Indiana Magazine of History

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Indiana Magazine of History  
Former names
Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Indiana Mag. Hist.
Discipline American History
Language English
Edited by Eric Sandweiss
Publication details
Indiana University (United States)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0019-6673
LCCN 06024674
OCLC no. 02371402
JSTOR 00196673

The Indiana Magazine of History is a peer-reviewed academic journal published quarterly by the Indiana University Bloomington Department of History.[1] Established primarily as a venue for historical documents of interest, particularly on Indiana's territorial and early-statehood periods, the journal today publishes a range of scholarly articles, reviews, roundtables, and interviews covering the history and changing culture of Indiana and the Midwest from early European and Native American encounters to the present.[2]


The Indiana Magazine of History was founded in 1905 as the Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History by George S. Cottman as "a magazine devoted to the preservation and collating of matter that is of real value to the historical student." In 1913, when Logan Esarey succeeded Cottman as editor, the magazine began its affiliation with Indiana University and adopted its current name. It was under Esarey that the IMH began its transition to a publication that focused on historical interpretation and analysis as well as reproduction of printed sources. This transition was completed under the editorships of John Barnhart (1941 – 1955), whom longtime IMH associate editor Lorna Lutes Sylvester credits with bringing an "aura…of sophisticated scholarship" to the journal, and Donald F. Carmony (1955-1975), whose service to Indiana University was recognized in 2002 by the creation of a chaired professorship in the IU history department. The duties of the position include editing responsibilities for the Indiana Magazine of History.[3]

Aside from its longevity, the journal is notable for its efforts in bringing together professional and amateur historians as both contributors and readers, while still remaining a decidedly academic endeavor. Its wide lay readership (the journal was for many years offered as a benefit of membership in the Indianapolis-based Indiana Historical Society and its members continue to comprise the bulk of its subscribers), along with the support of Indiana University's professional scholars, have helped to account for the Indiana Magazine of History's continued publication. In 1955, former editor William O. Lynch (1928–1941) reflected on this point in an article chronicling the first fifty years of the journal's existence: "The two editors of the early period from 1905 to 1913 – the largely self-educated man and the university-trained college teacher – supplemented each other to a noticeable degree and cooperated in a fine spirit."[4] The magazine continues to serve as the journal of scholarly record for Indiana history, while expanding its services to include lesson plans for teachers, collaboration on the scripts of Indiana Public Radio's "Moment of Indiana History" program,[5] and free online access to its back issues through Indiana University Digital Library Program's Indiana Magazine of History Online website.[6]

List of editors[edit]

  • George S. Cottman (March 1905 – December 1907, December 1911 – March 1913)
  • Christopher B. Coleman (March 1908 – September 1911, March 1926 – June 1926, March 1928 – June 1928)
  • Logan Esarey (June 1913 – December 1925, September 1926 – December 1926)
  • William O. Lynch (September 1928 – June 1941)
  • John D. Barnhart (September 1941 – March 1955)
  • Donald F. Carmony (June 1955 – December 1975)
  • Lorna Sylvester (September 1969, September 1970, September 1971, September 1972, December 1973, March 1976 – September 1976, September 1982 – September 1983)
  • James H. Madison (December 1976 – December 1993)
  • Richard Blackett (March 1994 – September 1996)
  • Bernard W. Sheehan (December 1996 – September 2002)
  • Eric Sandweiss (December 2002 – Present)


  1. ^ "Department of History: Indiana University". 2009-01-09. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  2. ^ George S. Cottman, "Our Reasons for Being", Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History 1 (March 1905), 1-3; William O. Lynch, "A History of the Indiana Magazine of History", Indiana Magazine of History 51 (March 1955)
  3. ^ Lorna Lutes Sylvester, introduction to "No Cheap Padding": Seventy-five Years of the Indiana Magazine of History, 1904-1979, compiled by Lorna Lutes Sylvester (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980); Sylvester, "Thirty Years at the Indiana Magazine of History: A Conversation with Lorna Lutes Sylvester," Indiana Magazine of History 101 (December 2005), 339-347.
  4. ^ Lynch, "A History of the Indiana Magazine of History," Indiana Magazine of History 51 (March 1955), 10.
  5. ^ "Moment of Indiana History | Indiana Public Media and the Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations". Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Indiana Magazine of History - Home". 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 

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