Jackson County was organized in 1826. The county seat is Independence. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Jackson County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.
Adams, Benjamin Cullen (1880-1960), Papers, 1906-1951, (C2161)
The papers of Benjamin Cullen Adams contain correspondence with his mother, 1906-1914, about Adams' work for Ellis & Company of London in Brazil; biographical material on his father, Congressman Henry Cullen Adams; and material on Gas Service Company Group, Kansas City, of which Adams was president and general manager.
Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Alderman, Irving and Company, Papers, 1888-1892, (C3478)
0.4 linear feet, 1 volume
Papers of a Kansas City, Missouri, investment firm active in Arkansas, Kansas, Texas and Mexico. Business correspondence and papers pertaining to investments in mineral and mining lands, farm and ranch lands, and small manufacture. Examples of letterheads, business cards and commercial advertising flyers.
Alexander, Ben W., Collection, (P0378)
Postcards of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia MO, Chillicothe Business College, Winston Churchill Memorial Library, Missouri State Capital, Kansas City MO, Interstate 70, Windermere Baptist Assembly (Roach, MO) and Lake of the Ozarks.
American Heartland Theatre Records, ca. 1985-2013 (K1283)
89 cubic feet
Organizational records of a theater company in Kansas City, MO. Includes public relations and marketing files, correspondence, play posters and programs, publications, photographs, video, stage layouts and designs, , and other materials relating to the production of the plays.
Anderson Jackson County and Independence Scrapbook, ca. 1900-ca. 1950, (K0521)
0.39 cubic feet
The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings regarding the history and development of Jackson County and Independence, Missouri.
Artenstine, Gabriel, Letter, 1864 (K0532)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection consists a letter from Gabriel Artenstine to Oscar Braecklein regarding the Battle of Westport.
Auerbach Family Papers, ca. 1980s (K0888)
0.01 cubic feet
The papers contain a menu from Bell Street Mama's located at 1726 W. 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
Ayer, Edward Everett (1841-1927), Reminiscences, 1924, (C2694)
The collection contains reminiscences of his first trip away from home, and itinerary across the plains to California, and descriptions of people met, work in the mines, enlistment in the army and subsequent service, and the return home in 1864.
Baker, J.H.P. ( -1913), Civil War Diary, 1864-1865, (C1449)
The diary of J.H.P. Baker, dated October 16, 1864-June 17, 1865, discusses the war in Missouri, Price's retreat, the Southern cause, Lee, Johnston, Beauregard, Price, Shelby, Sherman, guerrillas, Lee's surrender, Lincoln's assassination, and Johnson's inauguration. Baker, a doctor with General Shelby, was in charge of a Texas Confederate hospital.
Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.
Benton, Jessie, The Wornall House, 1944, (C2938)
The collection contains a brief history of the Wornall House and family, with incidents of the Civil War Battle of Westport. Included is a sketch of the floor plan. Photographs are located in the editorial office of the State Historical Society.
Berneche, Jerry and Joanne, Photographs, (P0282)
Three photographs: staff of the University Argus at the University of Missouri (1890), dentist's office in Kansas City (ca 1940s), and Jesse Hall at the University of Missouri.
Bernstein, Max and Libbie Rothenberg, Papers, 1914-1962 (K1304)
2 cubic feet
The collection primarily consists of photographs and legal documents relating the lives of Max and Libbie Bernstein.
Bishop, Rev. Maury Whipple, Photograph Collection, (P0660)
Photos of Bishop family members, Ben and Alice Dixon, dedication ceremonies for General Pershing's Home (1960, Laclede) and Liberty Memorial (1961, Kansas City), the 1949 Missouri State Fair, Longview Farm (Lee's Summit), and fountains in Forest Park (St. Louis). Postcards of Independence.
Blue River Baptist Association Record Book, 1834-1850, (C1303)
Records of the Blue River Baptist Association of Jackson, Johnson, and Lafayette Counties, MO, with abstract of principles, form of government, rules of decorum, and minutes of meetings of the association, including statistical records of members, evangelists' reports, and executive committee minutes.
