Description of the Collection
Drawings include businesses, private homes, historic buildings, and architects' copies of plans of buildings constructed by the State of Kansas (the State's copies of plans of State buildings are in the State archives holdings of the historical society or held by the Division of Architectural Services, Kansas Department of Administration). Many of the architectural drawings in the collection are of bridges and similar structures built by the Missouri Valley Bridge and Iron Company of Leavenworth. Related records of the company are in the manuscripts' collection. Drawings and related records of the Manhattan firm of Wolfenbarger and McCulley and the Topeka practice of Carl Ossmann & Associates are also available, as are smaller quantities of drawings from several other firms.
Our house history checklist describes some of the main sources available in the library for researching the history of historic buildings.
Primary access is through various worksheets and other finding aids available in the Research Room at the Center for Historical Research. Our reference staff will be glad to answer specific questions about our holdings. Inquiries should be addressed to:
State Archives & Library
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
Telephone 785-272-8681, ext. 116
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