Community Affairs File--Archives
The Community Affairs File in the Archives was established to collect and preserve single original documents of individuals or community organizations from Vigo County. Items are arranged by the same subject headings found in the Community Affairs File in both Special Collections and the Reference Department.
The CAF--Archives is reserved for primary source material, that is, original and unique items which document a local individual's life, an organization's history, or a specific event in time. Some examples of primary sources are letters, programs, invitations, newsletters, and annual reports.
The files in Special Collections primarily contain newspaper clippings or pamphlets written about a particular subject after the fact or event happened. The CAF-Archives is used as a back-up file for fragile, original newspaper articles, duplicate pamphlets, or items that need special protection.
Access to the Collection
A complete inventory of the materials in the Community Affairs File - Archives is available online. The paper version of this inventory is over 51 pages; therefore, it has been subdivided into the seven web pages below. Local and out-of-town researchers may visit the Archives by making an appointment ahead of time with Jim Gilson, Archivist/Digitization Librarian, at 812-232-1113, extension 216 or by e-mail to email@example.com. The Community Affairs File - Archives is accessible to researchers Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special arrangements can be made in advance for weekend or evening appointments.
Local History Pamphlets Online
Several items from the Community Affairs File - Archives have been digitally scanned and are available online. This is part of a larger digitization project to improve access to unique local print resources at the Vigo County Public Library. To learn more about this project and what titles are available online, please click here.
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