The McPherson Room houses our collection of books, manuscripts, archival materials, photographs, maps, and other local, county, and state history resources.  This secure, climate-controlled area also has all the latest technology to make your research easier.


The Linn Peterson Collection
The McPherson Room is the home of the Linn Peterson Collection, a large archive of historic research materials and images assembled by this local historian and covering McPherson and McPherson County.

Our collection of newspapers on microfilm encompasses all existing copies of some 40 papers which were published in the county from 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.

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.


Historic images of the people, places, and events that made McPherson County what it is today are found in our photograph collection of some 4,000 images.

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
and the county, as well as many more
having direct importance to the area.

It no doubt would be interesting to you that I have been bitten by the local history bug . . .                                                                             ~ Linn Peterson to Dr. Emory Lindquist
                                                                        13 January 1968