Hoosier CharacterHoosier Character

Hoosier Character uses oral history and traditional sources to see where 19th century Indiana residents lived—the common and the bold.  




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

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).

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

Monroe County Community Collections

Early Monroe County historical and cultural records and documents.

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

Monroe County Index

A finding aid for items held in the Indiana Room including:

  Vertical File folders,   microfilm and more.


  • Margaret McCalla
  • Monroe County Timeline
  • Monroe County Courthouse

Monroe County Timeline

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

See also: Library History Timeline.

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

At War and At Home

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

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

Indiana Bedrock

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

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

The Smithville News

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





Local and Family History eLibrary

  • Monroe County Census 1930
  • Monroe County Community Collections
  • Monroe County Underground Railroad Resources
  • America's Historical Newspapers
  • Monroe County Yearbook Index
  • Monroe County Obituary Index
  • At War and At Home
  • Herald-Times Online
  • Monroe County History Center
  • Monroe County Will Records 1818-1904
  • Monroe County Timeline
  • FamilySearch
  • Historic Treasures of Bloomington
  • The Smithville News <i class="fas fa-external-link-alt">&nbsp;</i>
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Herald-Times Historical, 1943–2013
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Monroe County Coroner Reports
  • Counties of Morgan, Monroe, and Brown, Indiana
  • Alexander Memorial Veterans List
  • Newspapers.com - Indiana Collection
  • HeritageHub
  • Monroe County School Census 1914
  • Indiana Bedrock
  • Indiana State Library Genealogy Collection
  • Hoosier State Chronicles
  • History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties
  • MoCo Maps
  • Monroe County Newspapers on Microfilm
  • MCPL Digital
  • Indiana Newspaper Archive
  • Monroe County Family History Files
  • 1950 Census
  • Monroe County Index
  • Herald-Times Full Text Archive, 1988–present