Bicentennial Manuscript Collection
92 Counties Celebrating Indiana’s 200th Birthday
In 2016, each county coordinator, public library, historical society, and various clubs and organizations will be asked to submit bicentennial records for inclusion to a bicentennial manuscript collection within the Indiana State Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division.
Records submitted should include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, photographs, videos and other documentation highlighting programs, services and events occurring in their county.* The collection will be processed and made available to state government officials and employees, students, national and international researchers, and the general public. Participation in this unique preservation project only requires sending the previously listed documentation to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division.
Indiana State Library
Attn: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Through our collective efforts, we can ensure this important moment in Indiana history will be preserved for future generations.
For more information, please contact your regional planner from the attached map or Bethany Fiechter, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division Supervisor at bfiechter@library.IN.gov or 317-234-8621.
*Records applicable to the State of Indiana Administrative Agency Retention and Disposition schedule should be transferred to the Indiana Archives and Records Administration (IARA).
“Happy Birthday, Indiana!” Birthday Cards
In celebration of the bicentennial, students across the state are being asked to tap into their creativity and be part of Indiana history by contributing to a special “Happy Birthday, Indiana!” manuscript collection. The collection will include cards decorated and written by Indiana children and will be preserved for future generations by the Indiana State Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division.
The library will provide special, acid-free paper cards to participating schools. Students will decorate their cards using colored pencils, briefly explaining, “Why do you love Indiana?” or “What does being a Hoosier mean to you?”
Upon completion, schools will send the cards to the library. The first 500 received will be on display in the Indiana State Library Exhibition Hall during the summer of 2016. All cards received will be included in the permanent manuscript collection. The students’ cards should be submitted to the library by June 1, 2016.
If your student would like to participate, please contact your regional planner from the attached map or Bethany Fiechter, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division Supervisor at bfiechter@library.IN.gov or 317-234-8621.
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