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Local History Resources

Tihen Notes | City directories | Manuscripts | Maps | Sanborn Maps
Images | University Archives | Books | Vertical files

    The Tihen Notes are a collection of searchable, transcribed notes from Wichita's major newspapers.  Dr. Edward N. Tihen, a Wichita physician, historian and bibliophile, read and took notes from nearly every issue of Wichita's newspapers between 1872 and 1982.  His voluminous notes reflect the people, places and events that have shaped Wichita's 130-year history.

    Dating from 1878 to 1977, the older city directories for Wichita are housed in Special Collections.  The library's general stacks are where you will find the current directories.  We also have suburban directories for 1957-1977; the recent editions are in the stacks.

Updated yearly, the city directories contain information about the city and its residents, listing street addresses and occupations;  its businesses through alphabetic and classified listings; and its schools, organizations, churches and history.

    Our manuscript collections are arranged by subject.  On the web site, you may examine the finding aids for the papers of  J. R. Mead, one of Wichita's founders; Wichita aviation pioneers, Walter H. and Olive Ann Beech; or Ted Sheahon whose interest in Wichita's Orpheum theater sparked its ongoing restoration, just to name a few.  We invite you to browse our online finding aids.

    The map collection includes maps of Wichita and Sedgwick County.  The earliest map of Wichita dates from 1868.

    A set of Sanborn Fire Insurance Company maps for Wichita, dating from 1935 with updates to 1957, are part of our local history resources.   These folio-sized sheets show Wichita at a large scale, detailing materials used in construction, interior arrangement, type of use, size and location of buildings. These maps illustrate a few blocks at a time for a specific time period.

    Photographs, postcards and broadsides of and about Wichita comprise the images in the collection.   The Richard M. Long Collection and the Wichita Photo Archives showcase some of our Wichita-related photographs.

    Materials documenting Fairmount College, University of Wichita and Wichita State University are housed in the University Archives.

    Books are accessible via Wichita State University Libraries online catalog.
    Vertical files contain clippings and other documents arranged alphabetically by subject.


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