The State Archives, located at the Kansas Historical Society headquarters in west Topeka, offers a convenient research facility to delve into Kansas history and the West. People interested in genealogy, community history, house history, and other general aspects of Kansas history can find here a wealth of information.
Many resources are available to help prepare for a research visit, including maps, a list of holdings by topic, information about the microfilm collection, and other guides and finding aids.
Browse research room pages
- March - October: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
- November - February: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday
- Closed state holidays
- No entrance fee
- ADA accessible, ADA accessible parking in rear, wheelchairs available
- Through Topeka Transit
- Via #5 West 6th or #7 Huntoon purple routes, Social Security stop
- Requires walking and service is limited
- Driving and parking directions
- State Archives research room map (PDF)
- Nature trail (PDF)
- Kansas Historical Society headquarters (Google maps)
- For school groups and organizations
- Schedule guided tours at least two weeks in advance
- 2.5 mile nature trail
- Four different loops through prairie and wooded areas
- Open dawn to dusk.
- Kansas Museum of History
- Free parking and picnic areas
- ADA accessible. Please notify us prior to your visit if you or a member of your party requires accommodation for special needs or disabilities.
- Wheelchairs/strollers available
Discovery Place hands-on gallery $
Hours: 1 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday; open mornings by appointment
- Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
- Shop during visiting hours
- Wide selection of gifts and books.