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About the Manuscripts Catalog

The Indiana State Library can assist you in finding primary and secondary source material for your research needs. This catalog includes over 5,300 records from manuscript collections located in the Genealogy Division and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division. We continue to add new finding aids as collections are acquired and processed. Requests to view unprocessed collections require an advance notice of at least 3 business days. The library reserves the right to decline permission to view a collection due to restrictions.

What is a finding aid?

Each collection is described in a detailed record called a finding aid, which provides both an overview of the intellectual organization and a detailed list of items in the collection. Researchers should consult the finding aid in order to ascertain the usefulness of the collection.

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About Genealogy Manuscripts

Consists of more than 445 cubic feet of material ranging from the 15th century to present, comprised of a variety of items, including genealogical research and correspondence, family trees and charts, photographs, and maps with an emphasis on Indiana families and connections. For more information, visit the Genealogy page.

About Rare Books and Manuscripts

Includes over 3 million manuscripts, totaling over 5,200 collections. 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. For more information, visit the Rare Books and Manuscripts page.