Brookfield, Dutton (1917-1979), Papers, 1844-1979, (C2732)
72.4 linear feet and 5 audio cassettes
The papers of Dutton Brookfield contain the business, political and personal papers and photographs of a Kansas City, MO, community leader. Brookfield was President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), a mayoral candidate (1963, 1971), and on boards of numerous corporations and educational and civic organizations. Family papers include letters from the Civil War, World War I and II, and Vietnam.
Browne, Kenneth L., Collection, n.d. (K0534)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains an undated letter given to the Native Sons of Kansas City by Kenneth L. Browne describing a spring dance and other events occurring in Kansas City.
Brush Creek Community Partners Records, ca. 1995-2014 (K1323)
20 cubic feet
Organizational records of a community-based nonprofit organization whose work centered on urban core redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization along the Brush Creek Corridor of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1995-2014. The records include Board of Directors notebooks, meeting minutes, news clippings, financial statements, the organizational plan, corridor reference materials, correspondence, and photographs. Also included are materials relating to FOCUS KC.
Buckner Hill Cemetery Association Records, 1910-1968, (K1357)
0.04 cubic feet
The records contain a record of internments in the Buckner Hill Cemetery in Buckner, Missouri.
Burford-White Photograph Collection, (P0038)
Snapshot and studio photos, including tintypes related to the White-Burford-Taylor-Adkins-Harness-Marolf families plus scenes from Ladue, Vista and Independence, as well as vacation scenes outside of Missouri.
Bush, Ken Papers, 2006 (K1038)
0.04 cubic feet
The papers contain materials related to the Kansas City Chapter of the Retired Old Men's Eating Association, also known as the Romeo Club.
Business Men's Portraits of 1897, 1937 (K0542)
0.26 cubic feet
Photographic portraits of prominent Kansas City businessmen and civic leaders removed from the first Convention Hall cornerstone.
Certain, Mrs. Henry, Collection, (P0526)
Postcards of Cooper County schools, including Kemper Military School, and Kansas City. Photographic postcard of Conley & Myers Bank, Columbia. Photo of the Parade of Masons in Carthage.
Chase, George M., Papers, 1862-1940 (K0536)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains documents pertaining to George M. Chase, testifying to his loyalty to the Union cause.
Chatman, Eugene Payne (1902-1984) Records, 1932-1948, (K0318)
0.07 cubic feet
The records contain a delivery room record book documenting deliveries performed by Dr. Eugene Payne Chatman.
Chick, Washington Henry, "As I Remember," 1965, and Program, Dedication of William M. Chick Post Office, 1964, (C2577)
Pamphlet about the life of Washington Henry Chick in western Missouri and Kansas. Program of dedication of William M. Chick post office.
Chiles, Mary Sue, "A Brief History of the Six Mile Territory," n.d., (C0759)
An account of the early history of Six Mile Territory in Jackson County, MO, from 1804 through the Civil War.
Christopher, Adrienne Tinker, Papers, 1965, (C2906)
The papers of Adrienne Tinker Christopher contain three short articles concerning incidents, activities and people in early Westport, MO.
Christopher, Adrienne Tinker, "The Story of Daniel Yoacham," n.d., (C2927)
Traces the Yoacham family of Westport, Missouri, through three generations, and discusses fur trading in Missouri. Includes anecdotes and legends of fur traders of the 1820s and 1830s.
City of Kansas Auditors Land Tax Register, 1880-1881 (K0372)
0.13 cubic feet
The register contains a record of municipal tax receipts collected during calendar years 1880-1881 for fiscal years 1865-1880.
City of Kansas Public Works Account Journal, 1872-1874 (K0369)
0.06 cubic feet
The journal contains a record of expenditures for various City of Kansas municipal public works departments.
Civil War Regimental Histories, Missouri, n.d., (C3500)
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.
