Come on in! You can find us on the second floor of the library in Room 204. The Topeka Room suite houses our Local History and Genealogy collections and resources. The suite consists of four rooms including the Keith and Bette Bossler Foyer, the research room, the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center, and the Topeka Room. For ease of reference and because it was the first named part of the suite, we often refer to the entire suite as “The Topeka Room.”
The Local History resources include a print collection of books by people with connections to Topeka & Shawnee County, yearbooks from the local high schools and Washburn University, city directories and phone books for Topeka, maps of Topeka & Shawnee County, microfilm of Topeka newspapers from the 1870s to the present, vertical files of newspaper clippings and photos, and art and furniture from Topeka’s past.
The genealogy resources include the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center with four computers, a large format printer (invaluable for printing census pages), and a Genealogy print collection.
We also provide the access point for the library’s Special Collections as well as the Moses Fine Art Collection, the John W. Ripley Sheet Music Collection, and the Pop-Up book collection.
We are open the same hours as the rest of the library so come on up to the second floor and explore what we have to offer. We do ask that anyone under the age of 12 be accompanied by a responsible person older than age 12 as we do have old and fragile items in our collection.
Photo credits: Charity Rouse and Judy Perkins, used with permission.