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Kansas State Historical Society

The Kansas State Historical Society was founded in 1875 by newspaper editors in the state but it soon became a “specially recognized” state agency. The bulk of Society funding comes from the state legislature but it also has a not-for-profit support organization. Its divisions include the Kansas Museum of History, the Library and Archives Division, the Education Outreach Division, the Cultural Resources Division (Historic Preservation) and the Historic Sites Division. The founders of the Historical Society, many of whom participated in the territorial conflict, made a concerted effort to document this crucial time in history.Society holdings include Kansas newspapers published in the 1850s, papers of John Brown, records of the New England Emigrant Aid Company which was instrumental in bringing anti-slavery settlers to Kansas, and correspondence and diaries of other activists and settlers during this era.

Kansas Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

The Kansas Collection is the regional history division of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas. It supports teaching and research at the University, and in the broader academic community through the acquisition and preservation of materials that document the history of Kansas and the Great Plains region. Its holdings include substantial numbers of manuscripts, photographs, books and serials, maps and state documents. Kansas Collection holdings focusing on the territorial conflict are plentiful and include such resources as the correspondence of Senators James Lane and John J. Ingalls, Governor Charles Robinson, and abolitionist John Brown. Photographs, printed ephemera and publications from the time period are also included.


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