Since 1946, the Microfilm Lab at the Kansas State Historical Society has been preserving research materials for the use of future generations of Kansans. One significant benefit of microfilming research materials is the relative inexpensiveness of duplicating microfilm.
Patrons may order positive duplicate microfilm of newspapers, census, and other microfilmed materials if the Society owns the negatives for $75 per reel of 35mm film or $60 per reel of 16mm film plus shipping and handling and sales tax when appropriate. Institutional or individual members of the Kansas State Historical Society are eligible for a discount. To place an order to purchase microfilm or to inquire about costs, please contact the microfilm lab.
A virtually complete collection of all Kansas newspapers published from the 1850s to the present is available on 35mm microfilm. Check our newspaper database for the specific titles or for newspaper from specific towns for specific dates.
Kansas Censuses, 1855-1925
Kansas territorial censuses are available from 1855 to 1860. In addition to the federal census taken on years ending in "0", the state of Kansas took a mid-decade census in years ending in "5" from 1865 to 1925. These include agricultural schedules. All Kansas state censuses on microfilm were filmed by the Kansas State Historical Society and are available for purchase. Indexes for selected years are in book form and on 16mm microfilm. The microfilm indexes are available for purchase. For information on specific census years and rolls, please check the Kansas census web page.
PLEASE NOTE THAT MICROFILM COPIES OF THE FEDERAL CENSUS FOR KANSAS CANNOT BE PURCHASED FROM THE KANSAS STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.