Research Tools

To locate Rare Books and Manuscripts materials for your research needs, please use the following resources. Staff can help you navigate these research tools or answer any specific questions.

Finding Aid Index

Finding Aid Index
Each collection is described in a detailed record called a finding aid, which provides both an overview of the intellectual organization of the collection and a detailed list of items within the collection. Researchers should consult the finding aid for a particular collection in order to ascertain the usefulness of the collection.


Finding aids continue to be added periodically to our online public access catalog, Evergreen. Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of over 100 public, school, and institutional libraries using a comprehensive, online database to search collections across the state.

Card Catalog

Card Catalog
The Rare Books and Manuscripts card catalog is located in the reading room. Using the card catalog, patrons can identify particular topics or people and request the collection identified on the card.

Collection Guides

Collection guides identify and bring together resources on specific topics to meet your research needs. Use the following collection guides to locate resources from Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Broadside Collection
Oral History Collection
Photograph Collection
Program Collection

Digital Exhibits

Learn more about the history of Indiana by viewing Rare Books and Manuscripts online exhibits.

Centennial Indiana
Images of Indiana: 92 Counties
Indiana Civil War Photographs
Indiana Lawyers and Judges
Indiana State Fair
Indianapolis Through Invoices
Open Air Schools in Indiana
World War II Exhibit

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