Research Centers

Kansas City

Kansas City Research Center

The Kansas City Research Center opened on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus in 1980 with a mission to collect, preserve, and make available for research, documents relating to the history and culture of Kansas City, western Missouri, and the Midwest. Housed with the University of Missouri-Kansas City's University Archives, the Kansas City center has acquired more than 13,000 cubic feet of documents. These include a wide variety of subjects and formats.

In addition to collecting and making available manuscripts of Missouri and the Midwest, the staff of State Historical Society Research Center-Kansas City engages in other activities to promote history and the care of the historical record. The Center also sponsors and otherwise supports educational and outreach projects including exhibits, publications, symposia, and workshops, like the Charles N. Kimball Lecture Series. The Kansas City Research Center has also made the Midcontinent Perspectives Lectures availabe online.

Manuscript collections are available for research at any of SHSMO's Research Centers.

Featured Collections


Phone: 816.235.1543


Research Center
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.


302 Newcomb Hall
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Campus Map

5123 Holmes Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64110-2499

Campus Navigation & Parking


Travel north or south on Rockhill Road to 52nd Street; turn west on 52nd (one-way), then south on Charlotte to the metered Lot 44. Or continue on 52nd two blocks to where it dead-ends into Holmes. Lot 59 is on the south-east corner.

At the corner of 52nd and Holmes is a stairway to campus. Newcomb Hall is immediately to the north from the top of the stair. On the south end of the building (the side facing the stair) is an elevator entrance which will take you to the top floor (3rd level) into our research room.


University parking rules require all visitors to campus (persons who are not UMKC students, faculty, or staff) to use metered lots or to have a visitor hang-tag. Parking at metered lots is $1.25 per hour; the meters DO NOT accept debit cards, only bills ($1, $5, $10, and $20) and coins. The hang tags are good for parking in any lot on campus for the day indicated on the tag and can be purchased at the SHSMO-KC office for $7.00.

Group Visits & Tours

Please complete our Tour Request Form to schedule your group visit or class presentation.


Lucinda Adams, Assistant Director
Tracey L. Howerton, Sr. Archivist
Michael Sweeney, Historian

Charles N. Kimball Lecture Series

Jun 18, 2014Ms. Shirley Bush Helzberg, The State of the Arts: Kansas City's Cultural Community
Oct 24, 2012Mr. Hanan A. Kivett, Streetcars in our Future to Reenergize the Urban Core: Pragmatism/Politics/Potential
Apr 26, 2012Hon. Duane Benton, Show Me Impeachment: Does Missouri have a better way?
Apr 21, 2011Mr. Landon H. Rowland, Charles N. Kimball: A Mentor to the Community
Nov 8, 2010Mr. Alvin Brooks, Kansas City's Racial Climate: Past, Present, and Future
May 27, 2010Mr. Bob Berkebile, What Future Do We Choose For Kansas City? How Does Our Past And Present Inform Our Choice?
Oct 22, 2008Mr. Pete K. Rahn, Where Do We Fit In A Global\National Transportation Network?
Apr 10, 2008Mr. Harry Haskell, City of the Future: Kansas City's Progressive Utopia
Oct 18, 2007Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, The Kansas City Stage: A Personal View of Our Theatre
Apr 10, 2007Mr. Sidney L. Willens, Hell-raising with Humor: Lorraine, Mayo, and Me
Oct 16, 2006Dr. Richard Coleman, The Establishment in Kansas City: A Historical View
Apr 19, 2006Mr. Jeffrey C. Borchardt, Kansas City Board of Trade: 150 Years of Commodity Markets Evolution
Oct 20, 2005Ms. Carol Marinovich, Consolidation: A Green Flag, Not a Checkered Flag
May 2, 2005Dr. Elson S. Floyd , UMKC: A Great University for a Great City
Oct 20, 2004Mr. John Madgett, "Old Miserable:" A History of the Missouri River in Kansas City
Apr 21, 2004Mr. Carl J. Schramm, Kansas City: Its Past and Future as a Cradle for Entrepreneurs
Oct 27, 2003Mr. Landon H. Rowland, Arthur E. Stilwell: The Legacy of an Entrepreneur
Apr 21, 2003Mr. Andres M. Dominguez, A Latino Presence in the Heartland: Challenges and Opportunities
Oct 22, 2002Dr. Carol Mickett, The History Speaks Project: Visions and Voices of Kansas City's Past
Apr 30, 2002Dr. Charles J. Carlsen and Dr. Wayne E. Giles, The People's College - Community Colleges in Kansas City
Oct 22, 2001Mr. Robert R. Wheeler, A Review of Education in 2001: And a Look Forward
Apr 23, 2001Dr. Kala M. Stroup, Kansas City and Higher Education: A Partnership for Prosperous Citizens and Cities
Oct 23, 2000Rabbi Michael Zedek, One Man Views the Heartland: A Critical Study of Character and Community
Apr 24, 2000Mr. Gerald W. Gorman, Ilus Davis: Exemplar of "The Greatest Generation"
Oct 21, 1999Mr. John A. Dillingham, It's All About Eating: Kansas City's History and Opportunity
Apr 21, 1999Ms. Vicki Noteis, Visions of a City: Kansas City's Planning Legacy
Oct 21, 1998Mr. Donald H. Chisholm, The Philanthropic Philosophy of Arthur Mag
Apr 21, 1998Mr. James M. Kemper, Community Banks and Their Role in Civic Planning
Apr 21, 1997Dr. Robert H. Freilich, To Sprawl or Not to Sprawl: A National Perspective for Kansas City
Apr 22, 1996Mr. Albert P. Mauro, The Realization of a Dream: the Development of Hospital Hill
Apr 20, 1995Mr. Robert A. Kipp, Crown Center: an Emerging Vision for Urban Development