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What are your Favorite Things?

Behind-the-scenes in the Indiana Historical Society, people work to preserve Indiana’s past. They care for, organize and share the many artifacts in our collection. In the process, they get to see old maps, read personal correspondence, and discover unique objects and stories.

Since they get to see so many items in the collection, I asked Collections staff members: What’s your favorite thing?

They chose a variety of artifacts which you can see on display in the library until December 28th. I hope that when you next visit, you’ll come to the Library and discover (and vote for) your favorite thing chosen by the staff. The objects with the most votes will be announced in a blog on January 2nd

Ezra Meeker

So what items did our staff choose? Well, I don’t want to give too much away, so here is just a peak in the form of song lyrics.

Our Favorite Things
(You know the song...)

Civil war journal found on the battle field, 
Books written by Indiana authors,
Sketchbook with pictures of faraway places -

These are a few of our favorite things.

A watercolor of the capitol that looks like a print,
A map from 1540 that shows a land bridge,
A washing machine ad for the ev’ryday woman 

These are a few of our favorite things.

Love letters with cartoons and caricatures of teachers,
Student letters to a soldier and a photo of a character,
A picture where a woman gives a soldier an orange 

These are a few of our favorite things.

When we see tape used on old books *
When we see a pen *

We simply remember our favorite things, and then we don’t feel so bad!

*Adhesives, like tape, degrade over time and are either no longer effective or leave a gummy film on objects.
*Archivists write with pencils when working with artifacts and old papers because pens leave permanent marks. 

(Photo credit: Bass Photo Co Collection, IHS)