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The Historical Society Research Library

The Society’s Library collection comprises family genealogy, diaries, and manuscripts; church, cemetery, and bible records; books, clippings on local and county history and historic architecture; postcards, photos, atlases, and maps. They are located in the Cline Keller Library at 524 Third Street on the second floor at the Historical Society museum.

Some library guidelines:

  • A contribution of $5 for library use is greatly appreciated.
  • Copies are 25¢ per page for museum guests.
  • For guests outside the Columbus area, some research and genealogy work can be performed. For these requests please contact us via US mail or by phone 812-372-3541.
  • If we research a topic for you, there is a minimum charge of $15.
  • Shipping and handling fees may also apply to research requests.

For birth and death records:

  • Indiana Birth Records after 1907 are available from the Indiana State Department of Health, 6 West Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone 317-233-2700 Fax: 317-233-7210
  • Bartholomew County births and death records have been kept since 1882. Contact the Bartholomew County Health Department –Vital Records at 440 Third Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201. Phone 812-379-1550 or fax 379-1040. The current fee for copies of the records is $8.00.
  • Many Bartholomew County Cemeteries have been indexed, some as early as 1820. Please call us at 812-372-3541 to check the cemetery indexes for you.


Mail carrier in Hope, Indiana – the name written on the photo is Joe Clouse.