May 21, 2022

Indiana May Build $25M State Archives Building on Downtown Indianapolis Canal

From the Indianapolis Business Journal:

Indiana is working on plans to build a $25 million state archives building on the Central Canal downtown, taking up green space and adding another institutional user to the Canal Walk.


Archivists and researchers are thrilled that 200 years’ worth of historical records—including the 1816 and 1851 constitutions—could finally move out of a warehouse with no climate control to a downtown spot that’s easily accessible to the public.


Stephen Towne, president of the Friends of the State Archives, said the building at 6440 E. 30th St. that now holds the state’s archives is a simple pole barn.

“It just wouldn’t stand up in a storm,” he said.

The archive includes the original state constitutions, slave records, all of the state’s laws and Supreme Court decisions, as well as popular items like prison records of John Dillinger and his associates.

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