Archives

Hours

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Overview

The Hal C. Phelps Archives contains over 4,000 feet of material relating to the history of Miami County, Indiana, dating from the 1830s to the present. Materials include photographs and negatives, postcards, maps, books, pamphlets, microfilm, and paper records.

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Business files

19390470125
Business card for Shirk & Mitchell, attorneys for First National Bank in Peru. Object ID # 1939.047.0125

Information about businesses in Peru and Miami County, Indiana.

Circus papers

Peru, Circus City of the World, has had a long circus history. The archives has a large collection of circus programs, route cards, photographs, advertisements, and reference material.

Cole Porter papers

Peru is the hometown and burial place of Cole Porter, the famous composer and lyricist of songs such as Kiss Me Kate and Anything Goes. The archives has a collection of papers relating to Cole Porter, including correspondence and sheet music.

Directories

The Peru City Directories and the telephone books for Peru and Miami County contain information about the location and existence of businesses, houses, and individuals.

Genealogy files

Information about families, including newspaper articles and obituaries, is gathered in the family files. The archives also has indexes with birth, marriage, and death information. Come by or contact us, we have a file on your family!

Miami Indian records

Records on the Miami Indian tribe include newspaper clippings, photographs, and documents about Francis Slocum, a young Quaker girl who became a Miami in the late 1700s.

Military letters

Military letters include those that were written during the Civil War and letters written to the Peru Kiwanis Club during World War II and the Korean War.

Newspapers

The newspaper collection includes the Amboy Independent, Converse Journal, Denver Tribune, Miami County Sentinel, Peru Daily Tribune, Peru Republican, and other local newspapers from 1839 to the present. Most of the newspapers are on microfilm.

School records and yearbooks

The archives contains papers about the schools in Miami County, Indiana. The papers include directories of Miami County educational staff, yearbooks, and information about the school buildings.