The McPherson Room houses our collection of books, manuscripts, archival materials, photographs, and other local and county history resources in a secure, climate-controlled area. Those resources include:

The Linn Peterson Collection -- The McPherson Room is the home of the Linn Peterson Collection, a massive archive of historic research materials and images assembled by this local historian and covering McPherson and McPherson County.  Gifted to the library by the Peterson family in 2010, we are currently processing this collection.  Peterson archives in the City File Group are now accessible to the public. 

Newspapers -- Our collection of newspapers on microfilm encompasses all existing copies of some 40 papers which were published in the county, from the settlement of the city in 1872 to the present.

McPherson History Archives -- This archive of newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and other documents, preserves the written and visual record of McPherson history. Please click here for the finding aid for the City File Group.

Directories and Yearbooks -- Our collection of McPherson city directories, McPherson telephone directories, and McPherson High School yearbooks is the most complete one in existence and dates to the early 1900's.

Photographs -- Historic images of the people, places, and events that made McPherson County what it is today are found in our photograph collection.  Most of the photographs were collected by local historian Linn Peterson and continue to be processed. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps -- The Sanborn Company published detailed maps of cities and towns which included notations of businesses, public buildings, and many residences.  We have microfilm copies of all McPherson maps published by the company from 1887 to 1927.

McPherson County Atlases -- Watch the city and county take shape through these plat records from 1884, 1887, 1921, and 1969.

Kansas Collection -- Our collection of books about Kansas and Kansas history includes many titles written about the City of McPherson or the county, as well as many more having direct importance to the area.

Census Records --We maintain a comprehensive collection of federal and state census records on microfilm for McPherson County.  Federal Census:  1870, 1880, 1900, 1920, and 1930.  State Census:  1875, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, and 1925. This information also is available online in the McPherson Room via Ancestry.com.

The McPherson Public Library strives to enrich, inspire, and enlighten our communtiy through exceptional collections, services, and programs.