Friday, May 25, 2012

79. P. H. Sullivan Genealogy Library

    There is a gem of a genealogy library located in the upscale village of Zionsville in Boone County. The P. H. Sullivan Library is a department of the private Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne Street.
    Unlike most of the county-based genealogy libraries around the area, the Sullivan actually has a serious Indiana and eastern United States collection, with impressive Virginia and Kentucky resources. Other states, especially Western ones, are more limited.
    As you might expect, Boone County is their specialty, with marriages, cemeteries, and wills records in abundance. They have a serious group of high school yearbooks, one of my favorite resources. They have Boone County newspapers on microfilm, and a computer-film reader unit that you can use to save images on your own flash drive. (For free, unlike the State Archives!)
    A rather unique resource is an obituary file on index cards, begun by the WPA in the 1930's and kept up to date by the staffers ever since. It and the newspaper microfilm begs to be digitized.
   The Sullivan has a wide range of other materials, including printed genealogies, some military resources, and an indexed collection of group sheets (a bunch of these!). The Cultural Center also features an art gallery and a local history museum. You can get a membership and also become a volunteer.
    The folks around Zionsville and southern Boone County need to form a support group for the Library, do some fund raising, and spread the word about this great local resource. C'mon, guys!
Librarian Roberta Martin answers questions and does limited research; contact her at 317-873-4900, or at robertam@sullivanmunce.org. [There is also plenty of FREE parking around the Library and lots of good eating places within a short walk.]

The building fits right into Zionsville!

The left side of the east research room


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