For the last two years, the Kansas Room staff has been steadily digitizing historic photographs and other documents from the special collections. If you have not yet visited the Kansas Room Digital Collections page, follow this link to browse the more than 800 items added so far. 14 individual collections spanning 150 years of Kansas history have been added to the site, which can be browsed by collection, item type, or keyword. You’ll find images of the Kansas City, Kansas High School fire in 1934, the Quindaro Ruins in the early 20th century, photographs of long-gone public schools, and hundreds of postcards of old Kansas City, Kansas.

Here is a list of digital collections you can find on the Omeka site:

  • Kansas City, Kansas High School Fire Photographs
  • 1951 Flood Photographs
  • Argentine High School Scrapbook
  • Kansas City, Kansas High School Cornerstone Collection
  • 1904 World’s Fair Drawings
  • Wyandotte County Buildings
  • School Slide Photograph Collections
  • Downtown Lawrence, Kansas, 1970s
  • Carnival Park Photographs
  • Kansas City Waterworks, Quindaro Pumping Station Construction
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public School Buildings
  • Kansas City, Kansas Postcard Collection
  • Selected Photographs from the William E. Connelley Collection

The Kansas Room is actively collecting photographs of Kansas City, Kansas people and places. If you have items that you would like to donate to the Kansas Collection, please email the Kansas Collection Librarian.