Before your visit to the Elkhart County Historical Museum (ECHM) please have specific citations or research inquires prepared. If you are requesting archival materials, please email us prior to your visit, at, so the staff can prepare. We highly encourage all researchers to contact us prior to visiting to ensure the most fruitful research outcome.

The ECHM offers a wealth of materials on the history of Elkhart County from the 1830s to the present. Our collection includes family history, historic photographs, maps, newspapers, church books, land records, and many more intriguing resources.

Our manuscript & archival collections contain diaries, letters, organization and business records, and more. In addition, visitors can browse our collection of reference books to learn about historical subjects from agriculture to textiles, or consult our reference files for news clippings and overviews on local people, places, and topics.

If you are interested in conducting research, learning about what materials we have available in the library and/or repository, please take the time to review the sources listed below.

 Featured Collections & Guides                                                   

Online Library Catalog (hosted by the Elkhart Public Library)

Photograph Collection List

Subject Files

Collection Guides

Source List

Topical Guide

Primary Sources