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A list of key readings about Indiana.
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  • Boomhower, Ray E.; Jones, Darryl, photog. Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History.2000. 203 pp.
  • Gray, Ralph D., comp., ed. Indiana History: A Book of Readings. 1995. 442 pp. articles by scholars
  • Madison, James H. The Indiana Way: A State History (1990) excerpt and text search
  • Peckham, Howard H. Indiana: A History (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Reese, William J. Hoosier Schools: Past and Present (1998) excerpt and text search
  • Rudolph, L. C. Hoosier Faiths: A History of Indiana's Churches and Religious Groups. 1995. 710 pp.
  • Skertic, Mark, and John J. Watkins. A Native's Guide to Northwest Indiana (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Taylor, Robert M., Jr. and McBirney, Connie A., ed. Peopling Indiana: The Ethnic Experience. 1996. 703 pp. covers every major ethnic group
  • Taylor, Robert M. ed. The State of Indiana History 2000: Papers Presented at the Indiana Historical Society's Grand Opening (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Vanausdall, Jeanette. Pride and Protest: The Novel in Indiana. 1999. 169 pp.

Pre 1900

  • Bigham, Darrel E., ed. The Indiana Territory, 1800-2000: A Bicentennial Perspective. 2001. 196 pp.
  • Buley, R. Carlyle.
  • Carmony, Donald Francis. Indiana, 1816 to 1850: The Pioneer Era (1998), 924 pp excerpt and text search
  • Cayton, Andrew R. L. Frontier Indiana. 1996. 340 pp.
  • Giffin, William W. The Irish: Peopling Indiana. 2006. 127 pp.
  • Kellar, James H. Introduction to the Prehistory of Indiana (1983) excerpt and text search
  • Mills, Randy K. Jonathan Jennings: Indiana's First Governor. 2005. 259 pp.
  • Simons, Richard S. and Parker, Francis H., ed. Railroads of Indiana. 1997. 297 pp.
  • Stampp, Kenneth M. Indiana Politics during the Civil War )1949) online edition

Since 1900

  • Barrows, Robert G. Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana's Municipal Housekeeper. 2000. 229 pp.
  • Fadely, James Philip. Thomas Taggart: Public Servant, Political Boss, 1856-1929. 1997. 267 pp.
  • Madison, James H. Indiana through Tradition and Change: A History of the Hoosier State and Its People, 1920-1945 (1982) excerpt and text search
  • Rund, Christopher. The Indiana Rail Road Company: America's New Regional Railroad. 2006. 254 pp.
  • Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana Blacks in the Twentieth Century. Indiana U. Press, 2000. 287 pp.
  • Whitford, Frederick and Martin, Andrew G. The Grand Old Man of Purdue University and Indiana Agriculture: A Biography of William Carroll Latta. Purdue U. Press, 2005. 385 pp.

Primary sources

  • Bowen, Otis R. and DuBois, William, Jr. Doc: Memories from a Life in Public Service. 2000. 232 pp. Bowen was Governor 1972-80
  • Streightoff, Frances Doan. Indiana: A Social and Economic Survey (1916) full text online
  • Taylor, ed. Robert M. Indiana: A New Historical Guide (1990), highly detailed guide to citiies and recent history
  • WPA Indiana Writer's Project. Indiana: A Guide To The Hoosier State: American Guide Series (1941), famous WPA Guide to every location; strong on history, architecture and culture; reprinted 1973; online edition