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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.

Visit

Come to the William H. Smith Memorial Library 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Call

Contact the reference desk at (317) 234-0321.

Fax

Send a fax to (317) 234-0168.

E-Mail

reference@indianahistory.org

Write

William H. Smith Memorial Library
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Please allow up to two weeks for a response to a written inquiry. Requests are answered in order of receipt. If a prompt reply is needed, please call or visit. Fees apply for making copies or reproductions, and an hourly rate applies for any noninstructional research or other assistance by IHS that requires more than 15 minutes. An hourly rate is billable in full-hour increments, with the first hour payable in advance and the remainder as specified in the research request form.

We can also provide names of professional researchers if a project is beyond the scope our usual services. All arrangements between requester and private researcher are the requester's responsibilities.

Donate

If you are interested in making a donation to our collections – or offering an item for sale – please contact us at collections_development@indianahistory.org

Search

To locate information in our collection guides, use the site search box at the top right corner of the page. This will search the contents of each of our manuscript and visual collection guides in full. The Library Catalog search does not search the contents of these guides. The site search box does not include Library Catalog or the Digital Image Collection results which can be accessed through the links below.

To find printed materials, artifacts, manuscript and visual collections, please search our Library Catalog

To view our growing collection of digital images, including items from visual and manuscript collections, sheet music, maps, and printed items, please search our Digital Image Collection. Many items in our collections have not been scanned. Please e-mail visualcollections@indianahistory.org for further assistance with your research.

On-Site Online Resources

Indiana Historical Society, in partnership with Newspaper Archive, recently announced the availability of more than 2.5 million digitized Indiana newspaper pages, dated 1924 or earlier. Researchers can search these newspaper pages – and papers from other states – by keyword or browse particular issues at no cost in the reference room of the William H. Smith Memorial Library through a website co-hosted and supported by Newspaper Archive. To subscribe to this entire database outside the History Center, visit www.newspaperarchive.com.

The library provides free on-site access to several other online databases such as AncestryLibrary, HeritageQuest Online, American Civil War Database and others added every year. 

Access to a variety of Indiana Records can be found online. The Indiana Records document includes websites, contacts and free online databases. It does not include all of the sources available, but serves as a starting point for research into Indiana resources.