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Printed Collections and Artifacts

Printed Collections

The printed collections in the William H. Smith Memorial Library include published books, pamphlets, microfilm, maps, sheet music and printed ephemera. The collections cover a broad range of subjects and all time periods in Indiana and Midwestern history. Strengths of the printed collections include local history, trade catalogs, early American exploration, railroad history, Civil War history and Northwest Territory.


Artifacts in the William H. Smith Memorial Library are three-dimensional objects, mostly small in size. Many artifacts are related to or supplement collections within the library. We do not collect large-scale, three-dimensional artifacts or actively collect other artifacts. Please see the IHS collections policy for further information. For items of this nature, please also contact the Indiana State Museum at (317) 232-1637. Strengths of the collection include 19th and 20th-century politics, commemorative coins and medals, medicine bottles and equipment, printing and advertising blocks and plates, G.A.R. encampments and related Civil War reunions, and product samples and commemorative articles.