County, Indiana who had volunteered for military service or had been in service thus far during the United States Civil War. The list was compiled in 1862 by Jacob S. Pfrimmer, Deputy Commissioner of Franklin Township appointed for this purpose. The list records the name, age, and occupation of each person, as well as his assigned regiment. In a few instances, information is given regarding an injury or death of a soldier.

    Militia Enrollment

    A roll of 221 able-bodied, white male citizens over the age of eighteen who resided in Franklin Township, Harrison County, Indiana, in 1862 for the purpose of enrollment in the local militia. The name, age, and occupation of each individual is provided. The majority of the men are farmers; however, shoemakers, carpenters, coopers, blacksmiths, merchants, teachers, and physicians are also represented. Any debilitating physical or mental issues an individual may possess are noted, and if this is cause for exemption. It is also documented when an individual was drafted into service. The enrollment was supervised by Commissioner Jacob S. Pfrimmer, whose signed oath is attached to the final page and dated September 1, 1862.


Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Gene Stratton-Porter was a well-known author and naturalist from Indiana. This collection includes photographs, letters, newspaper accounts, hand-colored postcards, and other memorabilia. This is collaborative project of the Geneva Branch of the Adams Public Library System and the Limberlost State Historic Site, the two-story log cabin that Stratton-Porter and her husband built in Geneva in late 19th century.


General Robert H. Milroy

  • This project makes accessible historically significant documents that were the property of Rensselaer resident Robert Huston Milroy who formed and led the volunteer G company of the 9th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He later reached the rank of Major General, was known as the "Grey Eagle of the Army," served the Union meritoriously and provided acclaim and notoriety to Jasper County. His papers, letters, photographs, and memorabilia are invaluable in their accounts of the Civil War and his part in that war.


George Palmer Putnam Collection of Amelia Earhart Papers

  • The Amelia Earhart papers offer a rare glimpse into the life of America's premier woman aviator. In 1928 she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Earhart was on leave of absence from Purdue when she disappeared during the 1937 attempt to fly around the equator. The online collection includes more than 3,500 scans of photographs, maps, documents, and artifacts relating to Earhart.


George Washington High School

  • George Washington High School opened in 1927 in Indianapolis in the Haughville neighborhood..The high school was closed by Indianapolis Public Schools in 1995. The high school's yearbook, originally published as a special edition of the school newspaper, was called the Senior Post through the 1950s, finally becoming simply the Post. This collection of the annuals is not complete but spans the years 1932 through 1988.


George Winter Collection

  • George Winter is one of Indiana's best-known artists. Born in 1809 in Portsea, England, by 1837 he was located in Logansport, Indiana, and nearly all of Mr. Winter's remaining life was spent in the Wabash valley. More than 1,200 images and personal manuscripts relating to the Miami and Potawatomi tribes and their forced relocation to Kansas have been preserved and made available to researchers through this web site.


Gibson County Community

Gill Township Sullivan County

Gospel Trumpet-Publications of the Church of God

  • The first 32 years (1881-1913) of the Gospel Trumpet is the ideal research tool for those interested in learning more about the prominent leaders, historical events, or unique beliefs that helped lay the foundation for what is now the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).


Grace College - Winona Lake Postcards

  • The Winona Lake Postcards Collection consists of several hundred postcards depicting Winona Lake from the early 1900s to the 1970s. Winona Lake was a thriving center of cultural activity where thousands of people spent their summer attending concerts, lectures, sermons and educational classes. Thousands of people were drawn to the chautauquas and to the relaxing atmosphere of Winona Lake. The postcards provide a glimpse of the buildings, cottages, transportation, entertainment and lifestyle of the chautauqua era.


Grace College - Winona Railroad Collection

  • The Winona Railroad Collection includes images and a variety of memorabilia related to the history of the interurban railroad in northern Indiana. The Winona Railroad was developed to transport the thousands of guests who traveled from Chicago and Indianapolis and many other parts of the country to attend the Christian Chautauqua in Winona Lake, IN. It expanded to include towns north and south of Warsaw/Winona Lake serving other needs of people who lived along the line such as transportation to work, shopping and other business needs.


Grand Army of the Republic Collection

  • This collection contains various records, documents, and other items related to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Harrison County, Indiana. The GAR was a post Civil War era fraternal organization of Union veterans. The GAR began in Indiana in 1866 and reached its membership height in the state around 1890. Several GAR Posts existed in Harrison County. Enrollment faded as veterans passed away, and the GAR dissolved in the mid-1950s.


Grant County Veterans Oral Histories

  • The Grant County (Indiana) Veterans Oral Histories collection provides online access to digitized audio recordings and transcripts of 64 oral history interviews with U.S. military veterans from Grant County conducted by Marion High School students between 1998 and 2004. The veterans interviewed for this project served in World War II, Korea, Southeast Asia and Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Kuwait, Kosovo, Grenada, Fort Knox, and Desert Storm. Subjects interviewed discuss their experiences and backgrounds and the conditions in which they served.


Great Marble Map of Rome

Griffin Family Photos

  • These images are of the Patrick and Helen Porter Griffin family of Corydon, Indiana, and their descendants, their historic 1817 home, and the well-known dry goods store that the family owned and operated over three generations.

    Patrick Griffin (1831-1917) was a successful merchant and co-owner of the local Griffin & McGrain dry goods business. Helen Porter (1844-1940) was the daughter of esteemed Corydon lawyer Judge William A. Porter. Patrick and Helen married in 1871 and raised seven children: Margaret, William Maurice, Mary Jane, Olive, Annis, Helen Elizabeth, and Daniel. The family resided in a large two-story, brick home in downtown Corydon that had been Helen's childhood home. The house had been built in 1817 and in the 1820s had served as the residence and headquarters of Indiana's third governor. It became the home of the Porter family in 1841. Helen and Patrick moved in with her father after her mother's death in 1872, and they eventually inherited the home. The couple resided there until their deaths (1940 and 1917 respectively), and five of their seven children never married and spent the majority of their lives in the home as well. The youngest, Daniel Griffin, was the last to live in the home, and following his death in 1975, the well-preserved house became a state-owned historic site.

    Patrick and Helen Griffin and their children founded the mercantile firm of Maurice Griffin & Co. in 1897 and established a dry goods store on Beaver Street along the town's courthouse square. The firm was named after the couple's oldest son, but the company consisted of the entire family. As adults, all of the children clerked in the store with the exception of Helen Elizabeth, who moved to Chicago as a young woman. Olive studied the millinery trade and designed and created fashionable ladies' hats for the store. Mary Jane became a school teacher, and Daniel was a pharmacist, however, both worked in their respective fields for a short time before dedicating their full time and attention to the family business. Griffin's became a well-known and successful dry goods store and served as a landmark business on the square in Corydon. Only one of Patrick and Helen Porter Griffin's children, Maurice, had children of his own. He and his wife, Charlotte Rupp Griffin, had three sons, Henry, William Maurice, Jr. ("Tim"), and Frederick Porter Griffin. The youngest of these, Fred, became the last proprietor of the store. Upon its closing in 1983, Griffin's dry goods store was one of the oldest retail businesses in Corydon and had operated on the square for over 85 years.

    The photos in this collection reflect the rich lives and history of the Griffin family, their long-standing reputation as Corydon merchants, and the notable architecture and significance of their historic home.


Hackelmeier Memorial Library, Marian University

  • Marian University is a small academic institution in Indianapolis, Indiana. Though its status as University is still in its infancy, it has much history as a college when it was officially founded in 1937. The archives at Hackelmeier Memorial Library contain within its collection a wealth of information representing the growth of the institution, so it has been a priority of the library to find a way to both preserve and promote that content. One source of such content is a faculty-supervised, student run publication called The Phoenix (spanning the years 1937-1981).


Hamilton County History

  • Originally entitled Hamilton County in 1900: Through a Young Person's Lens, this collection includes the photographs of Earl Brooks (1883-1968), who acquired a camera as a young man and took pictures between approximately 1897 and 1904 of friends, teachers, the countryside and events in central Indiana, California, Kentucky and Ohio. Photographs of the Hamilton County Township Schools taken between 1892 and 1909 are also included. At the turn of the century, County School Superintendent Ellis A. Hutchens announced his wish to have a photograph taken of every Hamilton County school and here are 68 of those photographs. Also included is the Inter-State Directory Company's directory of Noblesville and Hamilton County Gazetteer for the years 1907-1908, a countywide residential and business directory. These projects were made possible by a joint project between the Hamilton County Historical Society and the Hamilton East Public Library.


Hamilton East Public Library

  • The Hamilton East Public Library collection contains digitized materials that depict and preserve the history of Hamilton County in general and Noblesville, in particular. Our initial collection, the Noblesville Mayor Docket Books, record the early court cases heard by the mayors of Noblesville beginning in 1887 through 1950.


Harrison County Agricultural Society

  • This collection contains a variety of items, documents, and images connected with the Harrison County Agricultural Society. A group of Harrison County residents interested in agricultural pursuits began to meet as early as 1839 and became known as the Harrison County Agricultural Society by 1851. The Society officially organized in January 1860 and elected officers, created a constitution and adopted bylaws. The group subsequently developed a fairgrounds in Corydon, Indiana, and held the first Harrison County Fair September 11-14, 1860. The Harrison County Fair has been held annually on this site since, making it the oldest continuous county fair in Indiana.


Harrison County Churches

  • This collection features selections from the Frederick Porter Griffin Center's Harrison County Churches photograph collection. Photographs are of a variety of churches that have been built in Harrison County over the years. Construction dates of these buildings range from 1813 to 1974.


Harrison County Election Documents, 1833-1864

  • This collection of original Harrison County, Indiana election documents covers seventeen years of elections that date between 1833 and 1864 (a gap in the documents occurs from 1843-1855). These documents are official, handwritten, election records from each township in the county. Elections include local, state, and national ballots and range from voting for township constables and justices of the peace to county sheriffs and coroners, to state officers and legislators, governors, congressmen, and senators, as well as presidents and vice-presidents. Typically, there are three documents per township for each election. These are 1) a list of voters, which is a numbered list of the names of those who voted in the election; 2) a tally sheet that contains tally marks next to the names of each candidates; and 3) an official returns statement that lists confirmed results. For several larger elections there is also a "canvas sheet" that provides totals from across the county.

    Polling sites were located in principal communities within each township such as Bradford, Buena Vista, Corydon, Elizabeth, Laconia, Lanesville, Mauckport, New Amsterdam, New Salisbury, and Springdale. In less populated areas, such as Blue River, Scott, and Spencer Townships, early elections took place at an individual's home, and later at a schoolhouse or other community building.

    The information on these documents is all handwritten. Beginning with the 1856 set of records, printed forms and poll books were used to record the information. However, the information recorded on the forms continued to be written by hand. The collection of records is fairly complete for the years represented, with the exception of the 1864 records, which are rather scattered. Blank pages were not scanned for this project.

    The collection is arranged by year, and then by township within each year. For each township, the records appear in chronological order. A concerted effort was made to transcribe these documents accurately and to reflect the text as it was written. Where the text was illegible or unclear it is marked with [?]. When searching for a name, keep in mind that handwriting and literacy varied considerably among individuals during the 19th century, and spelling was often inconsistent. It is recommended to search for a wide range of spellings with emphasis on phonetics. Also, first names were often abbreviated, such as Wm for William, Geo for George, Jas for James, etc.

    This project was made possible by a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) digitization grant awarded by the Indiana State Library and funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Harrison County Farms, Crops, and Animals

  • This collection of farm related photographs contains a variety of images reflecting farming practices and life in Harrison County, Indiana during the early 20th century. They include images of livestock, crops, and farmers plowing and threshing in their fields. Photos of individual farmsteads, including some aerial photographs, are also part of the collection. The majority of these images date to the 1940s and 50s and are those of Corydon photographer Albert Wallace with many of them appearing in the local newspaper.


Harrison County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company

  • Local citizens formed the Harrison County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1877 for the purpose of insuring one another against loss of property by fire. The corporation was developed on a mutual plan, with no money paid, aside from a nominal membership fee, until a policyholder suffered a loss. At this time each member paid the treasury a sum in proportion to the amount of their insurance in the company. The typical levy was 20 cents per every $100. The group focused solely on farm property and required policyholders to own a minimum of twenty acres. Mortgages could not be more than half of the property's appraised value. Numerous farmers from all over Harrison County showed interest in the company, which had issued over 240 policies by 1882. Founding officers were: J. Q. A. Sieg, Carter L. Little (Littell?), James Matthes, and C. S. Hudson.

    Items in the collection include an early ledger of the Harrison County Mutual Fire Insurance Company that contains the corporation's original constitution, bylaws and meeting minutes, as well as lists of policyholders and their property assessments. In many instances, the subscribers' residence is identified by noting their local post office. Small towns and communities from across Harrison County are represented, including several, such as Sinks, Iris, and Convenience, that have since faded from existence. Records in the ledger cover the years 1877 through 1882, and also 1895 and 1896. The list of policyholders for 1896 is organized by surname in an index. For all other years, the names primarily appear in chronological order.

    Please note that the years themselves do not appear in the ledger in chronological order, or necessarily together. For example, 1895 and 1896 records appear in the book before those of 1877-1880. Records from 1881 and 1882 can be found in various places within the book. Additionally, some pages of the book are missing, and several of the 1896 records are on pages that were added to the book. Thus, there are some duplications and inconsistencies in page numbers. The book also contains a number of blank pages, and these were not scanned as part of this project.

    Also of note, amidst the insurance company's records, are the testimonies of two witnesses in a pension claim of Civil War veteran John H. Cunningham. The testimonies, provided by Josiah H. Littell and Hugh L. Blair, relay a synopsis of Cunningham's experience in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Mobile, Alabama. Peter Kannapple filed the claim in July 1882. It is unclear why this information was recorded in this ledger, other than Josiah H. Littell was a founding member of the Harrison County Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Perhaps he simply used the company's stationary.

    In addition to the ledger, the collection also contains a company policy form and pamphlet as well as a personal receipt for an installment payment. The policy form reveals the types of property covered, and the pamphlet publishes the corporation's constitution and bylaws. The collection also contains an 1896 postcard from the company that notifies a subscriber of a fire that destroyed the home of a fellow policyholder, and informs him what his portion of the cost will be.


Harrison County Fires and Floods

  • This is a collection of photographs of various fires and floods that have occurred in Harrison County, Indiana, primarily in the town of Corydon, that date from the early 1900s to 1975. Images of the great 1937 flood also include photos of Mauckport, New Amsterdam, and New Boston in Harrison County as well as a few images of downtown New Albany, Indiana in Floyd County. The collection also contains several group photos of the Corydon Volunteer Fire Department in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.


Harrison County Group Photo Collection No. 1

  • This photograph collection contains a wide variety of images that date from the late nineteenth century through the mid-1960s. They feature groups of two or more people, most of whom have been identified. They include candid photos of gatherings and events in Harrison County, Indiana, and many formal portraits of children and families as well as special occasions such as wedding anniversaries. The photographer of many of the images was Albert Wallace (1909-2002), who was a photographer in Corydon, Indiana for over fifty years and contributed numerous photos to the local newspapers.


Harrison County Group Photo Collection No. 2

  • This photograph collection contains a wide variety of images that date from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century and feature groups of two or more people, most of whom have been identified. The images are primarily formal portraits or posed groups in a specific setting. They feature several prominent early families of Corydon and Harrison County, including the Slemmons, Stockslager, Keller, Kintner and Lemmon families.


Harrison County Library Register, 1839-1878

  • This register is one of the earliest original library documents of Harrison County, Indiana. It records the names of citizens who borrowed books, the titles of the works loaned out, and the dates of the loan and return. It begins in late 1839 and continues with entries through the late 1860s and into the mid-1870s. During this period residents subscribed to the library for a certain length of time, or by paying a small amount with each loan. The names of many local residents appear frequently throughout the register and include several females. The list of works loaned to them range from books on travel, science, and nature to history and politics and popular novels of the period and provides a unique insight into the interests of several early Harrison County citizens.


Harrison County Prisoner Register, 1912-1940

  • The primary item in this collection is a register of persons taken into the Harrison County Jail in Corydon, Indiana from January 1912 through December 1940. In most cases, the record includes individual prisoner names, sex, age, race residence, birthplace, dates admitted and released, and any sentences or fees incurred. It also provides why the person is being confined, how many days he or she was held, and the cost of board. The authority responsible for the person's admittance and release is also listed. This is often a local Justice of the Peace, whose name is usually given, or the authority is a decision by the Circuit Court, a judge, or, occasionally, the State Police.

    Charges against the individuals range from minor infractions such as public intoxication or disturbing the peace, to much more serious crimes such as rape and murder. The register covers the Prohibition years, and during this period there are many entries associated with the illegal manufacture, transport, or possession of alcohol. Not all individuals taken in were accused of a crime. Some were held briefly for investigation, suspicion, or protection. Insanity is often listed as a reason for confinement, and these persons were typically transferred to a state mental facility. At times, orphaned children were held temporarily.

    The sentences of convicted prisoners varied according to the associated crime. For minor offenses, individuals typically stayed in the county jail, or, if they had the means, could be released on bond. More criminal activity typically resulted in a sentence at a state-run facility such as the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana, the Indiana State Reformatory in Pendleton, or the Indiana State Farm in Putnamville. The latter of these was a minimum security work prison established in 1915. Correctional institutions for adolescents included the Indiana Boys School in Plainfield and the Indiana Girls School in Indianapolis. Additionally, adolescents could be sent to White’s Manual Labor Institute in Wabash County, Indiana. Individuals perceived as having mental disabilities were often sent to Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana (established 1910), or in some cases to the Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth in the Fort Wayne area, which despite its name also housed adults. It was later renamed the Fort Wayne State Hospital.

