Riley County Historical Society and Museum Research Library and Archives

The Fay N. and Dora Seaton Memorial Library and The Taylor and Charlson Archives
at the Riley County Historical Museum

The research archives and library at the Riley County Historical Museum is available to any member of the public and everyone is welcome.

Please note that access to the collection is by appointment.
 Appointments may be made by contacting the Curator of Archives/Librarian, Linda Glasgow by:

Telephone- 785-565-6490  (best time to call is 8:30 to 5:00 Tuesday through Friday)

Email - Linda Glasgow

Or by mail/in person at the Riley County Historical Museum 2309 Claflin Manhattan, Kansas 66502

  • Appointment hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  Special arrangements with the Curator of Archives/Library may be made for Saturday, Sunday, or other access times, if it is possible.

The non-circulating archive/library collection is comprised of Riley County materials such as maps, photos, family files, scrapbooks, diaries, yearbooks, business records, club records, school records, tax rolls, marriage records, court records, church records, minute books, ordinance books, and vertical file materials on topics associated with Riley County.  Limited finding aids are available, so close consultation with the Curator of Archives/Library is essential.

Great care is taken to safeguard the collection because many items contained in it are one-of-a-kind.  The loss of any such item would diminish our collective cultural heritage.

Researchers are provided, and asked to sign, a written researcher use policy.  Please bring photo identification (such as a drivers license or student identification card) to your appointment.

The Riley County Historical Society and Museum deeply appreciates research into the history of Riley County.  We gratefully accept donations of records and information that further our understanding of our history.  For more information on donation of research material, please contact the Curator of Archives/Library.

See our online research materials!