• Exterior of Brown v. Board of Education NHS, the former Monroe Elementary School, at night.

    Brown v. Board of Education

    National Historic Site Kansas

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Research Library

Park Ranger Nichole McHenry researches information on microfilm in the research library.

Park Ranger Nichole McHenry looks at information on microfilm in the research library.

National Park Service

The Brown v. Board of Education NHS research library serves the park staff, volunteers and members of the general public. The collection consists of books, magazines, videos, microfilm, oral histories, photos and a young reader section. Topics relate to civil and human rights, African American history, local and U.S. history, and the National Park Service.

Hours of Operation

By appointment only.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Closed for federal holidays.

Contact Information

Thom Rosenblum, Historian

Email: click here
Phone: (785) 354-4273
Fax: (785) 354-7213

Mailing address:
Brown v. Board of Education NHS
1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612


  • Access

    The general collection is open to everyone, free of charge.
    Items are available for on-site use only.
    Patrons may only use pencils in the research library. Pens are NOT ALLOWED.
    Food, drinks and gum are prohibited.
    Computers with internet access are available for research purposes only.

  • Copies of materials

    Copyright rules must be observed.
    Cost for printing will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
    Digital copying is not allowed.

  • Research

    The library staff is able to perform limited research for patrons by mail or in person (by appointment).
    Please allow up to one month for all research requests.
    It is recommended that extensive research be done in person.

  • Online catalog

    Our online catalog is available through the following links. Our catalog may only be found by searching by author, keyword, subject or title.
    National Park Service libraries at:
    Associated Topeka Libraries Automated System at:

Did You Know?

Charles Hamilton Houston

The national strategy to use the courts to challenge segregation in public education began with the NAACP under the leadership of attorney Charles Hamilton Houston in the 1930’s.--Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site More...