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.

Recent Posts


Historical Topeka Writers

Learn about a few interesting lesser known local writers who published in the early to mid-1900s.

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Finding Your Native American Roots

Learn tips specific to Native American genealogy research.

Blueprints of Early Topeka and Their Architects

Learn about the library’s Sherwood Smith blueprints and the people behind them.

Interlibrary Loan for Genealogy

Learn to access records only available in distant locations.