The Indiana Historical Society is one of the United States' oldest and largest historical societies and describes itself as "Indiana's Storyteller". Housed within the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, it is located at 450 West Ohio St. in Indianapolis, Indiana, in The Canal and White River State Park Cultural District with neighbors such as the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. The Indiana Historical Society is the oldest state historical society west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Since 1830, the Society has been Indiana's Storyteller, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating the state's history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, the IHS maintains the nation's premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups, publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; and provides youth, adult and family programming, including Indiana's participation in the National History Day Competition series. It also appoints and trains 92 county historians. The Indiana Historical Society opened a new headquarters in downtown Indianapolis in July 1999, built on the site of the prior Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Indianapolis.
This is a private Museum and Library, just down the street from the Indiana State Library. There is an online catalog.
The William H. Smith Memorial Library has a broad spectrum of material documenting the history of Indiana from its early exploration and settlement to the present. Here is more information on the types of materials we collect and how to access them.
Access to the William H. Smith Memorial Library at the History Center is free, and no appointment is necessary to use the collections. The library is open to the public 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Our skilled librarians and archivists are happy to assist both the novice and professional researcher.