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The Archives are located on the library’s third floor. Visit to gain an historical, rich alternative for any research topic.
The Archives are open by appointment:
9 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday during the Semesters and Summer Sessions
1 p.m.–3 p.m., Monday–Friday during Winter Term
CLOSED Saturday and Sunday
You may also schedule an appointment by phone at (317) 738-8163 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Archives are open only when the B.F. Hamilton Library is open. Please verify library hours and contact us to ensure staff availability before making a special trip to our Archives.
If you are unable to visit the Archives during business hours, please submit an online archive request.
The Archives consist of two archival collections and three special collections:
Franklin College Archives
This collection includes a wide array of materials concerning Franklin College including manuscripts, yearbooks, catalogs, publications by the college, and other material associated with Franklin College—for example biographical information about Franklin College alumni, faculty, staff, and students. These materials date from the college’s founding to the present. Also, included in this collection are the presidential papers of presidents of Franklin College from circa 1930 to circa 2000. These presidential papers largely contain correspondence, but also include various material from trustees and other departments. A unique feature of this collection includes the Civil War Papers of William Stott, a former president of Franklin College.
Franklin College Digitized Yearbooks
Digitized yearbooks can be viewed on the Digitized Yearbooks page.
Roger D. 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.
The Indiana American Baptist Collection
This collection consists of a variety of records from the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky. These materials include published volumes, association minutes, biographies of Indiana Baptists, periodicals, and other church records. This collection continues to add material from the American Baptist Churches of Indiana and Kentucky. Many of the published volumes are available for circulation. Material in this collection dates from circa 1799 to the present. A unique feature of this collection includes the pictures of a Baptist missionary trip to Ongle, India.
The Franklin College Collection
This collection consists of the published works—encompassing a variety of genres—of alumni, faculty, and staff at Franklin College. Franklin College continues to add material to this collection and this material can circulate.
The David Demaree Banta Collection
This collection was donated to the College by Roger D. Branigin, who collected both published and unpublished material concerning Indiana and the old North West Territory. Branigin named the collection after David Demaree Banta, who had been a dean of the Indiana University Law School, and was someone he greatly admired. Franklin College continues to add published material concerning Indiana to this collection. Much of the published collection is available for circulation. Manuscript highlights for the collection includes a check written by President Benjamin Harrison and a letter written by the Marquis de Lafayette.
The Archives are open to everyone. All Franklin College students, faculty, staff, alumni can use materials from any of the three collections. The Special Collections are non-circulating (except for some materials in the Banta Collection). Anyone may submit questions and/or schedule an appointment.
The Archives are located on the third floor of Hamilton Library.
Many materials included in the Baptist, Franklin, and Banta Collections can be found using OneSearch.
Learn more about Franklin College and its vast academic and athletic history.
The Archives house a rich history of Franklin College, its current/past people and events.