Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

In 1994, we published a 1,600-page encyclopedia that provides a comprehensive social, cultural, economic, historical, political, and physical description of Indianapolis. This work—the standard reference volume for information about the city—provides photographs, an abbreviated timeline, a statistical abstract, and interpretive essays. Featuring the work of 485 community and academic experts, the encyclopedia also includes information on the 8 counties that comprise the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Hailed as a national model for urban encyclopedias, it is available for purchase through a number of different sources including Amazon and Google Books.

Thanks to the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., we will create the Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. As there is a need for the city to have something more than an updated EOI, we will create a web-based knowledge platform that integrates and accesses information from a variety of sources including the Indianapolis Historical Society, Indianapolis Mayoral Archive, IUPUI University Library, Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana Humanities, Indiana Landmarks, Butler University, the Indiana State Archives and Records Commission, and the Indiana Historical Bureau/Indiana State Library. We expect the Digital EOI to be part of the Indianapolis bicentennial effort of 2020-21 and will continue to raise the funding required to complete the project, with its estimated total cost of $1 million+.