Digital Collections

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition

This collection supports and promotes awareness to the important mission and framework of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition’s focus on the lasting power of the written word and the arts in support of the free expression of ideas, the preservation of shared cultural spaces, and the importance of responding to attacks, both overt and subtle, on artists, writers, and academics working under oppressive regimes or in zones of conflict despite the destruction of that literary/cultural content – and despite the destruction of that literary/cultural content….

Camp Chesterfield

The Hett Art Gallery and Museum at historic Camp Chesterfield in Anderson, IN houses 127 years of historical documents and photographs related to the movement and religion of Spiritualism, as well as primary documents and artifacts dating back over a century to the original formation of the Indiana Association of Spiritualists (IAOS) in its museum archives.

Herron Library Fine Press and Book Arts Collection

The Herron Library is home to a growing and notable Fine Press / Book Arts collection approaching 1000 items.   Artist Books offer unique expressions of art that reflect the qualities, functions, and structure of the book.  They are creative works produced in a wide variety of structures, themes, materials, and mediums.   Artists’ books may be produced in small editions or as one-of-a-kind works of art – all with the intent to be interactive, intimate, works of art mirroring personal, social, or ecological themes.  The Herron Library is home to many important contemporary book artists such as Julie Chen, Rebecca Goodale, Bea Nettles, as well as many other acclaimed artists.

Illustrators of the Golden West

The Illustrators of the Golden West collection consists of ninety-one paintings and drawings by nineteen important western illustrators plus 968 books, Western pulp fiction magazines, and catalogs, published between 1890 and 1998, in which their illustrations were reproduced. The book collection consists mostly of Western American novels, published between 1890 and 1987, with some classic novels as well.

Indiana Artists

Collection of Indiana artists and exhibitions dating from 1883 - collection includes exhibition checklists, exhibition catalogs, and other related exhibition ephemera obtained/scanned from HAL, IUB Fine Arts Library, Indiana State Library, ISH, IMA, The Frick...Exhibition venues include John Herron Art Institute, The Art Association of Indianapolis, the Hoosier Salon, and the T.C. Steele Home - a very useful place for finding information on artists, artists works, and artists' exhibitions held in Indianapolis .

Indiana Repertory Theatre

Collection of photos, playbills, and other items published by and taken for the Indiana Repertory Theatre. The collection includes documents published from 1973 to 2006.

IUPUI University Library Atrium Sculpture

IUPUI University Library and the Fischler Society sponsor an annual award to one Herron School of Art and Design student for the design, construction, installation, and removal of artwork for the IUPUI University Library Atrium. Under the guidance of sculpture faculty, the student selected for this annual award is responsible for creating and installing their piece built to scale, reaching from the second to the fourth floor levels of the atrium.

James Whitcomb Riley Collection

This digital collection celebrates the works of James Whitcomb Riley and is a valuable resource for students, teachers, and researchers in Indiana, throughout the country, and beyond. Livin' the life of Riley provides access to manuscripts, personal letters, photographs, early edition books, and artifacts that represent the Hoosier Poet. This is a collaborative effort between the Hancock Public Library, the Riley Old Home Society, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, and IUPUI University Library and was made possible by an LSTA grant.

Phoenix Theatre

Collection of photos, playbills, and other items published by and taken for the Indiana Phoenix Theatre. The collection includes documents published from 1983 to 2001.

Pioneer Painters of Indiana

The collection contains research materials for Peat’s book Pioneer Painters of Indiana, including notes and index cards on Indiana artists and collectors, article clippings, bibliographies, exhibition catalogs, photographs of artworks, and correspondence with art collectors, curators and artists’ families.


Umbrella is an art journal that began publication by Judith Hoffberg in 1978. The journal covers news and reviews of artist books, mail art and contemporary art and photography tradebooks. It includes interviews with leading book artists, alternative spaces as well as Fluxus artists. The journal ended print-copy publication in 2005. Soon after ceasing hard-copy publication, permission was granted to the Herron Art Library of IUPUI University Library to digitize the 1978-2005 journal run and provide access over the World Wide Web.