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Digital Collections

The library’s digital collections house primary sources celebrating the life and work of our student scholars, both past and present.
Please send your research inquiries/questions to us via email, libraryarchives@franklincollege.edu

Primary Pursuit & Hoosier History: The Honorable Roger Douglas Branigin Archives 
This collection houses primary sources from the Honorable Roger D. Branigin Archives. Sources span his college, military, and political career. The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Humanities Research for the Public Good awarded funding for the initial digitization of this collection during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Primary Pursuit Field School Lesson Plans
Created as part of the CIC Humanities Research for the Public Good, these elementary lesson plans, aligned with Indiana State Standards, promote the use of primary source learning with The Honorable Roger Douglas Branigin Archives. Make a copy before adapting a lesson plan for your students.


Destination Indiana: Honorable Roger D. Branigin 
Learn about Gov. Roger D. Branigin, his life and legacy, in this self-paced digital journey. Created by Mackenzie Taylor ’20, Samantha Loyd ’21, and Evan Graham ’21, this Indiana Historical Society collaboration was made possible by The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Humanities Research for the Public Good.




The Honorable Roger Douglas Branigin Archives
This collection is the gubernatorial papers of Roger D. Branigin, the governor of Indiana from 1965 to 1969. Branigin was also a surrogate for President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the 1968 Democratic Primary in Indiana. Branigin’s papers are one of the few papers of an Indiana governor that are not housed in the Indiana State Archives. The scope of these papers covers the years 1964–1969 and includes material such as correspondence, legislation, and daily journals. An online finding aid to this collection is available.


Undergraduate Research Collection, May 2015 – current
The Franklin College Undergraduate Research Collection houses campus scholarship and unique archival materials.
Coverage began in May 2015.




Franklin College Yearbooks, 1898 – 1979
Digitized yearbooks, such as The Blue and Gold, The Flashlight, The Fracolind, The Almanack, Franklin’s Almanack, and The Franklin Almanack are available in pdf form. Online coverage ranges from 1898 – 1979.




The Franklin Newspaper Archive, 1908 – 2020
Full pdf copies of The Franklin newspaper, October 1908 – March 2020, are available for viewing, downloading, and printing.