I have had several people ask me recently, what happened to the vertical files? You may have noticed that many of the filing cabinet drawers are empty. Fear not. We are NOT throwing them away. We recognize how valuable and rare the vertical file collection is and we are having them digitized for ease of access and preservation. Unfortunately, this may mean that the file you want to use isn’t immediately accessible. However, if you let staff know which files you need, we will get them to you as soon as possible. We may even be able to e-mail you the digital images!
Currently being digitized are:
- House History Files
- Survey House Files
- Other Counties Files
- SIGS Genealogy A-Z
- Local History Files (through Business & Industry: C)
These files should be returned to us in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, we can request that certain files be scanned and e-mailed to us. This process may take up to 48 hours. The rest of our vertical files are still here or have already returned from being digitized. We would be happy to help you access them!
As you can see from the photo, digitized vertical files are now in document boxes with inventory labels. This method of storage is better for the files and will save some space for us when we move the Indiana History Room upstairs. Having all of the files listed on the box labels should also make them easier to find. We are working diligently to make researching in the Indiana History Room easier and more efficient for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.