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.

Vertical File

Contains news clipping, pamphlets and other information on Leavenworth history, historical figures, and events.

Map Collection

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.

Photograph Collection

Historic photographs of Leavenworth people, businesses and events. Included is the Johnny and Annie Johnston Collection containing several thousand images.

Digital Kansas Sanborn Maps

Ranging from 1883-1949 for Leavenworth, the Sanborn fire insurance maps are valuable historical and genealogical tools.

Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library

Access Kansas government publications, resources, and information available from the State Library of Kansas.

For more information about the Local History collections, contact reference at (913) 682-5666 ext. 2100 or [email protected].


* Home access requires a State of Kansas Library e-Card, available for free at the Library or through this online form

State Library of Kansas genealogy resources webinar

Ancestry – Library Edition

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.

Freedmen’s Bureau Project

Examine searchable records and images of nearly 1.8 million emancipated slaves during the years 1865 to 1878.

Requires user to set up a free account for access

Gale Genealogy Connect*

Access a collection of nearly 600 genealogy research and reference publications in searchable PDF format.

HeritageQuest Online*

Access a collection of research materials to trace family history and study American culture.

History Reference Center*

Access thousands of reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, historical documents, biographies, historical photos and maps, as well as 150 leading history periodicals and 80 hours of historical video.

Kansas Digital Newspapers

Access a digital library of historic Kansas newspapers, including digitized Leavenworth Times from 1868 to 1922.

Kansas Historical Society

Collects, preserves and interprets material and information pertaining to state government and Kansas history.

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Kansas Memory
Kansas Historical Society’s
online collection.

Kansas History, 1854-1865

Provides Kansas history from the territorial years through the Civil war.

Midwest Genealogy Center

The largest free-standing public genealogy library in the United States.

National Archives and Records Administration

The NARA is the nation’s record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government. Local and regional information is available through the National Archives at Kansas City.

National Park Service

Browse a collection of the history of each branch of the military, including wars, battles, letters and interviews of service members.