Research Request

Carroll Mansion Museum: History Lives Here!

For over 65 years the Leavenworth County Historical Society (LCHS) has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Leavenworth County and its environs in the First City of Kansas. The home of the LCHS is the Carroll Mansion Museum, which has witnessed our noteworthy history, even before Kansas became a state. It is here we celebrate and promote local history with engaging events, inspiring exhibits, and a tremendous collection of archival materials. The Carroll Mansion Museum, a fully furnished 16-room Victorian house, is home to Leavenworth’s history.

It is strongly recommended that researchers who plan to visit the museum in person make an appointment so that an archivist/research assistant be available.

Research: Archival Collections

The focus of the archival collection directly relates to the history of Leavenworth County. Items found in these collections are available for those who are researching the early history of Kansas, centered here in Leavenworth County, as well as those who are interested in learning more about early settlement, local businesses, manufacturing, or their family genealogy.

The archival collections have been maintained here for over 65 years and continue to grow. We rely on donations from people throughout our community to assist us with preserving this rich history. Our collections include historical information on Leavenworth County, its families, businesses, social organizations and many other areas of interest. Included are photographs, postcards, documents, atlas' & maps, scrapbooks and other Leavenworth related memorabilia.

The archives also maintain a library of local history books as well as general reference books that are available to assist researchers. The library includes titles such as:
History of Kansas Vol II, History of Kansas, Andres (Vol. I & II), A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, William E. Connelley (1918), Annals of Kansas (Vol 1&2), Kansas/Kansans (Vol.I-V), History of Leavenworth County, Ks by Leavenworth County Genealogical Society (1991),
History of Leavenworth authors include, but are not limited to: Hall & Hand (1921), H. Miles Moore (1906), Burke (1860),
Leavenworth City Directories from 1859-2012,
Charter of Ordinances of City of Leavenworth, Ks 1869-70
Portrait & Biographical Record of Leavenworth, Douglas, & Franklin Counties, Kansas (1899).

What follows is a sampling of our holdings:

Categories for Leavenworth Research:
Banks & Banking, Barns, Breweries (Kunz, Grund, Kirmeyer), Bleeding Kansas, Bridges (Begley,
Centennial, Ft. Leavenworth Bridge, Pontoon, Terminal), Businesses
Cemeteries, Churches, Coal Mines (Rocha Research), County and township histories
Farms and farming, ferries, floods, Fort Leavenworth, Fort de Cavagnial, Fur trade
Historic Districts & Properties, Historic Preservation, Hospitals (Cushing & St. John’s), Hotels
Industries & manufacturers (Abernathy Furniture, Missouri Valley Shipyard, Ackenhausen Saddlery, Great Western Stove, Union Stove, Fisher Machine Works, Goodjohn Door & Sash, Helmers Furniture, Missouri Valley Bridge & Iron, Kelly Broom Co., C. W. Parker), Immigration (African & Native Americans, German, Irish, Polish, Italian, French, Polish, Scandinavians)
Jewish Synagogue
Leavenworth photographers, mayors, sheriffs, businessmen and women
News columns (Evelyn Delaney, Elizabeth Dysinger, George Remsburg, Harry Seckler, Annie & J. H. Johnston, “What’s in a Name” and museum columns)
Parks, Railroads, Riverboats
School Districts and one-room schools, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Sister cities: Omihachiman, Japan and Wagga Wagga, Australia
Underground Railroad, University of St. Mary
Vintage Homes
World Wars and Leavenworth

Leavenworth Notables:
James Abernathy, Susan B. Anthony & her brother Col D.R. Anthony, Sen. Lucien Baker, Gen. George B. Barth, Supreme Court Justice David Brewer, B.K. Bruce, Senator Alexander Caldwell, Gov. Thomas Carney, E.S. Catlin, Buffalo Bill Cody, Hilda Clark, Robert Crozier, Harriet Cushing, Mark Delahay, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Thomas Ewing, Jr. and III, E.E. Henry, Madame Carrie Hall, Fred Harvey Family, Wild Bill Hickok, Percival G. Lowe, Douglas MacArthur, H. Miles Moore, C.W. Parker, Russell, Majors & Waddell to mention only a few.
Many folks passed through Leavenworth on their way west and Fort Leavenworth is known for its Command and General Staff College that produced many of the nation’s generals.

