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Online Resources from the Newspaper Section
The Collection of Indiana History and Archives was formally established in 1913 by act of the General Assembly, although the State Library has collected information about Indiana since its inception. The Newspaper Section has been an important part of the Indiana Collection for decades. You can reach the Indiana Collection's Newspaper Section by telephone at 317-232-3670.
The Newspaper Section contains print editions of current daily and weekly newspapers published in Indiana and print or microfilm back files of both currently published and discontinued newspapers. It is the largest repository of Indiana newspapers in the world, with nearly 100,000 reels of microfilmed newspapers available for use on-site or through interlibrary loan. The microfilmed newspapers are available for use on the second floor of the Indiana State Library; staff must pull older paper copies when requested.
Current newspapers for some cities are available for browsing on the second floor as well. Current newspapers are received from throughout the state during the work week. Because most issues are mailed to the library, few arrive on the day of publication. Generally, the library receives the current issue between one and seven days after publication; patrons can check the online catalog to see what the most recent issue is for a particular title. The Indianapolis Star is available each morning after 8 a.m., Monday through Friday. A number of Indiana's newspapers now provide an online version as well; a listing of those newspapers is maintained by the Indiana Collection.
For a full list of our newspaper holdings by county, for both film and original, please refer to our Holdings Guides page.
For reference to what digital collections are available online, please refer to the Indiana Historic Newspaper Digitization Project.
Appraisals and Donations
The Newspaper Section staff is unable to provide appraisals of newspapers. Donations of newspapers will be accepted if the library does not already own the issue or title in question and it falls within the collecting policy.
Requesting Copies of Articles from the Collection
Since March 1, 2000, the Indiana Collection no longer answers requests to search for obituaries or death notices in its newspaper collections, unless the patron has the following information:
The same holds true for marriage notices, birth notices, and similar articles; without the date the article appears in the newspaper, as well as the name of the newspaper, we cannot locate the article. If you do not know what date the article appeared, you can request the necessary newspapers on microfilm from your local public library through interlibrary loan or contact a for-hire researcher.
If you have a complete citation for an article, whether through the many databases made available by the Indiana State Library or through other indexes, you can request the article through the Ask a Librarian service. You will be charged the current ISL fees for copies, scans and/or faxes.
317-232-3670 Reference Desk
IND MH 4-28-2014