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  • Librarian: Celestina Savonius-Wroth
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library E560
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Libraries & Subjects
last updated: 6/26/2013

Researching Indiana History

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Where to start


IUCAT, the IU Libraries online catalog, and WorldCat, the combined catalogs of majority of US libraries: Tips: In IUCAT, use Advanced Keyword search, include Indiana--History, Immigrants--Indiana—History, or Indiana--Emigration and immigration--History as subject terms. (WorldCat uses the same subject terms.)





Encyclopedia of Indiana. New York: Somerset Publishers, 1993. [Wells Reference F526 .E53 1993]


Indiana State Library Bibliographies: Select materials that are available at the Indiana State Library.


Jarboe, Betty. Studies on Indiana: a Bibliography of Theses and Dissertations Submitted to Indiana Institution of Higher Education for Advanced Degrees, 1902-1977. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980. [Wells Reference Z1281 .J37]



Indexes and Databases


America: History & Life: Electronic index to scholarly publications in history.  Use the Time Period Index to focus search on a certain time period.


American Civil War: Letters & Diaries: Full text of letters, diaries, and memoirs from the American Civil War, with biographies and an extensive bibliography.  Coverage ranges from 1861-1865.


Biography Resource Center: Full-text biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history. To search for Indiana born individuals click “birth place” by the search bar and search for Indiana. The search can also be sorted by name, relevance, and birth or death dates.


IndianaMap (GIS Atlas of Indiana): Interactive digital atlas that can be used to create custom maps about Indiana, including mineral resources, the environment, geology, biology, hydrology, transportation, demographics and population.


North American Women's Letters and Diaries: Searchable full text of letters and diaries of hundreds of North American women, from the 16th century to 1950.





Indiana Magazine of History: Published continuously since 1905, the Indiana Magazine of History features peer-reviewed articles, research notes, annotated primary documents, reviews, and critical essays that contribute to public and scholarly understanding of Midwestern and Indiana history.

Indiana History Bulletin [Wells - F521.I53]: The Indiana History Bulletin was published quarterly by the Indiana Historical Bureau from 1923-2001.


The Indiana Historian [Wells - F521 .I417]: The Indiana Historian is a magazine on varied topics in Indiana history, which demonstrates and encourages good research techniques and the use and proper documentation of a variety of primary sources.  Activities are suggested to help the learning process and add resources for local and state history.


Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History [Lilly - F521.I3943 T75]: Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History is published quarterly as a benefit of membership in the Indiana Historical Society since 1989.  It has explored the lives of artists, writers, politicians, performers, soldiers, entrepreneurs, homemakers, reformers, and naturalists.





19th Century Historical United States Newspapers: A digital archive of American historical newspapers from the 19th century, including over 1.5 million full-text pages, many complete with images.  Try narrowing down by date, place of publication, or search by newspaper.


Early American Newspapers (America's Historical Newspapers): More than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published during the past four centuries, including titles from all 50 present states, 1690-1922. Use place of publication tab to narrow search to Indiana newspapers.


Indiana Newspapers: Microfilm Holdings at IUB: Indiana University’s Government Information, Maps and Microform Services guide to Indiana newspapers, including how to locate the holdings and what newspapers the library have on microfilm.


Indiana State Library: Online Newspapers from Indiana: Links to current online newspapers from Indiana cities and universities.  Some newspapers have archives, but most of the information is contemporary rather than historical.



Archival/Manuscript Collections


Hoagy Carmichael Collection: A multimedia web site about the life and career of master songwriter Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael (1899-1981).


Indiana Digital Archives: Browse through the indexes to many of the most popular State Archives collections.  Currently over two million records searchable online.


Indiana Historical Society Library and Archives: Search the 38,000 images, 5,000 processed manuscript collections, and 45,000 cataloged print items available at the Indiana Historical Society.  Collecting subject areas range from achitecture to social services and can be searched by keywords, authors, titles, or subjects and ranked by relevance. 


Indiana Memory: A collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations to enable access to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats and free distribution over the Internet.


Indiana State Documents Collection: Indiana State Library's newspaper and biographical indexes, as well as collection lists and guides for the collection.  The collection includes a clippings file, city directories, and county histories.  Subject guides range from the1918 Influenza Epidemic in Indiana to World War II resources.


Indiana University Finding Aids: Finding aids (i.e., guides and inventories) to collections held in archives and libraries at Indiana University.





Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection: 15,000 Kodachrome slides by amateur photographer Charles W. Cushman (1896-1972) about his travels in the United States and abroad.  Collection covers years 1938-1969.


Indiana Historical Society Digital Image Collections: More than 38,000 digital images are available for research on the IHS website with more being added. These images cover a variety of subjects as well as individual collections.


U. S. Steel Gary Works Photograph Collection, 1906-1971: Collection of photographs of the Gary Works steel mill and the corporate town of Gary, Indiana.



Government Information


Government Information: State and Local Documents: Government Information, Maps and Microform Services (East Tower 2 or ET2) is home to an extensive collection of historic and current Indiana State documents.  The materials included in this collection are primarily published by the state government, Indiana Territory, or government agencies.  The collection also includes materials that were published by independent Indiana organizations such as the Indiana Historical Society or the League of Women Voters, to name a few. Indiana's official website (formerly known as Access Indiana)


Finding Historic Indiana Documents


Indiana State and Local Government Archive: Born digital documents from the State of Indiana and its localities Provides links to Indiana city and county webpages


State Legislature Research tools


Statistical Data Sources: State of Indiana: Includes links to Stats Indiana and the Indiana State Data Center.


Records Management: Indiana State Government


Records Management: Indiana County/Local Government

last updated: 6/26/2013