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Indiana State Library

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The Indiana State Library Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection includes over 3 million manuscripts; 4,400 collections, ranging from the early 15th century to present day. Among the collection's strengths are Civil War-era letters and diaries, family papers, and the records of many political figures from the Hoosier state.

We provide reference services, instructional sessions, scanning and photocopying services, finding aids, and a variety of digital resources.
For more information about viewing Rare Books and Manuscripts material, please refer to our Rules Governing the Use of Manuscripts.

Resources & Services

  • Bicentennial Manuscript Collection
  • Donating Manuscripts
  • Monetary Donations: Help Preserve Our Hoosier Heritage
  • Research Tools
  • Services and Forms
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Contact Information

    317-232-3671 Reference Desk
    317-232-3728 Fax

  • Rare Books & Manuscripts Staff
  • Ask a Librarian
  • Hours: The Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., closed on Sundays.

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