To locate Rare Books and Manuscripts materials for your research needs, please use the following resources. Staff can help you navigate these research tools or answer any specific questions.
The collection list includes a comprehensive inventory of Rare Books and Manuscripts holdings.
Finding Aid Index
Each collection is described in a detailed record called a finding aid, which provides both an overview of the intellectual organization of the collection and a detailed list of items within the collection. Researchers should consult the finding aid for a particular collection in order to ascertain the usefulness of the collection.
Finding aids are fully searchable using Google Advanced Search. To use this function, visit Google Advanced Search. Under the field “search within a site or domain,” you will need to place the base URL for finding aids: http://www.in.gov/library/. Enter your search terms in the appropriate search field.
Finding aids continue to be added periodically to our online public access catalog, Evergreen. Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of over 100 public, school, and institutional libraries using a comprehensive, online database to search collections across the state.
The Rare Books and Manuscripts card catalog is located in the reading room. Using the card catalog, patrons can identify particular topics or people and request the collection identified on the card.
Collection guides identify and bring together resources on specific topics to meet your research needs. Use the following collection guides to locate resources from Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Learn more about the history of Indiana by viewing Rare Books and Manuscripts online exhibits.
Images of Indiana: 92 Counties
Indiana Civil War Photographs
Indiana Lawyers and Judges
Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis Through Invoices
Open Air Schools in Indiana
World War II Exhibit
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