Last Reviewed: 08/2019
Michiana Area Historical Websites
The Bethel College Archives is the repository of materials relating primarily to Bethel College.
Voted one of the top ten museums in Indiana, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is housed in the historic Rush Memorial Center in Bristol, Indiana. Its displays are arranged by both theme and period.
The Local History Department of the Elkhart Public Library houses extensive lifecycle records, access to newspapers of the area back to the 1850’s, and many local history materials.
The Indiana Historical Society preserves and makes accessible one of the largest archival repositories of material on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. Their collections include both manuscript and visual collection and printed collections and artifacts, with strengths in Indiana social history especially as documented in the records of social service organizations, 20th-century Indiana African American history, Indiana women's history, railroad history, personal papers of Indiana Civil War soldiers and civilians, papers documenting the early settlement of the Old Northwest and Indiana Territories, including conflicts with Native American tribes, 19th-century Indiana political history.
The IPFW University Archives collection was officially established in 1982 to collect materials related to the history of the IPFW campus.
With this link you’ll have access to search the Indiana State Archives databases, which includes among other links various Indiana communities’ records databases, General Land Office records, the Indian lands database, naturalization records, the index to life prisoners statements.
The Indiana Division of the Indiana State Library includes current and historical materials on Indiana. They hold over 70,000 books, including histories, biographies, directories, magazines and newsletters, atlases, state documents, and works of fiction by Indiana authors. Their collections also contain over 50,000 pamphlets, and more than 11,000 maps, as well as nearly three million manuscripts, hundreds of photographs, sheet music, and broadsides. The newspaper collection contains over 80,000 reels of microfilmed Indiana newspapers, as well as original Indiana newspapers from the 1800s.
The University Archives of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus collects, organizes, makes accessible and preserves records documenting Indiana University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, faculty, students, alumni and benefactors.
The Archives at Indiana University Kokomo collects, organizes, and preserves the historic documents of Indiana University Kokomo.
The Calumet Regional Archives collects, preserves, and makes available records from organizations and individuals that document the history of Indiana’s Calumet Region (Lake and Porter Counties). The Calumet Regional Archives is particularly strong in records of the steel industry.
The IUPUI Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives include the Manuscript Collections, University Archives, and Rare Books. The Manuscript Collections contain significant primary sources for the study of Philanthropy German Americana, and Individuals and Organizations with ties to the University and Indianapolis. Their University Archives preserves the official records of IUPUI and its various predecessor institutions. Their Rare Books collection encompasses titles from the 16th century to recent first editions, as well as faculty publications.
The Indiana University Southeast Special Collections serves as the official repository of the Indiana University Southeast. In addition, it holds the Ars Femina Archives, the William L. Simon Sheet Music Collection, and the Indiana University Center for Cultural Resources.
The Local History Archives of the Mishawaka – Penn – Harris Public Library houses extensive local history records, lifecycle records, and access to area newspapers as well as the Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum.
The Northern Indiana Center for History’s website offers histories on various institutions, businesses, and people of the St. Joseph County area. Their Bendix Research Library has archival collections that include photographs, architectural drawings and blueprints, manuscripts, personal papers, ethnic/immigrant papers and documents, business/industrial papers and documents, advertising, locally published newspapers dating back to 1830, scrapbooks, military records, bound volumes, and audio, video and film footage.
The Archives at St. Mary’s College includes collections that document the College including personal papers, correspondences, student and general collection photographs, scrapbooks, as well as a collection from local and national newspaper columnist William W. Dunkle. They also house the records of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
The Studebaker National Museum Archives (SNMA) possesses the surviving corporate archives of the Studebaker Corporation, the Packard Motor Car Company, and local South Bend industries.
The Archives and Records Center provides St. Joseph County and City offices with records storage. The Center stores various sets of historical data including but not limited to, genealogy research, marriage licenses dating back from 1832, marriage application from 1905, divorce records, wills and other affidavits.
The Local History and Genealogy Department of the St. Joseph County Public Library houses extensive records, including: atlases and maps, cemetery and funeral home records, censuses and census indexes, church records and histories, city directories, county histories, databases, estate and will indexes and abstracts, estate and will indexes and abstracts, estate and will indexes and abstracts, estate and will indexes and abstracts, how-to guides and reference books, family histories, immigration records and passenger lists, military records and indexes, naturalization records indexes, newspapers, local and national, obituaries, periodicals and magazines, vital statistics (births, marriages, deaths) records and indexes, yearbooks.
The primary purpose of the Library and Archives unit is to support University research on Latinos by collecting, preserving, and providing access to unique and uncommon printed materials documenting Latinos in the Midwest, Latino arts and culture, immigration, civil rights, religion, and higher education.
The University Archives preserves the records of Notre Dame as well as records of the Catholic Church in the United States.<
The Walkerton Historical Society preserves the history of the Walkerton area.