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Field NotesMonroe County Field Notes

Monroe County Field Notes is a virtual dig to uncover stories about 19th-century landmarks and people, from 1816–1876. It's fun and free to get involved and your research will help us diversify our community’s history! Start researching.



  • Owl with graduation cap from Bloomington Gothic yearbook, 1909
  • Two students with skateboards at Bloomington High School South, 1986
  • Edgewood High students lying on the gym floor to spell you, 2001

MCPL Digital

Digital copies of Bloomington area yearbooks, eventually expanding to other community historical records.

See also: Monroe County Yearbook Index.

  • Monroe County Obituary Index

Monroe County Obituary Index

Covers most of the Bloomington newspapers (1824 – current month).

  • Shop Notes
  • 1957 Plat Map
  • 1930 Yearbook
  • Monroe County Community Collections

Monroe County Community Collections

Early Monroe County historical and cultural records and documents.

  • Monroe County Index
  • Bath Once a Luxury
  • Amzi Atwater
  • Theodore Dreiser

Monroe County Index

A finding aid for items held in the Indiana Room including:
  Vertical File folders,   microfilm and more.

  • Monroe County Courthouse
  • Monroe County Timeline
  • Margaret McCalla

Monroe County Timeline

The authoritative and popular index of our county's historical and curiously interesting events.

See also: Library History Timeline.

  • Collage Photo, 1860
  • Military Papers
  • At War and At Home
  • W. M. Alexander
  • Dillman Diary

At War and At Home

Examine what Bloomington and Monroe County were like before, during, and after the Civil War, 1855-1875.

  • Indiana Bedrock
  • Matthews Family
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • McIlveen Portfolio

Indiana Bedrock

Limestone industry archives related to Matthews Brothers Stone Company, an Ellettsville, IN, limestone quarry operating 1862–1978.

  • The Smithville News
  • Trisler
  • Formal Portrait
  • Men on Railcar

The Smithville News

A Digital Collection of Smithville's History 1897-1915.





Local and Family History eLibrary