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Indiana State Library volumes

Identifier: V570

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of inactive files from the library's administration ranging from 1866 to 1971 and includes a manuscripts register, Indiana State Library and Historical Board minutes, Library Certification Board volumes, Indiana State Library reports, and Public Library Commission of Indiana reports.


  • 1866-1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions 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.

Administrative History

The Indiana State library was created by the General Assembly in 1825 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.


6 Cubic Feet (28 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer on various dates.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L570: Indiana State Library collection, 1841-2015

Processing Information

Initial collection processing completed in 1991. Additional processing and finding aid completed in 2012/12 by Sarah Pfundstein and on 2014/02/17 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/23 by Edythe Huffman.


Indiana State Library volumes
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.