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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 manuscripts@library.in.gov 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