This is the online version of the card file Indiana Biography Index located in the Great Hall on the second floor of the Indiana State Library. To search the database, type in the last name of the person you want to find. You will receive results that look like copies of the index cards, in the order they appear in the card file index. There are approximately 250,000 names in the index, each with a minimum of one citation to a book, magazine, or other printed source.
The cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the person. Birth and death dates are included, whenever possible. Abbreviated citations to books and periodicals with biographical information about that person are listed on the card, with page numbers. Sometimes call numbers for the item are included as well. The list of sources contains complete titles and call numbers for the abbreviated citations found on the card file images.
If using the database within the Indiana State Library, call slips are needed to request the name of the book or periodical, the call number, and if it is a periodical, the volume and issue numbers. To request a copy of the item cited by mail, please contact the Indiana Division using our Ask A Librarian service, or call (317) 232-3670 during our regular business hours.