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Dec 14

Search History at the Kansas Memory Digital Collections

Posted on December 14, 2022 at 10:13 AM by Tracey Boswell

The Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, is currently closed for renovation, anticipating a reopening in 2024 with repairs and a reinstallation of exhibitions. You can always visit its collections online through the Kansas Memory Digital Collections. It is a database of primary source materials such as photographs, letters, diaries, manuscripts pamphlets, maps, government records, and more with images and information about them. It is easily searchable and with a free account you can log in to save your research or your favorites.

Amelia Earhart Christmas Card

Amelia Earhart Christmas Card with George Putnam (between 1931 and 1936), Kansas Historical Society. Copy and Reuse Restrictions Apply

From the home page you can browse some of the featured images or select a county on the map. Selecting a subject from the left column will give you a set of results. You can search within these results too. It’s fun to browse through images of automobile company advertisements or state celebrations from the past.

The Blog  contains essays about specific items or collections and entries are written by the archivists and reference librarians of the Historical Society.

The FAQ tab has a great set of answers about how to use the resource and how to save materials in your account they call My Bookbag. Although the Kansas Memory Project presents just a fraction of the materials held at the State Archives and Library it is easily accessible for the general public. There are also features designed for use by teachers and students.

Contact KSHS for permission to publish or reproduce or post photos on your website.

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