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Library adds historic election documents to digital archives

Library adds historic election documents to digital archives Library adds historic election documents to digital archives

The Harrison County Public Library recently added “Harrison County Election Documents, 1833-1864” to its online digital archives.

This collection of historic documents consists of more than 1,700 images of original 19th century election records. The documents are among the collections held in the library’s Frederick Porter Griffin Center for Local History and Genealogy and chronicle election activity and results in each township throughout Harrison County.

The document, covering 17 years between 1833 and 1864, include local, state and national ballots. Elections range from those for local township and county officials, such as constables, justices of the peace and county recorder and auditor, to those at the state and national level, including elections for governors, judges, senators, congressmen and presidents.

Documents include poll books, lists of voters’ names, candidate tally sheets and official statements of election results.

The digital images, which are completely transcribed and searchable, are available via the HCPL’s digital archives website (https://cdm17251.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/) and Indiana Memory (https://digital.library.in.gov/). These resources will be of interest to researchers, genealogists and the public as both important primary sources of Indiana’s early history and significant genealogical records that document residency in Harrison County.

The digitization project was made possible by a Library Services Technology Act digitization grant through the Indiana State Library and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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