Civil War Scrapbook, Missouri, 1823-1868, (C1379)
The papers contain a collection of newspaper clippings on Missouri, 1823-1868, from New York and Boston newspapers, primarily the New York Daily Tribune. Most of the items pertain to the Civil War in Missouri, 1861-1862, and include maps and diagrams of the war in the west.
Coates House Restoration Records, 1886-1982 (K0214)
0.3 cubic foot
The records contain documents related to the purchase and subsequent resale of the Coates House, a historic hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, by the Historic Kansas City Foundation.
Collapse of the Women's Prison at 15th and Grand Collection, 1863-1956 (K0349)
0.12 cubic feet
The collection contains research correspondence, typed transcripts of historical documents, and Photostats of original documents from the National Archives concerning the collapse of the women's prison in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 13, 1863.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Kansas City Records, 1894-1905 (K0188)
The records contain a bound volume of minutes from the Board of Trustees meetings, a diploma, and a photograph. There are some miscellaneous financial papers also included in the collection.
Collins, A. Loyd, Scrapbook, 1939-1940, (C4063)
The A. Loyd Collins scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and short essays concerning Missouri history and politics.
Commerce Trust Company Records, 1820-1947, (K1342)
12 cubic feet
The records contain abstracts of title associated with mortgage loans and miscellaneous financial and legal records maintained by the Commerce Trust Company.
Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.
Copus, Phyllis Miller, Collection, (CA6286)
4 cubic feet
Genealogy and other family history materials, both printed and video, from the Howell, Holden, Shutt, and Sandifer families, of Dallas, Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette County, Missouri. The collection also includes the Margie Ellis Howell Papers, a collection acquired by Copus after Howell’s death. These papers include information on the Ellis, Howell, Parkes, Perry, and Hammonds families of Missouri.
Cox, Henley Lafayette (1880-1947) Papers, 1906-1925 (K0579)
0.06 cubic feet
The papers contain diplomas received by African American educator Henley L. Cox and his wife Mayme (née Gatewood) Cox.
Crum, George W., Memorial Service, 1971, (C3418)
The collection contains a summary of the memorial service for a Kansas City businessman and brother-in-law of William Bradshaw of Columbia, MO.
Davis, True (1919- ), Campaign Newspaper, 1968, (C3341)
A paid political advertisement, ""The True Davis Story"" aimed at informing Missourians about Davis' background, experience, and political reputation during his 1968 campaign for Democratic nomination for U.S. senator from Missouri. The paper also gives Davis' views of the major campaign issues.
Dively, Michael M. (1828-1901) Papers, 1839-1898 (K0476)
0.19 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence and legal documents related to Michael M. Dively's professional and business career.
Dockery, Alexander Monroe, (1845-1926), Letter, 1902, (C2062)
To J.H. Frame, Kansas City, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, 1902. Thanking Frame for withdrawing from race for election commissioner
Downing, Maurine, Postcard Collection, (P0237)
56 postcards pertaining to western and southwestern Missouri, specifically the Joplin and Kansas City areas and a few postcards of Southwest City.
Dunlap, Chuck and Dianne, Postcard Collection, (P0028)
Postcards of Missouri cities, including Kansas City parks, streets, and buildings; Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, bird's-eye view of Sedalia, Cortez Motor Court in Springfield, and St. Louis: Ead's Bridge, Shaw's Garden, and Smith Bros. Cottage and Hotel.
Drymon, Ira, "Prosperity Through Soil Building: A Soil Improvement Program for Jackson Co., Mo., 1927", (C2675)
The collection contains a paper submitted to the contest of the Soil Improvement Committee of the National Fertilizer Association.
E. R. Morris Funeral Chapel Records, 1984-2008 (K1353)
22.5 cubic feet
The records contain customer files that provide biographical information about decedents and document funeral arrangements.
