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The Ball State University Libraries' Drawings and Documents Archive is a unique resource dedicated to preserving the history of Indiana's built environment. Our collections contain over 130,000 original architectural drawings, landscape plans, blueprints, photographs, models, and building remnants that tell the stories of Indiana’s buildings, sites, and structures. Our collections are open for research to Ball State University students, faculty, staff, and the general public.

  • Beginning Monday, August 3, the Drawings and Documents Archive is open by appointment only to the general public (including Ball State University students, staff, faculty, and emeriti). Research visits should be scheduled 24 to 48 hours in advance. 
  • Reading room/public space capacity has been reduced in accordance with physical distancing best practices.
  • A mask must be worn during visits to the Libraries.

The Drawings and Documents Archive includes both physical and digital collections. Inventories of our physical collections are available by searching the Drawings and Documents Archive Database and an overview of our collections in the Archive can be viewed in our searchable collections inventory.

In addition, over 30 collections from the Drawings and Documents Archive have been digitized and are available freely online. These collections can be browsed in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository.

The staff of the Drawings and Documents Archive provides reference and instructional services to advance your research. Contact the Archive by email, by phone at 765-285-8441, or through the Ask an Archivist form to plan your research in the Archive.

The Drawings and Documents also maintains a Drawings and Documents Archive research guide and a Historic Bridges in Indiana research guide highlighting useful primary sources and collections for research.

The Drawings and Documents Archive accepts contributions of historic architecture records from architects, architectural firms, or other collectors in possession of relevant records that pertain to Indiana architects and architecture. Our donor form facilitates proper transfer of your collection and its intellectual content to the Drawings and Documents Archive. Contact the Archives to discuss planning a donation of records.

The Drawings and Documents Archive also offers custom-tailored primary source and archival literacy instructional sessions for classes in all academic disciplines that provide students with direction and experience conducting archival research. Contact the Archives to plan an instruction session for your course.

The Drawings and Documents Archive can provide digital scans of non-digitized records for a fee. Please use the digital reproduction form to request a digital reproduction from the Drawings and Documents Archive.