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Indiana Public Records

The Indiana Open Records and Open Doors Laws (IOR/ IOD) provides definitions and exemptions for public records, who may access them and what the agency's responsibilities are for holding and providing records that are requested. (Open Doors is in reference to the open meeting laws.)  According to the Indiana statute [IC 5-14-3] 'Public Record' is defined as "any writing, paper, report, study, map, photograph, book, card, tape recording, or other material that is created, received, retained, maintained, or filed by or with a public agency and which is generated on paper, paper substitutes, photographic media, chemically based media, magnetic or machine readable media, electronically stored data, or any other material, regardless of form or characteristics.  This is, of course the document, in whatever form it takes, is exempted by court order or the law.

Exemptions to public record include but are not limited to:

  • Records whose release would constitute an infringement on personal privacy or are otherwise protected by state and federal law as private and confidential.  This includes medical, school, and otherwise personal information.
  • Records whose release would hinder an open investigation, obstruct justice or endanger the safety of investigators or the investigated or the privacy of the victims.
  • Records that could hinder the agency's ability to operate or somehow otherwise endanger the state and its function

Requests should be made to the appropriate agency, and should be made in writing.

State Archives

Indiana Commission on Public Records Access to public records, request forms, laws, appeals procedure, and so on.

Brief History of Indiana

It is believed that man has been inhabiting the lands we now call Indiana for over 10000 years and there has been carbon dating of some semi-recently found objects (arrow heads, bone, etc) to support that notion.  It is also thought that the mound building Mississippian peoples were the most prolific.  Other and later tribes in the area included Shawnee, Miami, Delaware, Mahican, and Potawatomi to name a few.

French-Canadian Robert Cavalier, the first white man to see Indiana, entered the region in 1679 while searching for a water route to the Pacific Ocean.  Shortly after, French fur traders established trading posts throughout the area.  Forts were built during the 1720s in Miami and Quiatenon, and in 1732 the first permanent settlement was established.  It was called Vincennes.

For almost a century, the land was subject to French rule.  The land was relinquished to the British at the conclusion of the French and Indian War, just one in a long series of colonial wars between the French and the British forces.  Britain maintained rule for 20 years, until they lost control of their holdings due to defeat in the American Revolution.

After the war, Indiana became part of the Northwest Territory in 1787.

Shortly after the Revolution, the growing populations that had colonized the east had started to migrate westward taking up the new lands for farming and cities.    This mass migration displaced and angered many indigenous and established tribal peoples.  Some of these clans banded together to fight the settlers and protect their lands from this encroachment.  The Native’s defeat at the Battles of Tippecanoe in 1811 and the Thames in 1813 caused many of these tribes to leave the area, allowing the settlers to take over and develop the land for their own purposes.

1816 marked Indiana’s entry into the union making it the 19th state.

Much of the early economy of Indiana was based in Agriculture and manufacture goods that came mainly from household processes, from trades or crafts, and from mills. Milling became Indiana's first major industry, followed by meat packing, coal mining, limestone quarrying, boat construction, and the manufacture of farm equipment.

Once the railroad had established itself into the state, Indiana was linked to the people and buying power found on the East Coast. New industries were developed and several new businesses opened. Examples of this boom include the Studebaker brothers, who in 1852 opened a wagon shop in South Bend that became the largest wagon manufacturer in the nation.  Indianapolis resident Richard Gatling invented the machine gun in 1862. In 1885, the first gasoline pump was developed in Fort Wayne and in 1894 Elwood Haynes of Kokomo developed the first successful gasoline-powered car.

Mining also became a big industry. Natural gas and oil were both discovered in the state and in 1889; Standard Oil built one of the largest oil refineries in the world at Whiting. Not too far away, United States Steel built its largest steel mill and founded the city of Gary. Due to the apparent abundance of materials, the automobile and other metal using industries boomed and in 1911, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway held the first Indy-500.

