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The Friends of the Indiana State Archives, Inc., established in 1990, is a not-for-profit organization of citizens concerned with helping the Indiana State Archives fulfill its role as the permanent repository for official records of state and local government in Indiana. The Friends support the management, preservation and responsible use of Indiana's public records and serve as an advocate for the Indiana State Archives.

Through enlistment of volunteers and fundraising for special projects, the Friends is helping the Archives reduce processing backlogs and rescue historical papers at risk from the spoilage of time and the environment. These include:

  • Restoration work on the handwritten 1816 and 1851 State Constitutions, the Governor Oliver P. Morton Civil War Letterpress Books, and other historical documents at risk from deterioration and fading ink.
  • Processing and indexing the papers of Indiana's 20th Century Governors.
  • Preserving historic photographic collections, including rare State Fair movie film.
  • Purchasing conservation supplies and equipment such as microfilm readers and computers.

To receive Friends of the Indiana State Archives, Inc. membership information, you may inquire at the State Archives, write to:

Friends of the Indiana State Archives, Inc.
6440 E. 30th. St.
Indianapolis, IN 46219

or visit the Friends of the Indiana State Archives website.