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.
Walk-in service is not currently available. You must make an appointment ahead of time. Schedule a research appointments below or call (785) 580-4400.
Genealogy can give you a broader sense of who you are and your place in the world.
View symbols & stories of 2020 that show how COVID-19 impacted & continues to impact Topeka & Shawnee County.
Share your images, objects and stories of 2020 for an upcoming gallery exhibit.