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Manuscripts

Manuscripts are the unpublished papers of persons, businesses, and organizations. They tell a story about the people who created them and include diaries, letters, reports, meeting minutes, business ledgers and journals, drawings, scientific and literary works, and family histories. These collections focus on people and groups who have lived in or influenced Kansas and the development of the western United States. It is a diverse collection.

  • Around 6,050 individual manuscript collections
  • More than 11,000 cubic feet

The archives catalog includes brief records for all manuscript collections. Additional finding aids for some collections are listed below. Selected manuscripts are available on Kansas Memory, our online archives. Those that have been microfilmed (MF) are available for interlibrary loan and are described in ATLAS, our online catalog. 

This is a listing of manuscripts collections that have finding aids or guides.  It is not comprehensive.  Please check the archives catalog (see above) if you are looking for a collection that is not listed here.

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