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State Library of Kansas

provided by the Kansas State Library Research and Information Division
last updated June 17, 2011


The State Library of Kansas was founded August 25, 1855, as the Kansas Territorial Library. Listed here are links to resources on the Library and its operations and to general resources on Kansas libraries through the years.

Blue Skyways
(Home page of the Kansas State Library)

Carnegie Legacy in Kansas
(Online transcription of a 1985 book by Allen Gardiner on libraries built through the generosity of Andrew Carnegie with updated information)

Kansas Library Association Centennial Moments
(Timeline of world, literary and library events from the founding of the Kansas Library Association, 1900-1999)

Kansas libraries, 1912
(A chapter on library services in Kansas transcribed from the book, Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history (Chicago, Ill. : Standard Publishing Company, 1912 / edited by Frank W. Blackmar))

State Library of Kansas Online Archive
(Reports, newsletters and other material placed in the KSPACe archive)

Check out short histories of several Kansas libraries here:
---Clendening History of Medicine Library (Univ. of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City)
---Coffey County Library
---Douglas County Law Library
---Girard Public Library
---Hutchinson Public Library
---Kansas City Kansas Public Library
---Mary Somerville Public Library
---Paola Free Library
---"Wichita and Her Public Libraries" (Kansas Historical Quarterly (vol. 6, no. 4, Nov., 1937))

Standard History of Kansas and Kansans (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918)
Short public library histories from this 1918 book for: Emporia,Independence and Lawrence

(All of this printed material is available on interlibrary loan from the State Library of Kansas)

Kansas public libraries from Abilene to Zenda : a concise history / by Allen Gardiner
(Topeka, Kan. : State Library of Kansas, 1982) -- 84 pages

The Kansas State Library / by Allen Gardiner
(Topeka, Kan. : Kansas State Library, 1983) -- 17 pages

"Lectures, lyceums, and libraries in early Kansas, 1854-1864" / Calvin W. Gower
article from: The Kansas Historical Quarterly (vol. 36, no. 2, summer, 1970) -- pages 175-182

"Let there be light: the Carnegie libraries in Kansas" / Allen Gardiner
article from: Kansas Heritage (Vol. 5, no. 1, spring 1997) -- pages 9-13

Library legislation and the library movement in Kansas / G. F. Crumpacker
(Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois, 1932) -- Master of Arts Thesis -- 100 pages

"Twenty years later: regional systems... they still work" / by Allen Gardiner
article from: Kansas Libraries (no. 35, July 1985) -- pages 7-16

Kansas State Library serial publications:
Annual reports (1862-1876, and 1942/43)
Biennial reports (1876/78-1956/58)
Catalogue of Kansas State Library [title varies] (1871, 1873, 1876, 1876, 1902)
Kansas libraries 1982-present [online starting in 1996]
Kansas library bulletin / Kansas Traveling Libraries Commission (1932-1963)
Kansas library bulletin / Kansas State Library. Public Library Extension (1963-1972)
Kansas library statistics [title varies] (1911, 1916, 1922-1923, 1926 called Roster, 1935-present)
Newsletter (1972-1973)
Kansas Library Association serials (Kansas library bulletin, 1927; Kansas library news, 1928-1931; Kansas libraries, 1931)
Kansas Library Network Board Annual reports (1980-present)
Kansas Traveling Libraries Commission Biennial reports (1900-1963)


Click on any of the following headings to browse through lists of material available at the Kansas State Library and other research libraries in Topeka, Kansas.

Kansas State Library (as a subject)
Kansas State Library (as an author)

Public libraries--Kansas
Academic libraries--Kansas
School libraries--Kansas
Children's libraries--Kansas
Carnegie libraries

Libraries and ..... (Check for material on libraries and.... adult education, industry, older people, etc)
African Americans and libraries
Hispanic Americans and libraries

Digital libraries
Libraries and the Internet

Check out the ATLAS Catalog for other resources:

If you see something you'd like to borrow from the Kansas State Library or have further questions feel free to contact us

|     Last modified: Jan 31, 2012