Indiana Writers' Project/Program Collection

Category and Alphabetical Topic Indexes


The following two lists provide access to the holdings of the Microfilm Edition at the topical level. The Categories list adapts the numerical system adopted by many research teams in various states. A few modifications were made in order to incorporate topics that were touched upon in the original scheme. The Alphabetical Topics list arranges the same material in alphabetical order by the subject heading used in the Categories list. Browse either list to acquaint yourself with the type of material found in the county holdings and indexed at the folder level in the Guide. Materials found outside the county holdings in reels 29 through 32 have been arranged broadly and must be perused frame by frame for content.


Categories of Topics in County Listings
100 General Description
101 Place Names
110 Geography
111 Boundaries; Surveys
120 Topography
121 Rivers and Streams
130 Climatology
133 (Local) Weather and Lore
134 Fires
135 Floods and Flood Control
136 Cyclones
138 Comets, Eclipses, Etc. (Meteors)
140 Geology
142 Limestone Quarries
146 Natural Wells, Springs, Etc. (Spas)
148 Earthquakes
149 Oil Wells and Oil
149.5 Natural Gas
150 Paleontology and Pre-Historic Remains
160 Natural Resources
161 Mines and Mineral Resources
165 Conservation of Natural Resources (Reclamation)
167 Real Estate
170 Agriculture
171 Ranches
173.6 Textile Crops
173.7 Orchards and Fruits
179 Domestic Animals
179.2 Farms Sales
180 Flora
190 Fauna
191 Game Preserves
193 Lakes
194 Trees and Forests
196.2 Wild Animals
196.3 Insects
196.31 Locusts (Grasshoppers)
197 Gardens and Greenhouses (incl. Nurseries)
200 History
200.1 Military History
204 Regional History
204.1 Chronology, Historical
204.5 Calendar of Events
206 Historical Incidents, Events
207 Antiques
208 Historic Sites
210 Archaeology
220 Indians
221 Indian Hostilities
221.1 (White) Indian Battles
221.6 Indian Captivities
222 Indian Life and Customs
225 Folklore and Legends
226 Indian Villages
230 (Early) Settlements
231 Early Settlers
232 Frontier and Pioneer Life
234 Early Events (Pre-Civil War)
240 Folkways
242 (Folk) Songs and Rhymes
243 Tales and Sayings
243.3 Tall Tales
243.5 Witch Tales and Related Lore
243.6 Devil Tales and Related Lore
243.7 Ghost Stories
244 Linguistic Material
244.2 Folk Sayings
244.4 Folk Wit and Humor
244.8 Mottoes and Slogans
245 Groups, Gatherings, Activities, Celebrations
245.1 Religious Group Gatherings and Festivals
245.7 (Folk) Poems
246 Beliefs (Faith)
246.1 Superstitions
246.4 Cures and Remedies
246.9 Etiquette
249 Folk Customs (Dances, Games, Etc.)
250 Growth and Development
253 Important Families (Genealogy) (Non-Ethnic)
254 (Important) Personalities
254.1 (Folk) Personalities
255 Mental Retardation
260 Population - Growth and Decline
260.5 Ethnology
261.2 English
261.4 Irish
261.5 Swedes
261.7 Swiss
261.8 Germans
261.9 Scotch
262.1 Yugoslavs (Serbians, Croats, Etc.)
262.2 Czechs/Slovaks
262.3 French
262.35 Belgians
262.4 Hungarians
263.1 Greeks
263.15 Macedonians
263.2 Italians
263.3 Spanish
264.1 Russians
264.3 Lithuanians
264.4 Poles (Polish)
264.6 Roumanians
264.7 Bulgarians
264.8 Albanians
264.9 Armenians
265.1 Chinese
266 Middle Easterners
267 Negroes
267.1 Underground Railroad
267.5 Slave Narratives
268 Mexicans
300 Government
301 Public Buildings
309 Military Administration
311 Desperados and Criminals
311.5 Criminal Laws - Cases
312 Laws
314 Rackets; Swindles; Frauds
315 Law Enforcement
315.5 Law Enforcement (Early Period pre-1865)
316 Courts and Civil Cases
321 Political History
323 Elections (and Campaigns)
351 Penal Institutions
370 (Public) Utilities
372 Fire Departments and Fire Protection
400 Transportation
410 Truck Transportation
411 Water Transportation and Ferries
412 Railroads and Interubans
