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The Research Indiana Catalog simplifies the process of searching the Archives’ collection by providing listings of more than a quarter of a million holdings.

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Welcome to the Indiana Archives and Records Administration

The Indiana Archives and Records Administration assists State and local governments in the cost-effective, efficient and secure management of governmental records, by providing services throughout the life cycle of records, including creation, use, storage, and disposition.

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The Indiana State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to Indiana. In all, the Archives houses over 110,000 cubic feet of permanently valuable materials containing millions of individual items. These records date from the territorial period to the present.

Visit the State Archives

Visit the State Archives in Indianapolis to see original documents or records. Entrance is free to the public.

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Join the Indiana Archives Virtual Volunteer Program!

Help the Indiana Archives commemorate the centennial of World War I by becoming a virtual volunteer on FromThePage.com! Anyone with an Internet connection can help us index our collection of service record cards. These cards detail the military service of Hoosier veterans who served during World War I.

To help, visit our Indiana World War I Service Record Cards page and click Start Transcribing. You will be prompted to sign up for a free account. 

The collection, Indiana World War I Service Record Cards, is broken down into smaller “Works,” which are organized alphabetically by last name. More cards are being added all the time. Clicking either Start Transcribing or Pages that Need Transcription will take you to cards that haven’t been transcribed yet. 

For some transcription tips, check the Help tab on the page for any individual Work, and please send an email to arc@iara.in.gov if you have any questions.

New Online Records Management Training for State Employees

Pile of IARA online training slidesJanuary 2019

In addition to our quarterly in-person Records Management Training Workshop, IARA's Records Management division has created three new online tutorials for state employees:

  1. Records Management Basics (IARA_WBT_0001): How and why we manage public records in state government, and how the Archives and Records Administration can help.
  2. Reading and Interpreting Records Retention Schedules (IARA_WBT_0002): What a Retention Schedule is, what it looks like, and how to apply it.
  3. Creating and Updating Records Retention Schedules (IARA_WBT_0003): A guide to the process of working with IARA to make sure your agency Retention Schedule is current and accurate, and how to update it when that's not the case.

Our tutorials are available for employee learning credit through ELM, Indiana State Personnel's Enterprise Learning Management system in Peoplesoft, or you can download your own reference copy directly from our website, to save, share, and review whenever you need it.

Read more, including who should take these courses, and how!


2019 FamilySearch Workshop

Fall 2018 Mending & Cleaning Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Indiana State Archives, 6440 East 30th St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

Come down to the Indiana State Archives and learn how to use FamilySearch, one of the foremost digital genealogical resources available to researchers. A free service, FamilySearch contains over 4 billion names across a wide variety of accessible historical records, which feed into the generation of digital family trees. In this workshop, you'll learn how to create a free account, search for records, capture images, and much more. Computers will be available for use, but we encourage patrons to bring their own laptop or tablet. 

To register, email us at arc@iara.in.gov or give us a call at (317) 591-5222.

Indiana's World War I Centennial

Indiana World War I Centennial CommitteeThe Indiana Archives and Records Administration is proud to partner with the Indiana World War I Centennial Committee to commemorate the centennial of World War I in the state of Indiana. 

Over the coming years, the Committee will serve as the lead organizer for the state's commemorative events and will coordinate the activities of individuals and institutions to raise awareness of and give meaning to the events of a hundred years ago.

You are encouraged and invited to participate whether as an individual, an organization, municipal or educational group. 

Learn More About the Indiana World War I Centennial Commemoration

From the Vault Blog

From the Vault | Marion County Circuit Court Eulogy For Abraham Lincoln

At the twilight of the Civil War, the news on April 15, 1865 of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination stunned the nation. In our collections, the Archives has one of the more unique and poignant memorials for the fallen leader, one steeped in literary allusion and reflective mourning: a eulogy from the Marion County Circuit Court.

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