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 Indiana State Library

 

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 (Jean-Baptiste Richardville). This digital collection will continue to grow as more images are added periodically.

 
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