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2016 Digital Indy Coloring Book

A downloadable coloring book for teens and adults that draws on the Digital Indy yearbook collections. Enjoy coloring student art from the early 1900s, and explore the digital collections for more information about the drawings.

Collections at IUPUI



Climate Data: Indianapolis, IN 1940-present

In collaboration with the Indianapolis Public Library, IUPUI University Library digitized a collection of Local Climate Data dating from 1940 to present. The ata is recorded from the Indianapolis International Airport (NOAA) and is now available via the web. Also available are several weather related newspaper articles ranging from 1936-1971. Additionally, you can view a dynamic weather calendar to view precipitation and temperature dating back to the late 1800s.

Historic Indiana Atlases

The resources in this collection are historical atlases of various Indiana counties including Hamilton, Henry, Madison and Putnam. These books not only provide maps of Hoosier areas dating from 1875 to 1901, but also provide rich historical details of the central Indiana region. Within this collection there are narrative histories, biographical information about Indiana pioneers, detailed illustrations of people and places, statistical tables, and much more. Historians and hobbyists alike should find this collection both information rich and entertaining.

Historic Indiana Plat Books

The Plat Books of Indiana Counties are historic guides to the communities of Indiana, showing townships, roads and section numbers. These geographic resources were originally created by Sidwell Studio and W. W. Hixson & Co. between approximately 1925 and 1941. Only approximate dates are available as the publisher neglected to date the books. The original books are owned by and scanned in collaboration with the Indiana State Library through a grant from the Library Fund of Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Indianapolis City Directory Collection

City directories contain a wealth of information for genealogists, researchers, and everyday history enthusiasts. These books tell a great deal about our past by including the names and information about residents as well as businesses in Indianapolis through the years. Inside you'll find addresses and occupations of householders, complete business directories, and much more. This collection consists of 14 Indianapolis city directories ranging from 1858-1980.

Indianapolis Sanborn Map and Baist Atlas Collection

This collection consists of several large-scale color maps from the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries, depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of Indianapolis, Indiana. These maps were originally produced for insurance underwriters, who used them to determine risks and establish premiums. Today they are used by scholars and researchers in such fields as history, urban geography, architectural history and preservation, ethnic studies, and urban archaeology.

Service through Sponge Cake

The digital collection of cookbooks is a collaborative effort between the University Library and the Indianapolis Public Library and will focus on Indiana cookbooks dating from the turn-of-the-century, with a special emphasis on fundraising cookbooks published by churches, synagogues and other community organizations. The University Library has created the community cookbook collection using unique materials from the Indianapolis Public Library's collection of historic Indiana cookbooks.



Indiana Memory



Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory, the Indiana digital library, is a collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations to enable access to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats and free distribution over the Internet. Indiana Memory seeks to support and enhance education and scholarship for all Hoosiers for increased understanding of Indiana's past and its role in preparing for Indiana's future.




Library Local History Databases


These premium local history databases are available from IndyPL location, or from home, work or school from the IndyPL iLibrary page with a valid IndyPL library card barcode number and PIN.



Indianapolis Star (1903-1922)

This digitized, full-text version of the Indianapolis Star in ProQuest's Historical Newspapers collection allows either browsing or searching by keyword, dates, and more. Included are photographs, ads, obituaries, and marriage announcements. (Sponsored by the Indianapolis Public Library)

Indianapolis Star [1991-Present]

Complete full-text coverage from the Indianapolis Star back to 1991, including obituaries but excluding paid advertisements and free-lance writers. Select the Indianapolis Star option from the database list on the search page. (Sponsored by the Marion County Internet Library)

Indiana History Online [Gale Group]

Contains Indiana historical documents including personal narratives, memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal documents and children's books. The documents date from 1492 to the mid-1800s. (Sponsored by INSPIRE)

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