About Us

Welcome! The IUPUI University Library's Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives include the Manuscript Collections, University Archives, and Rare Books. These collections have been developed in relation to the teaching and research activities of the University and the community and are available to visiting scholars, the general public, and IUPUI faculty and students.

The Manuscript Collections contain significant primary sources for the study of:

  • Philanthropy (including the records of foundations, nonprofit organizations, fund raising firms, associations, and individuals),
  • German-Americana (including the records of national and local organizations), and
  • General Collections about individuals and organizations with ties to the University and Indianapolis (General Collections).

The University Archives preserves the official records of IUPUI and its various predecessor institutions. Such materials as correspondence, self-studies, oral histories, photographs, and publications provide an extensive resource for those interested in the history and unique structure of IUPUI.

Rare Books encompasses titles from the 16th century to recent first editions, as well as faculty publications.  All can be found by searching IUCAT.