How Do I Get Started with Indiana County Local History Research?
Doing local historical research involves using both secondary and primary sources. Primary sources are essential to local history research, and get most of the attention. Secondary sources however, are often better places to being research because they provide the context necessary to understand the significance of your primary sources. The following secondary sources related to the history of Indiana County, Pa. are excellent places to begin your research.
Stephenson, C. (1978). Indiana County 175th Anniversary History, Vol. 1. Indiana, PA: The A.G. Halldin Publishing Company. 5 vol. IUP Libraries. F157.I3 S783 Ask at the Reference Desk and in Special Collections.
Stewart, J.T. (1913). Indiana County Pennsylvania: Her People, Past and Present. Vol. 1. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. Internet Archive.
Wood, K. & MacGregor. (2002). Images of America: Indiana, Pennsylvania. Charleston, SC: Arcadia. IUP Libraries Call No. F159.I39 W66 2002
Is There a Way to Get Electronic Access to Indiana County Local Newspapers?
Local newspapers can offer glimpses of the past not available in more general works. Indiana county historical newspapers can be searched via the Access Newspaper database.
Are there any Particularly Good Collections of Indiana County related Materials?
The following are library and historical society collections that are particularly useful for researchers interested in the history of Indiana, Pa.
The Special Collections and University Archives at Indiana University of Pennsylvania collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to the institutional history of IUP, as well as rare books, artifacts, and historical information of interest to the region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Through a broad range of activities, The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County seeks to promote a greater appreciation of the Indiana community's rich heritage and a better understanding of life today. In 1938, the Society was founded as a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. The Society's purpose is to collect and preserve materials illustrative to Indiana County, its families, businesses, organizations, etc. They welcome visitors.
How do I Find Out What Topics were Covered in the Indiana County Heritage Journal?
Indiana County Heritage Journal was published by the Historical & Genealogical Society of Indiana County. Its articles were written by local historians, including IUP history professors and can be excellent starting points for further study. The link below provides access to the table of contents of each of its issues.