Our Local History and Kansas Reference collections are located in the
Edward & Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion on the second floor of the
Advanced Learning Library.
Items in the collection are often the only existing copy and complement other collections such as those at Wichita State University or the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum.
Common topics of research done by customers include house histories, biographical research on prominent Wichita citizens or local families, business and government history, and the history of particular events or incidents.
Example materials in Local History:
The Kansas Reference collection, which is very closely related to the Local History collection, consists of books about Kansa and the Great Plains, or books by Kansas authors, including both fiction and non-fiction.
The collection features books on pioneers and cowboys, Kansas trail and railroad development, aviation history, agricultural history, and other subjects that have shaped the Wichita and Kansas of today.
A limited amount of research may be possible via email and mail queries.
Typical research requests include:
Library staff do not provide census research.
A fee of $5 per half-hour for research will be charged, with a one-hour limit of research time spent per inquiry. Photocopies are an additional 25 cents each. Customers will be billed regardless of results. Invoices will be sent out with any results found; timely payment is appreciated.
Customers are requested to be as thorough as possible when writing a request; exact dates, names, and other details are almost always necessary to find information. These requests will be filled as staff time is available.
Send email queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send mail queries to:
Wichita Public Library
Attn. Mail Research
711 W. 2nd
Wichita, KS 67203
The library prefers that you include a business-size self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request.