Search our digital collections from wherever you are. Nearly 100,000 digital images are available, with more added every week. Our premier collections on Indiana and the Old Northwest include books, photographs, early maps, letters, diaries and more.
Visit Destination Indiana for your portal to the past. Explore thousands of images organized into hundreds of topical journeys. Every Indiana county is represented in this ever-expanding site.
Currently, nearly 100,000 digital images are available for research on the IHS website, with more added every week. The Preservation Imaging Lab scans materials covering a variety of subjects and formats. These digital images constitute only a small percentage of the more than 1.7 million photographs in the IHS collection.
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- Manufacturing, Construction, and Business One of our newer digital collections focuses on Hoosier productivity. As time goes on we’ll be adding more to this one! View Collection
- Jack Smith Lincoln Graphics One of our most recognizable presidents, Abraham Lincoln holds a special place in U.S. history. This wonderful collection shows many Lincoln images as well as some of the many ways his image has been used. Which do you prefer-beard or no beard? View Collection
- Michael Haydon Miller Collection, 1834-2000 Think your family history is only of interest to you? This genealogy collection may convince you otherwise. From the history of business to travel photos, this one shows just how important it can be to preserve that journal, ledger, or scrapbook. View Collection
- Christmas Greetings It’s Christmas in July! As we start facing our hot muggy days of summer, this collection will help you cool off with thoughts of snowmen, gingerbread, and icicles. View Collection
- Indiana’s Centennial Celebration 1916 Our state’s centennial was celebrated as Europe was in the midst of a war the U.S. would soon join. Marking this special occasion may have helped people feel like there would someday be security again. View Collection
- Original Fall Creek Aqueduct Many of us are familiar with the Central Canal as it flows through downtown Indianapolis. This picture is a dramatic representation of how canals cross a natural waterway. View Collection
- 1858 Lighthouse Michigan City, Indiana Shipping on the Great Lakes is both vital and treacherous so it isn’t really surprising that Indiana should have a beautiful lighthouse! The keeper for over 40 years was Harriet Colfax. View Collection
- Bike Excursions Explore Indiana on two wheels. This group ride from the 1950s demonstrates so many differences from a tour of today! View Collection
- Benjamin Harrison Campaign Ball During this presidential campaign year you’ll be bombarded through radio, television, print, social media, bumper stick, lawn sign, telephone, and billboards. We doubt anyone will roll a giant ball 5,000 miles to promote their candidate! View Collection
- Green Family Garden Putting in a garden is great fun as the weather begins to warm, but now is the time to double down in maintaining it. Water it, keep the weeds at bay and you’ll have a good harvest later. Note Victory Field in the background. View Collection