    The remaining items in the collection include a 1940 Indiana State Police traffic bulletin, a postcard notifying the Harrison County Sheriff of a stolen vehicle, a document detailing state reimbursements for prisoners’ meals, and an announcement for a sheriffs’ conference. There is also an image of Asa Harbaugh, who served as Harrison County Sheriff from 1934 to 1938.


Harrison County Probate Docket, 1829-1847

  • A wealth of information about early nineteenth century Harrison County residents can be gleaned from this Harrison County, Indiana probate book, which dates from 1829 through 1847. The book records the name of the deceased, whether the individual died intestate or had a will, and identifies the names of executors and administrators, individuals charged with managing and settling the deceased's estate. (The tasks of executors and administrators are the same, they differ only in how they arrive at their position. Executors are named by the deceased in his or her will. If the deceased does not leave a will, the Court then appoints an administrator.) Individuals in either of these positions were sometimes attorneys, but were often family members, trusted friends, or even neighbors.

    This record book also identifies guardians of the deceased's surviving minor children. Guardians were chosen to oversee the care and finances of the children and were not necessarily family members. Having a guardian appointed does not mean that the children did not have a surviving parent. Women of the period had very limited legal standing, so widows and mothers were often bypassed as male guardians were appointed to control the finances of younger heirs. Widows' names are mentioned occasionally in this record, but are often absent. However, the book does list the names of the children for whom a guardian has been appointed. This can be quite helpful for anyone trying to establish a genealogical connection. Keep in mind that not all siblings necessarily were assigned to the same guardian, especially if the deceased had many children. Also, do not be confused by the use of the term "infant," which was used to describe minor children of any age and should not be interpreted as "baby."

    Administrators, executors and guardians were required to sign oaths, letters, and/or bonds that held them accountable for the duties entrusted to them. This record book notes the amount of the bonds required and the person or persons who served as financial security. Bonds in this period ranged widely from around one hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars. The amount of the bond typically is reflective of the size and worth of the deceased's estate, and thus can be a clue to the lifestyle and status of the deceased. Additional information in this record book includes information on legal suits involving estate settlement and the parties involved. The sale and division of property is a common issue noted.


Harrison County Register of Commissions, 1834-1853

  • This record book is a register of commissions granted to individuals to hold public county government offices in Harrison County, Indiana. The register includes the years 1834 through 1853 and lists the names of individuals selected, the office for which they will be responsible, the dates of commission and qualifying, and when the term of office will expire. Amounts of bonds and names of the individuals securing the bonds are provided. Also, notes are made regarding resignations and the filling of vacancies. The majority of the commissions listed are for constables and justices of the peace in the county's various townships. Other offices recorded are sheriff, coroner, county clerk, recorder, auditor, treasurer, and district attorney. Various judges and notary publics are also listed.


Harrison County School Collection

  • The Harrison County School Collection consists of documents and images related to public schools in the county throughout their history. It reflects the evolution of education in Harrison County from the emergence of numerous rural one-room schoolhouses in the nineteenth century through the development of secondary schools and the rise of the modern high school system. Includes commencement programs and photographs.


Harrison Township Records

Harry A. Davis Image Collection

  • Harry A. Davis, Jr. (1914-2006), born in Hillsboro, Indiana, matriculated at Herron in 1933 and earned a B.F.A. in 1938. That year he won the Prix de Rome in painting, allowing him to study and paint in Europe and North Africa 1938-1940. He was artist-in-residence at Beloit College 1941-1942, and then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a combat artist in Italy during World War Two. After the war he joined the faculty of Herron. He married Herron alumna Lois Peterson in 1948. He retired from the faculty in 1983.


Harry C. Ripperdan Diary, 1910-1915

  • This is a diary kept by Harry C. Ripperdan, a farmer in Washington Township, Harrison County, Indiana, during the early 1910s. Ripperdan wrote his entries on the unused pages of an old court docket book and recorded the events of his life and the surrounding community on a daily basis. This volume begins in November 1910 and continues through October 1915. Ripperdan never fails to make an entry for each day during this five-year period, and his writings provide a rare snapshot of life in this rural Harrison County community during the early 20th century.

    Harry Clay Ripperdan lived in the Valley City area of Washington Township near the small town of New Amsterdam. Born in 1878, he married Ella Sonner, also a native of the area, in 1905. Together they farmed, raised a family, and lived among a rich network of family and friends. Ripperdan's diary covers details of their life and work on the farm, as well as community social events and gatherings, and the joys, laughter, and heartaches of daily living. Neighbors, friends, and relatives feature prominently throughout the diary. Surnames mentioned frequently include Dooley, Watson, Miller, Trotter, Windell, Fowler, Thompson, Shireman, Hays, Mauck, Hardsaw, and Reed. These names appear often as those who work alongside Ripperdan as he describes working in his fields, harvesting his crops, and caring for his animals. He recounts trips to Corydon to take grain to local mills, buy supplies, or attend the county fair. Ripperdan also records births, marriages, and deaths of local residents, and notes times when people move in or out of the local area, or when others visit.

    Events such as taffy pulls, school reunions, church suppers, and ice cream socials appear as important social gatherings and include many members of the community. Likewise, were occasions that combined work and social time such as hog butchering or making molasses and apple butter. Hunting and fishing were common group or individual activities that also provided enjoyment as well as food for the table. Dogs played an important role in hunting and are mentioned frequently. Croquet and baseball are the more predominant leisure entertainments that Ripperdan describes. Baseball especially appears as a favorite pastime with games occurring nearly every weekend in all kinds of weather. Ripperdan notes the teams who played, which include a team of African American players from Brandenburg, Kentucky, and provides the final scores of the games.

    Ripperdan typically ends each daily entry with a comment on the weather, which played a crucial role in his farming livelihood and often determined his daily activities. Rain, snow, sleet, frost, wind, and temperature ranges are noted and specific details are given as to amounts and time of day they occurred. Severe storms and floods and any damage they caused are mentioned. Ripperdan reserved the last few pages of the book for accounting purposes. On these pages he tracks important transactions, sales, trades, and expenses of his farm.

    Harry C. Ripperdan died in 1925 at the age of forty-seven. Undoubtedly, he kept this diary for his own reflection and benefit, and likely never imagined its use or benefit beyond his own interests. However, its rich detail and wealth of information about farm life and the Washington Township area serve as a gift to present and future generations that allows us, for a moment, to step back in time.


Harry E. Wood High School

  • In the fall of 1953, Wood High School opened in the refurbished school buildings vacated when Emmerich Manual High School moved to its new site on the south side of Indianapolis. Wood was designed as a new vocational training high school with its primary focus on academics and the specific goal of providing secondary-level vocational education to its students. The school closed in 1978. Wood was named for Harry E. Wood, a graduate of Manual High School, who became a renowned artist and craftsman as well as an educator and administrator at Manual.


Harvey Grounds Family

Health Care in Harrison County

  • The Health Care in Harrison County Collection is a collection of photographs of people and events associated with health care in Harrison County, Indiana. The collection contains photos of some of the physicians and dentists who practiced in the county during the early 20th century. The collection also contains images of health related events such as immunization clinics at local schools and blood drives. There are also a few photographs connected with the opening of Harrison County Hospital in 1950.


Heartland Film

  • Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. In this collection you can explore 25 years of Heartland Film from Film Festival Guidebooks to annual reports.


Helen Gougar Collection

  • Helen Gougar was a national figure in the late nineteenth century, lecturing across the country on temperance and suffrage and she practiced law in the state of Indiana. She sued the Tippecanoe County election board for its refusal to allow her to vote in the 1894 election. Gougar went on to argue her own case before the Indiana Supreme Court. This collection contains the court argument in that lawsuit.


Heth Township Justice Dockets

  • This is a collection of Justice of the Peace docket books for Heth Township, Harrison County, Indiana, that date from 1887 through the early twentieth century. The dockets contain entries of court cases that were brought before local justices of the peace by township residents. The cases reflect the daily lives and conflicts of residents throughout the period and include charges of unpaid debts, provocation, assault and battery, bastardy, property conflicts, public intoxication, profanity, trespassing, and other offenses. The records include names of plaintiffs and defendants, as well as those of witnesses, constables, and attorneys. Some family relationships can be gleaned from the entries.


    A. Some pages in the docket books are missing. Also, indexes are not complete. There are several cases that appear in the dockets and are not recorded in the index. Likewise, there are some entries recorded in the index that are not found on the specified page nor do they appear elsewhere in the book. It is best to search for a surname using the search box.

    B. These documents have not been fully transcribed. However, names of all individuals as well as the date of the case and the charges involved have been transcribed for each case and page so researchers can search the record for specific individuals or crimes.


Hendricks County Museum

  • The Hendricks County Historical Museum collection is a searchable collection of images, postcards, and documents dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Hendricks County, Indiana. We invite users to explore these items and join us in our efforts to identify people, places, and events important to our past. This digital collection and its images constitute only a fraction of the physical collection available at the Hendricks County Museum, and it will continue to grow as more images are added.


Herbert Oran Henley Collection

  • This collection consists of glass plates and photographs related to Carthage, Rush County, Indiana and the Herbert O. Henley family and their friends and neighbors. Also included are images of buildings, farms, mills, stores, bridges, the Main Street of Carthage, and the train depot.


Herman List Collection

Herron Library Fine Press and Book Arts Collection

  • The Herron Library's notable Fine Press / Book Arts collection of works created by distinguished book artists across the globe, such as Ron King, Julie Chen, Rebecca Goodale, Bea Nettles, as well as many other acclaimed artists plays a valuable role to influence the Herron School of Art and Design book arts students' creative work during their academic career. The students' creative journey into the book arts comes full circle for the students with their Book Arts Capstone Exhibition Experience exhibit held at the Herron Art Library during the their final semester.


Herron School of Art and Design Book Arts Capstone Exhibition Experience

  • The Herron Library's notable Fine Press / Book Arts collection of works created by distinguished book artists across the globe, such as Ron King, Julie Chen, Rebecca Goodale, Bea Nettles, as well as many other acclaimed artists plays a valuable role to influence the Herron School of Art and Design book arts students' creative work during their academic career. The students' creative journey into the book arts comes full circle for the students with their Book Arts Capstone Exhibition Experience exhibit held at the Herron Art Library during the their final semester.


Herron School of Art and Design MFA Visual Art

Herron School of Art and Design Newsletters (1937-2001)

Hesburgh Libraries' Indiana Catholic Missions Collection

  • University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Library holdings related to early missionary activities within Indiana and the Midwest. Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant. This collection of monographs brings to light the settling of Indiana when Indiana was the western frontier, migration patterns in Indiana, and the history of settlements. These works provide evidence of the multi-cultural influence in early Indiana, of French from Canada, via riverways of Kentucky, Detroit, and French and Geman from the East (Ohio, Pennsylvania).


Highland-Kessler Civic League

  • The Highland-Kessler Civic League (HKCL) is a volunteer neighborhood association that provides a forum for residents to discuss and act on community issues, plan and conduct community programs, and keep residents informed on matters of interest to the community. The digital collection spans nearly 40 years, and includes the League's newsletters, board minutes, board rosters and event notices.


Highlights of the ISL Manuscripts Collection

  • This online collection features a number of these noteworthy and remarkable items from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division of the Indiana State Library, such as a letter from Helen Keller, ancient Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform tablets (circa 2800-544 B.C.E.), and a piece of ivy taken from President Abraham Lincoln's casket.


Historic Indiana Atlases

  • The resources in this collection are historical atlases of various Indiana counties including Hamilton, Henry, Madison and Putnam. These books not only provide maps of Hoosier areas dating from 1875 to 1901, but also provide rich historical details of the central Indiana region. Within this collection there are narrative histories, biographical information about Indiana pioneers, detailed illustrations of people and places, statistical tables, and much more. Historians and hobbyists alike should find this collection both information rich and entertaining.

    This project was made possible by collaboration with The Indiana State Library, Indianapolis Public Library, and Connor Prairie.


Historic Indiana Maps

  • Maps are often beautiful illustrations of our history, the human-environmental interaction, and natural features of our state and its communities. Maps record settlement patterns, political boundaries, transportation routes, and land ownership. Maps contain invaluable information for historians, genealogists, and citizens.

    The resources in this collection are historical maps of Indiana, its counties and cities, from the collections at Indiana University. Efforts were made to represent various areas of our state, but selection was based on G. K. Hall and Co.'s Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900 Volume 3 covering the state of Indiana. The Checklist was a cooperative project involving several institutions. Its purpose was to identify and catalog cartographic materials published prior to 1900. The collection attempts to not duplicate other digital projects, such as the Library of Congress' American Memory Project or the David Rumsey Map Collection projects. Additional maps will be added to the collection as we develop partnerships with libraries around the state.

    The collection was digitized by IUPUI University Library according to the standards recommended by the Indiana Digital Library Summit, with funds provided through the Indiana State Library's LSTA mini-grant program for development of the Indiana Digital Library. Most of the maps were made available for digitization from Map Collections at Indiana University Bloomington.


Historic Indiana Plat Books

  • Description
    The Plat Books of Indiana Counties are historic guides to the communities of Indiana, showing townships, roads and section numbers. These geographic resources were originally created by Sidwell Studio and W. W. Hixson & Co. between approximately 1925 and 1941. The original books are owned by, and scanned in collaboration with, the Indiana State Library through a grant from the Library Fund of Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. If you have questions regarding the content of this collection please contact the Indiana State Library at 317-232-3675.

    Known Dating Issues
    Only approximate dates are available as the publisher neglected to date the publication. Approximate dates have been surmised by Indiana State Library staff members, considering other dated maps and atlases from the time period.


Historic Photographs

  • These images consist primarily of photographs donated to the library from various sources, including private collections and the Fort Wayne newspapers. Although there are photographs from all over Indiana, most have a Fort Wayne or Allen County emphasis. There are some photos from the 1880s and 1890s, but most date from the early 1900s to the 1970s.


Historical Aerial Photography Collection

Historical Whitley County

  • The Historical Whitley County collection is a joint effort of the Peabody Public Library and the Whitley County Historical Museum . These collections will be continually expanded and updated. Within this collection you may also link to oral histories of Whitley County, Veterans' History Project interviews, cemetery listings, First Families of Whitley County Indiana, the Library's Obituary Database , Whitley County Military Database, Whitley County Historical Society Bulletin Index and many photographs and documents concerning the Library and Whitley County. We hope that you will visit often.


History Center Digital Collections

  • The History Center Digital Collections offers unparalleled access to many of the thousands of photos, documents, maps, manuscripts, and other valuable historical materials owned by the History Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The digital collections, selected to augment and reinforce History Center educational programs, are being developed through a partnership between the Helmke Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and the History Center.


History of Indiana University Health

  • The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) was founded in 1903, and its first students were enrolled on the Bloomington campus.

    Following the union of all medical schools in the state with Indiana University in 1908, the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, in 1909, mandated that Indiana University assume the responsibility for medical education in the state. Initially, students had the opportunity of taking the first two years of their medical school work at either Bloomington or Indianapolis. In 1912 all students entered through the Bloomington program and moved to Indianapolis for their second-, third-, and fourth-year courses. This remained in effect until 1958, when the work of the Bloomington division was transferred to Indianapolis.

    The Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC) campus covers some 85 acres within one mile of the center of Indianapolis. The IUMC campus is part of the larger campus created by Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), which offers IU and Purdue undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Hoosier History Live

Hoosier LGBTQ+ History

Hoosier State Chronicles

Horse Thief Detective Agencies

Hovey Letters Collection

  • The Hovey Letters Collection consists of nearly 400 letters written between 1822 and 1876 that document the life of Edmund O. Hovey as student, Presbyterian minister, and educator. They also provide accounts of events in the early history of Wabash College, pioneer life in frontier Indiana, Presbyterian thought and missionary activity, the personal concerns of early 19th century Americans, and the Hovey family history.


Hovey Scrapbook

  • The Hovey Scrapbook is a collection of ephemera related to the earliest decades of Wabash College. It was assembled by Edmund O. Hovey, a founder and the first professor of sciences at Wabash, and consists of letters, memoranda, annual catalogues, programs of College events, and newspaper clippings covering the period from 1832 to 1876.


Howard County During and After the Civil War

  • This collection is a partnership between the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and The Howard County Historical Society. Howard County has a rich history of community military involvement in the Civil War. Regiments were raised, patriotism was high and the community rallied around the boys. Several prominent members of the community stepped up to raise the requested number of enlistments. Records show that in the 16-35 age range, Howard County led the state in percentage of recruits to the general population. These officers and enlisted men left proof of their experiences in the form of enlistment records, pension records, muster rolls, letters, etc.

    This collection was created in part with funding from a grant from the Indiana State Library made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Howard County Newspapers

Huntington City-Township Public Library

  • This collection of digitized materials currently comprises historical photographs of the city and county of Huntington, Indiana. It is continually being expanded, and consists of materials in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. In addition to the other historic photographs, there is a collection of photographs by William Hubbell of the cinty of Huntington and Huntington county that were commissioned by the Huntington City-Township Public Library in 1911.


