Willard Library welcomes researchers to our Archives and we encourage you to register for a Willard Library card. Please visit the Willard Library Archives and Gallery on the lower level of Willard Library via the historic building or through the separate Archives and Gallery entrance on the south side of the building. Please check-in with the staff member at the public service desk in the Lankford Archives Reading Room. Our staff will assist you with locating materials from the Archives Storage facility and bringing those materials to your table.

The Willard Library Archivist looks forward to serving you. Please contact the Archivist in advance with requests to view materials, as some collections require more time to retrieve.

Archives include:

  • More than 30,000 images of Evansville and the surrounding region
  • Joan C. Marchand Historic Preservation Collection
  • Southwestern Indiana Historical Society Collection
  • Albion Fellows Bacon and Annie Fellows Johnston Papers
  • Papers pertaining to historical Evansville families (including Cluthe-Eades, Dulles, Eichel, Gumberts, Igleheart, Ingle, Koch, Orr-Clifford, Shane, and Zapp)
  • WEOA and WGBF Radio Scripts Collection
  • U.S. Weather Bureau local meteorological records
  • Architectural drawings and maps
  • Evansville business records (miscellaneous, including Faultless Caster, Fendrich, International Steel, Mesker Steel Company, Servel, and Whirlpool)
  • Conrad Baker Foundation records
  • Organizations’ records
  • Local ephemera, including pamphlets, programs, fliers, and catalogs
  • Local theater records and photos, including Civic Theater and Repertory People of Evansville
  • Carl Ritt Papers
  • Vanderburgh Christian Home
  • Vanderburgh County Historical Society Collection
  • Primary Source Manuscript Collections

Archives-Related Events

Archives Services

  • Copies of Photographs – Available for the cost of the copy
  • Blueprint Reproductions – Available for the cost of the print

Permission to Publish

Want to publish portions of materials, photographs, or manuscripts owned by Willard Library? Permission must first be granted by the library. Please direct “permission to publish” requests to the Archivist or Special Collections Librarian.