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A Dial-Up Librarian Enters the Blogosphere

When I was first approached about doing a blog for the library, my first thought was "YIKES."  Being new to the blogging world, this was unchartered terrain for me. After all, we still have dial-up at home and I rely on my 2 year old to help program our DVD player. However, the more I thought about it, I realized – what a great forum to talk about the wonderful items in our collection. After 10 years of working in the library at the Indiana Historical Society, I am still uncovering gems in the collection.

With more than 1.5 million images, thousands of books, manuscripts and maps there is a lot to uncover.  We recently estimated that if you stacked our collections flat page-by-page, it would be a single stack almost 6 miles high. (OK, so we didn’t actually try this but you get the idea that there are a lot of great materials that we can talk about in our blog.) Here are a few of my favorites. 

Eagle map
This 1833 map uniquely and beautifully depicts our developing nation.
Orange
A woman gives an orange to a departing WWI soldier. (Bretzman Collection, Indiana Historical Society)
 

 

 

 

Cooties
This one caught your eye – didn’t it?! The American Red Cross sponsored this circa 1918 broadside to help keep WWI servicemen healthy.

 

Let me know your favorite Indiana history topic or if you have a question about something we might have in the collection – you can leave a comment here or e-mail us at reference@indianahistory.org.    

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