Illustrators of the Golden West

  • The Sidney and Rosalyn Wiener Collection is housed at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was donated by the Wiener family and partially exhibited in 2007, under the title "Illustrators of the Golden West." The collection consists of ninety-one paintings and drawings by nineteen important western illustrators plus 968 books, Western pulp fiction magazines, and catalogs, published between 1890 and 1998, in which their illustrations were reproduced. The book collection consists mostly of Western American novels, published between 1890 and 1987, with some classic novels as well. As Sid Wiener said, "Our collection is all about the West of the Imagination." The book collection is non-circulating but available for researchers at the Museum upon appointment. Inquiries about the collection of original drawings and paintings can be directed to: [email protected].

    Please note: Inclusion in this digitized sample does not in any way guarantee that any of the works are not subject to copyright laws. Any use beyond this virtual exhibition is at your own risk.


Indiana Album

  • The Indiana Album is a collection of digital images about Indiana scanned from individual collections from throughout the country. Indiana Album is a non-profit organization created to help preserve and make accessible images not in cultural heritage organizations.


Indiana Archives and Records Administration

  • The Indiana Archives and Records Administration assists State and local governments in the cost-effective, efficient and secure management of governmental records, by providing services throughout the life cycle of records, including creation, use, records inventory and scheduling, storage, and disposition.


Indiana Artists

  • This collection contains documentation from exhibitions of artists who lived and/or exhibited in Indiana. The collection includes exhibition checklists, exhibition catalogs, and other related exhibition ephemera held by the Herron Art Library, the Indiana University Fine Arts Library, the Indiana State Library, The Indiana Historical Society, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Frick. The Herron Library is grateful to these institutions who made this collection possible through loan of their materials. The exhibition venues include John Herron Art Institute, The Art Association of Indianapolis, the Hoosier Salon, and the T.C. Steele Home. This online collection is a very useful place for finding information on artists, artists' works, and artists' exhibitions held in Indianapolis, 1907-1908 and forward.


Indiana Artsdesk Broadcasts

  • The Indiana ArtsDesk Radio Archive digital collection includes broadcasts from Indiana ArtsDesk, a weekly program dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation, and participation in the arts in East Central Indiana and throughout the Indiana Public Radio listening area.


Indiana Authors and Their Books

  • Indiana Authors and Their Books is an LSTA–funded project based on the digitization and encoding of the 3–volume reference work, Indiana Authors and Their Books, published by Wabash College in 1949, 1974, and 1981. The encyclopedia covers nearly two hundred years of Indiana's literary history (1816–1980), and contains approximately 7,000 author entries. Each of the author entries, in turn, contains a bibliography collectively referencing close to 21,000 citations.


Indiana Authors and Their Works

  • The Indiana Historical State Agency Documents is a special collection of historical state agency publications. For the purposes of this collection, our definition of "state agency" includes departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, councils, and committees that carry out various functions of the Executive Branch of Indiana state government.


Indiana Bedrock

  • This collection documents the limestone industry of Monroe County, Indiana. The core collection, from the Monroe County History Center, includes various photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, business records and other ephemera relating to the Matthews Brothers Stone Company, a limestone quarry which operated out of Ellettsville, Indiana from 1862 to 1978.


Indiana Before Statehood

Indiana Bridges, 1921-1943

  • The Granville C. Thompson Photographs of Bridge Construction Projects in Indiana documents 41 bridge projects within Indiana that occurred during the first half of the 20th Century. Thompson was an Indiana State Highway Commission draftsman and engineer involved with each project.


Indiana Code

  • The Indiana Code contains the codified statutes of Indiana. This project aims to digitize all extant volumes of the Indiana Code for open access use. It is a joint effort of Indiana University’s two law libraries: the Ruth Lilly Law Library of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, where the project began, and the Jerome Hall Law Library of the Michael S. Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, along with IUPUI’s Center for Digital Scholarship. The project’s current focus is on digitizing all titles (Title 1 through Title 36) from 1971 to present. The collection will continue to grow as more material is scanned and added.


Indiana Documentary Editions

Indiana Entertainment Foundation

  • Indiana Entertainment Foundation is an Indiana 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that preserves, archives, researches, promotes and displays important artifacts and narratives featuring Hoosiers' work in music, film, broadcasting and related fields. Its mission is also to honor those individuals and businesses who were involved.


Indiana Eugenics - History and Legacy, 1907-2007

  • On April 9, 1907 the Governor of Indiana signed into law a bill passed by the state legislature that provided for the involuntary sterilization of "confirmed criminals, idiots, imbeciles and rapists." Although it was eventually found to be unconstitutional, this law is widely regarded as the first eugenics sterilization legislation passed in the world. In 1927, a revised law was implemented and before it was repealed in 1974, over 2,300 of the State's most vulnerable citizens were involuntarily sterilized. In addition, Indiana established a state-funded Committee on Mental Defectives that carried out eugenic family studies in over twenty counties and was home to an active "better babies" movement that encouraged scientific motherhood and infant hygiene as routes to human improvement.

    Documents on the history of eugenics in Indiana have been digitized and made available for subsequent scholarship through this digital collection.


Indiana Farm Security Administration Photographs

  • This collection provides background information and educational resources for students and teachers interested in using the FSA photographs in Indiana. The Farm Security Administration was a New Deal agency established in 1937. It originally started as the Resettlement Administration in 1935 and later became the Office of War Information. The photographs cover a timeline from 1935 to 1945. Its goal was to rescue the chronic rural poor and farmers during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The FSA had four main tasks: resettlement, rehabilitation, technical assistance, and land utilization.


Indiana Farmer

  • The Indiana Farmer was a monthly publication detailing news and events about and for Indiana's farming community. The Farmer gives a rare view of rural Hoosier life from 1851 to 1917. It includes the mechanization of Hoosier agriculture, the founding of Purdue University and the first Indiana State Fair.


Indiana Government Documents

  • This collection contains the published records of the Indiana General Assembly from 1817 to 1900. Included are the Brevier Legislative Reports, the Documentary Journals, the Senate Journals, and the House Journals. These publications document the debates and proceedings of both houses of the legislative branch, messages from the Governor, and reports from the various state agencies.


Indiana High School Athletic Association Handbooks

  • This collection traces the development of regulated high school athletics in the state of Indiana. Included in this collection are the Indiana High School Athletic Association Yearbooks, Handbooks and Report of the Board of Control from its beginning in 1904 to present-day. These publications contain state tournament results in various sports, school participation records, images of student athletes and athletic fields, minutes from Board mettings and reports on rule violations and conflict mediation. These images are made available with the permission of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc.


Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association

Indiana Historic Architecture Slide Collection

  • Since the founding of Indiana Landmarks in 1960, photographic images have played a key role in the organization's promotion of historic preservation. Nothing provides more oohs and ahhs or inspiration than a set of dramatic before-and-after images. These images have formed the basis for educational programs and illustrated the foundation's magazine, the Indiana Preservationist, for decades.

    A Library Services Technology Grant allowed IUPUI to begin digitization of Indiana Landmarks' slide collection, now making it available to the public. The collection contains images from the early 1960s through present day and captures historic architecture throughout the state. Educators will find the collection useful in documenting architectural styles and Indiana history. Old house enthusiasts will find ideas for paint colors, restoration techniques, and inspiration.

    The visual image collection of Indiana Landmarks is only one component of the organization's library and information center. For more information on the library, click here.

    Indiana Landmarks, the largest statewide preservation group in the U.S., saves, restores, and protects places of architectural and historical significance. From its ten offices, Indiana Landmarks leads and assists others in rescuing endangered landmarks and preserving buildings and districts. Indiana Landmarks is a private, not-for-profit organization. For more information, call Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534/800-450-4534 or visit


Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory

  • Every year since 1978 Indiana Landmarks has surveyed from two to four counties, looking for architecturally and historically significant structures and districts. Indiana Landmarks undertakes this federally mandated program through matching grants from Indiana's Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA). To date, Indiana Landmarks has surveyed 72 of Indiana's 92 counties.


Indiana Historical Print Collection

Indiana History Bulletin

Indiana Jewish Historical Society

  • The Indiana Jewish Historical Society collection includes digitized collections from the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El in Munster, Indiana, The Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, The United Hebrew Congregation of Terre Haute, Indiana, and Temple Israel in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Collection also contains a glimpse into Jewish family life in places such as East Chicago, Whiting, Hammond, Muncie, and Gary, Indiana, in the 20th Century.


Indiana Landmarks American Architect & Building News Index (1876-1897)

Indiana Landmarks Central Canal & IUPUI Image Collection

Indiana Landmarks H. Roll McLaughlin Collection

  • Roll McLaughlin served as a leader in the national historic preservation movement and helped establish Indiana Landmarks (then called Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana) in the late 1950s.

    In 1953, Roll found his architectural career home at James & Associates. He served on the board of the Historic American Building Survey, led a national historic preservation committee of the American Institute of Architects, and assisted the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a board trustee and advisor.

    Roll and his wife Linda worked with Eli Lilly to restore and furnish the Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis which became the first headquarters of Indiana Landmarks. He remained committed to the organization chairing the board, designing and managing restoration projects, consulting on endangered sites, giving talks across the state, and creating and maintaining valuable relationships. Roll passed away in 2017 leaving a brilliant legacy and a valuable collection documenting the historic preservation movement in Indiana. His son Mac donated his father's image and book library to Indiana Landmarks. This collection demonstrates Roll's work preserving Indiana's historic architecture.


Indiana Landmarks Wilber D. Peat

Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection

  • A previously unknown collection of over 25,000 black and white architectural photographs were discovered in a dilapidated house owned by the Indiana Limestone Company in Bedford, Indiana. These images of residences, churches, universities, museums, businesses, and public and municipal buildings, many of which were designed by prominent architects, document the use of Indiana limestone throughout the United States from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Remarkably holistic in scope, these photographs and their accompanying metadata can be studied across major disciplines such as American history, architectural history, history of technology, urban studies, history of photography, historic preservation, labor history, and the history of geology. The Indiana Geological Survey, the custodian of the Indiana Limestone Photograph Collection, in partnership with the Indiana University Libraries has been cataloging, digitizing, archiving, and publishing online a growing subset of the photographs thanks to funding provided by Indiana University's Office of the Vice Provost for Research and an LSTA grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Indiana State Library.


Indiana Medical History Museum - Wishard Scrapbook

  • University Library collaborated with the Indiana Medical History Museum to make this scrapbook, which Dr. William Niles Wishard was heavily involved in the creation of, available in digital format. This treasure, like many of the artifacts on display at the Indiana Medical History Museum, is a window into the history of medicine in Indiana and an introduction to some of the past prominent figures in the Indianapolis Medical Society.


Indiana Minority Business Magazine

Indiana Muster, Pay and Receipt Rolls, War of 1812

  • This collection consists of Muster, pay and receipt rolls of Indiana territory volunteers or militia of the period of the War of 1812. They are in the form of four oversized bound volumes of photostats made by Leet Brothers Co. in 1926 from information in the U.S. Adjutant General's Office. According to the following note, "The U.S. Adjutant general states that these records do not include the names of soldiers of the regular army of the U.S. and member of the U.S. Rangers who enlisted from Indiana territory. The names listed...include Justices of the Peace, administrators, administratrices, clerk of court, witnesses, widows, attorneys, substitutes, etc."


Indiana Pioneer Pictures from The Educator-Journal Company

  • This collection of sixteen images depicting Indiana's pioneer era was compiled by the Educator-Journal Company in celebration of Indiana's centennial anniversary in 1916. The images, which are primarily drawings with a few photos, highlight important people and places that helped shape Indiana's early history, such as Jonathan Jennings, Frances Wright, and early state capitol buildings in Corydon and Indianapolis. The company sent the prints to teachers throughout the state to use as educational materials to prepare for "an historical and educational celebration of the Indiana Centennial." Included with the images was a page of "sketches," brief summaries or captions, with information about each picture.


Indiana Preservationist

  • Since 1971, Indiana Landmarks' member magazine Indiana Preservationist has provided information about historic Hoosier places, architectural styles, preservation issues, threats to landmarks and efforts to save and preserve our state's heritage. Members of Indiana Landmarks receive the bi-monthly magazine as a benefit of membership. The collection contains the full text of articles from 1971 to recent years.


Indiana Public Health

Indiana Red Cross

  • As one of the nation's premier humanitarian organizations, the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.

    This spirit of translating people's care and concern into action continues today as a new generation of volunteers, financial supporters and community partners, dedicate themselves to the humanitarian work of the American Red Cross in Indiana. It is important that we preserve and digitize images from Indiana's collection over our rich 100-year history as we celebrate the past, enhance our community and prepare for the future.


Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indiana School for the Deaf

  • Rich in heritage and always striving to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, The Indiana School for the Deaf has developed into one of the leading deaf schools in the nation. 204 volumes with 18,000 pages of publications include school newsletters, senior numbers and yearbooks. Titles include: The Silent Hoosier (1887-1934), Hooserian (1923), The Hoosier (1935-1996), Orange and Black (1921-1938), and Yearbooks (1938-1982).


Indiana State Agency Documents

  • The Indiana Historical State Agency Documents is a special collection of historical state agency publications. For the purposes of this collection, our definition of "state agency" includes departments, boards, bureaus, commissions, councils, and committees that carry out various functions of the Executive Branch of Indiana state government.


Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center

  • The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center annually hosts more than 400 meetings, shows, sports and agricultural events, including its signature event, the Indiana State Fair. Laid out over 250 acres, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is home to more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space and offers the most flexible event venues in the state of Indiana. The year-round management of the Fairgrounds is overseen by the Indiana State Fair Commission which is a quasigovernmental agency that was established in 1992, with the mission to preserve and enhance the Indiana State Fairgrounds and the annual Indiana State Fair for the benefit of all citizens of Indiana. Additional information is available at


Indiana State Library Broadsides Collection

Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection

  • This Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection contains materials of genealogical significance to both family historians and genealogy enthusiasts. This collection is comprised of complied genealogies, family bible pages, family trees, funeral memorial cards and the Indiana Mortality Census data. Additionally, we are constantly working to enhance our collection by soliciting genealogical items from the public to be digitized with our scan-a-thon program.


Indiana State Library Manuscripts Small Collections

Indiana State Library Map Collection

  • This collection of county maps reveal Indiana's network of roads in each county in the first half of the twentieth century. The Indiana Highway Survey maps were created from a 1936 survey and reveal information about the roads on one map and the built landscape, including dwellings, churches, schools, and cemeteries, on a second map. The United States Post Office maps show the rural delivery routes in each county around 1910.


Indiana State Library Oral History Collection

Indiana State Library Photograph Collection

Indiana State Library Trade Catalog Collection

Indiana State University Archives

  • The University Archives collection consists of photographs depicting the rich history of the university. These photos include homecoming, athletics, student organizations, students, faculty, special events, and architecture. We are currently expanding our collection to include yearbooks, publications, documents, and other historical materials.


Indiana State University Bayh College of Education

Indiana State University Communications and Marketing

  • Indiana State University Communications & Marketing will provide the Wabash Valley Visions and Voices project with a collection of photographs depicting all aspects of campus life. Along with images of campus, the collection will include photographs of sporting events, student activities, experiential learning and traditional events such as commencement, reunion day, and founder's day. We also will be adding historical images from our office database including the construction of Hulman Center and other classic scenes of the campus.


Indiana State University Community

Indiana State University Folklore Archives

  • The Indiana State University Folklore Archives is the largest accessible university-based folklore repository in the Midwest, and scholars from ISU and other universities—including Indiana University, Penn State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Wisconsin—have used it for research on books and articles, as well as for sustaining a personal interest in Indiana's folk culture.

    Established in 1967 by Ronald Baker, professor emeritus of English and former chairperson of the Department of English, the ISU Folklore Archives contains thousands of examples of folklore, such as local legends, folk beliefs, customs, jokes, riddles, and campus ghost stories. Most of the material was collected by ISU students, and much of it is very high quality.

    The English Department is working with the Department of History and the Cunningham Memorial Library to make the printed and visual materials housed in the ISU Folklore Archives accessible to patrons anytime, anywhere in the world. The Archives staff acquired a professional-quality scanner through a generous contribution from the Research Center for Local History and Culture, funded by the Lilly Foundation and administered by the Department of History. Training, support, and a website large enough to house the scanned materials are being provided through Wabash Valley Visions and Voices: A Digital Memory Project, sponsored by the Cunningham Memorial Library. The Archives Assistant is a Department of English intern, and the Department of English has hired four undergraduate students as Scanning Project Technicians through the ISU work-study program.


Indiana State University Library

Indiana Territory Court Orders

  • The digital collection of Indiana Territory Court Orders is a collaborative effort between the University Library, the Indiana State Archives, and the Historical Society for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This collection contains digital images of three order books: 2 original volumes created between 1800 and 1816 and a late nineteenth-century transcription for the first 114 pages of Order Book 1 (which were heavily damaged). We used Order Book 2 in its entirety. The two order books are a combined 578 pages in length. Created by the Clerk of the Court of Indiana Territory, Henry Hurst, the order books document the court's actions in chronological order by court term from March 1801 to December 1816. This collection also contains the Chancery Court orders of 57 pages, recently found. The Indiana Territorial Legislature created the Chancery Court in 1805. Chancery Court judges, called chancellors, solved conflicting claims when common law and statute law offered no solutions. The Chancery Court operated between 1805 and 1814; however, the extant records only cover August 1807 to September 1811. The Indiana State Archives holds the original Indiana Territory Order Books, transcribed order books, and Chancery Orders.


