The Topeka Room has the resources for local historians and genealogists, to discover their family connections as well as the stories of Topeka and Shawnee County’s people, places and events.

A few of the more popular items our researchers use are: yearbooks from Topeka high schools and Washburn University; Topeka city directories from 1870 to the present; and an extensive Local History file collection which covers topics like Topeka and Shawnee County people, schools, businesses, churches, and neighborhoods.

Our computer lab provides access to a host of electronic databases as well as a copier, scanner, and a microfilm scanner.  The best utilized resource is the specially trained staff to help you with your research needs.

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Peek into Topeka history as we learn about John H. Fazel, who brought scouting to Topeka and became a respected figure in the Oakland community.

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The path

Those who remember the ’66 tornado have lived 50 years with a sense of the before and the after. Their memories are invaluable. The library holds the city’s history safely in our collections.

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Find out more about the Library’s genealogy resources!