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Research Indiana Indexes and Archives Catalog

Research Indiana simplifies the process of searching the Archives’ collection with over 1.56 million index entries and a comprehensive online catalog.

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Search Archives Holdings

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.

State Archives Location (By appointment only)

The Indiana State Archives is currently open for research by appointment only. For more information about scheduling an appointment, send an email to or give us a call at 317-591-5222. As always, you can utilize the Research Indiana Index and Catalog from home.

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Digital Exhibit: The History of Microfilm

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The IARA Imaging and Microfilm Laboratory has been creating microfilm to preserve Indiana's history since 1937. Microfilm is the the scaled-down reproduction of documents on film, used to preserve important information for up to 500 years. Originally created as a novelty in the 1800s, the practice is now considered the most effective in the archival sciences for long-term preservation. Learn about microfilm's journey from useless parlor trick to the gold standard in historical safeguarding, in our new photo-filled slideshow and interactive timeline.

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Working From Home: The WPA Card Catalog

Much of our work at the Indiana Archives and Records Administration requires access to original state records, and can’t be done from home. Tasks like repairing Civil War documents, researching historic mental health records, digitizing documents, and accessioning new transfers to the Archives will have to wait until we can return. Our Imaging Lab also uses specialized equipment that can’t exactly be installed in someone’s home office.

It’s disappointing to put these functions on hold, but we are also trying to seize this opportunity to complete long-awaited projects. One of the first things to come to mind was transcribing the WPA Card Index.

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Online Training for State and Local Employees

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IARA now offers six online tutorials! They're all available here on our website, and the five courses applicable to State Government employees can also be taken for credit through the State Employee Learning Center in SuccessFactors.

State Government Employee Courses:

  1. Records Management Basics (ELRN SOI_IARA_000001): 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 (ELRN SOI_IARA_000002): What a Retention Schedule is, what it looks like, and how to apply it.
  3. Creating and Updating Records Retention Schedules (ELRN SOI_IARA_000003): 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.
  4. Tips for E-Mail Management (ELRN SOI_IARA_000006):  Useful for any State or County/Local Employee!
  5. Forms Management (ELRN SOI_IARA_000005):  For State Employees who need to create or update State Forms for their agency.

County/Local Government Employee Courses:

  1. Records Management for Indiana County and Local Government (IARA website only): How and why we manage public records in local government, and how the Archives and Records Administration can help.
  2. Tips for E-Mail Management (IARA website version):  Useful for any State or County/Local Employee!

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

Join the Indiana Archives Virtual Volunteer Program!

Looking for something to do from home? Join our FromThePage project and become a Virtual Volunteer! We have started a new project to transcribe the Jeffersonville Land Office Receipt Books.

Sales of public land by the United States Government in Indiana began in 1801, and sales at the Jeffersonville Land Office began in 1808. This receipt book from the Jeffersonville Land Office gives the name and residence of the purchaser, the dates of the purchase, the legal description of the tract purchased, the amount of land, the receipt number, and the price. Some of Indiana's "founding fathers" can be found in these books, including Enoch McCarty, George Rapp, and John DePauw.

You can help create an index these records from home - all you need is an Internet connection.

To help, visit our Jeffersonville Land Office Receipt Books project on and click Start Transcribing. You will be prompted to sign up for a free account.

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

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The Indiana Archives and Records Administration participates in social networking sites in order to share events, announcements, photos, and stories from the Indiana State Archives. Our goal is to share Indiana history and information with as many individuals as possible.

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