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The Indiana State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available historical and evidential material relating to the state of Indiana. These records date from the territorial period to the present.

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Research Indiana Indexes


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Welcome to the Research Indiana Indexes, the new home of the Indiana Digital Archives. Thanks to the work of our volunteers, over 1.36 million names are searchable online. More names and indexes will be added regularly.

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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 Research Indiana Index and Catalog from home.


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Digital Exhibit: The History of Microfilm


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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.

From the Vault Blog


From the Vault | Stories from the Archives

Open any box at the Indiana State Archives and you will almost certainly find an interesting story. Some collections naturally lend themselves to a greater likelihood of discovering a real page turner than others. Typically, collections that concentrate on individual people can always be counted on to be intriguing. A particular favorite for most genealogists is that of the Foster Care Files 1892-1910.

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Online Training for State and Local Employees

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IARA now offers six online tutorials! They're all available here on our website, and the five courses applicable to State Government employees can also be taken for credit through the State Employee Learning Center in SuccessFactors.

State Government Employee Courses:

  1. Records Management Basics (ELRN SOI_IARA_000001): 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 (ELRN SOI_IARA_000002): What a Retention Schedule is, what it looks like, and how to apply it.
  3. Creating and Updating Records Retention Schedules (ELRN SOI_IARA_000003): 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.
  4. Tips for E-Mail Management (ELRN SOI_IARA_000006):  Useful for any State or County/Local Employee!
  5. Forms Management (ELRN SOI_IARA_000005):  For State Employees who need to create or update State Forms for their agency.

County/Local Government Employee Courses:

  1. Records Management for Indiana County and Local Government (IARA website only): How and why we manage public records in local government, and how the Archives and Records Administration can help.
  2. Tips for E-Mail Management (IARA website version):  Useful for any State or County/Local Employee!

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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 index some of our state’s Civil War records.

Near the start of the Civil War in the summer of 1862, the Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton directed all northern states to fill a draft call for 300,000 men. In Indiana, two separate lists were created, one for men who had already enlisted in the volunteer forces and another listing all white men between the ages of 18 and 45 years who were able to be potentially drafted into the military.

You can help create an index to these records from home - all you need is an Internet connection.

To help, visit our Indiana Draft Enrollment Lists of 1862 or the Indiana Volunteer Militia Enrollment Lists of 1862 on FromThePage.com and click Start Transcribing. You will be prompted to sign up for a free account.

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.

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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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