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Indiana State Library collection

Indiana State Library collection, 1841-2015
Indiana State Library collection
Inclusive dates
This collection consists of inactive files from the library's administration. Included are print materials and charts, audiovisual materials and newspaper clippings from Indiana State Library staff and others in Indiana ranging from 1841 to 2014 regarding the Governor's Conference on Indiana Libraries, the Indiana State Library's collection, history, building, staff, acquisitions, minutes from various meetings, boards and other topics
Biographical or historical data
The Indiana State library was created by the General Assembly in 1827 as a research library for use by legislators and government officials. In 1925, the library was combined with the Public Library Commission, the Historical Bureau, and the Legislative Reference Bureau to create the Indiana State Library and Historical Board. In 1929, a special levy of two cents applied over three years was created to raise funds for a new building and property that was located at the corner of Ohio Street and Senate Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. The building was renovated twice, first in 1971 and later in 2000. The library's collection contains over two million volumes and three million manuscripts as well as federal documents, microfilm, and maps. The original conception of the State Library as an institution for the use of legislators and state officials has never been lost, but a multitude of activities have gradually been added throughout the years to meet new needs and changing conditions. Books, serials, and special materials are still procured for use of officers and employees of the several departments. The care of all public records devolves upon the library so far as they are no longer of current use. This archives material has been preserved with little attention in the past. A large amount of storage space will be available in the future and proper care can be given to the public records of the state in the archives section of the library. The law permits the custody of local records from towns and counties, also. The administrative and cataloging divisions of the library are supervisory and preparatory. The service divisions include reference, lending, Indiana history, and extension.Information found within the collection.
Cataloging source
Location of other archival material
Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN: L282: Harold F. Brigham papers, 1941-1955 L447: Nellie M. Coats collection, circa 1859-1973S269: Nellie M. Coats collection, 1859-1973S176: Demarchus C. Brown collection, 1908-1928, undated S3234: Indiana State Library 125th Anniversary
Indiana State Library collection
Processing Information: Initial collection processing completed during 1991. Additional processing and finding aid completed during December 2012 by Sarah Pfundstein and on 2014/02/17 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/23 by Edythe Huffman
This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:Series 1: Governor's Conference documents, 1976-1979; 1990-1991Subseries 1.1: 1976 Governor's Conference documents, 1976-1978Subseries 1.2: 1978 Governor's Conference documents, 1978Subseries 1.3: 1979-1985 Governor's Conference documents, 1979-1985Subseries 1.4: 1989 Governor's Conference documents, 1989Subseries 1.5: 1990 Governor's Conference documents, 1990Subseries 1.6: 1991 Governor's Conference documents, 1991-1994Series 2: Indiana State Library and Historical Board annual reports and minutes, 1909-2009Series 3: Indiana State Library and Historical Board documents, 1931-2014Subseries 3.1: Meeting documents, 1998-2003Subseries 3.2: Minutes, 1931; bulk 2004-2014Subseries 3.3: Subject files, 1973-2014Series 4: Indiana State Library building tax material, 1932-1970Series 5: Indiana State Library Certification Board annual reports, 1970-1977 Series 6: Indiana State Library staff documents, 1945-2006 Series 7: Indiana State Library acquisitions correspondence, 1929-1985, undated Series 8: Indiana State Library subject files, 1909-2005 Series 9: Indiana State Library and Historical Board volumes, 1866-1971 Series 10: Indiana State Library historical documents 2014 addition, 1841-2014Subseries 10.1: Subject files, 1841-2013, undatedSubseries 10.2: Agency history documents, 1825-2006, undatedSubseries 10.3: Building documents, 1929-2006, undatedSubseries 10.4: Catalog Division documents, 1898-2001, undatedSubseries 10.5: Talking Books and Braille Library documents, 1979-1987Subseries 10.6: Genealogy Division documents, 2005-2014Subseries 10.7: Indiana Division documents, 1850-2004, undatedSubseries 10.8: Library Development Office documents, 1995-2005Subseries 10.9: Rare Books and Manuscripts Division documents, 2013-2014Subseries 10.10: Reference and Loan Division documents, 1969-1992Subseries 10.11: Grant documents, 1972-2007, undatedSubseries 10.12: Indiana State Library Foundation documents, 2013-2014Subseries 10.13: Indiana Library services documents, 1983-2002Subseries 10.14: Indiana Library studies documents, 1966-1971, 1990Subseries 10.15: Audiovisual material, 1978, undatedSubseries 10.16: Newsletters, 1963-2014Subseries 10.17: Indiana public libraries, 1921-1997, undatedSubseries 10.18: Non-Indiana State Library project documents, 1902-2013, undated
Control code
57.6 Cubic feet
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer on various dates.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn910110888
  • (OCoLC)910110888
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Type of unit
143 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 28 volumes, 2 oversize folders

Library Locations

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