Indiana Trade, Association, and Club Publications

  • The Indiana State Library's collection comprises numerous publications from various clubs and professional organization intended for professionals and hobbyists who work or are interested in a specific business, industry, hobby, or topic. Among these publications are the Indiana Construction Recorder for the construction industry, the Indiana State Beekeepers Association newsletter, and The "Y's" Man from the African-American men's branch of the YMCA. More content will be added in the future.


Indiana Woman

  • The Indiana Woman was a weekly magazine published by Earl E. Stafford, owner of The Indiana Illustrating Company. Stafford had established his company and began printing the magazine in 1895. It was discontinued in 1899 and replaced by The Illustrated Indiana Weekly.


Indiana World Organization of China Painters

  • In 2016 then Indiana World Organization of China Painters President Ellen Wilson-Pruitt had an idea to propose a china painting project to Washington, DC. The Indiana painters already had established a relationship with Second Lady Karen Pence. The artists had done 2 other public projects previously. They painted a 30 place setting and 30 serving piece set for the Indiana Governor’s mansion with Indiana Wildflowers during the O’Bannon administration. Mrs. Pence loved the china so much when she was Indiana First Lady she approached the painters again about painting 150 presentation bowls with the Indiana state flower the peony for her First Ladies Charitable Foundation.

    When Mrs. Pence became Second Lady, Ellen contacted her and offered their artistic talents to the nation. The Second Lady is herself an artist and the role of art therapy in the recovery of hospital patients is a cause dear to her heart. Mrs. Pence readily accepted the offer and the Vice Presidential Plate Project began. Thirty-nine artists painted 100 reception dessert plates with the 50 state flowers. These plates will remain in the permanent china collection and are the property of The Vice President’s Residential Foundation. The Foundation maintains all the collections and furnishings of the Vice President Residence. The artists were juried in by the public by voting on a china painting exhibit at the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Each artist painted 2 identical plates (with a few artists painting more than one set). The plates being used are companion pattern plates to the current Vice Presidential service made by Lenox. This service was ordered during the Biden administration. Lenox produced a special decal for the back of these flower plates to commemorate the project. Wilson-Pruitt gathered the flower images and sized them to fit the plates. The artists drew the states out of a hat so no one was assigned a particular state. Each state was just as important as the next.

    In March a public preview was held in Indiana to view the plates before going to Washington. This preview was attended by well over 200 people. The artists were invited to a special reception held in their honor at the Vice President’s Residence on April 23,2018.One of the artists volunteered to transport the plates to DC. A few artists traveled independently but the majority of the artists and guests boarded a charter coach to make the 12 hour trip to the nation’s capital. The artists were treated to a wonderful celebration of their efforts by Mrs. Pence and her staff complete with meeting the Vice President. The plates will be used at receptions at the residence and be viewed by visiting dignitaries from all over the world.

    Over the course of the project there was media coverage from TV, radio and various newspapers. Many of the artists were featured in articles in their local newspapers. The project also received official press releases from The White House as well as being mentioned in USA Today and The Washington Post. The youngest artist participating is 13 and the oldest is 90 years old. This illustrates that china painting is an art form that can be shared from generation to generation. The project required many months of work and organization but it was well worth it. It is wonderful to allow our artists to have the opportunity to have a piece of their work in such a prominent venue. These plates will remain forever as part of our nation’s collections and we hope to give testament to the art of china painting and creation of an art of permanence and the memory this project provided the artists will last for the rest of their lives.


Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

  • "The Activities of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce" provides an intriguing glimpse of the city during the period of time between the two world wars. Although the primary focus of the newsletter was local business, the interests of the Chamber extended far beyond the business community. These pages include numerous photographs of Indianapolis landmarks, places, and people.


Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

  • The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) made its debut on November 18, 1984 as Musicians of the Cloister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. In 1987 the name was changed to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Comprised of 34 professional musicians, the ICO annually presents a subscription concert series using two formats: Masterworks and Pops. It also offers a full range of educational programs for ages pre-kindergarten through adult in a variety of formats.


Indianapolis Children's Choir

  • The Indianapolis Children's Choir is built on the belief that all children have incredible potential—for artistry and many other achievements. Over the past 30 years, generations of young people in the ICC have attained lofty artistic and personal goals. In this collection, you can explore the fun and hard work—and the incredible musical achievements—shared by children in the ICC from its launch in 1986 until today.


Indianapolis City Directories

  • These books tell a great deal about our past by including the names and information about residents as well as businesses in Indianapolis through the years, including the addresses and occupations of householders and complete business directories. This collection consists of 14 Indianapolis city directories ranging from 1858-1980.


Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection

Indianapolis Flanner House

  • Flanner House, a social service agency, was founded in 1898. It was the first agency in Indianapolis devoted solely to meeting the social service needs of African-Americans and is nationally recognized for developing groundbreaking programs that foster a spirit of self-reliance. The collection provides insight into this historic organization and its important role in shaping the social and economic landscape of Indianapolis.


Indianapolis Foundation

  • The Indianapolis Foundation was created in 1916 by the resolution of three financial institutions, the Fletcher Trust Company, Indiana Trust Company, and Union Trust Company. It was officially introduced as one of the first community foundations in the United States in the January 5, 1916, edition of the Indianapolis Star. According to the resolution, income from the Indianapolis Foundation would "be dispersed by said companies on the written order of a board of trustees for such charitable uses as well in its judgment promote the welfare of persons now or hereafter residing in Indianapolis, Indiana." The foundation began making grants in 1924 and today continues to give to Indianapolis organizations to help improve the quality of life in the city.


Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society Transcription Project

Indianapolis German Freethinker Society

  • The Indiana German Freethinker Society of Indianapolis, generally recognized as the origin of Indianapolis freethought, was formed in 1870. This group, led by such urban professionals as Clemens Vonnegut, Hermann Lieber, Karl Beyschlag, and Philip Rappaport, sought to instill progressive and modern ideas in their children and their community. They instituted lectures, a "Sunday School," and social programs, and they challenged conventional wisdom through their advocacy of women's rights, health insurance, and vocational education. Through its 20-year existence, it membership never exceeded 80. The group faded in the 1880s from lack of volunteer effort and funding, and it disbanded in 1890. This collection includes the society's original meeting minutes in German as well as an English translation.


Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission

  • In 2011, the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission granted the IUPUI Herron Art Library permission to digitize their image collection of historically significant areas and structures of Marion County, Indiana. This collection, the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission Collection, contains information and images of Indianapolis properties located within these designated historic districts. Searching through this collection the user will enjoy connections to many of the IUPUI University Library's digital image collections such as the Turners, the Recorder, the City Directories, and the Indiana Artists Collection.


Indianapolis History

  • This collection includes a variety of Indianapolis photographs and texts dating from late 19th to mid 20th centuries. Example resources include: Indianapolis Power & Light Co. Distribution System Photograph collection, monographs on the history of Indiana such as, The Hoosiers published in 1916, several issues of the Free Soil Banner, and various published and unpublished city of Indianapolis scrapbooks.


Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community

  • The Indianapolis Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Community collection documents the life of an African American Muslim community that has been part of Indianapolis since the 1950s. Established as "Muhammad's Mosque" on Indiana Avenue, the community was first aligned with the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and then after 1975, with Elijah Muhammad's son and heir, Warith Deen Muhammad, better known as W. Deen Mohammed. Now called the Nur Allah (Light of God) Islamic Center, this congregation has become known in central Indiana for its commitment to civic engagement and interfaith activities. The collection documents its members' involvement in public life while also shedding light on the congregation's religious activities.

    Special thanks for work on the collection go to Imam Michael Saahir and Judge David Shaheed. The digitization was made possible by the financial support of IUPUI Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts Edward Curtis.


Indianapolis Maennerchor

  • The Indianapolis Maennerchor (men's choir), established in 1854 by German immigrants, is one of the oldest continuously active singing societies in the United States. The Maennerchor was an important organization in the early cultural life of Indianapolis, sponsoring musical events of national importance and bringing prominent singers and musicians to the city.


Indianapolis Peace & Justice Center Journal

Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee

  • The objective of the Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee is to present the diverse accomplishments and heritage of African Americans to the general public. The AAHC was created in 1978 by Elizabeth Levy, and was sponsored by Celia (Cathy) Gibson. Early signature events included film festivals and "An Afternoon with …" featuring famous authors, actors, and historians. Inside you will find information on past events, lectures, and exhibits by viewing posters, programs, news items, and compilations of African American authors and illustrators.


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Collection

Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Indianapolis Opera

  • Since 1975, Indianapolis Opera has delivered the passion, excitement and art of opera throughout Indiana with compelling educational, cultural and community activities. This collection consists of programs, flyers and invitations for performances and events spanning the more than forty years of the Indianapolis Opera's history and includes material related to educational programming such as the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble. In addition, over 750 photographs can be found from the opera's most acclaimed performances.


Indianapolis Sanborn and Baist Atlas Collection

  • This collection consists of several large-scale color maps from the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries, depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of Indianapolis, Indiana. These maps were originally produced for insurance underwriters, who used them to determine risks and establish premiums.


Indianapolis School of Ballet

  • Founded in 2006, the Indianapolis School of Ballet provides world-class dance training with the goal of preparing Indianapolis students for placement in elite university dance programs and professional companies across the nation. This collection includes programs, flyers, posters and advertisements from iconic performances over the last decade. In addition, there are drawings used for The Nutcracker set designs as well as a video featuring selections from Coppelia.


Indianapolis Scientech Club

  • In October 1918, a group of business leaders, scientists, engineers, and other professionals banded together to provide a forum for interdisciplinary exchange of technical knowledge. They chose the name The Scientech Club.


Indianapolis Sister Cities International

  • Sister Cities International, created at a 1956 White House Summit initiated by President Eisenhower, is an organization founded on the principle of citizen diplomacy. Indianapolis Sister Cities International carries this legacy as a champion for peace and prosperity by promoting the program's goal of fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. The Indianapolis Sister Cities program history is rich and includes accomplishments in education, business, and government, as well as culture and the arts.


Indianapolis South Side Turners

  • In 1893 members of the Indianapolis German-American community living on the south side of Indianapolis broke away from the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein to form the Indianapolis South Side Turners. This organization stressed physical fitness and the preservation of German culture and was a social and cultural center for German-Americans in the southern part of the city.


Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

  • The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 to perform the great choral-orchestral masterworks. Unlike many peer symphonic choruses throughout the United States, this chorus was established as a separate non-profit arts organization. The collection contains audio files, photographs, programs, correspondence and newsletters.


Inland Steel Company Photograph Collection

Institute for Latino Studies Oral History Project

  • Oral history interviews are a major component of the Institute for Latino Studies' effort to document and preserve Latino history. These interviews offer scholars and students "first person" narratives of American culture and society. More than 100 interviews have been recorded with Latino leaders, writers, poets, artists, scholars, and Notre Dame Alumni, with a particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States.


International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

  • The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis is a quadrennial violin competition founded in 1982 under the artistic guidance of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Josef Gingold, one of the United States' most influential violin teachers. This collection comprises programs, photographs, and other promotional material from all nine previous competitions, as well as other sponsored concerts and events. It also includes valuable correspondence and other memorabilia from the collection of Josef Gingold.


Invisible Indianapolis

  • Items from the collection of Invisible Indianapolis examine history and material culture in a series of seemingly "invisible" Indianapolis neighborhoods. It focuses on places that initially may seem counter-intuitive to our ideas about what constitutes "historical" sites; that is, in many reaches of the city, the material remains of community heritage are fragmentary or entirely effaced, and in some places only a handful of elders preserve local memories. Invisible Indianapolis underscores the stories of American life in a breadth of seemingly commonplace places transformed by factors including real estate "redlining," racial and religious discrimination, postwar highway construction, and gentrification.


Irish People Photographs

  • The Irish People was a weekly newspaper from 1972-2004 which served as the "Voice of Irish Republicanism in America." Published by volunteers who supported an Irish Republican political analysis, the paper provided weekly reports and analysis of events in Ireland related to the struggle against British rule. It also served as a contemporary weekly record and organizer of Irish-American political activity in the United States during a crucial epoch. Those who wish to study historic events in Ireland and how such events were seen and influenced by Americans will find it an indispensable resource.


Irvington Oral Histories

  • Irvington is a historic neighborhood on the east side of Indianapolis, bounded by 10th Street, Arlington Avenue, Brookville Road, and Emerson Avenue. From its inception, Irvington, named for the author Washington Irving, was planned to be a community of culture and refinement. Created from the land holdings of Jacob B. Julian, Sylvester Johnson, and Dr. Levi Ritter, the town was incorporated in 1873, and became part of Indianapolis in 1902. These oral histories were conducted primarily in the 1970s and 1980s. These histories create a snapshot of how everyday life was lived and enjoyed in this distinctive Indianapolis neighborhood.


Irvington Union of Clubs

  • Irvington, the classic suburb of Indianapolis, was known for its clubs. In 1926, at the suggestion of Mrs. Elijah Jordan, these clubs came together to form the Irvington Union of Clubs in order to work as one voice on projects that would benefit the Irvington community. This collection includes minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, letters and documents from the 1930s to the 1980s and traces the activities of the many clubs comprising the Irvington Union of Clubs: Irvington Monday Club, Irvington Tuesday Club, Irvington Fortnightly Club, Irvington Catholic Woman's Study Club, Irvington Chautauqua Club, Irvington Coterie Club, Irvington Home Study Club, Irvington Mothers' Study Club, Irvington Quest Club, Irvington Shakespeare Coterie Club, and the Irvington Social Study Club.


IU School of Medicine Yearbooks

  • The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) was founded in 1903, and its first students were enrolled on the Bloomington campus.

    Following the union of all medical schools in the state with Indiana University in 1908, the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, in 1909, mandated that Indiana University assume the responsibility for medical education in the state. Initially, students had the opportunity of taking the first two years of their medical school work at either Bloomington or Indianapolis. In 1912 all students entered through the Bloomington program and moved to Indianapolis for their second-, third-, and fourth-year courses. This remained in effect until 1958, when the work of the Bloomington division was transferred to Indianapolis.

    The Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC) campus covers some 85 acres within one mile of the center of Indianapolis. The IUMC campus is part of the larger campus created by Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), which offers IU and Purdue undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

    This collection contains yearbooks for the Indiana University School of Medicine from 1968-2008.


IUPUI Community - Documenting Life During the Pandemic

IUPUI Image Collection

IUPUI Textbooks

IUPUI University Library Atrium Sculpture

  • IUPUI University Library and the Fischler Society sponsor an annual award to one Herron School of Art and Design student for the design, construction, installation, and removal of artwork for the IUPUI University Library Atrium. Under the guidance of sculpture faculty, the student selected for this annual award is responsible for creating and installing their piece built to scale, reaching from the second to the fourth floor levels of the atrium.


J.D. and Elisabeth Williams Slide Collection

  • The J. D. and Elisabeth Williams Slide Collection contains a wide variety of images that document life in Harrison County during the 1960s. J. D. Williams (1910-1987) was a prominent Corydon attorney and politician, and Elisabeth Williams (1922-2010) was a longstanding leader of Tri Kappa and served on the local library board. The couple created numerous slides ranging from images of parades, festivals, and events, to scenes of floods, snow, and riverboats. The majority of images are of the Corydon area, but the collection also includes some images of Leavenworth and Crawford County, where J.D. Williams grew up. There are also several images of The Belle of Louisville steamboat as well as scenes along the Ohio River from aboard the vessel. The Williamses captured images of Veterans Day and 4th of July celebrations on the square in Corydon, and the rides and crowds at the town's Pancake Festivals in 1962 and 1968. They also covered the substantial parade of the Centennial Harrison County Fair in 1959, a momentous event that drew a crowd of 20,000 to Corydon. The Williamses shot these images from the vantage point of their home on Elliott Avenue, which happened to be on the parade route. Another noteworthy parade they photographed, this time from Capitol Avenue, was the Indiana Sesquicentennial Parade in Corydon in 1966.

    Also documented in the collection are two events associated with the 100th anniversary of Morgan's Raid, the July 1863 movement of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his troops into northern territory, which led to the Battle of Corydon. In July 1963, Corydon citizens commemorated the anniversary with a large gathering at the Harrison County Fairground where spectators watched Civil War reenactors perform drills and fire weapons. A day-long event was also held in Brandenburg, Kentucky, and included a special excursion of the Belle of Louisville from the city to the small river town. Over 1,000 people, many in period costume, traveled down the Ohio River on the Belle. The Williamses captured numerous images from both of these events and they are included in this collection.

    Also in the collection are images of the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen along the Louisville shoreline at the annual steamboat race of the 1963 Kentucky Derby Festival. Views of area bridges, including the recently completed Sherman Minton, and the JFK Memorial Bridge still under construction, are represented in the collection. Additional images in the Williams Collection are scenes of area floods and heavy snowfalls, and many streetscapes of downtown Corydon. These images often document former businesses as well as buildings and houses that are no longer extant.

