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State Archives - Collections

State Archives & Library reading room looking southSince 1875 we have preserved the rich heritage of Kansas – its people and their stories. We invite you to take advantage of our resources, whether you’re a researcher, a teacher, a student, a genealogist, or a person interested in Kansas history.

From letters written by well-known figures such as John Brown or Carry Nation to records that bring your family’s legacy to light, we have the most comprehensive collection of historical documents in the state. Don’t have time to stop in for a visit? Discover Kansas Memory, where you can access thousands of our items electronically. Whether it’s in person or via the Internet, discover your story at the Kansas Historical Society!

Our collections include: