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Indiana State Archives Reading Room

Current Information Due To COVID-19 Safety:

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.

General Information:

View original records, including documents, maps and audio-visual material, in our reading room in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you are planning a visit to our reading room, check the location of the records you wish to see and whether they are available for viewing by searching the archives holdings. Records can only be viewed at the state or county office where they are held. Some records are stored remotely and may require advance notice in order to retrieve them for your visit.

The Indiana State Archives makes records in its possession available for public use under supervised conditions at reasonable hours. However, the Indiana State Archives restricts access to material deemed confidential by law or restricted by promulgated rule. The Indiana State Archives also weighs the need for preservation from deterioration, mutilation, or theft in establishing access to original materials.

Location and Hours

Indiana State Archives
6440 E. 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Getting Here By Bus:
IndyGo operates bus routes from Julia M. Carson Transit Center, stopping in front of the State Archives. You can plan your trip here.

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Mondays - Fridays
Closed All State Holidays

Please note:
Records will be retrieved from remote stacks locations until one half hour before closing time. Patrons will be requested to stop and return Archives materials ten minutes before closing time. Please contact us at arc@iara.in.gov prior to your visit to ensure that records are retrieved promptly.

On-Site Accessibility

Car parking
Parking is available for visitors at the State Archives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wheelchair access
All public areas of the State Archives are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities
A toilet with disabled facilities is on the ground floor near the reading room.

Guidelines for the Use of Records:

The Indiana State Archives serves to ensure the preservation of important official and historical public records, and to make them available to patrons. Patrons are expected to read and observe the following guidelines for the reading room of the Indiana State Archives.

  1. All patrons must read, sign and date the registration form, whether paper or electronic, prior to use of all records or reference sources. The signed registration form shall constitute an acknowledgment that the patron will abide by the guidelines and procedures outlined on the registration form.
  2. Food and drink are not allowed in the reading room.
  3. All coats, bags, and briefcases must be stored in the provided lockers. Patrons can only bring loose paper (not on a pad or in a notebook) and personal electronic devices into the reading room. The Indiana State Archives reserves the right to inspect personal belongings at any time.
  4. Pencils must be used in taking notes. Pens and markers are not permitted in the reading room. Pencils are available for patron use.
  5. No documents may be taken out of the reading room.
  6. When examining materials, patrons must keep documents in the original order found in the box or folder.
  7. Lay documents, including photographs, flat on table during use. Do not hold up, put in lap, or otherwise hold during use. Do not lean on records, or put notebook on documents.
  8. Due to preservation considerations, certain records may be served to patrons as microfilm or in other analog or digital formats. Requests for exceptions to this rule should be made in writing to the Indiana Archives and Records Administration management and will be considered on a case by case basis.
  9. Cotton protective gloves will be used for handling all photographs / negatives, and certain documents at the archivist's discretion. Gloves are available at the reference desk.
  10. Citations to records in the Indiana State Archives in both published and non-published works and exhibitions will read, "Indiana State Archives, Indiana Archives and Records Administration."
  11. Requests for records will be handled one at a time and in the order they were received.
  12. Records will be retrieved from remote stacks locations until thirty (30) minutes before closing time. Patrons will be requested to stop and return Archives materials ten (10) minutes before closing time.
  13. Reproductions are provided to patrons at a cost and according to established procedures. The Indiana State Archives will weigh the need for preservation from deterioration or mutilation of original records when receiving a request to inspect or copy records. Personal scanning or camera equipment is permitted only after approval by the archivist on duty. (IC 5-15-5.1-)
  14. The Indiana State Archives takes no responsibility for the patron's misuse of copyright.