Today, the economy of Indiana rests mainly in manufacturing and some agriculture.  It is the US’ top producer of steel, and other industries include pharmaceuticals and medical devices, automobiles, electrical equipment, transportation equipment, chemical products, rubber, petroleum and coal products, and factory machinery.  Agriculturally, the state supports the meat industry with feedlots and feed for cattle and hogs.  Cash crops include corn, soy, dairy, eggs, melons, mint, popcorn, tomatoes, grapes and wood products.

Indiana Government Info

Indiana's state government is modeled after the traditional 3 branch system and has county as well as municipalities at the local level.

State Agencies and Contacts  FULL LIST


Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Phone 317-232-4567

Lieutenant Governor

Office of Lieutenant Governor
Statehouse, Room 333
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone 317-232-4545

Attorney General

Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-6201
Fax: 317-232-7979

Consumer Protection Division
302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone 317-232-6330  TF 800-382-5516

ID Theft Unit
302 West Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-5516

Unclaimed Property Division
P.O. Box 2504
Greenwood, IN 46142
Phone: 866-IN-CLAIM (866-462-5246)

Telephone Privacy Division
302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-232-6243 TF 888-834-9969

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-915-5300
Hotline: 800-382-1039

Patient Abuse & Neglect Program
302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hotline: 800-382-1039

Victim Assistance Division
302 West Washington Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-258-0993

Department of Child Services
  • Executive Assistant, 317-234-1391
  • Chief Counsel, 317-234-3871
  • Chief of Staff, 317-234-1388
  • Chief Information Officer of Technology, 317-234-6457
  • Special Projects Coordinator, 317-232-4435
  • Deputy Director of Practice Support, 317-232-4631
  • Deputy Director of Communications, 317-234-3924
  • Deputy Director of Field Operations, 317-234-3999
  • Deputy Director of Programs & Services, 317-232-4497
  • Deputy Director of Staff Development, 317-234-3925
  • Deputy Director of Child Support, 317-233-4482
  • Deputy Director of Administrative Services, 317-234-4994

Clerk of Courts

Main Office Address
Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court
200 West Washington Street
217 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.1930
Fax: 317.232.8365

Records Division Address
Clerk of the Supreme Court, Records Division
402 West Washington Street, Room W062
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.7225


Correction, Department of

Office of the Corrections Commissioner
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-334
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317.232.5711


Indiana Judicial Center
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 900
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.1313
Fax: 317.233.3367

Supreme Court of Indiana
315 Indiana State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm
Pho: 317.232.1930
Fax: 317.232.8372

Indiana Court of Appeals
Court Administrator
115 W. Washington Street, Suite 1270
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Pho: 317.232.6906

Indiana Tax Court
Court Administrator
115 W. Washington Street, Suite 1160
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Pho: 317.232.4694

Division of Supreme Court Administration
Indiana Supreme Court
Division of Supreme Court Administration
200 W. Washington Street, Room 315
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.2540

Division of State Court Administration
Judicial Qualifications Commission
Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Pho: 317.232.2542
Fax: 317.233.6586

Indiana Disciplinary Commission
Indiana Supreme Court
Disciplinary Commission
Donald R. Lundberg, Executive Secretary
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 850
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.1807
TDD: 317.233.6111

Board of Law Examiners
Indiana State Board of Law Examiners
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 875
Indianapolis, IN  46204
Pho: 317.232.2552

Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education
Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 950
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Pho: 317.232.1943
Fax: 317.233.1442

Indiana Commission on Public Records

State Archives Online Indexes

Secretary of State

Indiana Secretary of State
201 Statehouse
Indianapolis, IN 46204
phone: 317.232.6531

State Police

Indiana State Police Contact Directory

Indiana State Police Limited Online Criminal History Search

Indiana Missing Children Clearinghouse

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)


Sheriff's Association of Indiana

P.O. Box 19127
7215 E. 21st Street, Suite E
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: (317) 356-3633