About History

"history, n....The branch of knowledge that deals with past events; the formal record or study of past events, esp. human affairs. Also: this as a subject of study." Oxford English Dictionary

History of the (History) Collections
Collections supporting the study of history at Indiana University have been built continuously since the founding of the university in 1820. Much of the collection originally acquired to support other academic programs is now of interest to historians. Thanks to consistent support for library collections and a preference for preservation rather than weeding collections, the Indiana University Libraries have acquired a rich and broad collection of primary resource material for the study of all areas of history.

Location of the History Collections
The majority of the newer materials in the collections are located on the fifth and sixth floors of the Herman B Wells Library (D, E, and F in the Library of Congress call number system). Most pre-1923 publications are housed in the Auxiliary Library Faciility (ALF). Microform collections are in Government Information, Maps and Microform Services on the second floor. 

Getting help with research in History
Ask us anything! You can also browse our research guides for history (most were created for specific courses, but may be helpful if you're researching a related topic).