412.1 Railroad Stations
413 Highways and Roads
415 Airports
430 (Local) Transportation
431 Street Improvements
433 Traffic Regulations
440 Communications
444 Radio
500 Tourist Camps, Hostels, Etc.
510 Hotels, Garages
520 Restaurants
529 Taverns and Bars
530 Clubs
531 (Private) Clubs
540 Shops, Stores, Etc.
549 Liquor Stores
550 Markets
600 Points of Interest (incl. Residential Districts)
610 City Planning (Street Maps)
611 Buildings
616 Terminals (Transportation)
617 Monuments and Landmarks
618 Bridges
620 Historic Remains
622 Historic Houses
624 Cemeteries (Epitaphs)
630 Industry and Commerce
630.5 Industry and Commerce (Historical)
631 Mortuaries and Monument Industry
631.4 Flour Mills (Grain)
633 Factories
633.1 Food Industry and Trade
633.2 Distiling Industries/Brewing Industries
633.6 Stock Yards
634 Housing
635 Banks and Banking
636 Retail Trade
637 Handicrafts
639 Economic and Business Conditions
640 Education
641 Public Grade Schools
642 Universities and Colleges
642.1 (State) Universities
642.2 (Laboratory) Schools
643 High School and Junior High
644 School Systems
646 Private Schools
648 Vocational Schools
649 Special Schools
650 Museums
657 Zoological Gardens
658 Collectors and Collecting (Relics)
659 Exhibitions (Fairs and Festivals)
660 Culture
661 Religion (Churches)
662 Jews and Judaism
662.5 Sects and Non-Western Religions
663 Art - Artists
664 Music and Folk Music
665 Literature
665.2 The Press
665.3 Libraries
666 Theaters and Drama
666.1 Opera and Operettas
666.5 Pageants
667 Movies
668 Scientific Institutes
669 Auditoriums
670 Social (includes communal societies)
672 Carnivals, Circuses, Etc.
672.1 Strikes
673 Labor Unions - Trade Unions
674 Health and Hospitals
674.3 Safety, First Aid, Etc.
674.5 Diseases and Epidemics
677 Cuisine and Food
680 Sports and Recreation
681.21 Hunting
681.22 Fishing and Fish Hatcheries
681.31 Football
681.32 Basketball
681.33 Baseball
681.34 Horse Racing
681.35 Dog Racing
681.36 Animal Fighting
682 Camps
683.4 Stadia and Sports Fields
683.5 Gymnasia
683.8 Swimming Pools and Beaches
690 Points of Scenic Interest
694 Parks and Forest (Nature) Preserves
700 Cities and Towns (incl. Lists of Post Offices)
708 Social Life
708.1 Alcohol Consumption
708.2 Temperance
710 Social Classes and Social Control
711 Organizations
711.4 YMCA
711.5 YWCA
711.6 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Etc.
711.8 (Humane Society) and Animals, Treatment of, Etc.
713 Anti-Slavery Societies
714 Social Service Agencies
714.1 Orphanages
715 Fraternal Societies
716 Study Groups, Lectures, Forums, Etc.
717 Rehabilitation
800 Scenic Drives, Tours, Etc.
801 Maps (other than street plans)
900 Bibliography (e.g., articles)
901 Charts and Graphs
902 Drawings*


Alphabetical List of Topics in County Listings
Agriculture 170
Airports 415
Albanians 264.8
Alcohol Consumption 708.1
Animal Fighting 681.36
Animals, See Fauna  
Animals, Treatment of-Societies etc. 711.8
Anti-Slavery Societies 713
Antiques 207
Archaeology 210
Armenians 264.9
Art and Artists 663
Auditoriums 669
Banks and Banking 635
Baseball 681.33
Basketball 681.32
Belgians 262.35
Beliefs 246
Bibliography (e.g. articles) 900
Bohemians, See Czechs/Slovaks  
Boundaries; Surveys 111
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. 711.6
Breweries, See Distilling Industries/Brewing Industry  
Bridges 618
Buildings 611
Buildings, Government, See Government  
Bulgarians, See also Macedonians 264.7
Calendar of Events 204.5
Camps 682
Canals, See Water Transportation and Ferries  
Carnivals, Circuses, etc. 672
Caves, See Geography  
Celebrations, See Groups, Gatherings, Activities, Celebrations  
Cemeteries (Epitaphs) 624
901
Chinese 265.1
Christmas, See Exhibitions (Fairs, and Festivals)  
Chronology, Historical 204.1
Churches, See Religion (Churches)  
Circuses, See Carnivals, Circuses, etc.  