Other Significant Collections:
Everhard-Phillips Collection of 30,000 Glass Plate Negatives taken in first century of Leavenworth
•Abraham Lincoln Visit to Kansas 1859
•Isaac Cody Family (Buffalo Bill Cody, Buffalo Bill Days Programs)
•Chambers Collection (Lv Terminal Railway & Bridge Co., 1896-97; Home Riverside Coal Mine)
•LCHS Newsletters & Minutes from 1955
•Leavenworth High School June Bug yearbooks (1907-1978)
•Maps of Early Leavenworth
•Leavenworth County Genealogy Society’s “Rooting Around” publication (1981-2001)
•Scrapbooks (H.H. Seckler, Margaret Taryman, Renensland, J. Baum, Feller, Mitchell & Roach Family of Lowemont and Boling Community –70 volumes) Burial Index & Permits, Divorce & marriage records
•County Cemeteries to include Greenwood Cemetery 1866 map
•Family Papers (Gov. George Anthony, Mary Everhard, Arthur Stanley, Fred Harvey, Edward Carroll, Chester & Annabelle Morris, Helen Yoakum, Bannon, Edward Chapman, Farrell & Yoakum)
• Feth & Feth Architect Buildings
•Genealogies: (Bromell-Richstatter; Edward Carroll & F.E. Hunt; Considine-Sachse; Gaiser-Brandt; David Brewer, Greenamyre; Ben Holladay; Hollowell-Cronkite; Arthur Jahn, King, Potter, Rosa, Cutler & Hare; Heinrich Klemp, W.M.D. Lee, G.W. Lang, Phillips, Reed, Rohrbach, Lucien Scott; Martin & Elizabeth Smith; Hon. Arthur J. Stanley Jr., David Sloan Stanley; Taylor, Stith, Learned, Wilmer & Rutherford, Tearney, Wollman-Bloch)
•Historic Plaques of Leavenworth County
•Historic Preservation (Leavenworth Historic Resources Survey, National Register of Historic Places in Leavenworth County, Leavenworth Historic Districts, Leavenworth Survey & Nomination project, Leavenworth Riverfront Downtown Economic Strategy, Leavenworth Vision Building a Livable Future, Leavenworth Landing Project Area, Kansas Preservation Alliance Most Endangered Historic Places, Kansas Preservation, Lv Co Courthouse Historic Collection)
•Leavenworth Girl Scouts (1933-1940)
•Leavenworth Vintage Homes
•Maps 1903 Leavenworth County Townships, Bain City, Eastern Kansas 1856, Easton, Ks 1856, Fort Leavenworth, 1881, Pony Express, Plan of City of Leavenworth, 1876 by Ado Hunnius, Leavenworth City, K.T. 1858, Leavenworth, KS, 1869, VA Campus
•Selected issues Kansas Magazine
•Sexton Funeral Home Records
•Dwight D. Eisenhower Veteran’s Administration (Photos, Historic Preservation Plan, Proposed Redevelopment & Adaptive Reuse Program)

Fee Schedule:
Members of the Leavenworth County Historical Society are entitled to 2 free searches of the archives per year.

Research Fees:
$20/hour for the archives staff to conduct research
$10/hour for in-person research. It is strongly recommended that an appointment be made so an archivist/research assistant is available to assist you.

Photocopying Fee:
$0.50/ per page for black & white
$0.80/ per page for color
$10 fee for use of a personal scanner, camera, or iphone.

Photo Print Pricing Available Upon Request
Photo prints purchased from the LCHS files cannot be used for purposes other than private study and research. Publication and or copying of photo prints require the express permission of the LCHS and payment of required fee.

Reproduction of archival items will be made in accordance with the Copyright Law. Items copied are restricted use for the purposes of private study, scholarship or research. It is up to the patron to determine copyright status and to contact the copyright holder if they wish to use the copies in a manner that does not fit the terms of "fair use".

Mail In Request Method
If paying by check for your research request, please download and print the Research Request form (PDF format) which includes our research policies. Fill out the request, enclose the appropriate fee, and return to the address noted below. After we receive the completed form and payment, we will begin research for you.
The fee for research is $20/hour (min. 1 hour)

We look forward to serving you.

Download and print the form (PDF format), complete the form, and mail it to:

    The Research Committee
    The Leavenworth County Historical Society
    1128 Fifth Avenue
    Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

Online Request Method (requires online payment)

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