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Indiana Historical Society. William H. Smith Memorial Library

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center; 450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 317-232-1882

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: inhi

Repository description (CRHP): The IHS/Smith Memorial Library contains a number of relevant oral history collections. The following collections include transcripts only: "Remembering Indiana in the Twentieth Century," "Indiana Medicine Oral History Project Records 1992-1995," and "Remembering the Past: An Oral and Pictorial History of African-Americans in Grant County, Indiana" (1996). Other important resources include the Wabash College Oral History Project (focusing on black life in the Crawfordsville area), a radio series produced by sociologists at Purdue University in 1958 called "The Negro in America," interviews regarding Crispus Attucks High School and other segregated schools in Indianapolis, and several additional interviews with individuals.

Repository description (extant): Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana's StorytellerTM, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programs.

IHS is headquartered in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

[...] Manuscript collections in the William H. Smith Memorial Library include but are not limited to personal papers, such as letters and diaries, business records and oral histories. Strengths of the manuscript collections include:

* Old Northwest and Indiana Territories
* Indiana Ethnic History
* Indiana Civil War Soldiers and Civilians
* 19th- and 20th-century Indiana African American History
* Indiana Women's History
* Midwest Railroad History
* Indiana social history, especially the records of social service organizations
* 19th- and 20th-century Indiana political history, including biographies

Repository Notes (CRHP): The IHS/Smith Library holds collections donated as part of the Black Women in the Middle West Project, a collecting effort to gather primary source materials of African-American women in Illinois and Indiana. For instance, the Emma Lee Chester Papers (M 498; see contains a recording of a speech given by Chester (an Indianapolis teacher active in the Urban League, NAACP, and National Council of Negro Women).

For guides to African American history materials at the library, see

Finding aids for several transcript-only oral history collections are attached as uploads.

Repository type: State Historical Society


Wabash College oral history project
Stanley Warren papers
Joseph Taylor collection
Norman Merrifield oral history interview
Citizens Forum, Inc. records
Matthias Nolcox oral history interview
Joseph T. Taylor papers


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