Local History and Genealogy
Enjoy the extensive local history collection available to you at the Library:
The Local History Collection
Contains historic and genealogical materials for the Leavenworth area.
Contains news clipping, pamphlets and other information on Leavenworth history, historical figures, and events.
Historical and recent maps of Leavenworth city and county and the state of Kansas.
The Leavenworth Times is available from 1857 to the present. Census records, city directories, land, divorce, marriage, and naturalization records along with other historic documents are also available. Inquire at the Reference desk at the library for these records and documents. Microfilm does not check out.
Historic photographs of Leavenworth people, businesses and events. Included is the Johnny and Annie Johnston Collection containing several thousand images.
Ranging from 1883-1949 for Leavenworth, the Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical and genealogical tools.
* Home access requires a State of Kansas Library e-Card, available for free at the Library or through this online form.
Access available only at the Library.
Using the Library’s computers, you have access to free search records to discover your family’s history.
Browse premier collections from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.
Access a collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.
Access a collection of research materials to trace family history and study American culture.
Access thousands of reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, historical documents, biographies, historical photos and maps, as well as 150 leading history periodicals and 80 hours of historical video.
Access a digital library of historic Kansas newspapers, including digitized Leavenworth Times from 1868 to 1922.