Genealogy at the Wichita Public Library
The Edward & Elizabeth Burns Historical Research Pavilion in the new Advanced Learning Library contains over 23,000 genealogy books and magazines covering Kansas, the Great Plains, the Midwest, the South, and the Colonial States. There is a large Native American collection, mainly covering the Great Plains tribes, and a large military collection with over 1,600 volumes on the Civil War.
Other major collections include: Dawes Rolls Applications, Draper Manuscripts, Germans to America, Italians to America, and the Barbour Collection.
Did you know you can search the Wichita Library catalog of library books from your home or office? Catalog Search
The Research Pivilion is located on the upper level in the new library; conveniently located across the river from downtown Wichita, with plenty of free parking. The address is:
A large collection of microfilm is available, including many census records, newspapers, Dawes Indian rolls, and other resources. Most of census records have been digitized and are available via online services such as Ancestry.com.
The newspapers include the Wichita Eagle, Beacon, and many small papers from Kansas. These can help the researcher find specific stories that help build a story around ancestral history or document events such as death. In addition, a large collection of the New York Times is on microfilm.
||The WGS recently donated a high resolution microfilm reader to the Research Pavillion that captures and sends images to a flash drive or your email – free.
Search the Library Catalog from Home
You can search the Wichita Public Library catalog through the Internet. A simple search page
allows you to find topics you are interested in.