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State Archives

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.




Preparing for a visit

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State Archives, TopekaHours

  • 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

Public transportation

  • Through Topeka Transit
  • Via #5 West 6th or #7 Huntoon purple routes, Social Security stop
  • Requires walking and service is limited

Guides and maps


  • For school groups and organizations
  • Schedule guided tours at least two weeks in advance

Nature trail

  • 2.5 mile nature trail
  • Four different loops through prairie and wooded areas
  • Open dawn to dusk.

State Archives research room


  • Kansas Museum of History
  • Free parking and picnic areas
  • Playground
  • 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

Museum Store

  • Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Shop during visiting hours
  • Wide selection of gifts and books.

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