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Digitized documents from the Lewis Library's collections are now available through Indiana Memory!

Vincennes University Archives

These collections from the Byron R. Lewis Historical Library at Vincennes University highlight the importance of Vincennes, Indiana's oldest city, and the state's oldest college to early Indiana statehood. Initial collections to be digitized include early family papers reflecting the city's French heritage, documents reflecting the origins of higher education in Indiana, and selected early Knox County government records. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Byron R. Lewis Historical Library

The Byron R. Lewis Historical Library is located on the Vincennes campus of Vincennes University. It is a comprehensive repository of historical documents, books and letters emphasizing the history of the former Indiana Territory, an area that once comprised the present states of Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois and a part of Minnesota.

Its mission falls into two broad categories:

Regional History Collection. The RHC is a comprehensive group of letters, documents and manuscripts dating from the 18th century with an emphasis on the settlement and development of the American Midwest. The collections are of a governmental, business and private nature. There are more than 645 individual collections covering more than 90 feet of archival space. Lewis Library contains collections of photographs, books, pamphlets, newspapers, art, artifacts and other historical materials.

University Archives. The library serves as the archives for Vincennes University, founded in 1801 as one of America's oldest institutions of higher learning. Archival collections include presidential papers, records, photographs, and various university publications.

In addition, the library maintains some genealogy materials (in both published and manuscript form) with an emphasis on Knox County and Southern Indiana.

Finding Aids

Information about the Regional History and Pamphlet collection

Vincennes University archives featured at Indiana Memory

Search OneVU library catalog for Lewis Library holdings


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