In accordance with The University Libraries COVID-19 Operations Plan, the July 6 reopening has been delayed. If you have questions, would like to schedule a curbside pickup, or need other assistance, please call (765)285-5143 or email maincirc@bsu.edu.

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Archivist, Rebecca Torsell helps a student with archived plans of a brick kiln in Indiana

About the Archive

The Drawings and Documents Archive is a unique resource dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of the built environment of Indiana for the purpose of fueling revitalization efforts and supporting education and research. The collections contain over 130,000 original architecture, landscape, planning, and engineering projects including drawings, photographs, documents, models, and building remnants that serve as a record of Indiana’s built heritage.

ARCHIVE IMPACT: These resources fuel our community projects and enrich the research of our faculty, students, and community partners. The projects and literature that has emerged from many of our centers and institutes are featured within the archive and the Architecture Library and exhibits.

Key Features of the Archive

  • records about Indiana’s historic sites, structures, and districts
  • biographical information about Hoosier’ leading architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, and builders
  • photographs and business records of more than 40 Indiana firms and agencies
  • reference materials used throughout the history of the professional practice
  • maps, atlases, and aerial photographs
  • professional equipment, tools, and trade catalogs
  • drawings and specifications related to Ball State University

Online Collections and Resources

Location

The Archive is located in Ball State University’s Architecture Building, room 120 and is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. 


The University and the Archive are currently closed due to the Executive Order by Governor Holcomb directing all Indiana residents to Stay-at-Home.

For reference, appointments, or instructional sessions, please contact:

Rebecca Torsell
Archivist for Architectural Records
Office: (765) 285-8441
Email: rtorsell@bsu.edu

*We observe all major and university holidays and observances.