June 2011  

All Indiana State Library events and workshops are free and open to the public. 

All events and workshops occur at the Indiana State Library. You can enter the State Library at 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Programs require no registration. For more information call 317-232-3675. 


Family History Orientation Tours
Learn where different family history resources are located on the first and second floors of the Indiana State Library. This is a free orientation tour, geared toward genealogists. Pre-registration is required; please call 317-232-3689.

Upcoming Tours

Thursday, June 2, 2011 Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Thursday, July 7, 2011 Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Did you know?
The John S. Wright Memorial Library, the Indiana Academy of Science’s collection of materials, is located at the Indiana State Library. It contains an extensive collection of items from scientific organizations worldwide and is composed mostly of scientific journals. The collection can be accessed through the library’s catalog, Evergreen Indiana. Items are free to view by anyone visiting the library, and most can be borrowed by patrons of the State Library, as well as through Evergreen borrowing and traditional interlibrary loan.

Resources from the
Indiana State Library

Federal Depository Library Program
Genealogy Collection
Indiana Collection
INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library  
Indiana Memory  
Manuscripts & Rare Books Collection
Reference & Government Services Collection
State Data Center
More Online Databases

Helpful Links for
Indiana State Library Visitors

Hours & Directions
Map of Downtown Indianapolis
Nearby Dining


Upcoming Events & Workshops

Indiana Battle Sites
Wednesday, July 6, 11:00am-Noon, Indiana Author’s Room
This program will examine several historical battlefield sites throughout the state and analyze how and why those sites were interpreted. Battle of Tippecanoe, Battle of Corydon/Morgan’s Raid, and Battle of Mississinewa will be discussed.

Theodore Dreiser:  the Quest for Reality of Life
Thursday, July 7, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Learn about the life and times of Theodore Dreiser, the world famous novelist from Terre Haute, Indiana.  The program will cover Dreiser’s biography, characters and themes of his novels.

Maps in Genealogy
Tuesday, July 12, 10:00-11:00am, History Reference Room
Learn how the different kinds of maps in our collection may help enrich your family history research.  We will be discussing plat maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, topographic maps, and exploring our county map collection.

But they weren’t from Indiana:
Researching Mid-South Genealogy at the Indiana State Library Thursday, July 14, 5:30-6:30p, History Reference Room
This program is fifth in a series on the genealogy materials for states other than Indiana that are at the Indiana State Library.  The states covered in this program are:  Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.

An Indiana Favorite: Cole Porter – the 1930s
Wednesday, July 20, Noon-1:00pm, Indiana  Author’s Room
Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana in 1891. Porter’s music made an impact on American entertainment in the middle of the 20th century. Come learn about Porter’s life while listening to his tunes from the 1930s.

Legal Documents and Terms in Genealogy
Thursday, July 21, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
In this program we will explore common legal documents and terms used in genealogical research.

Lockefield Gardens:  An Oasis in Urban Blight
Monday, July 25, 11:00am-Noon, Indiana Author’s Room
This program gives a brief history of Lockefield Gardens and its impact on the African-American community. 

Gatling and His Famous Gun
Thursday, July 28, 5:30-6:30pm, History Reference Room
Although know primarily as the father of the first successful machine gun, Richard Jordan Gatling was a medical doctor, inventor and successful businessman. Join us at the Indiana State Library to learn more about this fascinating individual.

New Books Available for Checkout