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How to Research the History of Your House: Home

A guide to help homeowners research the history of their home.


This research guide discusses different strategies for reasearching the history of a house.  Viewing a historic home can often inspire a sense of curiosity.  Who were the previews occupants?  How has the structure changed since its original construction?  When was it constructed originally?  Finding the answers to these questions can seem like a daunting task, but with a few resources the process is greatly simplified.

The resources discussed include maps, archival material, books, local sources, statewide sources, and national sources.

If you have additional resources to add to this LibGuide please send them to Carol Street, Archivist for Architectural Records, Ball State University, who maintains this guide.

Historic Houses

Wilkinson House, Muncie, IN.  Ball State University's Drawings and Documents Archive.  General Collection, 93.004.

About the Drawings + Documents Archive

The Drawings and Documents Archive is a unique resource dedicated to preserving the history of the built environment in Indiana. Our collections contain over 120,000 original architectural drawings, landscape plans, blueprints, photographs, models and building remnants that document the history of Indiana’s sites and structures.

The archive supports instruction and research in the College of Architecture and Planning through the graduate level in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning. We also support national and international scholars and general researchers interested in the built environment of Indiana.

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Torsell
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