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This page contains information on the history of Douglas County, Kansas.

Douglas County Courthouse History
This page contains the history of the initial construction of the Douglas County Courthouse, including information on its builders and architects.

Historical Resources - Douglas County

Cutler's History of Kansas - Douglas County, Kansas
First published in 1883, this history was written by the white settlers of Kansas, and reflects the opinions and beliefs held by the authors of the various chapters in that time and place.

Blue Skyways/Kansas State Library - Douglas County, Kansas
This site offers several interesting facts about Douglas County's history. It also provides several links to towns and cities in Douglas County, Kansas.

Underground Railroad Association of Douglas County Kansas
The Underground Railroad Association of Douglas County Kansas is a Non-profit organization dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and public awareness of Underground Railroad sites and environments in Douglas County, Kansas. They give tours around Douglas County about the Underground Railroad and Quantrill's Raid.

Watkins Community Museum of History
The Douglas County Historical Society is a private non-profit organization based in Watkins Community Museum with a mission to collect and preserve historical materials of Douglas County, Kansas and encourage research.

Historical Resources - Baldwin City

Baker University - History
Run by Baker University, this website offers a brief history of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas with photos.

Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park
This website contains information on the Battle of Black Jack, which took place near Baldwin City on June 2nd, 1856.

Kansas and the West Photograph Collection - Baldwin City, Kansas
Run by Wichita State University's Libraries, this website contains interesting photos of Baldwin City's history.

Historical Resources - Eudora

Kansas and the West Photograph Collection - Eudora, Kansas
Run by Wichita State University's Libraries, this website contains interesting photos of Eudora's history.

Historical Resources - Lawrence

Cordley's A History of Lawrence, Kansas
By Richard Cordley, D.D., who came to Kansas in 1857, Pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church at Lawrence from 1857 to 1875 and 1884 to Present time, an eyewitness of the Quantrill Raid. Published in Lawrence, Kansas in 1895.


Haskell Indian Nations University - School History
Haskell Indian Nations University is one of the oldest and most recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Universities in the United States. Founded in 1884 as the U.S. Industrial Training School, in Lawrence, Kansas, Haskell was originally established to assimilate Native American children into mainstream America.

Kansas and the West Photograph Collection - Lawrence, Kansas
Run by Wichita State University's Libraries, this website contains interesting photos of Lawrence's history.

Lawrence Community Connections
A project of West Middle, with the cooperation of Watkins Community Museum, the Lawrence Journal World, and KU's Spencer Research Library.

Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau - Our Fiery History
This website is run by the Lawrence Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau. It has several interesting facts concerning Lawrence's history including Native Americans, early settlers and basketball.

Quantrill's Raid - The Lawrence Massacre by a Band of Missouri Ruffians Under Quantrill
This history was based upon a letter by Rev. R. Cordley to the Congressional Record, to which was added the personal experience and observations of a number of residents who providentially escaped the general slaughter.

This Week in KU History
An online service of the KU History Galleries at the Kansas Union, this site has a lot to offer with their data-driven approach to providing detailed and interesting information concerning KU history.

Wonderful Old Lawrence, by Elfriede Fischer Rowe
This book was written by the author to share with others a few of her personal experiences, and to create a printed record of some facets of life in early Lawrence.

Historical Resources - Lecompton

Constitution Hall - Lecompton
Constitution Hall, erected by Samuel Jones in 1856, became the place were the Kansas Territorial Government convened. On October 19, 1857 the Lecompton Constitutional Convention met and drafted a pro-slavery constitution in the upper story of this building.

Lecompton Historical Society
Run by the Lecompton Historical Society, this site offers information about activities and events relating to Lecompton's history, especially concerning the Civil War era.

Territorial Capital Museum/Lane University
This building was started with an appropriation of $50,000 from the United States Congress. It was completed to the bottom of the first floor windows when the United States House of Representatives defeated the Lecompton Constitution by only eight votes. The followed passage of the Lecompton Constitution in the U.S. Senate and President James Buchanan encouraging its adoption. This meant that Kansas failed to enter the Union as a slave state with Lecompton as its capital.

Historical Resources - Kansas

Blue Skyways/Kansas State Library - Kansas History
This site is run by the Kansas State Library, and contains several links to other sites offering information.

Blue Skyways/Kansas State Library - KS GenWeb Project
Part of the USGenWeb Project, this site is a primary online source for researching Kansas genealogy.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area is the successor to the Territorial Kansas Heritage Alliance. FFNHA is nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to building an understanding of and appreciation for the history, heritage and national impact of the Kansas Territory.

History Gateway at Kansas
This website contains a lot of interesting information & links about Kansas history.

Kansas; Its Interior and Exterior Life, by Sara T. L. Robinson
Presents vignettes of pioneer life and describes events in and around Lawrence in the late 1850s. The author makes an impassioned plea for help against pro-slavery forces.

Kansas Heritage Group
The Kansas Heritage Group history archives are devoted to digitally preserving Kansas' past, giving future generations the opportunity to learn from family and local Kansas history online.

Kansas Interactive Genealogy
Part of the Kansas Heritage group of web sites, this site offers an array of Kansas genealogy related links.

Kansas Memory
Kansas Memory was created by the Kansas State Historical Society to share its historical collections via the Internet.

Kansas Preservation Alliance
KPA's mission is to further the work of historic preservation through communication, education and advocacy.

Kansas State Historical Society
This award-winning site is searchable and links to an extensive web of historical information and images.

Kansas State Historical Society - Center for Historical Research
Maintained by the Kansas State Historical Society, the Center's research collections contain more than 5 miles of printed materials, over 7 miles of Kansas government archives and manuscript materials, 25,000 maps, approximately 500,000 photographs, and over 50,000 reels of microfilm.

Kansas State Historical Society - Kansas Museum of History
Links to What's New, Cool Things, Current Exhibits and the Discovery Place.

Pioneer Days in Kansas, by Richard Cordley
Rev. Richard Cordley was an early settler in Lawrence, Kansas, choosing to come to this "Western Bastion of Freedom" at a time when the guerilla war sometimes known as "Bleeding Kansas" was at its height. "Pioneer Days in Kansas" deals with the events of 1856-1865, and is one of the outstanding sources for that period. (from the preface)

State of Kansas - History
Run by the State of Kansas, this official website offers several links to other historical resources.

State of Kansas - Quick Facts
Run by the State of Kansas, this official website offers several quick facts on the State of Kansas.

University of Kansas - The Kansas Collection
Run by the The University of Kansas-Kenneth Spencer Research Library, this site contains contact information and links to a general description the Kansas Collection.