    The individuals, locations, and events of some images have not been identified. Anyone with such information is encouraged to contact the Frederick Porter Griffin Center at [email protected]


Jackson Township Justice Docket 1898-1920

  • This is a Justice of the Peace docket book for Jackson Township, Harrison County, Indiana, that dates from November 1898 through October 1920. The dockets contain entries of court cases that were brought before local justices of the peace by township residents. The cases reflect the daily lives and conflicts of residents throughout the period and include charges of unpaid debts, provocation, assault and battery, bastardy, property conflicts, public intoxication, profanity, and other offenses. The records include names of plaintiffs and defendants, as well as those of witnesses, constables, and attorneys. Some family relationships can be gleaned from the entries. Some of the surnames that appear are: Davis, Stevens, Hoehn, Krausgrill, Miller, Mosier, Dawson, Allen, Melton, Emily, Byrne, Lone, Voyles. Men who served as justices of the peace for Jackson Township and recorded cases in this record book were: John E. Wright, George G. Krausgrill, William A. Thomas, Lewis P. Wagner, William B. Boston, James R. Ellis, and Levi Blunk.


    A. Some pages in the docket books are missing. Also, indexes are not complete and may not be correct. It is best to search for a surname using the search box.

    B. These documents have not been fully transcribed. However, names of all individuals as well as the date of the case and the charges involved have been transcribed for each case and page so researchers can search the record for specific individuals or crimes.


James Ostler Digitized Collection

  • In 1950, James Ostler, a Frankfort mailman and amateur photographer, began taking photographs for the Farmers Bank. One of the bank's former presidents conceived the idea in order to show the images in a rotating display for bank patrons. Ostler was given free reign as to what photographs he took, so the collection encompasses everything from school events, club meetings, school games, political affairs, businesses, and organizations.


James Whitcomb Riley Collection

James Whitcomb Riley - Hoosier Poet

  • Photographs show Riley, his family, friends and events in his life. Correspondence between family members gives information about their everyday lives. Letters between Riley and friends, such as artist T.C. Steele and author Bill Nye, are included. Holiday postcards from 1911 reveal the poet's popularity throughout the country.


James Whitcomb Riley Recordings

  • On Friday, June 7, 1912, James Whitcomb Riley finished his last recording session for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Out of around twenty recordings made during five days of readings, only four of the discs were ever issued by Victor. This collection consists of seventeen unpublished recordings of the Hoosier Poet reading his work. There are dialect selections, sad poems, happy poems, stories, tales, and a funny little speech, The Soldier's Story, that Riley must have told many times.


Jasper-Dubois County Public Library

Jefferson County Public Library

  • The History of the Library Collection chronicles the 200 year history of the Jefferson County Public Library from its inception in 1818 to 2021. Included in the collection are first hand accounts given in newspaper articles; some of our oldest surviving catalogues and accession records; scrapbooks containing ephemera; photographs of the addition in the 1960s; and board of trustees meeting minutes for one-hundred and seven years.


Jeffersonville Township Public Library

  • The Jeffersonville Township Public Library History Collection includes materials relating to the 1937 Ohio River Flood and other aspects of Jeffersonville Township, Clark County, Indiana, history. The core of this collection consists of interviews with survivors of the 1937 Flood, created in the mid 1980s with a grant from Indiana Humanities. The creator, former Jeffersonville Township Public Library reference librarian Steven Day, arranged for the interviews, and along with historian Carl Kramer, used snippets from the interviews in a documentary film and accompanying book, both titled Mud, Sweat, & Tears. Before their inclusion on Indiana Memory, the taped interviews have never before been available to the public in their entirety.

    The materials were digitized with a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.


Jesse G. Dorsey WWII Correspondence

  • This collection consists of 1600 letters written to Jesse G. Dorsey by over three hundred military personnel and their families during World War II. Dorsey, Director of Recreation & Welfare for the Louisville Cement Company and editor of the Speedometer (employee newsletter), acted as host to military personnel who were stationed nearby. He began a letter exchange program to send service members news from home during the war. The letters are from all over the world and reflect the soldier's views.


Jesse Groves Image Collection

  • In 1915 Jessie Groves arrived in Indianapolis at the age of 21 to take a position as the Night Supervisor at Long Hospital on the campus of the fledgling Indiana University School of Medicine. She spent the rest of her nursing career at the IU Medical Center, retiring in the 1950s as the Operating Room Supervisor for both Long and Riley Hospitals. These candid photographs, most originally pasted in an album, were taken by Jessie over the course of her four decades at the Medical Center.


John A Curry Architectural Works

  • The John A. Curry Architectural Works collection includes over 4,000 images of architectural drawings done by John A. Curry and Associates, an active firm in Terre Haute from 1956 until the early 1980s. It was formerly known as Weber & Curry. The drawings include businesses, churches, parks, organizations, residences, and schools. The collection includes 262 unique architectural projects done by the firm.


John Howard Yoder Digital Library

  • John Howard Yoder (1927-1997) was a Mennonite theologian and ethicist perhaps best known for his defense of pacifism. He taught at the Goshen Biblical Seminary, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Notre Dame University and was the author of The Politics of Jesus. Collections contains his unpublished writings, photographs, and scholarly documents pertaining to his career.


John Marshall High School

  • On the far eastside of Indianapolis, John Marshall High School was one of three IPS high schools built in response to the rapid growth of Indianapolis suburbs in the 1950s and 60s. The school opened in September 1968 and saw its enrollment more than double in the first ten years.


John Tipton Collection

  • John Tipton (1786-1839) was a militia officer, politician, Indian agent and land speculator. He was an officer in the Indiana Militia, serving at the Battle of Tippecanoe and in engagements against the Indiana during the War of 1812. As Indian agent, he oversaw the removal of the Potawatomi Indians from Indiana in 1838. He also served as a U.S. Senator from 1831 to 1839.


Joseph Fisher World War II Scrapbook

  • The Joseph M. Fisher World War II Collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Fisher's mother, Vanchie Fisher, about her son's experience in the Army. The scrapbook is made up primarily of letters from Fisher to his parents written from December 1942 until October 1945. Other materials included in the collection are mementos sent home by Fisher that were not fastened to the scrapbook, inserts from envelopes containing allotment checks and newspaper clippings.


Junior Achievement

  • Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the economics of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. This collection comprises photographs and other materials from 1930-2009.



Karl K. Knecht Collection

Keystone View Company Lantern Slides

  • The Keystone View Company was founded in 1892 by Benneville Lloyd Singley (d. 1938) in Meadville, PA. Singley was a former Underwood & Underwood salesman and an amateur photographer.

    The 488 slides include images from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. They depict scenes from agricultural, industrial, commercial, urban, rural, transportation, nature, historical and daily life situation. Images date from the 1890s through the early twentieth century.


Kiwanis International

Knox County Community

Knox County Public Library

Ku Klux Klan in Indiana

  • The first Ku Klux Klan emerged after the Civil War as a southern terrorist organization led by former Confederates aimed at opposing Reconstruction and suppressing African Americans with intimidation and violence. The Klan that re-emerged in the 1920s invoked imagery of the first Klan to instill terror in its enemies, mainly Catholics and immigrants but also Jews and African Americans. This second Klan was a nationwide, mainstream organization composed of average white Protestants born in the United States. The Klan wrapped its nationalist, xenophobic, white supremacist message in patriotic language and symbolism. Indiana Grand Dragon, David Curtis "D. C." Stephenson, was influential in politics and grew wealthy by exploiting his influence. The Klan's power peaked in 1924 with the election of a sympathetic candidate, Edward Jackson, as Governor of Indiana.

    The Klan's popularity was diminished with the conviction of Stephenson for the rape and murder of Madge Oberholtzer. However, the organization disbanded in large part because they achieved their nativist goals with the passage of the 1924 immigration act.

    As a fringe terrorist group, the national organization was revived again during the Civil Rights era in the 1960s. The Klan grew increasingly violent toward African Americans and was responsible for bombings, shootings and harassment to anyone who supported Civil Rights. By the 1970s, much of the Klan's membership dissipated as support waned and infighting caused members to join similar ideological groups elsewhere.

    This collection includes materials concerning the Ku Klux Klan organization, its members and activities, particularly from the 1920s, or "second revival," when the organization's presence was strongest in Indiana.


Lawrence Central High School

  • In 1940, Lawrence established one high school named Lawrence Central High School. Through the next three decades, the school and community continued to grow, seeing a 20-room wing added to the school in 1960, a brand-new cafeteria in 1961, and an entirely new school building in 1963, which sits at the current Lawrence Central location on East 56th Street.


Lawrence J. Downey Library History Collection

  • Since 1873, The Indianapolis Public Library has served the people of the city, both growing and changing to fit their needs, making it "a live thing in the whole town." This digital collection of materials from the Library's archives continues the work Mr. Downey, Associate Director and author of a history of the Indianapolis Public Library.


Letters and Journals of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

  • This collection consists of manuscripts, transcriptions, and translations from the Archives of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. These letters and journals, written by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin from 1840 to 1856, tell the story of the establishment of the congregation of the Sisters of Providence in Indiana. They provide valuable insights into the history of education, religion, agriculture, and travel in nineteenth-century Indiana. The materials were digitized with a Library Services and Technology Act grant made possible by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and administered by the Indiana State Library.


Lincoln Library Photographs

Little Italy Festival Town, Inc. Historic Properties

  • Established in 1966 by members of the Lions Club in Clinton, Indiana, the Little Italy Festival Town, Inc. (LIFT) not only sponsors the Little Italy Festival on Labor Day weekend, but manages several historic buildings and properties. Among these are la Piccola Casa, the Mercato, and the Wine Garden featured n this collection. Individual properties are represented by images of both the exterior and interior of the buildings, as well as artifacts residing within the rooms.


Lost Creek Grove

  • The Lost Creek Grove Restoration and Preservation Foundation, Inc. maintains six and one half acres in eastern Vigo County, Indiana, as a gathering place and old-fashion recreational area for the Lost Creek Community. The descendents of the Lost Creek Settlement, of which "the Grove" came to be the heart and center, can trace their history to the founding families that migrated to the area from North Carolina and Virginia in the early 1800s. While the organization's interests lie in continuing to provide a venue for family reunions, clubs, receptions etc., it also focuses on uniting generations by recording and preserving the history of the community and genealogy of its families. The Grove may be viewed as a vehicle to ensure that this rich heritage is passed on to the young people who will lead our families and communities. This digital collection contains photographs portraying the people, activities and organizations of the Lost Creek Community.


Lost Creek Township, Vigo County

Louise Ashton's Recipe Book

  • Louise Rooksby Ashton was a life-long resident of Harrison County, Indiana, born in Boone Township in 1912 and living primarily in Laconia for most of her 103-year long life. This is a book of recipes that Louise collected as a young wife and mother during the 1930s. She married John Milton Ashton in 1930, and together they raised four children, farmed, and operated a general store in Laconia. This collection of recipes largely consists of desserts with many cake, pie, candy and cookie recipes. A few recipes for pickles, condiments, and spreads also appear in the book. The pages are well worn and stained as a testament to their many years of use. Entries include sugarless, eggless, and milkless versions of traditional recipes, thus reflecting the harsh economic times of the period. Also typical of the era, the recipes often are simply a list of ingredients with little or no instructions and include vague details such as use "butter the size of a walnut," or bake in a "hot oven" (no specific temperature). Some pages are deteriorated or missing, so some recipes might not be complete.


Manchester Plowshares

  • Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program for Conflict Resolution at Manchester College pioneered the first undergraduate Peace Studies program in the United States. This collection contains the Bulletin published by the Institute.


Manchester Otho Winger Collection

  • Otho Winger was president of Manchester College from 1911-1941. His interest in Native American history began when he was a young boy living in Grant County, near the last Indian reservation in Indiana. It was there that he first heard the stories of Little Turtle and Frances Slocum from their descendants. From 1895 to 1898, he taught at an Indian school near Jalapa, where he continued to make friends with and learn the history of the local tribe. Over thirty years later, Winger published a series of pamphlets, two books, and a pageant script that capture a valuable part of Native American history in northeast Indiana.


Manual High School

Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood

Margaret Gisolo

  • Margaret Gisolo just wanted to play baseball. Little did she realize that playing baseball on the Blanford Cubs American Legion team would lead to a national controversy over a girl playing on a boys' team. Despite that, she was allowed to play and the Cubs won the Indiana American Legion championship in 1928. Margaret kept going. She played on girls' traveling baseball teams, earning money for college and graduating from ISU in 1935. She became the Terre Haute Girl Scouts first full-time executive director. In World War II, she wanted to serve her country and joined the WAVES, becoming a lieutenant commander. Driven by a passion for movement and dance, she turned her attention to modern dance. Moving to Arizona State University in 1954, Margaret developed modern dance from a couple of classes in the P.E. department into a full-fledged department of its own, with programs offering bachelor's and master's degrees. Not content to sit around after retirement in 1980, she played competitive tennis in tournaments around the country in the seniors division. When she retired from active competition in 2000 at age 86, she was ranked first in doubles and second in singles nationally.


Marie Webster Study Collection

Marshall County Collections

May Wright Sewall Papers

  • The May Wright Sewall Papers are a collection of documents comprised of approximately 500 letters written to May Wright Sewall dated between 1879 and 1919, and three guest books with remarks and signatures from 197 guests of the Sewall house. The correspondents include people important to the history of Indiana and those involved in national and international politics, social movements, and the arts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Memories of Crawford County

  • This collection contains historic photographs of Crawford County, Indiana. This collection includes images from the multiple floods that have occurred in the county, as well as historic photographs of buildings that are no longer standing. This collection was created by the Crawford County Public Library with funding from a grant from the Indiana State Library made possible by the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood

  • Founded in 1965, the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association has served its 15,000 plus residents for half a century. Its boundaries extend from 38th Street on the south to Kessler Blvd. on the north, from Meridian Street on the west to the Monon Trail on the east. Meridian-Kessler is a community of residents younger to older, homes from multi-unit to mansions and everything in between, local businesses larger and smaller, established and emerging, schools public and private, and a variety of faith based institutions. In this digital collection of past MKNA newsletters provide information about positions and debates on land use, zoning, infrastructure, traffic and public safety, beautification, business, education, expansions and innovations, faith based partnerships and focus and the MKNA grant program.


Merom Camp and Retreat Center, Inc.

Michiana Memory – Art and Architecture

  • The Arts and Architecture collection contains original documents, photographs, renderings, and prints which depict the area's illustrious artistic and architectural achievements, in both past and contemporary settings. This collection includes items related to theaters, artists, commercial and residential architecture.


Michiana Memory – Business and Industry

Michiana Memory – Civil Rights and African American History

Michiana Memory – Education

Michiana Memory – High School Yearbooks

Michiana Memory – Historic Newspapers

Michiana Memory – LGBTQ Collection

  • This collection is from the Civil Rights Heritage Center at the Indiana University South Bend Archives contains materials relating to the experience of people in and around South Bend, Indiana , who describe their sexual and/or gender identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or queer, as well as people who consider themselves allies to the LGBTQ rights cause.


Michiana Memory – Local History

  • The Local History Collection contains books, pamphlets, and other printed materials that represent the history and culture of our community prior to 1925. Information includes details and images of individuals, businesses, buildings, government, schools, churches, and social organizations.


Michiana Memory – Performing Arts

Michiana Memory – Postcards

Michiana Memory – Schuyler Colfax & the Civil War

  • South Bend resident Schuyler Colfax was the 17th Vice-President of the United States under Ulysses S. Grant. He owned and edited the St. Joe Valley Register, a local newspaper, and held multiple public offices prior to becoming Vice-President. His speeches were widely published and sought-after nationwide, and he provided leadership throughout the Civil War period.


Michiana Memory – St. Joseph County Maps & Atlases

  • The St. Joseph County Maps & Atlases collection contains historic plats, street maps, and other maps made prior to 1940. These may include information on landowners and the locations of their property, the location of dwellings, infrastructure such as railroads and natural features such as rivers, lakes, and terrain.


Middletown Digital Oral History Collections

  • The Middletown Digital Oral History digital collection consists of audio and accompanying transcriptions for oral history interviews conducted with African American, Jewish and Catholic communities of Muncie, Indiana. In addition to the value of these "personal narratives" illuminating lives of Indiana citizens, the oral history collections selected for this digital collection provide research material on populations that were neglected in the seminal studies published by sociologists Robert and Helen Lynd in the 1920s using Muncie as Middletown, a representative American community.


Military Photograph Collection

  • This photograph collection is of individuals and groups of people associated with the military. The majority of the photos date from the Civil War era through the Korean War, with the greatest number reflecting the World War II era. A few photos are from the early 1960s, and there is one 1975 photo of WW I veterans. The collection is arranged into categories of photos of individuals and those of groups of two or more people. Photos of individuals are largely portrait shots taken while the person was in service. There are also some candid photos. A large number of the group photographs are groups of men who are about to leave for entry into the service. During WW II and the Korean War, these photos were often taken inside or in front of the county courthouse, where the men met to be checked in by the Selective Service board before departing. During WW I, the groups often had a more formal photograph taken in front of the first State Capitol building. These photos, both group and individual, generally appeared in the local paper. Research has resulted in most of the people being identified; however, there are some that remain unknown. Anyone with identification information on individals in the photographs is encouraged to contact the Frederick Porter Griffin Center at [email protected] Please also contact the Griffin Center if you would like to donate similar photographs to add to the collection.

    These are but a few of the many Harrison County citizens who have served in the military at various times during our history. We are forever grateful for their service.


Mills of Harrison County

  • This collection of images features just a few of the many mills that once dotted the landscape of Harrison County, Indiana. By the early twentieth century, there were around 50 mills located in Harrison County. The vast majority of these historic buildings are no longer standing.

