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State Archives Open By Appointment Only

The Indiana State Archives is currently open for research by appointment only. For more information about scheduling an appointment, send an email to arc@iara.in.gov or give us a call at 317-591-5222. As always, you can utilize the Indiana Digital Archives and Research Indiana Catalog from home.

About IARA

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, records inventory and scheduling, storage, and disposition. Read more here.

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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Closed Vocational Institution Records

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Indiana Electronic Records Program

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COVID-19 Record Collection Guidelines

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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.

State Archives Location (By appointment only)

The Indiana State Archives is currently open for research by appointment only. For more information about scheduling an appointment, send an email to arc@iara.in.gov or give us a call at 317-591-5222. As always, you can utilize the Indiana Digital Archives and Research Indiana Catalog from home.

The information below describes our normal operating procedures, currently suspended due to the ongoing public health emergency.

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Digital Exhibit: The History of Microfilm

Thumbnail image of slideshow/timeline feature: At the top, an image of boxes and microfilm reels with the text THE HISTORY OF MICROFILM followed by text rendered illegible due to the reduced size of the thumbnail. Below that image, a sliding left/right timeline with visible dates extending from 1796 to 1881.

The IARA Imaging and Microfilm Laboratory has been creating microfilm to preserve Indiana's history since 1937. Microfilm is the the scaled-down reproduction of documents on film, used to preserve important information for up to 500 years. Originally created as a novelty in the 1800s, the practice is now considered the most effective in the archival sciences for long-term preservation. Learn about microfilm's journey from useless parlor trick to the gold standard in historical safeguarding, in our new photo-filled slideshow and interactive timeline.

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Working From Home: The WPA Card Catalog

Much of our work at the Indiana Archives and Records Administration requires access to original state records, and can’t be done from home. Tasks like repairing Civil War documents, researching historic mental health records, digitizing documents, and accessioning new transfers to the Archives will have to wait until we can return. Our Imaging Lab also uses specialized equipment that can’t exactly be installed in someone’s home office.

It’s disappointing to put these functions on hold, but we are also trying to seize this opportunity to complete long-awaited projects. One of the first things to come to mind was transcribing the WPA Card Index.

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Join the Indiana Archives Virtual Volunteer Program!

Looking for something to do from home? Join our FromThePage project and become a Virtual Volunteer! We have started a new project to transcribe our index to the Lake County Naturalization Records. 

Naturalization records are an important genealogical tool that can help place a family in Indiana at a certain time in history. The Indiana State Archives holds the naturalization records for 81 of Indiana's 92 counties. Many of them have already been indexed by volunteers and can be searched at the Indiana Digital Archives. 

You can help create an index for the Lake County naturalization records from home - all you need is an Internet connection.

To help, visit our Lake County Naturalization Records project page on FromThePage.com and click Start Transcribing. You will be prompted to sign up for a free account. 

We have three different card indexes for the Lake County records, and this digital index will combine all of them. 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

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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.

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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.

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