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Online Manuscripts Catalog

Indiana State Library Digital Collections

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The Rare Books and Manuscripts Division includes over 3 million manuscripts; 5,200 collections, ranging from the early 15th century to present day. Among the collection’s strengths are Civil War-era letters and diaries, family papers and the records of many political figures from the Hoosier state. We provide reference servicesinstructional sessions, scanning and photocopying servicesfinding aids, and a variety of digital resources.

Appointments are not required but are strongly recommended in order to reduce wait times while material is being paged. To make an appointment, please email or use the contact info below.

For more information about viewing Rare Books and Manuscripts material, please refer to our Rules Governing the Use of Manuscripts.

Resources & Services

Contact Information

317-232-3671 Reference Desk
317-232-3728 Fax

Hours: Rare Books & Manuscripts is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., see this page for Saturday hours, closed on Sundays.

MA VD 6-27-2022