    Mills have played an important role in the history of Harrison County. Mills were often one of the first things settlers built, and communities often developed around them. Throughout the nineteenth century, numerous grist, flour, and saw mills appeared along the banks of creeks and streams across the county. Not only did these enterprises provide necessary products and services that helped to establish the developing communities, they also played a significant role in the social and economic development of the area. While some mills changed hands frequently, milling also was often a family business, and it was not uncommon for a mill property to continue in the same family for generations. Some of the families associated with mills in Harrison County are: McCarty, Mauck, Rothrock, Leffler, Hickman, Zabel, Dyer, Lopp, Pfrimmer, Bickel, Kochert, Boone, Uesseler, Pitman, Rice, Kannapel, and Keisler.


Monroe County At War & At Home

  • This collection helps us examine what Bloomington and Monroe County were like before, during, and after the Civil War. With only one surviving issue of the local newspaper from that era and many personal narratives either lost or scattered, this collection brings together an assortment of original materials that remain.


Monroe County Community Collections

Monroeville Ternet Collection

  • This collection consists of a large number of images collected by Lois Ternet, long-time editor of the Monroeville News. Dating from the 1870s, the photographs serve as a documentary record of the people, buildings, and farms of the town of Monroeville and Monroe Township, located in the southeastern corner of Allen County.


Montgomery County (IN) in the Civil War

  • Montgomery County in the Civil War features the diary that Henry Campbell, a Crawfordsville boy who joined the 18th Indiana Artillery, kept from 1862 to 1865. Firsthand accounts of life in camp, battles at Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. Notable are the descriptions of the use of the repeating rifle.


Morris Letters

  • The Charles Morris collection includes the American philosophy component of Morris' working library and his correspondence with a wide range of American and European intellectuals documenting his significant role in the development of American philosophy and the history of science before and after the Second World War. This collection is of pivotal importance for the study of the history of the Unified Science Movement and the related cross-fertilization of American pragmatism with European positive thought. There is also important correspondence between Morris and the Italian philosopher, Furruccio Rossi-Landi.


Morris-Butler Collection

Morrisson-Reeves Library History

Muncie and Delaware County Historic Maps and Atlases

  • The Muncie and Delaware County Historic Maps and Atlases digital collection features historic maps of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana dating from 1826 to 1903. Included are maps of individual towns, the twelve Delaware County townships, and An Atlas of Delaware County published in 1887. The towns included are Muncie, Daleville, Yorktown, Eaton and Albany. These maps are a valuable resource for those interested in the growth of these towns and Delaware County during the nineteenth century.


Muncie and Delaware County Historic Photographs

Muncie Civic Theatre

Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper

  • The Muncie Post-Democrat Newspaper digital collection consists of issues of the historic anti-Ku Klux Klan newspaper published by George Dale from 1921 until his death in 1936, and continued as a local newspaper after his death until the 1950s.


Muncie Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of Muncie, Indiana Collection consists of 200 maps depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of the city from 1883 through 1911. The maps were produced by the Sanborn Map Company to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard and establish premiums for particular properties. Today these maps are used by researchers in a variety of fields, including history, urban planning, historic preservation, and genealogy.


Muncie Times

  • The Muncie Times Newspaper digital collection consists of volumes of the newspaper published by owner and publisher Bea Moten-Foster since 1991. This bi-weekly publication serves the African American communities of Muncie, Richmond, Marion, NewCastle and Anderson, Indiana.


National FFA Organization Images

  • The Archives of the National FFA Organization contains photographs and slides documenting the activities of its members. The collection is arranged into two categories: magazine photographs and subject photographs as far back at 1916. Currently a small portion of the images are available for searching and viewing online. If you do not find an image that you are seeking, please Ask-An-Archivist and we will search the images not yet available online.


Native American Museum

Necrology File of Culver, Indiana

Neighborhood of Saturdays

  • "The Neighborhood of Saturdays" is a collaborative research project undertaken by the Department of Anthropology at IUPUI along with a number of community-based organizations, including the Concord Neighborhood Center, Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation, South Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the Southside Picnic Committee and the Babe Denny Neighborhood Organization. Through oral history interviews and archival research, students are reconstructing a portrait of this unique Indianapolis neighborhood, located on the near Southside, that was once home to a range of immigrant groups as well as to significant populations of African-Americans and Appalachians.


Neil Matthew Photogrraphs, 1940-1983

  • This collection is a photographic documentary of scenes and places from the perspective of Neil E. Matthew, a professor of the Herron School of Art at IUPUI. His photography, as described by its creator, is "the painter as photographic tourist." It is straight representational photography of the landscape and buildings seen during his travels.


New Albany Historic Photograph Archive

  • Visual images (photographs and postcards) from the collections of the New Albany Floyd County Public Library and the Floyd County Historical Society that document the history of the area. Images depict businesses, local architecture, river life, local celebrations, and the history of the local schools and churches.


New Harmony – The Golden Papers

  • New Harmony – The Golden Papers comes from the Golden Family Collection, 1795-1996. The original collection, located at the Working Men's Institute in New Harmony, Indiana, was digitized with LSTA grant funds by Indiana University in 2010 and are housed on the Archives Online at Indiana University. Metadata created from the Working Men's Institute's Finding Aid, along with additional research done by Stephanie Riley.


Newburgh Chandler Public Library Collection

Newport Chemical Depot History

  • The Newport Chemical Depot (NECD) is a government owned-contractor operated facility, operated by the Mason and Hanger Corporation, a subsidiary of Day and and Zimmermann, since 1986. It is operated under the command of the U. S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA). Originally authorized Nov.14, 1941, as the Wabash River Ordnance Works (WROW), NECD's mission has significantly changed over time: from the production of RDX, heavy water, VX and TNT, to storage of the VX stockpile, and eventually the neutralization of chemical agent VX. In addition to those missions, NECD's mission also encompasses environmental compliance and stewardship and maintaining plant facilities.


Newslink Indiana Videos

  • The NewsLink Indiana Videos digital collection consists of short news briefs created by NewsLink Indiana, an innovation of Ball State University and the iCommunication Initiative. Presented here are news stories from 2005. NewsLink Indiana is a news service for East Central Indiana. NewsLink staff can be found covering Grant, Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Wayne, Henry, Madison and Delaware counties.


Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union

  • The Indiana University School of Physical Education opened in 1866 as a private school for the instruction of gymnastic teachers and is the oldest continuously operated school of physical education in the country. The school's faculty and graduates have played a major role in the introduction of physical education into the public school curriculum and in the development of physical education as a discipline. The school, first known as the Turnlehrerseminar (Gymnastic Teachers' Seminary) and then as the Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union, was started by the American Turners, an athletic, cultural, and social organization founded by German immigrants in 1850. The school originally trained instructors for the athletic programs run by Turner societies, but by the late nineteenth century many of the school's graduates were teaching in public schools as school systems began adding physical education to their curriculum. The Normal College, which moved to Indianapolis in 1907, merged with Indiana University in 1941.


Northeast Indiana Diversity Library

Northwest High School

  • Located on West 34th Street, Northwest High School is one of three IPS high schools built in response to rapid suburbanization of Indianapolis in the 1950s and 60s. The school opened in September 1963. The sophomore and junior classes transferred to Northwest from other area high schools, mainly George Washington.


Northwest Territory Collection

  • The Northwest Territory Collection consists of papers relating to the exploration, settlement and administration of the Northwest Territory. The bulk of the papers are from the period 1780 through 1801 and relate to the U.S. Army in the West; the campaigns of generals Josiah Harmar, Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne against the Indians; Indian relations; French settlers at Vincennes and elsewhere in the territory; the Ohio Company and other American settlers; and the administration of the territorial government.


Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library

  • The Oakland City Columbia Township Library collection contains high school yearbooks from the East Gibson County, Indiana area including Francisco, Barton, Oakland City, and Wood Memorial High Schools. The collection also contains Gibson County Lines, the newsletter of the former Gibson County Historical Society. Additional items will be added as the collection develops.


OBAT Helpers

Old School Ledgers

Oliver Frank Kelly Glass Plate collection, ca. 1911-1912

  • Oliver Frank "Trixie" Kelly was a Methodist preacher who operated his own photographic gallery as a hobby on State Street in downtown South Whitley from the 1890s until the 1940s. As a local photographer, Kelly did most of his own work in and around South Whitley and the nearby town of Collamer in Whitley County. Views within the collection include area homes and businesses, street construction and paving, a horse show, apple picking, and portraits of local people. Of special interest are the interior photographs of a barber shop, yard goods store and chicken processing room.


Organization of American Historians Records, 1906-2003

Otto Sellers Photographs

  • Otto Sellers was a commercial and portrait photographer in Muncie, Indiana in the early part of the 20th century. He was born about 1868 in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a young man. His photographs document everyday life in Muncie from about 1900 in to the 1920s. The originals were glass negatives from which prints and safety negatives were made.


Palmyra, Indiana Future Farmers of America (FFA)

  • This collection features a variety of materials associated with the Palmyra, Indiana chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Items include a large scrapbook of photos and newspaper clippings about the chapter’s activities and competitions from 1953 through 1956. Among them are reports on district, state, and national contests in which teams and individuals of the Palmyra FFA won many prestigious awards. Also in the collection is a 1954-1955 end-of-year newsletter that details the chapter’s numerous activities and events as well as individual member farming projects. The newsletter contains a brief history of the local chapter as well. In addition, there are three programs from the organization’s annual Parent and Son Banquets in the collection.


Panoramic Photograph Images

  • Cirkut cameras were invented in the late 19th/early 20th centuries to enable photographers to take panoramic photographs of scenery and large groups of people. Indiana photographers were hired to take pictures of family reunions, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, military encampments, company picnics, conventions, church congregations, etc.


Park Tudor School Words of War Oral History Collection

  • The Park Tudor School Legacy Initiative, founded in 2001, connects talented high school students with families and war veterans across the United States in order to preserve documents and oral histories. The Initiative collects copies of unpublished wartime accounts, letters, diaries and photographs; conducts oral history interviews for the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project, and publishes volumes in its anthology series: Words of War: Wartime Memories. Since 2002, more than 480 oral-history interviews with veterans and civilians and corresponding transcripts have been completed.


Parke County Community

Parke County Public Library

Peabody Public Library

People at Work

  • This photograph collection features historical images of Harrison County citizens engaged in their everyday work routine. From grocery clerks to bankers, lumbermen, road maintenance crews, and more, these photographs reveal a wide range of work that has taken place in Harrison County. Many of these images originally appeared in the local weekly newspaper, The Corydon Democrat, as part of a regular series titled "People at Work." An article appeared every week or two throughout most of the 1940s and consisted of the photograph accompanied by a brief article on the person featured. Local photographer Albert Wallace captured most of these images. Additional photographs in the collection also appeared in the newspaper, although not in the People at Work series. Still other images are those among the Griffin Center's general photograph collection that also highlight the work lives of local residents.


Perry Meridian High School

Petersburg Tornado Collection

  • The Petersburg Tornado of June 2, 1990 killed 4 people, injured more than 50, and caused extensive property damage to nearly the entirety of the city. Petersburg was part of an 18-county-wide area of Southern Indiana that was affected by the storm. Petersburg was the hardest hit of this area, resulting in a massive relief effort by the National Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and volunteer from Petersburg and Pike County citizens.

    For more information or to lend materials to the collection, contact Matthew Behnke at 812-354-6259 x 206 at the Pike County Public Library Genealogy Department.


Philanthropy Resources Online (PRO)

  • PRO is a digital library of primary and secondary sources that supports teaching and learning about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Although providing access to the content of materials is our primary goal, the project also serves to preserve the ideas contained in rapidly deteriorating texts.

    The PRO collection is made up of images of the pages in the books, journals, and pamphlets. What you see is a scanned image of the actual pages of the original volume. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been performed on the images to enhance searching and accessing the texts.


Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis

  • For 75 years, the Philharmonic has provided Indianapolis with entertaining programs while providing local volunteer musicians with the chance to play challenging music together. Nearly 2000 musicians have played with the Phil throughout the years. Today the Phil is the largest volunteer orchestra in Central Indiana.


Phoenix Theatre

  • The Phoenix Theatre has presented productions since 1983. An Equity house, the Phoenix presents the Midwest and Indiana premieres of many popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and has presented 94 World Premieres.

    The collection is made up of photographs, booklets, pamphlets, advertisements, and newspaper clippings.


Photographs of Dubois County

Picturing Madison County

  • This collection consists of postcards, photographs and negatives from the visual images collection at the Anderson Public Library and document everyday life in Madison County, Indiana. Images of schools, churches, factories, parks, businesses and street scenes are included. Famous notables include Amelia Earhart and James Whitcomb Riley.


Pike County Library Collection

Pilot's Log of the M.S. King's Landing Collection

  • This book contains handwritten log entries documenting the daily activities of the M. S. King's Landing, a tugboat of the Kosmos Towing Co. of Kosmosdale, Kentucky. The log begins with September 1, 1938 and continues through February 1, 1943. At least three different pilots recorded information in the book during this time. The type and depth of information provided in each entry varies depending on the individual pilot who recorded it, but they largely include the names and number of barges towed, the material they carried, their destinations, arrival and departure times, river and weather conditions, and experiences at the various locks and dams on the route. The work was not without its dangers, and accidents and deaths were also recorded.

    The King's Landing primarily worked on the Ohio River between Evansville, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio delivering barges full of coal, cement, crude oil, stone, gasoline and grain. It also traveled to destinations along the Green River and Salt River. Owensboro and Louisville, Kentucky were common destinations for the boat, as was its home base of Kosmosdale, where a large cement plant is located. The log also records many smaller towns and ports in both Indiana and Kentucky. In Indiana, locations include Greenview, Yankeetown, West Franklin, Morvin's Landing, Mauckport, New Amsterdam, Leavenworth, Troy, Bethlehem, Vevay, Newburgh, Mt. Vernon, Aurora, and Cannelton. Common Kentucky areas are Birk City, Cloverport, Spotsville, Stephensport, Lewisport, Concordia, and West Point. Some Ohio locations mentioned are Andersons Ferry, Addyston, North Bend, and Sedamsville.

    Details of the pilot's log reveal the crew's relentless schedule of barge transport with departure, arrival, loading and unloading taking place at all hours of the day and night. It was not uncommon for the men to depart at 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning and arrive to unload at their destination at 9:00 or 10:00 that night to leave soon after and make another stop at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. the next day. Fog, snow, wind, and ice could often cause delays, and the pilots recorded these issues. Of particular note was the winter of 1940 when thick ice and frigid temperatures left the King's Landing immobile for nearly a month.

    Pilots often made a note of a barge's cargo and marked the quantity in the number of “bbls” or barrels that they transported. The crew also spent a substantial amount of time transporting stone from a quarry. While the quarry is not specifically identified in the log, it is presumably one near Kosmosdale that supplied the cement factory. The King's Landing was occupied in this endeavor, which the pilots refer to as “the rock trade,” for days, weeks, or even months at a time. A portion of the pilot's log contains a detailed chart of this daily back and forth task.

    This 1938-1943 pilot's log of the King's Landing contains approximately 145 handwritten pages. About one third of the pages in the book are blank, and these pages were not scanned. Included in the collection are three crew member time sheets from 1948, which were found tucked inside the log book.


Pioneer Painters of Indiana

  • Pioneer Painters of Indiana digital collection features items from the Wilbur D. Peat Research Papers, 1878-1958 part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Archives. The collection contains research materials for Peat's book Pioneer Painters of Indiana, including notes and index cards on Indiana artists and collectors, article clippings, bibliographies, exhibition catalogs, photographs of artworks, and correspondence with art collectors, curators and artists' families. While the book covers roughly one hundred years of Indiana's art history through 1885, Peat's extensive research papers cover additional artists and extended years beyond the book's final content. Peat served as director of the John Herron Art Museum (now the Indianapolis Museum of Art) for 36 years from 1929-1965 and was one of the first historians to research and publish about Indiana Art. In addition to his numerous articles and books on art and architecture, Peat was also an artist himself, gave frequent lectures, and taught numerous classes and workshops.


Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library Digital Collections

  • This is a collection of the Indiana Boys' School Herald newspaper. These newspapers, printed on the grounds of the Indiana Boys' School, provide a rich history of the institution and the daily happenings there. Many local Plainfield residents were employed at the Indiana Boys' School, working in various capacities from teachers, to administrators, to cooks. The Indiana Boys' School was closed in 2005 and restructured to become the Plainfield Re-entry Educational Facility, essentially ending the 130-year life it had as a reform school for boys.


Portfolio Club

  • The Portfolio is one of the oldest active social clubs in Indianapolis, founded in 1890 at the suggestion of Mrs. Mary Steele, wife of Hoosier Group artist T. C. Steele. The object of the Portfolio is to bring the various art interests in the community together, promote a spirit of comradeship and foster the appreciation of all the arts.


Posey Township School Registers, 1943-1947

  • This collection consists of six elementary school registers from Elizabeth Grade School in Elizabeth, Posey Township, Indiana, and one high school register from Elizabeth High School. The books date from 1943 to 1947 and were primarily used for teachers to record attendance of students throughout the school year. In addition to the students’ names, teachers also recorded data such as each student’s date of birth, their town and/or township residence, and the name of a parent or guardian. End of term attendance and grades are provided in the elementary registers. Teachers whose work is reflected in the registers are: Naomi Johns, Faye S. McPhillips, Violet Rooksby Gassert, Murl Lopp, and Madge Kessinger. Ralph W. Clark was the school principal.

    Not all pages of the registers were scanned. Many of the pages in the registers were blank and not filled out by the teachers. Blank pages were scanned only to present a representative page or form where a completed form was not present.

