Digital Collections Continue to Grow
While IHS staff members add to the digital collections constantly, some recent additions are particularly noteworthy. You Are There: That Ayres Look, for example, features images people have loved for years. From images of building exteriors, merchandise displays, the Tea Room and beautiful Christmas décor, these photographs tell the story of a legendary department store dear to Hoosiers. We have recently added a number of Ayres family photographs. Multiple generations of the family were involved in the store, and these photographs help to tell more of the L.S. Ayres and Company story.
In keeping with our efforts to tell everyone’s stories, we have added the Indiana LGBT Collection, which provides a late-20th century/early-21st century view into the gay community in Indiana. Images range from activism arising from the AIDS crisis to the achievement of marriage equality. This collection will continue to grow as more material is added to our collections.
Another item we recently added to our digital collections is a manuscript by the late Emma Lou Thornbrough, the noted Indiana historian, writer and editor. Dr. Thornbrough was interested in the history of African-Americans in Indiana and this volume, though unpublished, is used with regularity in the library. We are excited to make “The Indianapolis Story: School Segregation and Desegregation in a Northern City, 1993” available to a much wider audience. It provides insight into the city’s strides to desegregate from the 1949 School Desegregation Law to 1971 when the Indianapolis Public Schools were found guilty of practicing de jure segregation. The manuscript cites numerous organizations for their involvement in the process.
The Panoramic Photograph Images Collection is one of the older digital collections, but it is worth revisiting because even more of the fascinating large photographs have been added thanks to an Library Services and Technology Act grant. So far, more than 200 new images have been added to this collection, and it will continue to grow.
With the Indiana Bicentennial approaching, a look back at the Centennial celebrations is timely with Indiana’s Centennial Celebration Collection, reflecting a period when the state park system was established and numerous local monuments were erected. There were also many historical volumes published, such as county histories. Thousands of volunteers put in countless hours commemorating the Hoosier State’s 100th anniversary. In keeping with the Bicentennial, the 1816 Constitution and the 1851 Constitution are available in the Digital Images Collection at images.indianahistory.org.