Local History

Local History

The Bonner Springs City Library has many resources for local history research, including yearbooks, newspapers, a cemetery index and local obituaries, books on Kansas history, and genealogy resources. We also have vertical files, maps, and archival collections of photographs and documents which we have recently begun arranging, describing, and digitizing. We will continue adding more content to this site as it becomes available. You can view some previously digitized photographs from our collections at Recollections: KS. The local history resources at the Bonner Springs Library may be viewed by visiting the Kansas Room at the library. Some material may only be viewed upon request.

The Bonner Springs Library welcomes donations of local history material such as photographs, maps, yearbooks, historical documents, and records relating to local businesses and organizations. Please contact us at 913-441-2665 or bonnerlibraryevents@gmail.com for donation inquiries.


We have almost every edition of the yearbooks and class pictures from Bonner Springs High School, and a variety of other local yearbooks.



We have all of The Chieftain on microfilm going back to April 30, 1896.

Access Kansas Newspapers Online by clicking here.

Archival Collections

The library’s archival collections include records of local businesses and organizations and photographs in and around Bonner Springs.


From a copy of the petition to become a city, to the history of the civic groups in and around Bonner, we have an interesting collection in our vertical files.


The photograph collections at the Bonner Springs Library can be viewed by request in the Kansas Room. Some photographs have also been digitized and added to the Recollections: KS site.

View the Rudell Collection Here