Biography and Subject Files


Our local history subject files contain information about Topeka from A–Z.  In the files you will find newspaper clippings, photos, and archival material. There are also files dedicated to the people of Topeka and Shawnee County.

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Kansas Collection

Formerly the Kansas Center for the Book Collection, this reference collection includes books written or illustrated by Kansans, former Kansans, and books with Kansas as a subject.

The collection contains biographies of noted Kansans; selected books by authors who are not Kansans, but who use Kansas as a setting for their works; collections of Kansas folklore and legends; and materials related specifically to Kansas history, geography, topography, flora, and fauna.

Journals and Magazines

  • City arts: Topeka’s art guide – 2008, 2009
  • Biennial reports and Publications of the Kansas State Historical Society (1875-1930 index) – 1959
  • Bulletins of the Shawnee County Historical SocietyView article titles (PDF)
  • Kansas State Historical Society – 1881-1928
  • Kansas history (Kansas State Historical Society) – 1986-current
  • Kansas preservation: newsletter of the Historic Preservation Department, Kansas State Historical Society – 1987-current
  • Seveneightfive {I DO} – 2012
  • Seveneightfive – 2007-current
  • TK magazine – 2006-current
  • Topeka Magazine – 2006-current
  • The Kansas historical quarterly (Kansas State Historical Society) – 1931-1967
  • XYZ – 2010-current

Newspaper Collection

Local History researchers and genealogists are fortunate because the Topeka State Journal, Topeka Daily Capitol and Topeka Capitol Journal, all three major newspapers serving our area, we have a complete run on microfilm from 186x to the present.

List of Newspapers on Microfilm


The library’s Local History department is compiling a county-wide collection of school yearbooks starting from the time yearbooks began, to the present. These yearbooks are available in the Topeka Room Suite. What we are looking for:

  1. Yearbooks in excellent condition (those with handwriting are fine)
  2. A school located in the city of Topeka or any town in Shawnee County, Kansas.
  3. Any elementary, Jr. high, middle school and especially high school
  4. Check our listing of yearbook to see if we have it in our collections.

Contact the Topeka Room at (785) 580-4510 to make arrangements to donate yours today.

View Yearbook List