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Dec 28

"Top Ten" KGI Blogs for 2018

Posted to KGI Online Library on December 28, 2018 at 11:10 AM by Bill Sowers

Links to the ten most popular Blog Articles issued in 2018 by the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library about some of our publications and collections...

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Sep 01

The Kansas State Printing Plant in 1915

Posted to KGI Online Library on September 1, 2017 at 1:48 PM by Bill Sowers

Tucked away within the pristine, well stacked shelves of the Kansas Government Information Online Library (Who wouldn't love a library with tidy shelves that never have to be dusted?) is a small, digitized booklet published in 1915 by the Kansas State Printer, "The Kansas Printing Plant, 1915."

This booklet is 22 pages of photographs, history and statistics on the plant where thousands of Kansas state government publications were produced for distribution by executive, legislative and judicial agencies. This 1915 publication, a promotional booklet, describes the modern set up of the plant and its service in providing state government material to the public.  Also touted within the booklet is the publication of Kansas school books, an innovation state government had just recently passed.  As stated on page 16:

"Kansas began printing its text books a year ago, in the face of most bitter opposition from the eastern book concerns, who have used every weapon at their command to defeat the project. Despite all this, the work has gone steadily on, and the great decrease in the price of books, sold by the State to retailers at cost, is proof enough that the proposition has been a paying investment to the taxpayers of Kansas."

Located at the corner of 10th and Jackson Streets in Topeka the building was heavily damaged by the 1966 tornado.  A new printing facility was built in the mid 1970s in Topeka at 201 NW MacVicar Ave when the elected office of Kansas State Printer was abolished and the Division of Printing was created under the Kansas Department of Administration.

You can view this booklet at:

The Kansas State Printing Plant, Topeka, 1915

Other material in the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library can be viewed here:

Printer, State ... of Kansas

You can view a few other photos of the Kansas State Printing Plant provided by the Kansas Historical Society's KANSAS MEMORY website here:

Employees of the Kansas State Printing Plant (1922)

Tornado damage to the Printing Plant (1966)

The Making of a Textbook, Kansas State Printer
(Silent film produced in the 1930s or 40s showing the production of a geography textbook)

Our thanks to the Kansas Historical Society for the loan of the book for digitization featured in this blog article

Jan 26

Happy Kansas Day!

Posted to KGI Online Library on January 26, 2016 at 10:02 AM by Bill Sowers

January 29, 2016 will mark the 155th anniversary of Kansas' admission as the 34th state in the Union.  With that in mind we've pulled a few digital documents off the virtual shelves of the State Library's KGI Online Library that celebrate our state and promote what we have to offer.

150 "Best" Kansas Books  (2010-2011)
A project coordinated by the State Library of Kansas to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood.  Included in this collection is a list of 150 books about Kansas or by Kansans voted on by people around the globe five years ago.  The list of books includes history, fiction, travel, government, etc.

Kansas Tourist Guide (1955?)
and
Kansas Travel and Recreation Guide  (1958)
These two booklets, published by Kansas Industrial Development Commission in the 1950s, give a post-World War II pictorial overview of the Sunflower State for both travelers and residents.

To The Stars (1945-1950)
A Kansas Industrial Development Commission newsletter promoting economic development in Kansas in the 40s and 50s.

Something Wild! A Wildlife Education Guide (2006)
This 2006 Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks publication, written primarily for educators gives the reader an "awareness and appreciation of Kansas wildlife."

OTHER KANSAS DAY RESOURCES

The Kansas History Database
(Provided by the State Library of Kansas for residents of Kansas through Gale CENGAGE Learning)

Kansas Memory
Primary sources online from the Kansas Historical Society.

Kansas Day with the Kansas Historical Society!
Celebrations at the Kansas Museum of History, the Kansas Capitol and the Pawnee Indian Museum