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.
On April 16, 1937, 2 fugitives & 3 FBI agents met at a Topeka post office. What happened became national news.
Explore one of Topeka’s most unusual citizens – secretary of a liars club & eccentric afterlife planner.
In 1881 at a séance held by Mrs. Holladay in Topeka, William W. Aber said spirits declared him to be a powerful medium.