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Barnhart, John D., and Donald F. Carmony. Indiana: From Frontier to Industrial Commonwealth. 4 vols, New York, 1954. Reprint, 2 vols., Indianapolis, 1979.

Volumes 1 and 2 cover prehistory through the early twentieth century. Standard source.

Carmony, Donald F. Indiana: 1816-1850: The Pioneer Era. Indianapolis, 1998.

Standard source for this period.

Madison, James H. The Indiana Way: A State History. Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1986.

Covers prehistory to the 1980s.

Moore, Powell A. The Calumet Region: Indiana's Last Frontier. Indianapolis, 1959. Reprint with Afterword by Lance Trusty, 1977. Reprint, 1991.

History to the close of 1933, including economic, social, cultural and political affairs. Afterword updates to 1977.

Pence, George, and Nellie C. Armstrong. Indiana Boundaries: Territory, State, and County. Indianapolis, 1933.

Standard source for development of legal boundaries.

Taylor, Robert M., Jr., and Connie A. McBirney, eds. Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience. Indianapolis, 1996.

Excellent source on Indiana's ethnic history.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880. Indianapolis, 1965. Reprint, 1977, 1989.

Standard source for this period.

Additional resources

Barnhart, John D., and Dorothy Riker. Indiana to 1816: The Colonial Period. Indianapolis, 1971. Reprint, 1983, 1994.

Standard source for this period.

Bennett, Pamela J., and Shirley S. McCord, comps. Progress after Statehood: A Book of Readings. Indianapolis, 1974.

Excerpts from primary sources.

Bodenhamer, David J., and Robert G. Barrows, eds. The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington, 1994.

Excellent reference for Indianapolis history.

Bremer, John A. Constitution Making in Indiana. Vol. 4, 1930-1960. Indianapolis, 1978.

History of 1851 Constitution through 1960; also see Kettleborough.

Buley, R. Carlyle. The Old Northwest: Pioneer Period, 1815-1840. 2 vols. Indianapolis, 1950. Reprint, Bloomington, 1983.

Pulitzer Prize-winning standard source for this period.

Gray, Ralph D. Public Ports for Indiana: A History of the Indiana Port Commission. Indianapolis, 1998.

Up-to-date information and history.

Kettleborough, Charles. Constitution Making in Indiana. 3 vols. Indianapolis, 1916, 1930. Reprint, 1971, 1975, 1977.

Covers adoption and amendment of the 1816 and 1851 constitutions through 1930; also see Bremer.

Lindley, Harlow, ed. Indiana as Seen by Early Travelers. Indianapolis, 1916. Reprint, 1992.

Excerpts from primary sources, such as travel books, letters, and diaries before 1830.

Madison, James H. Indiana through Tradition and Change: A History of the Hoosier State and Its People, 1920-1945. Indianapolis, 1982.

Standard source for this period.

McCord, Shirley S., comp. Travel Accounts of Indiana, 1679-1961. Indianapolis, 1970.

Excerpts from primary sources.

Phillips, Clifton J. Indiana in Transition: The Emergence of an Industrial Commonwealth, 1880-1920. Indianapolis, 1968.

Standard source for this period.

Rafert, Stewart. The Miami Indians of Indiana: A Persistent People, 1654-1994. Indianapolis, 1996.

Miami Nation and its struggle to preserve its culture and legal status as a tribe.

Rudolph, L. C. Hoosier Faiths: A History of Indiana Churches & Religious Groups. Bloomington and Indianapolis, 1995.

Excellent reference.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. The Negro in Indiana before 1900: A Study of a Minority. Indianapolis, 1957. Reprint, Bloomington, 1993.

Provides important context for attitudes and activities with regard to black soldiers and black citizens.

Thornbrough, Gayle, and Dorothy Riker, comps. Readings in Indiana History. Indianapolis, 1956. Reprint, 1991.

Excerpts from primary sources.

Walsh, Justin E. The Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1816-1978. Indianapolis, 1987.

Comprehensive examination of legislative and political history.

Internet Sites

Information about Indiana topics on the Internet continually increases. Several important sources are cited in this issue and below. The Indiana Historical Bureau Web site has links to many sites related to this issue, but the Web user can find many more.