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INDIANA STATE LIBRARY
Digital Collections

Artists from Indiana and Beyond

Highlights of the ISL Manuscript Collection

  • The Rare Books and Manuscripts Division of the Indiana State Library houses many rare and unique documents, volumes, objects, and ephemera never before publicly displayed. This online collection features a number of these noteworthy and remarkable items, 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. Another extraordinary item is the original 1818 Treaty of St. Mary's between the United States government and the Miami people, signed by renowned early Hoosiers Jonathan Jennings, Benjamin Parke, and William Conner and Native leaders, such as Peshewa, or Jean Baptiste Richardville. This digital collection will continue to grow as more images are added periodically.

Hoosier LGBTQ+ History

Indiana Authors and Their Works

Indiana Documentary Editions

Indiana Historical Legislative Documents

Indiana Historical Print Collection

Indiana State Agency Documents

  • The Indiana Historical State Agency Documents is a special collection of historical state agency publications. The Indiana State Library has state publications that span the 19th century to today. In order to preserve the older materials and make them easier for the general public to access and study, digitized copies are made available in this collection. 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. This collection will continue to grow and as materials from the Indiana Division’s print collection are digitized and added periodically.

Indiana State Library Broadsides Collection

  • This collection comprises a variety of broadsides, posters, flyers, meeting notices, and similar, single-sheet printed items from the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division. The Broadsides Collection spans the breadth of Indiana's territorial and state history, with the bulk of the collection from the 19th and 20th century, and represents a range of events, movements, organizations, people, and trends that denote facets of the history of Indiana and its people. New broadsides will be added periodically.

Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection

Indiana State Library Manuscripts Small Collections

  • This online collection comprises documents, photographs, pamphlets, scrapbooks, and other materials from the Small Collections of the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division. The repository currently holds over 3,300 small collections related to Indiana’s people, places, and events on the topics of agriculture; business and industry; church history; communities and neighborhoods; education; ethnically- and racially-identified groups; families; government; medicine; military affairs; notable Hoosiers; the Northwest Territory; organized labor; politics; professional associations; religion; social services; transportation; and women. Moreover, these collections constitute part of the largest collection of Civil War items in the state. The physical collection continues to grow and materials are added to this online collection periodically.

Indiana State Library Map Collection

Indiana State Library Oral History Collection

  • This collection comprises many oral histories from the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, which were recorded during an extensive oral history project with hundreds of Hoosiers from around the state during the 1970s and 1980s. Those Indiana natives who contributed to the project included civil servants, educators, correctional employees, journalists, religious leaders, engineers, musicians, war veterans, and other public figures, who shared rich experiences on the topics of Indiana politics, Prohibition, the Great Depression, the Ku Klux Klan, Hoosier authors, state prisons, agriculture, medicine, the world wars, and family and local history. New oral history transcripts and audio files will be added periodically.

Indiana State Library Photograph Collections

  • Containing over 25,000 images, the Photograph Collection of the Indiana State Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division depicts historical people, places, and events in Indiana from the 19th to the 21st century. The pictures include individual photographs in a variety of formats, photograph albums, and lantern slides portraying a miscellany of subjects, such as Indiana counties and cities, notable Hoosiers and families, architecture, businesses, organizations, transportation, and significant events in Indiana, United States and world history.

Indiana State Library Trade Catalog Collection

John Tipton Collection

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