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Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records

(KDAHR)* 

The Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (KSHRAB) seeks to encourage Kansas organizations and individuals that create, preserve, and use records with enduring value. KSHRAB strives to ensure the ongoing availability of records with enduring value so current and future audiences can understand democracy, history, and culture.

Using funds granted from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the KSHRAB established the Kansas Digital Access to Historical Records (KDAHR) Regrant Program to enhance online access to historical records and to increase digital literacy and citizen engagement with those historical records.

The KSHRAB offers grants to Kansas historical records repositories that demonstrate a financial and programmatic need and a commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will enhance online access to historical records. These projects may include:

-digitizing collections and placing the digital content online

-creating and publishing online finding aids to historical records collections

-developing/upgrading websites specifically designed to highlight the organization’s historical records and increase collections’ discoverability

 

See 2021 KDAHR Guidelines and Application

 

2016

KDAHR regrants were offered for the first time in 2016. During this grant period, the KSHRAB distributed $11,221.12 to six institutions throughout Kansas. The products of all digitization projects are available on Kansasmemory.org. 

Wabaunsee County Historical Society (Alma, KS)
Awarded $2,000 to digitize the Louis Palenske archives and to create a website for the Wabaunsee County Historical Society.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (Kansas City, KS)

Awarded $2,470 to scan and digitize Russian Church Ledgers.

Shawnee County Historical Society (Topeka, KS)
Awarded $1,354.12 to digitize original photos from the 1951 Topeka flood.

Lecompton Historical Society (Lecompton, KS)
Awarded $1,975 to digitize rural school and athletic photographs from their collections.

Rosedale Development Association (Kansas City, KS)
Awarded $1,800 to digitize and create a finding aid for local records.

Miners Hall Museum (Franklin, KS)
Awarded $1,622 to digitize records that document the coal mining heritage of Crawford and Cherokee counties. 

2017

KDAHR projects for 2017 are currently underway! In early 2017, the KSHRAB distributed $11,208 to five small historical records repositories throughout Kansas. Projects will be available for use by the public soon!

Kansas Oil Museum (El Dorado, KS)
Awarded $2,500 to digitize and document photographs that represent farming, oil, and commerce in Butler County.

Old Depot Museum (Ottawa, KS)
Awarded $2,500 to re-work existing website to make it user-friendly and an effective repository for digital collections.

Hesston Public Library (Hesston, KS)
Awarded $2,165 to digitize the Lyle Yost photograph and archival collection.

Northeast Kansas Chapter 14, Germans from Russia Association (Topeka, KS)
Awarded $2,400 to digitize oral histories collected with a Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) grant.

Wamego Public Library (Wamego, KS)
Awarded $1,643 to digitize images of the Columbian Theatre Renovation.

2018

In late 2018, the KSHRAB distributed $12,857 to five small historical records repositories throughout Kansas. Projects are available for use by the public!

Bonner Springs Historical Society (Bonner Springs, KS)
Awarded $2,500 to digitize documents that tell the story of early life in Bonner Springs.

Clinton Lake Historical Society (Lawrence, KS)
Awarded $1,357 to re-work existing website to make it user-friendly and an effective repository for digital collections.

Historic Wichita Cowtown (Wichita, KS)
Awarded $3,000 to digitize early photographs that show the early history of Wichita and Cowtown. 

Kansas Learning Center for Health (Halstead, KS)
Awarded $3,000 to digitize documents and photographs that show the history of Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler.

Morris County Historical Society (Council Grove, KS)
Awarded $3,000 to preserve and highlight the history of Morris County beginning in the mid-1800’s.

2019

In early 2019, the KSHRAB distributed $11,067.39 to four small historical records repositories throughout Kansas. Projects are available for use by the public!

Highland Community College (Highland, KS)
Awarded $2,797 to digitize fragile historical documents from the late 1800’s that pertain to the town of Highland.

Independence Public Library (Independence, KS)
Awarded $3,000 to digitize Neewollah memorabilia for the public to see.

Lincoln Library and Medicine Lodge (Medicine Lodge, KS)
Awarded $2,275.39 to digitize photographs and documents that  tell the history of the community.

Salina Public Library (Salina, KS)
Awarded $3,000 to preserve and digitize audiotapes that pertain to the history of Salina Kansas.

If you represent a small historical records repository and have a KDAHR-eligible project, let us know!