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


75 Years on the Road

Explore the history of Topeka bookmobiles. We’ve come a long way since 1943’s converted camper.

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Women’s Suffrage in Kansas

Learn about Topekans’ who helped Kansas women get the right to vote.

African-American Newspapers Tell Your Story

Learn about your ancestors in African-American newspapers.

Remembering Santa Fe Railway

Discover the history of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Feb 11 marked the 159th anniversary of the railway’s creation.