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383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042

316-321-9333

Research Library

WELCOME TO THE RESEARCH LIBRARY!

The Kansas Oil Museum also serves as the Historical Society of Butler County and is home to the Rolla A. Clymer Memorial Research Facility, whose large collection of resources is available free of charge to anyone interested in researching family, local, and state history.  With over 4000 books and manuscripts, newspaper archives from the 1870s up to the present day, historic maps and photos, and many other materials spanning the county's entire history, we have something for nearly every research interest.

The library offers use of our state-of-the-art microfilm reader that allows easy viewing and reproduction of articles from our newspaper archive, in addition to copier and scanner for books and images.  Free access to Ancestry.com is also available from our library computers.

For those who are interested in learning more about genealogy research, the Butler County Genealogical Society meets here on the 3rd Thursday of every month and is open to everybody.

If you are not able to make a trip to visit the library yourself, we offer research services for a small fee.  Obituary look-ups, general research, and historic photo duplication are all available to long-distance researchers.  Please feel free to give us a call at 316-321-9333 or send an e-mail to research@kansasoilmuseum.org for more information, or you may also submit a research request via the form at the bottom of this page.

TECHNOLOGY

  • State-of-the-art microfilm reader with built-in digital camera
  • Free access to Ancestry.com
  • Copier/scanner for books and images

SERVICES

  • Obituary look-ups ($10/obit)
  • General research ($15/half hour)
  • Historic photo duplication

RESOURCES

  • Over 4000 volumes of Kansas, Butler County, and oil history
  • El Dorado newspapers on microfilm, 1870-present
  • Butler County plat maps, 1885 and 1905
  • El Dorado city atlases, 1917 and 1930
  • El Dorado city directories
  • Tombstone inscriptions for all Butler County cemeteries
  • School yearbooks
  • Extensive family records
  • D.A.R. genealogy reference collection
  • Genealogy and oil history periodicals
  • Rare and vintage books
  • Nearly 150 years of historic Butler County photos & archives

ONLINE RESOURCES

We are in the process of adding new online resources for local history research.  Currently we have a new cemetery map of all the cemeteries in Butler County!  Please CLICK HERE to go to our Online Resources Page.


SUBMIT A RESEARCH REQUEST

Fill out the form below to contact us about looking up an obituary or performing a general research request for you.  On receiving the form, we will be in touch with you to gather more information to help us complete your request!

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The name and death date of the person you would like an obituary for, or the research topic for general research.