Earp and Sons Mortuaries, Inc. Records, 1977-1987, (K1354)
0.55 cubic feet
The collection contains funeral record books providing biographical information about decedents and documenting funerals arranged by Earp and Sons Mortuaries.
Elliott, Mrs. E.E., Letter, 1920, (C1635)
The collection contains a letter to Mrs. William Bostian and Mrs. N. Rindskopf, Independence, MO, from Kansas City, MO, Sept. 13, 1920. The letter includes notification of their election as representatives from Blue Township to the Women's Division of the Jackson County Republican Committee.
Eppstein, Elias, ""Kansas City Diary,"" 1880-1883, (C2733)
The collection contains a photocopy of the Kansas City portion of Rabbi Eppstein's diary. The diary comments on Jewish life in a city at this time, national and international events, and daily activities of rabbi.
Fellowship House Association of Greater Kansas City Records, 1948-1979 (K0974)
0.12 cubic feet
The records contain information concerning the organizational structure and activities of the Fellowship House Association of Greater Kansas City, primarily covering the period 1971-1979.
Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.
First Christian Church, Independence, Missouri, Centennial History, 1935, (C1331)
Brief historical sketch of the church, and program for the celebration held on July 4, 1935.
First Christian Church, Independence, Missouri, Minutes, 1835-1845, (C1332)
Church minutes and membership records.
First Presbyterian Church, Independence, Missouri, Records, 1936-1948, (C1874)
The records contain a brief history of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, tracing major events from founding in 1826 to 1865, when church records were lost. Alphabetical list of church members, both black and white, from 1865. List of pastors to 1897. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church merged with the First Presbyterian Church in 1913.
Flanery, Marion Orval, "The History of My Family," 1962, (C3587)
The collection contains descriptions of homesteading in Jackson County, MO, and Stratton, CO; wagon trains; Baptist churches; Civil War battle and aftermath in Jackson County; and Flanery and McQueary family genealogies.
Foard, Rebecca, Scrapbook, 1860-1880, (C3376)
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, mostly of a philosophical nature, kept by a resident of Kansas City, MO.
Fuller, Earl, "The Story Behind the Picture 'Just Memories'," n.d., (C3298)
Manuscript from which was prepared "In Another Day on the Old North Side," which appeared in the KANSAS CITY STAR, June 1, 1958.
Gammon, William J., Papers, (CA6361)
0.4 cubic feet
Historical and genealogical research pertaining to Center Point School, Jackson County, Missouri, and Jackson Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Garrett, Ruby Dwight (1882-1968), Papers, c. 1910-1968, (C2558)
1.6 linear feet, and 1 reel of microfilm
The Dwight Ruby Garrett collection contains papers and photographs of Garrett, a Kansas City, MO, lawyer. Garrett commanded the 117th Field Signal Battalion, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, U.S. Army, American Expeditionary Force. The collection concentrates on his World War I and postwar veterans activities. The clipping scrapbook is on microfilm.
Geary, Daniel M. (1835-1924) Letter, 1915, (K0350)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a letter describing the grading of streets in Kansas City, Missouri, in the mid-1850s.
George A. Fuller Company Photograph Collection, 1911-ca. 1922 (K0080)
0.78 cubic feet
The collection contains construction site photographs for buildings constructed by the George A. Fuller Company in Kansas City, Missouri.
George, B. James, (1896-1975), Collection, 1887-1975, (C3564)
2.6 linear feet
The collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, diaries, and bound material on the George family, Quantrill, William H. Gregg, and civil rights, compiled and authored by a native of Jackson County, MO, whose father served in the Civil War under Quantrill.
George, B, James (1896-1975), "Quantrill War Veterans Rest in Family Cemetery," 1958, (C3385)
Article on the George Family cemetery near Oak Grove, MO, where four members of the George family who served under Quantrill are buried.
George, Todd M. (1879- ), Papers, 1890-1968, (C3770)
0.5 cubic feet
Correspondence, newspaper articles, book manuscript, and photographs of a realtor from Lee's Summit, MO, who was an authority on the history of Jackson County and the Civil War. The typescript deals with George's memories of life in Jackson County, while the correspondence concerns primarily his business and family.
