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Local History Resources

A large amount of material that is useful for researchers and enthusiasts is already available online.

Indiana Memory

Indiana Memory is a collaborative effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Indiana libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. It is a gateway to Indiana’s history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, maps, and other media. As a portal to the collections, Indiana Memory assists individuals to locate materials relevant to their interests and to better appreciate the connections between those materials.

Indiana Memory includes four of Morrisson-Reeves’ digital collections:

“Bus” Stegall was a Richmond pilot who was involved in aviation from the 1930s. During World War II he served as a Naval flight instructor, and after the war he continued to study Richmond’s aviation history. After his death in 2004, his family donated his collection to MRL.

This collection contains a sample of images and booklets pertaining to the history of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

Harry Frankel (1888-1948), better known as Singin’ Sam the Barbasol Man, lived much of his life in Richmond. In 1951, his widow, Helene “Smiles” Frankel, donated all of his sheet music to Morrisson-Reeves Library, and after her death in 1981, her son donated nearly 300 transcription recordings of his radio programs. This online collection contains not only images from Sam’s career but includes audio and video files of some of his performances.

Hoosier State Chronicles

Indiana’s Digital Historic Newspaper Program.  Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana’s historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

Chronicling America

Chronicling America is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.