    Transcription consists only of names of students and parents in order to assist researchers in finding specific individuals within the registers. Many pages of the registers are reports with primarily numerical information. These pages were not transcribed.


Postcards of Indiana the Jay Small Collection

  • Indianapolis resident Jay Small collected real photo and printed postcards. The images depict locations across Indiana, individuals, interurban and railway stations, bandstands, celebrations, and examples of advertising. Featured here are views and street scenes in towns and cities. The images date from circa 1907 to the 1920s.


Princeton Public Library

Purdue Alumni Astronauts


  • This collection consists primarily of images of the Corydon Stone Company quarry, which was located about four miles east of Corydon and operated from 1885 to ca. 1907. These images date to ca. 1895 and feature a group of men dressed in suits and hats striking various poses at dramatic locations within the quarry. None of the men are identified. The collection also contains three documents associated with the Corydon Stone Company, and a few images of other quarries in Harrison County.

    The Corydon Stone Company was organized in 1885 by original board members Michael J. O'Connor, St. John Boyle, and Ira A. Barnett. The group purchased forty acres and established a quarry in the King's Cave area east of Corydon. Stone was exported via the Louisville, New Albany, and Corydon (L.N.A.C.) Railroad, which ran a direct line to the quarry, and carried to a mill north of Corydon where it was finished. In 1886, after a devastating train accident led to the bankruptcy of the LNAC Railroad, directors of the Corydon Stone Company purchased the rail line to ensure its continued operation.

    The Corydon Stone Company employed some fifty men, and the quarry averaged an annual output of approximately 50,000 feet of stone valued between $10,000 and $12,000. It supplied limestone to contractors in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and other New England cities for use in buildings, monuments, and bridges. Later principal markets were Chicago and St. Louis.


Ransom Place

  • This collection consists of various pieces of material culture collected from anthropology professor Paul Mullins and his archaeology field school participants. The items have been recovered from various locations in and around the IUPUI campus, and depict an active and vibrant African-American community that once inhabited the area.

    The IUPUI Archaeology Field School has been conducting excavations in the Ransom Place and Indiana Avenue area since 1999. Material culture from the excavations along with oral historical research is used to interpret African-American culture, class, consumption, race and racism in Indianapolis.


Ransom Place Neighborhood Association

  • Formed in 1991, the Ransom Place Neighborhood Association (RPNA) seeks to maintain the legacy of Ransom Place. Established in 1897, Ransom Place has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Interior as a Historic District, serving as the most intact 19th-century African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis.

    The collection is made up of photographs, flyers, and other printed materials.


Record of Recognizance Bonds, 1885-1887, 1889

  • This large record book is a register of Recognizance Bonds in Harrison County, Indiana, from the late 19th century. The bonds were required for persons who were charged with a crime in order to ensure that they appeared before the court at a future trial or hearing. The book consists of pre-printed forms that were filled out for each bond. Only a small portion of the book (67 pages) was used. Most entries appear from the years 1885, 1886, and 1889. There are three entries from 1887, one from 1897, and two from 1915. Charges range from public intoxication and violation of liquor laws to assault and battery, perjury, larceny and other offenses, including allowing a minor to play pool and practicing dentistry without proper registration.


Register of Marks

  • This early Harrison County record book documents the identification marks on the livestock of Harrison County residents. Owners selected a unique manner to mark the ears of their cattle and then registered those marks with the county. In two instances a personal brand was also noted. Entries in this record book appear in chronological order. They begin in August 1826 and continue through February 1866. There is one entry dated 1869. This is a second entry for an individual who changed his previous mark and it is recorded beneath the first entry.

    The Register of Marks was maintained by the County Clerk or County Recorder. Individuals who served in these offices during the period covered are Henry W. Heth, Lemuel L. Leonard, N. B. Boone, and Marion Hise. The one 1869 entry was documented by M. M. Hon.

    Entries in the Register of Marks provide names of individuals and often the township in which they lived. An index alphabetized by surname appears in the front of the book. Original index pages for "P" and "S" are missing, and the "R" index page has no names recorded on it. However, the index information has been gathered and provided for these missing pages. Also, an index at the back of the book organizes the identification marks by township. Keep in mind, however, that township residence was not recorded in all entries.


River to Rail and Lemen Collection

  • This collection is a combination of two individual digitization projects of the Madison Jefferson County Public Library. The River to Rail collection is the result of a collaborative grant project to document the rise and fall of river and railroad transportation in Madison, Indiana. The Harry Lemen collection consists of photographs taken from 1927 through 1950s by a real estate agent and amateur photographer. Lemen captured scenes along the Ohio Valley, particularly in Madison and Jefferson County.


Road to Indiana Statehood

  • The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Historical Bureau are collaborating on a major project to gather in one place copies of original documents and research materials relating to Indiana's constitutional history. The IUPUI University Library has digitized and organized the material to make it user-friendly and fully searchable, and serves as the host for this Web-based material.


Robert F. Kennedy's Speech

  • The Robert F. Kennedy Speech Collection includes audio and video recordings, photographs, as well as a transcript of Robert F. Kennedy's speech delivered at Ball State University on April 4, 1968. Kennedy's speech was devoted to domestic issues and to potential international problems that might occur after Vietnam. He talked passionately about hunger and poverty in America and the rest of the world.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Logan Library

Ryan White Letters

  • The Ryan White collection at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis formed the basis for the Museum's most compelling permanent exhibit, The Power of Children, which tells the powerful stories and impact made by three extraordinary children: Ryan White, Anne Frank, and Ruby Bridges. The lives of these youth inform an array of Power of Children programs and events popular with families, students, and educators who visit the Museum. A valuable primary source subgroup of this collection, currently limited in usage, is Ryan's compilation of letters that were written to him as a child in response to his internationally-known efforts to educate the public about HIV/AIDS. To fully leverage this resource and build upon one of its most well-known experiences, the Museum partnered with the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship to digitize and preserve the letter collection online. This project will serve as a step in bringing an array of documents and objects related to Ryan's life to audiences through a publicly accessible, online archive.


Saarinen's Village

  • In 1953, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod commissioned the world renowned Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen to design a complete campus for Concordia Senior College. The result is a campus that first served Concordia Senior College (1957-1977) and now serves Concordia Theological Seminary (1977-present). This digital collection documents in pictures and text how the campus was built, expanded, and used during the more than fifty years it has served to form pastors, deaconesses, and others for service to God and His church.


Saint Mary of the Woods College Library

Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music

  • The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music contains approximately 24,000 pieces of sheet music, songbooks, and folios. It was acquired for the Lilly Library in 1998. Sam DeVincent who, until his death in 1997, hosted a popular radio show on WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana, formed the collection. DeVincent collected sheet music for the artistry of the illustrated covers as well as for the music. In 1988 DeVincent donated a large portion of his collection to the Smithsonian Institution"s National Museum of American History. The Lilly Library collection contains duplicates of some of the pieces in the Smithsonian collection as well as additional materials DeVincent subsequently acquired.


School Commissioner's Record Book for Harrison County, Indiana

  • This county record book dates from 1833 to 1853 and contains information pertaining to the county's various townships, their trustees, and the section set aside in each township for school land. The book contains details on elections of trustees, division and sale of public lands, and enumeration of children within each township. Throughout the book, townships are identified by township and range numbers rather than name. Election records typically list the names of voters as well as candidates and a tally of election results. Elections often took place at the home of a local individual, and this name is also noted. Details of land sales include the price per acre, names of buyers, and mortgage information, as well as some plat maps and land descriptions. The book also contains financial ledgers that detail the accounting of township funds and provide the number of children in each township.

    The book contains several blank pages and those pages are not included in this project.


Scott Township Records

  • This collection contains records of Scott Township, Harrison County, Indiana. Scott Township was a part of western Harrison County bordered on the north and west by Big Blue River, and on the southwest by the Ohio River. Because of the creation of the Harrison-Crawford State Forest, Scott Township ceased to exist as a designated political entity in January 1939, and the area was made part of Harrison Township.


Service Through Sponge Cake

  • The digital collection of cookbooks is a collaborative effort between the University Library and the Indianapolis Public Library and will focus on Indiana cookbooks dating from the turn-of-the-century, with a special emphasis on fundraising cookbooks published by churches, synagogues and other community organizations. The University Library has created the community cookbook collection using unique materials from the Indianapolis Public Library's collection of historic Indiana cookbooks. The online collection includes digital images of each cookbook in its entirety, plus in-depth descriptions of each item. The collection is fully text searchable and broadly available on the Web. Community users who wish to "publish" their own copies of cookbooks in the digital library that are not under copyright will be able to do so. The University Library provides sources and information about publishing on demand within the context of the collection itself.


Shortridge High School Yearbook Collection

  • Shortridge High School was an innovative educational force in Indianapolis. It is the oldest free public high school in Indiana, opening as Indianapolis High School in 1864. The first superintendent, Abram C. Shortridge, took the unusual steps of hiring female teachers, admitting of African American students, lengthening the school year from 3½ to 9 months and introducing a graded system. The list of school achievements includes the first daily student newspaper in the country and a school radio station which began in the 1940s.


Singin' Sam

  • Singin' Sam was the stage name for Harry Frankel (1888-1948), who lived much of his life in Richmond, Indiana. He began his career as a minstrel performer and vaudevillian and became a famous personality in commercial radio. Collection includes personal images and audio recordings of his radio shows.


Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

  • This collection contains images of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin (1798-1856), foundress of the Congregation, as well as photographs of artifacts that belonged to her. Additionally, there are images of several artifacts belonging to the Congregation. Also included in this collection are the three oral history interviews of the project titled Religious Life Through the Generations: An oral history project of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.


Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana

Slovenian National Home

Smithville News

  • Local merchants published Smithville, Indiana s first newspaper, Name It & Take It, in 1897. Later it was named The Smithville News. A fire suspended publication in 1901, but the newspaper was revived in 1908 by Ralph B. Carter, a local telephone exchange pioneer. Under Carter, the paper covered local business, limestone, railroad news, society news, church events, obituaries, criminal mischief, and gossip about who was courting whom - in Smithville, Harrodsburg, Sanders, Fairfax and Clear Creek.


Southport High School

  • In 1891 the first space was designated for a Perry Township high school, but it wasn't until 1930 when Southport High School would finally have its own building. This new building, modeled after the Wren building of the College of William and Mary, opened at East Banta Road and Orinoco. In 1958 Southport High School moved to its current home at 971 East Banta Road, in what was originally a Junior High.


Special Olympics Indiana

  • Special Olympics Indiana (SOI) celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. The not-for-profit organization, brought to life on June 6, 1969, primarily through the efforts of two Indiana State University/Lab School faculty members - Tom Songster and Judy Campbell, has been providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This collection contains photographs, documents, artifacts and oral histories that record the history of SOI and the achievements of the athletes.


Sports Car Club of America

  • Dating back to its inception in 1944, Sports Car Club of America has served as the United States' most diverse motorsports organization. With competition in its DNA, SCCA is pleased to partner with the IUPUI Library to capture some of its proud photographic history for future members, motorsports enthusiasts and historians.


Spurgeon-Greene Photographs

  • In 1945, Richard A. (Dick) Greene started his Seen and Heard in Our Neighborhood column for the Muncie Star. When he passed away in 1984, Greene left a legacy of over 10,000 columns and almost 3,000 photographs. The photographs, which were donated by Wiley Spurgeon, and the columns provide invaluable historical documentation of Muncie, Indiana, from the 1930s through the 1970s.


Starke County Collection

Starr Sheet Music Collection

  • The Starr Sheet Music Collection, containing over 100,000 separate items, is a rich resource for musicians, historians and students of American culture. It is primarily a collection of American popular music, which extends from the late eighteenth century through the 1950's. The collection was originally assembled by Dr. Saul Starr and presented to the Lilly Library by Mr. Bernardo Mendel in the 1960's.


Sullivan County Community

Sullivan County Court Records

Sullivan County Historical Society

  • The Sullivan County Historical Society collection consists of early photos of transportation, farming, people, businesses, buildings, etc. These photos were donated by families and local historians from the area.


Sullivan County Public Library

  • The collection contains images documenting transportation, buildings, merchants, street scenes, parades, politics, disasters, etc. in Sullivan County. There is also a silent film depicting various aspects of life in Sullivan County from 1938-1939 and Dr. James B. Maple's Scrapbooks. Dr. Maple was a local doctor and historian who in his spare time researched early Vincennes and Sullivan newspapers for items concerning Sullivan Co.


Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Images

The Brevier Legislative Reports

  • The Brevier Legislative Reports, published biennially from 1858 to 1887, are verbatim reports of the legislative history of the Indiana General Assembly during those years. The volumes also include veto statements and other messages from the Governor.


The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Digital Archives

  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Digital Archives contributes to the Museum’s Mission statement “to create extraordinary learning experiences” by providing care and access to a diverse range of digital historical records. These assets include but are not limited to: history of The Children’s Museum Guild, annual reports, exhibit development documents, newsletters and bulletins, historical reference books, photographs of exhibits, staff and events.


The Free Soil Banner

  • The Free Soil Banner was published in Indianapolis from 1848 to 1854. The paper was an instrument of the Free Soil Party, which was formed in 1848. The primary purpose of the Free Soil Banner was to promote the party's candidates, Martin Van Buren for president, and Charles F. Adams for vice-president, and to gain supporters for their cause. The newspapers contain the proceedings of meetings and conventions, speeches, letters, and sometimes humorous jabs at their opponents.


The Genealogy Center Digital Collection

  • The Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large. It has one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.


The Indianapolis Postcard Collection

  • Since the first copyright for it in 1861, people have found that the small, thin postcard is a quick and inexpensive way to keep in touch with others. This collection documents landmarks such as Wonderland on the eastside, the downtown Traction Terminal, or the Emrichsville Bridge over White River along with the poetry by James Whitcomb Riley.


The Man Haters Film Collection

  • The Man Haters Film Collection includes a rare 35mm silent movie filmed in Muncie, Indiana in 1915. The film was produced by Basil McHenry, a traveling film producer from Akron, Ohio. He financed the film with sponsorship by Muncie's Majestic Theater and The Muncie Evening Press newspaper. Readers of the Press were asked to cast their votes for the leading actresses using coupons printed in the paper. Filming began in Muncie, Indiana on November 3, 1915 and the movie opened at the Majestic Theater on November 15, 1915. Basil McHenry also produced similar films in other towns in Indiana and Ohio.


The Miller House and Garden Collection

The Other Side of Middletown Photographs

  • The Other Side of Middletown Collection, consisting of over 150 digital images, illustrates the history of the life and achievements of African Americans in Muncie and Delaware County through photographs donated by members of the community.


The Percival Gallagher Papers

The Speed Photography Project

The Torch, Valparaiso University's Student Newspaper

  • The Torch is the student-published newspaper at Valparaiso University. This collection, digitized from the University Archives' microfilm, covers the years 1914-1992. On April 1, 1949 (April Fool's Day), student editors began printing The Scorch, a parody of The Torch, a tradition which continues in present day.


The Voice

  • The Voice is a newsletter by the homeless voices of our community, and is published by The Creative Change Project. The purpose of The Voice is to raise awareness about homelessness, and to educate the general public. The Voice digital collection contains monthly newsletters from 2014 onward.


The Woman's Literary Club of Corydon

  • The Woman's Literary Club of Corydon was established in 1878 and it remains in existence today. The club emerged through the efforts of Mrs. Anna VanZandt Applegate, who wanted to keep herself intellectually challenged and knowledgeable in addition to fulfilling her roles as wife and mother. She gathered likeminded women in the community to form the club, which was at times called the "Spare Minutes Club" and the Literary Society. The women took their work seriously and expected each member to come to meetings not only having read the literature being studied, but also to be well prepared to discuss at length the themes, plot, and characters of the work. Bylaws restricted membership to fifteen and each member was assigned a specific topic to present for discussion. The women also set aside a portion of their time to discuss current events. Topics range from national and world politics and events to arts and culture and scientific discoveries. For example, among the many topics discussed in 1898-1899 were the sinking of the Maine, U.S. involvement in the Philippines, Rookwood pottery, invention of "the talked of flying machine," a Vanderbilt wedding, and Tesla's plan to harness the power of Niagara Falls for electricity.

    Throughout the years, The Woman's Literary Club of Corydon has studied a wide variety of classical literature as well as contemporary works. They include novels, plays, poetry, history, geography, art, science, religion, and culture. The group spent several seasons studying English, Greek, and Roman history and literature, and devoted seven years to the works of Shakespeare, followed by poems and essays of Pope, Tennyson, Carlysle, and others. In addition to their intellectual studies, the club has also been active in social and cultural developments in the community. The group played an instrumental role in establishing a public library, preserving the First State Capitol Building in Corydon, and the formation of the local theater, just to name a few. They have also raised money for the blind, sponsored art exhibits, promoted awareness of women's health issues, campaigned to curb litter, and provided comfort to individuals in nursing homes.

    Established in 1878, The Woman's Literary Club of Corydon is one of the earliest such organizations in the state. The Corydon club predates both the General Federation of Women's Clubs (organized in 1889) and the Indiana Union of Literary Clubs (1890), which was a forerunner of the Indiana Federation of Clubs. With its promotion of intellectual stimulation and community involvement, The Woman's Literary Club of Corydon has been a consistent influence throughout the town's history and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Items in this collection include meeting minutes from the 1898-1899 season, a scrapbook created in 1978 with a brief history and various newspaper articles about the club, various photos of club members over the years, and a collection of yearbooks, or programs, that date from 1909 through 1956. These yearbooks listed the agendas of each meeting for the coming year and included topics covered, works studied, assigned hostesses and leaders, and other details.


