52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Microfilm Collection?

It’s week 40 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, and we’re commemorating the birthday of microphotograph pioneer, Benjamin Dancer, with a closer look at our Microfilm collection.

Dancer, considered the “Father of Microphotography”, is credited with creating the microfilming process for photographically preserving manuscripts, printed materials, business records and pictures.


About 52 for 150

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

Microfilm is available for use during Library hours. Call or stop by the Topeka Room (785-580-4510) on the Library’s second floor for assistance. We’re located at the top of the stairs on your left.


Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.