The Indiana State Library, next to the State Capitol, is deeply rooted in Indiana history, becoming the state’s first agency in 1825. Since that time, its collection has grown to be the world’s largest repository of Indiana state documents and manuscripts, as well as Indiana newspapers, which includes pre-statehood publications from the 18th Century. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.
The most prominent and utilized collection housed at the State Library relates to genealogy. The Genealogy Collection has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family history information in the Midwest. The collection includes 40,000 printed items, federal census records, county records, passenger lists, and military pension information. The emphasis of the collection is on Indiana and bordering states, as well as eastern and southern states.
We offer Family History Tours at least twice monthly, as well as several family history workshops throughout the year. A complete listing of State Library events and workshops may be viewed online. Additionally, family history resources are not just constrained to our physical location. You can also utilize many online resources from the Genealogy Collection website, which was named a “2013 Best State Website” by Family Tree Magazine.
Everyone is welcome at the State Library as it is our mission to support the lifelong educational pursuits of all Hoosiers. Now through August 29, 2014, you’re invited to tour our Hardship & Hope exhibit, which examines the life of the everyday Hoosier soldier during the Civil War.
The next time you visit Indianapolis, consider stopping in. Let us help you discover your family roots, explore our Hoosier heritage, or tour the historic and beautiful Indiana State Library.
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