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Located inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, the William H. Smith Memorial Library houses an abundance of unique resources. The Library is open from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  The William H. Smith Memorial Library  has a broad spectrum of material documenting the history of Indiana from its early exploration and settlement to the present. 

The IHS Collections department preserves and makes accessible one of the largest archival repositories of manuscript, printed and visual materials on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest, including more than:

  • 65,000 digital images online representing 61 collections
  • 5,450 processed manuscript collections
  • 1,700 cataloged maps
  • 800 broadsides
  • 3,500 pieces of sheet music
  • 1.7 million photographs in 615 visual collections
  • 45,000 cataloged printed items
  • 3,300 artifacts
  • 129 paintings

These materials fall under the auspices of three distinct departments:

  • Manuscript and Visual Collections include personal papers, business records, oral histories, photographs, postcards, prints, posters, paintings, films and videotapes.
  • Printed Collections and Artifacts include published books, pamphlets, microfilm, maps, sheet music, printed ephemera and small artifacts.
  • Digital Image Collections include a growing number of digital images available online, with items added weekly. These images cover a variety of subjects as well as individual collections.

Our primary collecting subject areas are:

  • Agriculture
  • American Civil War (Researcher's Guide)
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Communities
  • Education
  • Ethnically and Racially Identified Groups
  • Families
  • Government
  • Journalism and Communications
  • LGBT
  • Medicine
  • Military Affairs
  • Notable Hoosiers
  • Old Northwest Territory
  • Organized Labor
  • Politics
  • The Professions
  • Religion
  • Social Services
  • Transportation (Including Railroad and Interurban History)
  • Women