Websites for Research in Kansas
Kansas State University Libraries
Kansas Aerial Photography Initiative
The Kansas Aerial Photography Initiative (KAPI) makes available select black and white aerial photographs of Kansas dating between the 1950s and 1970s. These photographs are part of a collection of over 65,000 historic U.S. Department of Agriculture photographs and provide a pictorial record of the cultural and physical features of a large portion of the state. All images are in the public domain. Users can identify and select specific photographs from photomosaic index sheets and request digital copies. Digital copies are delivered via email or ftp, or downloaded from the K-State Research Exchange (K-REx), Kansas State University's digital repository.
Prairie Studies Initiative
The Prairie Studies Initiative aims to strengthen dialogue and inspire creative scholarship among those engaged in understanding the natural ecosystems, history, culture, and livelihoods of the prairie, and to employ the arts to make this research meaningful to a wide public.
Kansas State University Archives and Special Collections
includes publications such as campus directories, course catalogs, yearbooks, and Kansas State Research and Extension Archived Publications, especially reports on Kansas agriculture. Other collections include photographs, documentation of events, and records from numerous campus units that include presidential records dating from the 1870s to the present.
Kansas Life and Culture
Kansas history, westward expansion, agriculture, and rural life are integral to K-State’s identity. Preserved within the Kansas Life and Culture collections are documents, papers, and institutional archives of importance to the region’s economy and culture. Topical areas of strength include “Bleeding Kansas”, settlement of Kansas, ranching, general agriculture, Santa Fe Trail, political history, railroads, military history, Prohibition, and the development of Kansas State University. The following subcategories further define this topical area.
Chapman Center for Rural Studies
Kansas Lost Town Project
A research initiative of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies
, the Lost Town Project is a digital archive of rural town and site studies conducted by undergraduate researchers at Kansas State University since 2010. Students working in selected research-based classes may submit their town study for inclusion in the archive.
University of Kansas Library
Kansas Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, 1883-1922
Digitized by Kansas University Libraries, these large-scale plans of cities and towns in Kansas detail not only street names and location of buildings, but also include the construction materials and function of buildings, property boundaries, railroads, wells, etc.
Maps & Cartogrpahy
Maps from the University of Kansas Libraries Map Collection, primarily USGS topographical maps of the central plains region.
University of Kansas Libraries' Kansas Collection
The bulk of the Collection's holdings cover the Kansas Territorial period (1854-1861) to the present. Materials beyond Kansas include documentation from the contiguous states and the Great Plains generally. Regional representation of agricultural, political and social movements, economic development, and overland trail migration expand both the time frame and types of materials available.
African American Experience
The African American experience in Kansas and the region is a major area of focus in the Kansas Collection, with the legacy of African American individuals, families, businesses, churches, and schools documented through substantial collections of correspondence, photographs, organizational, educational and business records, books, pamphlets, and newspapers.