Image Collections

Image Collections

The GBL Historic Image Collection is comprised of over 12,000 photographic prints, 9,000 negatives, 8,200 slides, 50 glass plate images, and 100 16mm film reels.

The collection documents the history of archaeological work in Indiana and the Midwest since at least the 1920s, including over 75 years of the Angel Mounds excavations. Images also depict early figures in the field such as Eli Lilly, Glenn A. Black, Warren K. Morehead and others.

This collection also records the artifacts, sites, and excavation work of 59 Indiana counties and 22 states other than Indiana.

The GBL is currently working on a image preservation and digitization project. Many of our historic images will be available to view through Indiana University's Image Collections Online.

For copies of images, or to make an appointment to view the collections, please contact us at Copyright restrictions apply.


Films in our collection include several reels capturing Glenn Black's 1934-1935 excavation of Nowlin Mound, an Adena culture site in Dearborn County. These are among the earliest films of professional archaeologists conducting field work in North America.

This short clip depicts Glenn Black, wife Ida Black, William Rude, Bernard Bucher, and Joseph Schulyer setting up camp and conducting surveys at the site. Note: This clip does not feature audio.

Nowlin Mound archaeological survey and excavations, 1934-1935.

Description of the video:

This film has no audio file associated with it. Shows brief scenes of Glenn Black, Ida Black, and other crew members surveying and setting up camp for excavations of Nowlin Mound, Dearborn County, Indiana.