Thomas Carr Howe High School

  • The town of Irvington was annexed to Indianapolis in 1902 with the promise of a high school to serve the area. That school finally opened its doors in September of 1938 as Thomas Carr Howe High School, named for a former president of Butler University. The school's yearbook was named the Hilltopper for the original site of the school, a 10.9-acre tract known in the community of Irvington as Violet Hill. The high school was closed in 1995, then reopened in 2002 as Thomas Carr Howe Academy, later becoming Thomas Carr Howe Community High School.


Thomas R. Marshall Collection

  • Thomas Marshall was the 27th governor of Indiana and vice-president of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. He was an attorney and democratic politician who advocated progressive reforms. This collection of Marshall's correspondence with colleagues, hand-written and typed notes and speeches and campaign memorabilia was compiled by John Martin Smith. Smith served as DeKalb County Historian from 1982 until his death in 2011.


Through the Lens of a Wabash Valley Girl

Tiananmen Square, 1989

  • On April 15, 1989, Hu Yaobang, the ousted General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, died in Beijing. Thousands of ordinary people went to Tiananmen Square to mourn for his death. The college students in universities in Beijing soon turned mourning into a grassroots movement that called for political reform. They requested that the government officials' corruption be stopped, the freedom of speech be truly guaranteed by the law, and so on. This event spread to many cities in China and abroad as well and lasted for more than a month. The event ended abruptly with government's killing of hundreds of ordinary citizens on June 4.

    During the event, thousands of media professionals and ordinary citizens recorded the happenings with their cameras. Nevertheless, the images that have survived the time are relatively few. Most of these high-resolution photographs have been exhibited for the very first time because, 25 years ago, the Chinese government confiscated cameras and film to identify and arrest people. A quarter of a century later, many ordinary people, whose faces were accidentally recorded in the pictures, may want to show their bravery to their children. This history has been intentionally obliterated by the Chinese government from the younger generations to the point that many young people in China have no recollection of what happened in Beijing in the spring/summer of 1989. These photographs will serve as a reminder of numerous ordinary Beijing citizens' bravery and are exhibited in memory of those who died for their dreams.

    This collection includes over 400 black and white photographs taken Dr. Edgar Huang, a faculty member from the IU School of Informatics and Computing on the Indianapolis campus. He was then a university instructor and a documentary photographer in Beijing. He traveled almost every day to different university campuses, different locations in Beijing, especially Tiananmen Square to record with his Nikon F3 all the exciting and sad moments. "Thanks to my beloved late wife, Lily Sun, who brought the negatives to the United States in 1994," Huang said, "these photographs are now possible to be exhibited to the public."


To Get Her There - A Century of Girl Scouting in Northern Indiana and Michiana

  • For over a century, Girl Scouts has served as a unique and vital part of women's cultural history in Indiana. The materials in this collection represent an overview of that history. Included are documents from all four legacy Girl Scout Councils from northern Indiana and parts of southern Michigan: Lakeland, Limberlost, Singing Sands, and tribal Trails as well as early materials from the early history of the organization. These include meeting minutes and notes, newsletters, handbooks/activity books, scrapbooks, slide shows, and photographs.


Town of Seelyville

Trade Catalogs for Indiana Businesses

  • This collection of trade catalogs contains hundreds of historic advertisements for Indiana manufacturers. It is notable for the diverse industries represented. The collection was compiled by John Martin Smith, who served as DeKalb County Historian from 1982 until his death in 2011.


Transportation: Carriages & Cars, Trains & Boats, Roads & Bridges

  • This collection features a wide variety of images reflecting modes and avenues of transportation including horse-drawn vehicles, steamboats, locomotives, and automobiles. Photos of early roads, bridges, and their construction are also part of the collection.

    The collection contains several photos of early bridges and roads in Corydon, the county seat, as well as photos of the Corydon tollhouse and gate along the late 19th century plank road. The Louisville, New Albany, & Corydon Railroad (LNA&C) is well represented, and there are also several images of the construction crew that built Doolittle Hill Road in Posey Township around the turn of the century. In addition, there are several images of a variety of steamboats that plied the Ohio River over the years, as well as various bridges crossing the Ohio. Of particular note are photos of both Teddy Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison at campaign train stops, and images of a railroad track in Jeffersonville, Indiana during the 1913 flood.

    The images in this collection reflect the holdings of the Frederick Porter Griffin Center. Please contact the Griffin Center at [email protected] if you would like to donate similar images to expand our collection.


Treasures from the Indiana Historical Society

  • For more than 175 years, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana's storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and sharing the state's history. During its anniversary year in 2005, IHS displayed Treasures from the Collections featuring a glimpse at some of the "jewels" that make the collection unique.


U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection

  • The U.S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection is a series of more than 2,200 photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana, held by the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest. In images of compelling diversity, historians and the general public can view all aspects of this planned industrial community: the steel mill, the city, and the citizens who lived and worked there.



  • Umbrella is an art journal that began publication by Judith Hoffberg in 1978. The journal covers news and reviews of artist books, mail art and contemporary art and photography tradebooks. It includes interviews with leading book artists, alternative spaces as well as Fluxus artists. The journal ended print-copy publication in 2005 and moved to an online edition, 2006-2008. Soon after ceasing hard-copy publication in 2005, permission was granted to the Herron Art Library of IUPUI University Library to digitize the 1978-2005 journal run and provide access over the World Wide Web. Permission was later extended to cover the electronic format as well. This collection contains the full journal run, print and electronic, 1978-2008. This is an important collection for the study of the genre. Online access has proved to be of great value to researchers. It is a great honor for the Herron Library to serve as a gateway to this resource and continue Judith's vision to provide access to the wealth of information provided across the collection. The library staff is in the process of moving this material to Public Knowledge Project's Open Journal System so that the journal will continue Judith's vision in an open-access environment. This collection is dedicated to the memory and important work of Judith Hoffberg.


United States Civil War Resources for East Central Indiana

Urban Displacement and the Making of a University – IUPUI, 1964-1990

Urban Times Newsmagazine

  • Urban Times is a monthly newsmagazine (published every month except January) which serves as the "official neighborhood newsletter" for thirteen Indianapolis neighborhoods. Urban Times is also heavily committed to news of the business community in the newsmagazine's distribution area, as well as development news and arts-and-entertainment news. Urban Times was launched in August 2005 when editor and publisher Bill Brooks merged two neighborhood newsletters, The Lockerbie Letter and The Keyhole (The Old Northside), adding Chatham Arch and St. Joseph. Since that time, the other neighborhoods have petitioned to join the family.


Valparaiso University Yearbooks

  • The digitized yearbook collection includes annuals covering the period from the late 1890s up to a decade ago. The yearbooks were issued under three titles throughout the history of Valparaiso University and its predecessor, Northern Indiana Normal School. There are also various annuals from the late 1890s-1917 named after specific classes (Scientific, Classic, Professional, and Medical).


Vermillion County Community

Vigo County Community

  • The Vigo County Community collection contains digital itms donated to the project by private individual in Vigo County. It also contains digital images from the Clabber Girl Museum displays and photographs of buildings, products and employees from its 150 year history.


Vigo County Historical Society

  • The Vigo County Historical Society contains the following collections: dolls, photographs, greeting cards, and Wabash Valley Profiles, a series of tributes to hometown people and events that have shaped our history.


Vigo County Public Library

  • Digitized books and pamphlets make up the core of the collection with such items as histories of Vigo County and Terre Haute, pictorial histories, school publications, specialized materials in African-American and women's history, and pamphlets documenting local institutions and organizations. Oral history transcripts, photographs, Civil War letters and transcriptions, and other materials recording the history of the area round out the remainder of the collection.


Vincennes University Archives

  • These collections from the Bryon R. Lewis Historical Library at Vincennes University highlight the importance of Vincennes, Indiana's oldest city, and the state's oldest college to early Indiana statehood. Initial collections to be digitized include the early family papers reflecting the city's French heritage, documents reflecting the origins of higher education in Indiana, and selected early Knox County government records.


W. A. Swift Photographs

  • W. A. Swift was born in Metamora, Indiana, on August 17, 1877. He moved to Muncie in 1918 and was working for the Delaware Engraving Company as a photographer by 1923. He was a commercial photographer in Muncie through the 1940s. The collection documents both the ordinary and extraordinary events of daily life in Muncie, primarily in the 1920s.


Wabash College Historic Images

Wabash College National Horse Thief Detective Association Collection

  • This collection includes materials pertaining to the National Horse Thief Detective Association, proceedings of twenty-six annual NHTDA meetings held between 1878 and 1932, complete minutes of meetings and ledgers of the Waynetown Detective Company from 1866 to 1934, as well as constitutions, by-laws, and articles of association of local chapters, miscellaneous documents, personal accounts, letters, newspaper articles, two essays on NHTDA and vigilantism in Indiana, and other related items.


Wabash Valley Genealogy Society

  • The mission of the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is to promote genealogy, educate, support the collections and services of the library, and to preserve the heritage and history of the Wabash Valley families who settled here.


Walter (Ham) and Mina Fried Slide Collection

  • This collection contains a wide variety of images taken by Corydon, Indiana residents Walter (Ham) Fried and his wife, Mina Redden Fried, during the 1950s and 1960s. Walter Hamilton Fried (1908-1975), who commonly went by "Ham," served as postmaster in Corydon from 1949 to 1970. He played a prominent role in having the U. S. Postal Service issue the Indiana Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp in Corydon as part of the state’s Sesquicentennial celebration. The April 1966 "Stamp Day" was a kick-off event for the state and drew a large crowd and several dignitaries to Corydon. Images of the day, as well as the large Sesquicentennial parade that followed, are represented in this collection.


War on Poverty in Britain: Documents from the Community Development Projects

  • From 1970-1978, inspired at least in part by the US War on Poverty, the British government funded 12 Community Development Projects (CDP) in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in England, Scotland and Wales. The CDPs were given resources to hire paid community workers to work alongside community residents toward the goal of ameliorating deleterious local conditions. The projects began in a spirit of great optimism and although they were expected to be short-lived, by 1978, all twelve projects had been de-funded and were shut down, some amidst a great deal of acrimony. In a few cases a successor project, scaled back and with a more modest brief, continued. The programme as a national anti-poverty initiative, however, ended.

    In the tumultuous political climate of 1970s Britain, many of the community workers hired to staff the projects ended up developing radical critiques of the government's policies on poverty, including criticisms of the CDP, itself. In addition, in working with residents of beleaguered communities to secure vital resources, the CDP workers created additional controversy by engaging in direct confrontations with their local councils, who actually paid a portion of their salaries.

    Each of the 12 projects included both an action team and a research team. The extent to which these functions overlapped one another varied from project to project depending on the local personnel. In any case, over the course of the CDP's lifespan, both the local teams and a central research team, which was established later in the life of the Projects and which continued into the early 1980s, after the local Projects had been disbanded, produced an extraordinary corpus of reports in which they analyzed the causes and consequences of poverty. These reports contain astonishingly prescient documentations of the process of de-industrialization and the changing policy initiatives that once constituted Britain's comprehensive welfare state.


Warren Central High School

  • Warren Central High School and Warren Township were named for Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War doctor and patriot who died in the battle of Bunker Hill. The original Warren Central opened in January 1925 at the corner of 10th Street & Post Road on the far eastside of Indianapolis.


Wayne County Historical Texts

Webster Township Justice Docket, 1893-1922

  • A Justice of the Peace docket book for Webster Township, Harrison County, Indiana, that dates from 1893 through 1922. The docket contains entries of court cases that were brought before local justices of the peace by township residents. The cases reflect the daily lives and conflicts of residents throughout the period and include charges of unpaid debts, provocation, assault and battery, bastardy, property conflicts, and other offenses. The records include names of plaintiffs and defendants, as well as those of witnesses, constables, and attorneys. Justices of the Peace during the time frame covered are: Frederick J. Lillpop (1893-1895, 1903-1909), Levi H. McKinney (1897-1898), George A. Johnson (1899-1902), and Jacob G. Ging (1912-1922). Various cases in the docket book have original documents, such as promissory notes or receipts of payments, attached to the record. These attachments have been scanned and transcribed and are included in the collection. Blank or missing pages were not included. Pages 218-221 in the book are stuck together and were not included. An index of plaintiffs' names appears at the front of the book; however, it does not appear to be complete. It is recommended that users search for a name using the search box. There are two three-year gaps in which no records are recorded in this book. There are no entries from February 1906 through January 1909, and from July 1909 to July 1912.

    A note about transcription: These records were handwritten and while the majority of the book is easily readable, there are portions that are difficult to read and some that are indecipherable. In these instances, a bracketed question mark [?] indicates a word or phrase that was questionable or totally unreadable.


Westchester Township Historical Images

  • This collection includes images of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Westchester Township in Porter County, located in the dunes country of northern Indiana. The postcards, photographs, and business cards reflect the community's commercial, industrial, cultural, and social development.


Western Medicine in China, 1850-1950

  • These digital collections are part of the History of Western Medicine in China project. The project contains archive guides, primary sources, digitized materials—selected to assist lay people and undergraduate students, as well as established scholars and graduate students. Most sources to date focus on the period from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the formation of the People's Republic of China.


Whitko Community Digital Image Project

Will H. Hays Collection

  • This collection comprises the correspondence and speeches ranging from 1922 to 1945 from the Will H. Hays collection (L560) at the Indiana State Library. Hays served as the Republican National Committee chairman during 1918-1921 and was the campaign manager for President Warren Harding in 1920. Harding appointed Hays as postmaster general in 1921. Hays later became president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) from 1922 to 1945, where he established the Hays Code of acceptable content for motion pictures produced for a public audience.

    Digitization of the Will H. Hays collection is made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).


William Henry Harrison Papers

  • William Henry Harrison was elected the 9th President of the United States in 1840, served as the Indiana Territory's first governor, defended the frontier from Native American insurgents, and commanded the Army of the Northwest from 1812 to 1814. The Harrison Collection contains correspondence (personal, governmental and military), legal papers and engraved portraits. Although Harrison's secretary penned some correspondence, most were handwritten and signed by Harrison.


William Vincent Wheeler Family Papers, 1863-1993

William W. Dunkle Theatre and Circus Collection

  • The collection consists of scrapbooks created by local and national newspaper columnist, William W. Dinkle (1873-1940) and presents the most complete history of the theatre in South Bend, Indiana and the surrounding areas during the time period of 1890 to 1940. Interwoven in the theatrical collection featuring interviews and photographs of prominent stars of the era are programs, articles and photographs that pertain to circuses.



  • Running from 1977 to 1983, Womankind was a local feminist newspaper, conceived by, and published for women. Many of the writers have IUPUI roots including founding, regular author and IUPUI English professor, Rebecca Pitts. The newspaper includes editorials, research, poetry, stories, ads, and reviews of local exhibitions.


Women and Philanthropy

Women in Hoosier History

  • This collection comprises materials related to women's history in Indiana, including letters, papers, photographs, pamphlets, periodicals, and other published and unpublished materials, from and about Indiana women, both ordinary and extraordinary. Women's history encompasses the agency of women as individuals and in organizations, daily life, contributions to society, and movements, particularly women’s rights. New materials will be added to the collection on a regular basis.


Woodburn Historical Society

  • The Woodburn Historical Society Collection consists of photographs depicting life in the town of Woodburn and surrounding Maumee Township from the late nineteenth through twentieth centuries. The collection also contains photographs of several of the town's founders and civic leaders, as well as pictures of schools and rare images of two of the early log cabins in the township.


World War I and the Hoosier Experience

World War I Posters

  • When the United States entered World War I in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson established the Committee on Public Information (CPI) and its offshoot, the Division of Pictorial Publicity (DPP) to promote public support. Some of the finest artists of the day created posters to spread the word, including Indiana native Gaar Williams. The subjects covered enlistment in the armed forces, conservation, industrial mobilization, subscriptions to Liberty Loans, and other patriotic duties.


Yellow Trail Museum

  • The Yellow Trail Research Center, in Hope, Indiana, is a small but dynamic library with a mass of historical and genealogical materials; it is a branch of the Yellow Trail Museum, which also has a significant collection of historical materials and artifacts. The collection consists of several thousand items: documents, photographs, diaries, memoirs, artifacts, and other materials, dating back as far back as the founding of the town of Hope in 1830.


500 Festival

  • The 500 Festival archival collection is held by the organization in Indianapolis. This digitized collection was created to share the 500 Festival events and traditions with the community.

    The online collection includes photos and documents from past and present 500 Festival events and programs.

    If you own a 500 Festival item not represented in this collection and would be willing to loan it for scanning and consideration, please contact the Center for Digital Scholarship.

    If you can enrich the description of photographs through correcting a date or identifying events, products, or people, please use the 'Comments' function at the bottom of the relevant item page or send information to [email protected] Suggested amendments will be reviewed periodically for inclusion.

    Supported by Center for Digital Scholarship


Indiana Memory is made possible through the collaborative efforts of academic libraries, public libraries, historical societies, museums, and archives to create and share their digital collections reflecting Indiana's cultural heritage. These collections reside on CONTENTdm servers across the state. To learn more about these digital collections, follow the links to the left.

Currently, Indiana Memory aggregates over 60,000 items in 489 collections.