The Indiana Album

Historic photographs from the attic to the web

The Indiana Album

Historic photographs from the attic to the web

The Indiana Album

Historic photographs from the attic to the web

The Indiana Album

Historic photographs from the attic to the web

The Indiana Album

Historic photographs from the attic to the web

About

The Indiana Album, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that borrows, digitizes, catalogs, and shares photographs, postcards, and graphics depicting Indiana from all eras. What’s in your attic?

View our brochure for more details.

Community

Our grassroots group values historic images and promotes photograph preservation. Our community-submitted digital album showcases Indiana-related photographs found lingering in albums, shoeboxes, and basements throughout the country. We rely on crowdsourcing to help us date and identify images, so join us on Facebook or contact us (see below) to volunteer.

Free use

We encourage the public to use the online images for FREE for personal, non-profit, and educational purposes. Contact us to order prints, high resolution scans, or for commercial licensing. We will share images with our project collaborators.

The Image Database

We invite you to browse and search our online database of over 7,200 images. More images are added frequently, so visit often.  Our collection is included in Indiana Memory and will soon be in the Digital Public Library of America.

Upcoming Events!
Use the Contact button below to request more details or to schedule an appointment for us to scan your photographs.
* March 25, 2017 – Petersburg: Identification and Care of Family Photos program (10:30 AM – Noon) and scan-a-thon (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM), Pike County Historical Society and Museum, 1104 E. Main Street, Petersburg, Indiana
* April 8, 2017 – Kokomo: Identification and Care of Family Photos program (10:30 – Noon) and scan-a-thon (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM), Howard County Historical Society, 1200 W Sycamore Street, Kokomo
* September 6, 2017 – Huntington: Identifying Your Family Photos program and scan-a-thon, 6:30-8:00 PM, Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W Park Drive, Huntington, IN; Sponsored by the Huntington County Genealogical Society
* October 28, 2017 – Indianapolis: Scan-a-thon booth at the Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair, 10 AM – 3:30 PM, Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I participate in this project?

There are numerous ways:

  1. Share: Contact us to make arrangements to have your images scanned. We love looking through family and business photographs and find that many people are too selective about what they choose to share. Set up an appointment to let us view and copy your images.
  2. Host a Scan-a-Thon:  See the question “Can our organization host a Scan-a-thon in our community?”
  3. Scan and Email us your photos:  See the question “Can I scan and e-mail my photos to you?”
  4. Volunteer: We need more volunteers or local coordinators. See “Can I be a volunteer?”
  5. Donate funds to help us continue: The Indiana Album is partially funded by a Library Services and Technology (LSTA) Grant from the Indiana State Library/Indiana Memory and a Humanities Initiative Grant from Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Help us match these grants with a small or large gift. All donations are tax -deductible!
What kinds of images are you looking for?

We are looking for daguerreotypes, tintypes, postcards, drawings, graphics, etc. depicting:

  • Buildings and architectural elements
  • Houses/Farms
  • Churches/Schools
  • Street Scenes
  • Urban Development
  • Portraits of Well-Known People
  • Businesses
  • Transportation
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Construction
  • Events
  • Indiana Pioneers
  • Industry
When will a scan-a-thon by held in our part of the state?
Check the list of scheduled events on the calendar above. If you would like to sponsor or host a scan-a-thon, contact us using the form above.
"Can our organization host a Scan-a-thon in our community?"
If your organization, neighborhood association, alumni group, or church would like to host a scan-a-thon event, where the public brings along photographs to be scanned while they wait, we will bring our equipment and volunteers to your site. Our mission is preservation, so we also provide workshops on image preservation and dating old photographs. Contact us about our reasonable fees.
Will you scan our museum's or our library's photo collection?

No. Our goal is to make privately owned photographs available to the public. Museum, library, and archive collections are already available to the public. However, we encourage institutions wanting to get their collections digitized to contact us to discuss other options such as grants that may be available to them.

Can I volunteer?

 

Absolutely! We need more volunteers or local coordinators throughout the state. Do you have any of these skills?

  1. Scanning: We often use volunteers to scan from home or operate scanners at the scan-a-thons
  2. Cataloging/metadata (describing photographs): Experience with PastPerfect cataloging software is especially desirable, but not required
  3. Research and editing: Help us with mystery images or proofreading
  4. Marketing and outreach
  5. Administrative and organizing: We especially need people at the local level to help arrange scan-a-thons and/or coordinate the scanning and sending of images from all counties
  6. Fundraising

Contact us to discuss how we can best use your talents and time.

Can I scan my image(s) and mail them to you?

Yes! We would love that, but understand that not every image we receive will be included in the Album!  Here are our scanning guidelines:

  • Scan the whole image (including mount) and leave a small border
  • Scan the back too if it has information or handwriting
  • If the photo is larger than a postcard, scan it at 100% size / 24 bit color / 600 ppi (pixels per inch); if postcard size or smaller, use the same settings except adjust the resolution to 1200 ppi
  • Do not enhance, color correct, sharpen, add text or otherwise alter the image when scanning…we want the raw scan, not a Photoshopped improvement
  • Save the scan as a TIFF (ideally not a JPEG, which compresses and loses detail)
  • Download and fill out this simple deed of gift form, and use it to provide the full details to help us catalog each image (location, address, full names, dates, event, caption written on the back, etc.)
  • Send the digital file(s) and a scan of the completed deed of gift form to us via WeTransfer.com. Put info@indianaalbum.com in the “friend’s email” box  and write a message giving any additional information not included on the deed of gift form.
  • Most important, do not hesitate to ask if you need help.
How is the Indiana Album funded?

The project is made possible by grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library, and a Humanities Initiative Grant from Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We also depend on support from matching donations, sponsorships, program honorariums, other grants, and the sale of prints and high resolution scans for commercial use. If you would like to become a supporter, please contact us.

 

Contact us!

Do you have cool Indiana photographs from all eras that we can copy and share with the public? Please contact us at info@indianaalbum.com or (317) 771-4129. We will ask you to download, print, and fill out a  simple info and release form and will give you copies of the scans. Your history makes up the history of our state–why not share for others to enjoy?

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