A limited amount of research may be possible via mail queries. Requests for research will not be accepted from Wichita residents, except those with special difficulties. Patrons are requested to be as thorough as possible when writing a request; exact dates, names, and other details are almost always necessary to find information. These requests will be filled as staff time is available. Any patron sending a request that is beyond our capabilities will be mailed a list of private local researchers. No census record research is provided by library staff. To send a mail query, address your letter to:
Wichita Public Library
Attn. Mail Research
223 S. Main St.
Wichita, KS 67202
The library prefers that you include a business-size self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request. A fee of $5.00 per half-hour for research will be charged, with a one-hour limit of research time spent per inquiry. Photocopies are an additional 25 cents each. Patrons will be billed regardless of results. Invoices will be sent out with any results found; timely payment is appreciated. Typical research requests include:
- Obituaries and death certificates
- Brief local history information on people, buildings, companies, etc.
- Date and fact verification for Wichita and Kansas history
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