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'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
'''''Overlapping Collections'''''<br>  
*National Archives Central Plains Region (Kansas City, MO)<br>  
*[[National Archives Central Plains Region (Kansas City)]], censuses, military, pensions, naturalizations, photos, for IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD; Internet access to Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Footnote.<br>
*Family History Library (Salt Lake City, UT)<br>
*[http://www.archives.gov/research/land/ National Archives I], Washington, DC has [[Homestead Records|homestead applications]] for Kansas.<br>  
*American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (Lincoln, NE)<br>
*[[Family History Library]], Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, censuses, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records.<br>  
*[[American Historical Society of Germans from Russia]], Lincoln, NE, has Russian geography info, church records, civil records, maps, family histories, photos, and surname charts, newspapers, U.S. arrival lists.<br>  
*[[National Orphan Train Complex]], Concordia, [http://www.orphantraindepot.com/ museum], history, rider registry, research, and events.
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
'''''Similar Collections'''''<br>  
*Kansas Department of Health and Environment <br>  
*Kansas Department of Health and Environment, .<br>  
*Kansas Genealogical Society (Dodge City)<br>
*Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, .<br>
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
*Topeka Genealogical Society<br>
*Topeka Genealogical Society, .<br>  
*Wichita State University (Wichita)<br>  
*[http://skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/ Shawnee County Historical Society], .<br>
*University of Kansas (Lawrence)<br>  
*[http://tscpl.org/research/databases-by-subject/#genealogy Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library] Ancestry.com, America's Obituaries, HeritageQuest Online, and the [http://tscpl.org/topeka-room/ Topeka Room] with local interest materials.
*Iola Public Library<br>  
*Wichita State University Library, Wichita, .<br>  
*Shawnee County Register of Deeds<br>  
*University of Kansas Library, Lawrence, .<br>  
*District Court Clerk<br>  
*Iola Public Library, .<br>  
*Probate Court Clerk<br>
*Shawnee County Register of Deeds, .<br>  
*District Court Clerk, .<br>  
*Shawnee County Probate Court Clerk, .<br>
Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma
See also [[Colorado]], [[Missouri]], [[Nebraska]], and [[Oklahoma]].
=== Sources  ===
=== Sources  ===

Revision as of 22:07, 24 September 2012

Kansas State Historical Society
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  reference@kshs.org


6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099

Telephone:[2]  785-272-8681 ; Fax 785-272-8682 ; TTY 785-272-8681

Hours and holidays:[3]  Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed state holidays, please check our calendar. No entrance fee.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[3]

  • Take exit 356/Wanamaker Road on I-70 in western Topeka (map at right). Turn north, enter the roundabout, and follow the signs directing you west for about 1 mile. We are surrounded by prairie and woodlands on 80 acres.
  • Printable Map to the Kansas Historical Society.
  • Public transportation is available through Topeka Transit via the #5 West 6th or #7 Huntoon purple routes, Social Security stop. NOTE: Requires walking and service is limited.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Kansas Historical Society Internet site: State archives, research and genealogy, online collections, publications, Kansapedia, popular collections, State Historic Preservation Office, Grants, Register of Historic places.
  • KSHS online catalog allows Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, Journal Title, and ISBN/ISSN searches.
  • Databases and Indexes KSHS collections, catalogs, genealogy, and newspapers.
  • Kansas Memory primary sources organized by agriculture, built environment, business and industry, collections, community life, date, education, environment, government and politics, home and family, military, objects and artifacts, people, places, thematic time period, transportation, or type of material.
  • Territorial Kansas Online 1854-1861 about territorial politics and government, border warfare, immigration and early settlement, personalities, and the national debate about Kansas.
  • Western Trails digitized photographs, printed materials, and maps that document several facets of transportation across Kansas.

Collection Description

Photographs; letters, diaries, and other personal papers; Kansas newspapers; video, film, and sound recordings; books and periodicals; maps and architectural drawings; state government records such as governor's papers, federal, state, and Indian censuses; Kansas vital records; family history resources; and land survey records.[4] Tract books, plats, and maps for the Dodge City land office, Santa Fe Railway, and Rock Island Railroad land sales in Kansas are at the KSHS.[5] The KSHS also has a name index, military index, and place index, county records on microfilm inventory, and place information such as counties, post offices, ghost towns, city and farm directories.[6]



Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Kansas State Historical Society, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment, .
  • Kansas Genealogical Society, Dodge City, .

Neighboring Collections

  • Topeka Genealogical Society, .
  • Shawnee County Historical Society, .
  • Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Ancestry.com, America's Obituaries, HeritageQuest Online, and the Topeka Room with local interest materials.
  • Wichita State University Library, Wichita, .
  • University of Kansas Library, Lawrence, .
  • Iola Public Library, .
  • Shawnee County Register of Deeds, .
  • District Court Clerk, .
  • Shawnee County Probate Court Clerk, .

See also Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.


  1. Ask a Research Question at Kansas Historical Society (accessed 13 September 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Contact Us at Kansas Historical Society (accessed 13 September 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Plan Your Visit at Kansas Historical Society (accessed 13 September 2012).
  4. Kansas State Historical Society, State Archives and Library part of the "The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories" at Library of Congress - Research Centers (accessed 20 September 2012).
  5. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 229. Ancestry digital copy ($); At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  6. Genealogy at Kansas Historical Society (accessed 24 September 2012).