Thursday, May 06, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Kansas

This is the 17th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Kansas State Historical Society - - in collaboration with the State Archives; photos, podcasts, documents, exhibits, publications, trading cards and bookmarks featuring famous Kansans, videos, historic sites, and more. Look under the Genealogists section for information and databases  which include vital records, census, newspapers, military records, individuals (death notices and more), directories, land records, and local government records.

Midwest Historical and Genealogical Library - - within the lists of finding aids, you'll discover links to online resources, including directories, scrapbooks and obituaries, Sedgwick County marriage affidavits (1879-1922), and a few state reference books

Western Trails Project - - "The two-year project, called 'Western Trails,' aided in the creation of digital copies of source materials related to the historic western migration of the U.S. population, whether on foot, by horse-drawn conveyance, by rail, or by highway." It is a collaboration of five Kansas institutions, and state agencies in Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming are also taking part.


Bethel College Mennonite Library and Archives - - includes indexes to obituaries and census records, scanned archival records and images, and bibliographies

Emporia State University Libraries and Archives - - scroll to the bottom of the page to access the May Massee (art) and Walter M. Andersen (photograph) collections, as well as online resources on the history of Emporia and the surrounding area

Fort Hays State University Forsyth Library Digital Collections - - master's thesis collection, Benjamin Franklin letters, pictorial history of college, Kansas Heritage Project (history of each county), plus collaborative projects with the Stafford County Historical Museum Society, the Digital Repository of Space Exploration, the Sternberg Museum Digital Collection, and the Collyer Community Alliance

Friends University Special Collections - - 135 Quaker photographs of a collection categorized into Academies, Families, Meetings and Ministers, and Missions

Kansas State University Libraries Morse Department of Special Collections - - a few rare books and some manuscripts from the university archives are available in this small online collection

University of Kansas Digital Initiatives - - includes image collections featuring university architecture, art, and history; Robert J. Dole Archive; Florence Nightingale Letters; Kansas City aerial photos; also includes Territorial Kansas Online (a virtual repository for Territorial Kansas History); Kansas railway history (1860-1890), and much more

Wichita State University Special Collections - - photos, rare books, local history, maps, manuscripts (diaries, company records, correspondence and other materials), and university archives (catalogs, photos, student newspapers, and yearbooks)


Atchison Public Library County Online Cemetery Files -

Central Kansas Library System Genealogy Resources - - cemetery records, obituary indexes, and links to other resources

City of Chanute Cemetery records -

City of Salina Gypsum Hill Cemetery Records -

Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum - - includes a family tree, timelines, online documents, quotes, residences, and more

Franklin County Genealogical Society Genealogical Indexes - - marriages, cemeteries, probates, divorces, surname index, postmasters and elected officials, births, first families, ancestor charts, landowners' maps, naturalizations, federal pensioners (1883), military, obituary indexes, school records, tax lists, and more

JoCoHistory (Johnson County History) - - check out People for historical biographies and biographical articles from the quarterly newsletter of the Johnson County Museum. Cities and Towns give you photos, historic sites, and history about locations. Organizations features businesses, social and civic groups, government agencies, schools, and sports teams.

Johnson County District Court Public Records -

Kansas City Public Library Kansas Collection - - exhibits, photos, links to Kansas history and genealogy sites

Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery - - Digital images of Art, Architecture (includes postcards), Culture and Society, Kansas City, Maps (includes Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps), and People; also a Local History Index

Kinsley Library Links for Edwards County Genealogy and Local History Research - - burial file, cemeteries, church records, images, newspaper name index, school and vital records

McPherson Public Library Obituary Index - - 1872 to present

Miami County Genealogy Records - - indexes to births deaths and marriages from 1885 to 1911

Osage County District Court - - marriage and probate records indexes

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library - - local newspaper and obituary indexes

Wichita Genealogical Society Databases - - directories (farmers' and negro); mortuary ledgers

Wyandotte County Historical Museum Trowbridge Research Library - - cemetery records


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