Gilliam, Charles Wesley, Diary, 1856-1876, (C3272)
Daily account of a Lincoln County, MO, farmer's life. Marriages and deaths, activities of friends and relatives, election returns, prices paid for household goods, farm life, and Civil War experience.
Goldstein, Margaret (1934- ) Papers, 1951, (K1041)
0.01 cubic feet
The papers contain a Congregation Beth Shalom confirmation class program.
Graham, Elam O. (1872-1955) and Anna Louise Reck, Letters, 1906-1907, 1915, (C4175)
0.2 cubic feet
Letters written to Elam O. Graham from Anna Louise Reck Graham, before and after their marriage. The contents include their courtship, marriage, and references to their son, Myron. The years covered are 1906 and 1907. The 1915 material contains one letter from Elam O. Graham to his mother, Flora Kendall Graham, shortly before her death. The remainder of the letters are from family and friends to Elam expressing sympathy regarding his mother's death. Elam Graham was a salesman for the Marks Shoe Company and the family resided in Kansas City, Missouri.
Greater Kansas City, Missouri, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Papers, 1946-1970, (C2514)
1.2 linear feet
The papers of the Greater Kansas City Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO contain the minutes of the Central Labor Council, miscellaneous copies of letters, resolutions, and notices.
Green, George Fuller, Kansas City's Memorable Dates and Events, 1803-1920, (C2905)
The collection contains brief descriptions of significant dates in the history of Kansas City, 1803-1920.
Guinotte, Joseph (1815-1867) Papers, 1836-1849 (K0477)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection consists of property deeds connected to the Chouteau and later the Guinotte families, as well as other early settlers in Kansas City, Missouri.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet, 5 card boxes
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.
Hambright, Robert, Letter, 1845, (C3238)
The collection contains a letter to John Hambright, Fort Osage, MO, from Fayetteville, AR, May 23, 1845, concerning the emigration of Choctaw Indians from Mississippi to Arkansas; and a newspaper clipping announcing the sale of slaves by Commissioner John Hambright, brother of Robert Hambright.
Harnsberger, William Augustus (1851-1944) Papers, 1899-1911 (K0541)
0.21 cubic feet
The collection contains a letterpress book of the personal and professional correspondence of William Augustus Harnsberger, a prominent attorney in Kansas City, Missouri.
Harrington, John Lyle (1868-1942), Biographical Material, 1969, (C2731)
The collection contains correspondence between Frank M. Cortelyou, Sr., and Edwin Layton, Case Western Reserve University, concerning John Lyle Harrington, a Kansas City civil engineer and member of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation during Hoover's administration.
Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.
Henthorn-Reppert-Brown Funeral Home Records, 1918-1979, (K1356)
0.55 cubic feet
The records provide biographical information about decedents and document funerals arranged by Henthorn-Reppert-Brown Funeral Home in Buckner, Missouri.
Hill, Dr. Robert Lee (1952- ) Papers, ca. 1970s-2010s (K1352)
23 cubic feet
Dr. Robert Lee Hill served as minister of the Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas City, Missouri for thirty years. The papers include sermons, books, speeches, correspondence, photographs, awards and additional materials relating to his long career and numerous activities within and outside of the church and the Kansas City community.
Hinde Family Papers, 1844-1865, (C3668)
Letters received by Rodney Martin Hinde and his wife, Catherine Scholl Hinde, of Moorefield, Nicholas County, Kentucky, and Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, from Hinde and Scholl relatives in Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, and Kentucky. Letters discuss farming and family matters.
Hoffman, Clara C., Notice, 1908, (C3210)
Notice of temperance and prohibition conference, called for Sedalia, MO, March 17, 1908, by state W.C.T.U. president.
How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.
