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Aug 09

Locating State Agencies in Topeka in 1981

Posted on August 9, 2021 at 4:51 PM by Bill Sowers

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Locating State Agencies in Topeka in 1981

One of the interesting questions we sometimes get at the State Library goes something like this: "Where was the Board of Nursing office located years ago?" Or, "What agencies had offices at 503 Kansas Avenue years ago?"

A great report published in 1981 answers that question for Topeka based state agencies 40 years ago.  

Most of the report is a planning document for the 1980s on the present use/needs of state owned/leased space, and future space needs in Shawnee County for the rest of the 1980s.  It includes an inventory of current space, different scenarios on development of space, possible new building construction projects and space standards.

But there is a section of the report, from page 14 to page 30, which is an alphabetical list of state agencies in Topeka with addresses. The list includes the addresses of individual divisions, bureaus, sections and other subagencies with separate locations other than their parent agency.  This section gives the casual or serious local historian an idea where an agency was located 40 years ago within Topeka.

You can view this publication online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library:

81-86 space:
a study of state owned and leased space and space needs in Shawnee County, Kansas