Cities and Towns (incl. Lists of Post Offices) 700
City Planning (Street Maps) 610
Climatalogy 130
Clubs 530
Clubs (Private) 531
Collectors and Collecting (Relics) 658
Comets, Eclipses, Meteors, etc. 138
Communal Societies, See Social  
< 440
Conservation of Natural Resources (Reclamation) 165
Courts and Civil Cases 316
(Covered) Bridges, See Bridges 601
Criminal Law-Cases 311.5
Criminals, See Desperados and Criminals  
Cuisine and Food, See also under ethnic groups 677
Culture 660
Cures and Remedies 246.4
Czechs/Slovaks 262.2
Dams, See Floods and Flood Control  
Desperados and Criminals 311
Devil Tales and Related Lore 243.6
Diseases and Epidemics 674.5
Distilling Industries/Brewing Industry 633.2
Dog Racing 681.35
Domestic Animals 179
Drama, See Theaters and Drama  
Drawings 902
Early Events (Pre-Civil War) 234
Early Settlers 231
Earthquakes 148
Economic and business conditions 639
Education 640
Elections (and Campaigns) 323
English 261.2
Epitaphs, See Cemeteries (Epitaphs)  
Ethnology 260.5
Etiquette 246.9
Exhibitions (Fairs and Festivals) 659
Factories 633
Fairs and Festivals, See Exhibitions (Fairs and Festivals)  
Families (Important), See Important Families (Genealogy)  
Farm Sales 179.2
Fauna 190
Ferries, See Water Transportation and Ferries  
Fire Department and Fire Protection 372
Fires 134
Fishing and Fish Hatcheries 681.22
Floods and Flood Control 135.2
Flora 180
Flour-Mills (Grain) 631.4
Folk Customs (Dances, Games, etc.) 249
Folk Sayings 244.2
Folklore and Legends 225
Folkways 240
Food Industry and Trade 633.1
Football 681.31
Fossils, See Paleontology  
Fraternal Societies 715
French 262.3
Frontier and Pioneer Life 232
Game Preserves 191
Gardens and Greenhouses (incl. Nurseries) 197
General Description 100
Geography 110
Geology 140
Germans 261.8
Ghost Stories 243.7
Government 300
Grain Elevators, See Flour Mills (Grain)  
Grasshoppers, See Locusts  
Greeks, See also Macedonians 263.1
Groups, Gatherings, Activities, Celebrations 245
Growth and Development 250
Gymnasia 683.5
Handicrafts 637
Health and Hospitals 674
High Schools and Junior Highs 643
Highways and Roads 413
Historic Houses 622
Historic Remains 620
Historic Sites 208
Historical Incidents, Events 206
History 200
Horse Racing 681.34
Hotels, Garages 510
Housing 634
Hungarians 262.4
Hunting 681.21
Important Families (Genealogy) (Non-Ethnic) 253
Indentured Servants, See Social Classes and Social Control  
Indians, See also Folklore and Legends 220
(White)-Indian Battles 221.1
Indian Captivities 221.6
Indian Life and Customs 222
Indian Hostilities 221
Indian Legends, See Folklore and Legends  
Indian Mounds, See Archaeology  
Indian Villages 226
Industry and Commerce 630
Industry and Commerce (Historical) 630.5
Insects 196.3
Interurban Lines, See Railroads and Interurbans  
Irish 261.4
Italians 263.2
Jews and Judaism 662
Labor Unions-Trade Union 673
Lakes 193
Landmarks, See Monuments and Landmarks  
Law Enforcement 315
Law Enforcement (Early Period-pre 1865) 315.5
Laws 312
Legends, See Folklore and Legends  
Libraries 665.3
Limestone Quarries 142
Linguistic Material 244
Liquor Stores 549
Literature and Literary Figures 665
Lithuanians 264.3
Locusts (Grasshoppers) 196.31
Macedonians 263.15
Maps (other than street plans), See also City Planning 801
Markets 550
Mental Retardation 255
Meteors, See Comets, Eclipses, Meteors, etc.  
