TOPEKA | Researchers will have more access to documents and resources from the early days of Kansas through a new database. Gov. Sam Brownback was scheduled to unveil the system today at the State Library, located on the grounds of the Statehouse. The library acquired the system this month from Gale Cengage Learning, a Michigan firm specializing in electronic publishing for libraries. Researchers will be able to access materials relating to Kansas history from 1854, when it became an official territory, through 1865. Kansas entered the Union on Jan. 29, 1861. The materials include personal narratives, memoirs, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons and songs from the period. The database contains 197 documents and 20,000 pages of text, photos and maps.
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