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Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records


The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) seeks to encourage Kansas organizations and individuals that create, preserve, and use records with enduring value. KSHRAB strives to ensure the ongoing availability of records with enduring value so current and future audiences can understand democracy, history, and culture.

Using funds granted from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the KSHRAB established the Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records (KDAHR) Regrant Program to enhance online access to historical records and to increase digital literacy and citizen engagement with those historical records.

The KSHRAB offers grants to Kansas historical records repositories that demonstrate a financial and programmatic need and a commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will enhance online access to historical records. These projects may include:

-digitizing collections and placing the digital content online

-creating and publishing online finding aids to historical records collections

-developing/upgrading websites specifically designed to highlight the organization’s historical records and increase collections’ discoverability


See 2019 KDAHR Guidelines and Application



KDAHR regrants were offered for the first time in 2016. During this grant period, the KSHRAB distributed $11,221.12 to six institutions throughout Kansas. The products of all digitization projects are available on Kansasmemory.org. 

Wabaunsee County Historical Society (Alma, KS)
Awarded $2,000 to digitize the Louis Palenske archives and to create a website for the Wabaunsee County Historical Society.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Kansas City, KS)

Awarded $2,470 to scan and digitize Russian Church Ledgers.

Shawnee County Historical Society (Topeka, KS)
Awarded $1,354.12 to digitize original photos from the 1951 Topeka flood.

Lecompton Historical Society (Lecompton, KS)
Awarded $1,975 to digitize rural school and athletic photographs from their collections.

Rosedale Development Association (Kansas City, KS)
Awarded $1,800 to digitize and create a finding aid for local records.

Miners Hall Museum (Franklin, KS)
Awarded $1,622 to digitize records that document the coal mining heritage of Crawford and Cherokee counties. 


KDAHR projects for 2017 are currently underway! In early 2017, the KSHRAB distributed $11,208 to five small historical records repositories throughout Kansas. Projects will be available for use by the public soon!

Kansas Oil Museum (El Dorado, KS)
Awarded $2,500 to digitize and document photographs that represent farming, oil, and commerce in Butler County.

Old Depot Museum (Ottawa, KS)
Awarded $2,500 to re-work existing website to make it user-friendly and an effective repository for digital collections.

Hesston Public Library (Hesston, KS)
Awarded $2,165 to digitize the Lyle Yost photograph and archival collection.

Northeast Kansas Chapter 14, Germans from Russia Association (Topeka, KS)
Awarded $2,400 to digitize oral histories collected with a Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) grant.

Wamego Public Library (Wamego, KS)
Awarded $1,643 to digitize images of the Columbian Theatre Renovation.

If you represent a small historical records repository and have a KDAHR-eligible project, let us know!

More information about KDAHR 2018 will be available soon!