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.

The Local History Digital Collection consists of a wide array of digital reproductions of architectural drawings and blueprints, photographs, oral histories and select topics from our Vertical Files.

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Woman stirring pot at stove.

Local cookbooks are a window to the past

Adrienne explores cookbooks from all sorts of Topeka-based churches, clubs and businesses 1908 – 1989.

Online newspapers – amazing genealogy resource

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From telephones to hygiene, Adrianne uncovers some of Topeka’s most historically innovative people.