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Using the research room - Microfilm

Our microfilm collections are self-serve and include books, manuscripts and state records microfilm, census microfilm, and Kansas newspapers. The following may be of assistance in accessing these collections.

Researcher using a microfilm reader

  • Our research room staff can help you find the microfilm roll numbers using the card catalog, our website, and ATLAS.
  • Please pull no more than three rolls of microfilm at a time.
  • We have 34 microfilm readers available for your use. There are also 5 microfilm printers.
  • Please search for articles on a reader, then move to the printers to make copies.
  • The printers cost $.25 per page and are self-serve. Change is available at the retrieval desk.
  • You can also make good copies from the microfilm readers with your digital camera.
  • When you are finished using a roll, please return it to the cart by the microfilm attendant's desk.
  • Most of our microfilm collection is available for interlibrary loan. You may find an "out-box" in the drawer if a roll is out on loan. 

Books, manuscripts and state records on microfilm

The microfilmed books, manuscripts, state archives and county records collections are shelved in the first and second bays. LM numbers include books, city directories and some military records. These items are indexed both in the card catalog and on ATLAS. Manuscripts that have been microfilmed include diaries and business records. All of this film has catalog records on ATLAS.

State records microfilm includes material from state agencies as well as county and city records. For information on state records holdings, ask the reference staff for printed guides or a search of the State Archives database. The county records on microfilm guide is arranged alphabetically by county.

Census microfilm

1875 Cherokee County censusCensuses for Kansas are available on microfilm and on Ancestry.com on the computers in the research room. The Kansas census microfilm guide is arranged by year, then alphabetically by county. Indexes on microfilm are listed at the beginning of each year.

The Kansas Historical Society has a complete collection of U.S. census records on microfilm for 1790-1850. The guide for out-of-state census microfilm is arranged by year, then alphabetically by state and county. Printed census indexes are on the census index table beside the microfilm volunteer's desk.

Kansas newspapers on microfilm

Kansas newspapers on microfilm are the largest collection in the research room. All our newspaper microfilm is listed in our newspaper database. A very selective group of our newspapers has been digitized and can be viewed on the Chronicling America web site. All of the African American newspapers in our collection have been digitized by Newsbank, Inc. Internet access is available in our research room.

Volunteer using a microfilm printerOur reference staff will be happy to help you throughout your visit to the research room. Individuals in need of access assistance or auxiliary aids and services are asked to contact the Historical Society prior to their visit. 

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