Mexicans 268
Middle Easterners 266
Military Administration 309
Military History 200.1
Milling, See Flour Mills (Grain)  
Mines and Mineral Resources 161
Monuments and Landmarks 617
Mortuaries and Monument Industry 631
Mottoes and Slogans 244.8
Movies 667
Museums 650
Music and Folk Music 664
Natural Gas 149.5
Natural Resources 160
Natural Wells, Springs, etc. 146
Negroes, See also Anti-Slavery Societies 267
Newspapers, See The Press  
Nurseries, See Gardens and Greenhouses  
Oil Wells and Oil 149
Opera and Operettas 666.1
Orchards and Fruit 173.7
Organizations 711
Orphanages 714.1
Pageants 666.5
Paleontology and Pre-Historic Remains 150
Parks and Forest (Nature) Preserves 694
Penal Institutions 351
(Folk) Personalities 254.1
(Important) Personalities 254
Place Names 101
(Folk) Poems 245.7
Points of Interest (incl. Residential Districts) 600
Points of Scenic Interest 690
Poles (Polish) 264.4
Political History 321
Population, See Charts and Graphs, Ethnology  
Population-Growth and Decline 260
Post Offices (at end of Cities and Towns) 700
The Press 665.2
Prisons, See Penal Institutions  
Private Schools 646
Public Buildings 301
Public Grade Schools 641
Racial Elements, See Ethnology  
Rackets; Swindles; Frauds 314
Radio 444
Railroad Stations 412.1
Railroads and Interurbans 412
Ranches 171
Real Estate 167
Regional History 204
Rehabilitation 717
Religion (Churches) 661
Religious Group Gatherings and Festivals 245.1
Reminiscences, See Tales and Sayings  
Restaurants 520
Retail Trade 636
Rivers and Streams, See also Conservation (Reclamation) 121
Roumanians 264.6
Russians 264.1
Safety, First Aid, etc. 674.3
Scenic Drives, Tours, etc. 800
Scientific Institutes 668
School Systems 644
(Laboratory) Schools 642.2
Scotch 261.9
Sects and Non-Western Religions 662.5
Serbians, See Yugoslavs  
(Early) Settlements 230
Shops, Stores, etc. 540
Slave Narratives, See also Anti-Slavery Societies 267.5
Slovaks, See Czechs/Slovaks  
Slovenians, See Yugoslavs  
Social (includes communal societies) 670
Social Classes and Social Control 710
Social Life 708
Social Service Agencies 714
Social Welfare, See Social Service Agencies  
(Folk) Songs and Rhymes, See also Negroes 242
Spanish 263.3
Spas, See Natural Wells, Springs, etc.  
Special Schools 649
Sports and Recreation 680
Stadia and Sports Fields 683.4
Stills, See Alcohol Consumption 708.1
Stock Yards 633.6
Street Improvements 431
Strikes 672.1
Study Groups, Lectures, Forums, etc. 716
Superstitions 246.1
Swedes 261.5
Swimmng Pools and Beaches 683.8
Swiss 261.7
Tales and Sayings 243
Tall Tales 243.3
Taverns and Bars 529
Telephone and Telegraph, See Communication  
Temperance 708.2
Terminals (Transportation) 616
Textile Crops 173.6
Theaters and Drama 666
Topography 120
Tourist Camps, Hostels, etc. 500
Tours, See Scenic Drives, Tours, etc.  
Traffic Regulations 433
Trails, See Highways and Roads  
Transportation 400
(Local) Transportation 430
Trees and Forests 194
Truck Transportation 410
Underground Railroad, See also Anti-Slavery Societies 267.1
(State) Universities 642.1
Universities and Colleges 642
(Public) Utilities 370
Vocational Schools 648
WPA, See Rehabilitation  
Water Transportation and Ferries 411
(Local) Weather and Lore 133
Whiskey, See Alcohol Consumption  
Wild Animals 196.2
Wit and Folk Humor 244.4
Witch Tales and Related Lore 243.5
YMCA 711.4
YWCA 711.5
Yugoslavs (Serbians, Croats, etc.) 262.1
Zoological Gardens 657

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