Kansas State Historical Society

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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]



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  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).