Contact Information
  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
  • Phone: (812) 855-1336
Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 2/7/2012

About the History Collection

History of the Collections


Collections supporting the study of history at Indiana University have been built continuously since the founding of the university in 1820. Much of the collection originally acquired to support other academic programs is now of interest to historians. Thanks to consistent support for library collections and a preference for preservation rather than weeding collections, the Libraries have acquired a rich and broad collection of primary resource material for the study of all areas of history.


Strengths of the Collections


The greatest strength of the collections is their breadth, reflecting the Department of History's commitment to a broad curriculum and the diverse research interests of many generations of Indiana University faculty members. Complete runs of both popular and scholarly eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth-century periodicals, massive collections of archival materials, both original and in digital or microform facsimile, and in-depth collections of materials acquired from outside the U.S. by dedicated area studies librarians all contribute to the extent of the history collections. The collections are further supported by other collections on campus, including Government Information, Maps and Microform Services, the Office of Archives and Records Management, and the rare books and manuscripts of the Lilly Library.


Location of the History Collections


The majority of the collections are located on the fifth and sixth floors of the Herman B Wells Library (D, E, and F in the Library of Congress call number system). Microform collections are in Government Information, Maps and Microform Services on the second floor. 

last updated: 2/7/2012