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Research Indiana Catalog

The Research Indiana Catalog simplifies the process of searching the Archives’ collection by providing listings of more than a quarter of a million holdings.

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Indiana Digital Archives

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Welcome to the Indiana Archives and Records Administration

The Indiana Archives and Records Administration assists State and local governments in the cost-effective, efficient and secure management of governmental records, by providing services throughout the life cycle of records, including creation, use, storage, and disposition.

Search Archives Holdings

The Indiana State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to Indiana. In all, the Archives houses over 110,000 cubic feet of permanently valuable materials containing millions of individual items. These records date from the territorial period to the present.

Visit the State Archives

Visit the State Archives in Indianapolis to see original documents or records. Entrance is free to the public.

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Join the Indiana Archives Virtual Volunteer Program!

Help the Indiana Archives commemorate the centennial of World War I by becoming a virtual volunteer on FromThePage.com! Anyone with an Internet connection can help us index our collection of service record cards. These cards detail the military service of Hoosier veterans who served during World War I.

To help, visit our Indiana World War I Service Record Cards page and click Start Transcribing. You will be prompted to sign up for a free account. 

The collection, Indiana World War I Service Record Cards, is broken down into smaller “Works,” which are organized alphabetically by last name. More cards are being added all the time. Clicking either Start Transcribing or Pages that Need Transcription will take you to cards that haven’t been transcribed yet. 

For some transcription tips, check the Help tab on the page for any individual Work, and please send an email to arc@iara.in.gov if you have any questions.

New Online Records Management Training for State Employees

Pile of IARA online training slidesJanuary 2019

In addition to our quarterly in-person Records Management Training Workshop, IARA's Records Management division has created three new online tutorials for state employees:

  1. Records Management Basics (IARA_WBT_0001): How and why we manage public records in state government, and how the Archives and Records Administration can help.
  2. Reading and Interpreting Records Retention Schedules (IARA_WBT_0002): What a Retention Schedule is, what it looks like, and how to apply it.
  3. Creating and Updating Records Retention Schedules (IARA_WBT_0003): A guide to the process of working with IARA to make sure your agency Retention Schedule is current and accurate, and how to update it when that's not the case.

Our tutorials are available for employee learning credit through ELM, Indiana State Personnel's Enterprise Learning Management system in Peoplesoft, or you can download your own reference copy directly from our website, to save, share, and review whenever you need it.

Read more, including who should take these courses, and how!


Saturday Hours | July 27, 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Indiana State Archives, 6440 East 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

We are offering Saturday hours for those interested in doing research with our collections. To submit a records request for that day, email us at arc@iara.in.gov or give us a call at (317) 591-5222. We hope to see you there! 

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The Indiana Archives and Records Administration participates in social networking sites in order to share events, announcements, photos, and stories from the Indiana State Archives. Our goal is to share Indiana history and information with as many individuals as possible.

By clicking the icons below, you will be taken to a web service that is not owned by the State of Indiana and has different privacy and security policies. The State of Indiana is not responsible for, and does not endorse, guarantee, or monitor content, availability, viewpoints, products, or services that are offered or expressed on non IN.gov portal websites.

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From the Vault Blog

From the Vault | Eugene V. Debs and the Railroad Workers’ Bill

Railroad accidents were commonplace in Indiana during the 1880s, leaving scores dead from horrific injuries. The railroad companies at that time were under no legal obligation to help the families of those who died or were injured on the job. This harrowing reality became the focal point of a young, first-term state representative from Terre Haute named Eugene Victor Debs. Debs worked diligently to hold the railroads accountable for the welfare of their employees and their employees’ families. In this episode of From the Vault, we’ll delve into Debs’ legislative crusade for those who died or were injured working on the railroads.

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