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Research & Archival Resources


Wells Library - Courtesy of Indiana University

Research and Archival Resources available to Graduate Students are similarly impressive: with over 25 separate Libraries and archives on or near campus, student researchers can pursue an array of fascinating projects locally.  While the holdings at all our libraries are impressive, four deserve special mention:

The Wells Library (named in memory of Hermann B. Wells, the much-beloved President, famous for his support of the controversial research of Alfred Kinsey, who helped build IU’s strength in humanistic research) houses one of the ten most extensive research collections in the United States, with excellent holdings in both standard and digital resources.

Lilly Library

The Lilly Library’s rare book and manuscript collection includes more than 400,000 books, 100,000 pieces of sheet music, and 7.5 million manuscripts. Holdings include a Shakespeare first folio, a Gutenberg Bible, the first printings of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a significant collection of early printed material related to the early voyages of Columbus, revised manuscripts of some of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books, the principal archives of Sylvia Plath, a fascinating collection of children’s toys and games (some dating from the 18th century), as well as notable collections from Edith Wharton, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, and several more recent writers.

Kinsey Reading Room

The collections housed in the Kinsey Institute for research in sex, gender and reproduction encompass print materials, film and video, fine art, artifacts, photography, and archives. The Institute has collected publications, objects, art, and data from six continents with holdings spanning more than 2,000 years of human history, in a range of technologies—from ink on paper, to microforms and CD-ROMs.

The Black Film Center Archive was established in 1981 as a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans. Included are films with substantial participation by African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those depicting some aspect of black life, history, and culture.

In addition to such collections and archives, graduate life in the department is enriched by the presence of numerous seminars, reading groups, and interdisciplinary programs. For more on these, see the following:

Departmental Research Collectives >>

Interdisciplinary Groups & Centers >>