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Indiana Room

The Peabody Public Library has a small but growing collection of materials pertaining to local genealogy and local history. That collection of materials can be found in our "Indiana Room" located on the upper level, near the Check-Out and Information desks.

The following are some of the information available in our Indiana Room:

  • Obit indexes 1856 -1910, 1983-present
  • Microfilm of Columbia City newspaper, 1859-present
  • Microfilm of Whitley County census, 1840-1920 except for 1890
  • DAR pioneer records
  • Whitley County Historical Bulletin, 1958-present
  • Whitley County & Columbia City historical vertical file
  • Columbia City directories
  • Whitley County & Columbia City phone books
  • Plat maps
  • Cemetery inscription records
  • Donated family histories
  • Columbia City High School yearbooks, 1909-present
  • Whitley County death records, 1882-1920
  • Whitley County histories
  • Various county histories
  • Marriage records, 1838-1860, 1884-1898
  • Works of local author Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Works of Thomas Marshall, former governor and Vice President
  • Information on Little Turtle, local Miami chief

Microfilm Readers

Our microfilm readers are located on the back section of the Indiana Room (the "Whitley County Room"). Patrons can print articles for 25 cents a page. For more information on our microfilm readers, or to request microfilm to view, please visit the Information Desk.

Our microfilm collection consists of the following:

  • City Directories of the United States, Fort Wayne IN: 1861 - 1871
  • Columbia City Commercial: January 2, 1879 - January 18, 1905
  • Columbia City Commercial Mail: April 4, 1918 - December 31, 1919
  • Columbia City Daily Commercial Mail: January 1, 1920 - December 31, 1927
  • Columbia City Evening Post: April 2, 1917 - December 31, 1927
  • Columbia City News: January 6, 1859 - February 23, 1864
  • Columbia City Post: July 6, 1864 - December 1983
  • Columbia City Times: January 25, 1890 - January 9, 1891
  • Columbia City Weekly Commercial Mail: January 19, 1905 - December 30, 1919
  • Post & Mail: January 1984 - Current
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Columbia City, Churubusco, South Whitley
  • Whitley County Republican/Whitley County Commercial: May 11, 1864 - December 2, 1868/January 21, 1869 - December 28, 1870
  • Whitley County Commercial: January 12, 1870 - November 6, 1879
  • Whitley County Census: 1840 - 1920 (No 1890 Census, all data lost in fire)

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