Historical American Newspapers: Kansas Newspapers

This guide organizes the historical American newspapers available at the University of Kansas by topic. There are also links to selected freely available papers, as well as, a special page on Kansas papers, in all formats.

Reference Resources Concerning Kansas Newspapers

In 1916 the Kansas Historical Society and Department of Archives published History of Kansas Newspapers: A History of the Newspapers and Magazines Published in Kansas from the Organization of Kansas Territory, 1854 to January 1, 1916. This book includes both a narrative history and a directory of papers published in the state. 

Kansas Historical Society Resources

KU's Microfilm

This is a selective list of Kansas papers on microfilm available at KU.  Check the KU Libraries Catalog for other titles.

Kansas City (MO) Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library has a 43-volume index of the city's major papers. It is available at the library.

Mid-Continent Public Library

Independent Missouri's Mid-Continent Public Library includes the Midwest Genealogy Center. This branch library focuses on family history and among their collections are a large holding of digitized historical newspapers. Of particular note, is the  Kansas City Star from 1880 to the present. You must visit the library access these sources.

Electronic Access to Kansas Papers

These databases provide access to a vareity of newspapers published in Kansas. Use the various limiting options to search only Kansas papers.

Digital Lawrence, Kansas Papers

This is an alphabetical list of digitized papers from Lawrence . As such they are form a number of providers--some are free to view and others are behind KU's firewall. Please keep in mind that they are accessed through a variety of interfaces with different functions. Be warned, there are most likely missing issues and/or pages. The dates are not 100% accurate as some of these projects add and drop pages, but they are pretty close.

Kansas State University Papers

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Kansas City Star

Kansas City Call

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kansas Papers in Google News Archive


Small Town Papers

Smalltownpapers.com contains a small collection of Kansas papers. This are free to access/search and for the most part are from the last two decades.  

Osborne County Newspapers

The Osborne Public Library has digitized papers from Osborne County from 1870 to 1989. Among the titles included are the Osborne County Farmer and the Downs News and Times. 

Topeka Papers

The Topeka & Shawnee Public Library has a number of local papers available on microfilm in their local history collection. Among the titles are complete runs of the Topeka State Journal, Topeka Daily Capitol, and Topeka Capitol Journal

Republic County Newspapers

Belleville Public Library has digitized a number of Republic County papers. There are numerous titles dating from 1876 to 1925