Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.
A Note Regarding Resources: Items are listed on this page that enhance work with the topic discussed. Some older items, especially, may include dated practices and ideas that are no longer generally accepted. Resources reflecting current practices are noted whenever possible
Carruth, Gorton. The Encyclopedia of American Facts and Dates. New York: Harper & Row, eighth ed., 1987.
Information is presented in chronological order.
Clements, John. Chronology of the United States. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1975.
From 1789 to 1975.
Dillon, Philip Robert. American Anniversaries: Every Day in the Year. New York: The Philip R. Dillon Publishing Company, 1991.
Day by day in calendar order—750 facts.
“Famous Dates.” Cobblestone. January 1995.
Famous dates in American history with brief articles.
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., ed. The Almanac of American History. New York: Bramhall House, 1983.
From 986 to 1982.
Shapiro, Larry. A Book of Days in American History. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1987.
American history facts by days of the year.
Urdang, Laurence, ed. The Timetables of American History. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1981.
Brief annotations on important events.
Abundant primary resources have been published by the Indiana Historical Bureau and Indiana Historical Society. Several are listed below.
Lindley, Harlow, ed. Indiana As Seen by Early Travelers: A Collection of Reprints from Books of Travel, Letters and Diaries Prior to 1830. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, reprint 1992.
McCord, Shirley S., comp. Travel Accounts of Indiana, 1679-1961. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1970.
Thornbrough, Gayle, ed. The Diary of Calvin Fletcher (1817-1866). Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 9 vols.,1972-1983.
Thornbrough, Gayle, and Dorothy Riker, comp. Readings in Indiana History. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, reprint 1991.
Standard Histories of Indiana
Barnhart, John D., and Donald F. Carmony. Indiana: From Frontier to Industrial Commonwealth. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 4 vols., 1954.
Barnhart, John D., and Dorothy L. Riker. Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society, 1971.
Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840. 2 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1950. Reprint, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978.
Madison, James H. Indiana Through Tradition and Change: A History of the Hoosier State and Its People, 1920-1945. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 1982.
Phillips, Clifton J. Indiana in Transition: The Emergence of an Industrial Commonwealth, 1880-1920. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society, 1968.
Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau & Indiana Historical Society, 1965.
Resources for Local History Research
Local libraries, museums, and historical societies often have local history collections.
Indiana State Archives, Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, 317-232-3660, has many records of state and local government.
Indiana Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, 317-232-3671, is a rich source for primary source materials.
William Henry Smith Library, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, 317-232-1879, is another rich source for primary source materials.
“Unlocking the Past: You Hold the Key.” The Indiana Historian, September, 1993.