Hughes, John Taylor (1817-1862), Monument Dedication, Independence, Missouri, 1963, (C3494)
The papers contain an account by Ethel Milton Hughes of the ceremony dedicating a new monument at the grave of Brigadier General John Taylor Hughes, C.S.A. (1817-1862), in Independence, Missouri. Also address delivered on the occasion by Henry A. Bundschu. Hughes was killed in 1862 at the first battle of Independence.
James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.
John Wall's Moving and Storage Company Slides, (P0289)
Two color slides showing the storefront of the John Wall's Moving and Storage Company. Located at either 908 Truman Road or 2021 Forrest, Kansas City MO, circa 1950s.
Johnston, Louisa Poteet (1890-1979) Papers, ca. 1850s-ca. 2000s (K0650)
9 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, printed materials, news articles, research files and writings, ephemera and artifacts relating to: the Alexander Majors Home; the Russell, Majors, and Waddell Freighting company; the Pony Express; and the Johnston, Simpson and Majors families. Johnston was the great-granddaughter of Alexander Majors.
Jones, Burnam R. (1895-1966), Papers, (CA6328)
0.4 cubic feet
Papers include biographical writings, correspondence with daughter, drawings and sketches, and war journal of a Kansas City, Missouri, man who served in France during World War I. Jones later moved to St. Louis and worked for the Chase Bag Company.
Kansas City Academy of Medicine Records, 1890-1924 (K0187)
The records contain a history and minutes of the Kansas City Academy of Medicine. The records also include a calendar, an event program, and a photograph.
Kansas City Area Archivists (KCAA) Records, 1978-2013 (K0066)
11 cubic feet
Organization records including, constitution and bylaws, financial records, correspondence, and minutes and proceedings, committee files, and publications for a professional association of archivists based in Kansas City, MO.
Kansas City Food Circle Records, 1981-2004 (K1031)
2 cubic feet
The records contain membership lists, research materials, publications, organizational records, and newspaper clippings.
Kansas City Medical Library Club Records, 1911-1920 (K0186)
The records consist of subscription cards for the Kansas City Medical Library Club and miscellaneous correspondence and notes.
Kansas City Youth Political Collective Records, 1981-1991 (K0304)
0.25 cubic foot
Printed material, correspondence, clippings, writings, publications and ephemera concerning the Collective, a left-leaning political activist organization begun at Penn Valley Community College in the late 1980s.
Kansas City, Photographs, ca. 1902, (P1047)
Thirty-five photographs of Kansas City, ca. 1902. Includes images of streets and exterior views of businesses, parks, clubs, and residences.
Kansas Town Company Records, 1839-1957 (K0352)
0.27 cubic feet and microfilm
The collection contains original Kansas Town Company records and research materials compiled by the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City and Mildred C. Cox.
Kemendo, Frances Cook, Photograph Collection, (P0104)
0.42 linear feet
3 mounted photos related to St. Theresa's Church of the Little Flower, Kansas City; 88 b/w photos of people and places in and around Adair, Lewis and Knox counties, ca. 1900
Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge and Grand Court of Calanthe Photograph, (P1001)
Panoramic photograph of grand lodge and grand court members in front of the new Florence Home for Girls at 238 Campbell, Kansas City, MO
Lebovitz, Kate and Eugene, Papers, 1964-1965, 2013 (K1310)
0.2 cubic feet
Papers of Kate and Eugene Lebovitz, members of the Kansas City Jewish community, include three newspapers and a program for the Harry S. Truman Commendation Award Dinner.
Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.
Lone Jack Baptist Church, Lone Jack, Missouri, History of, 1842-1880, (C3511)
The papers contain a synopsis of the history of Lone Jack Baptist Church, 1842-1880, read by Martin Rice at the 38th anniversary of the constitution of the church, October 1880.
Marcou, David, Photographs, (P0140)
Photographs by David Marcou, a photojournalist and art photographer, of Missouri scenes and historic sites. Includes several photos of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Truman Library.
Massie, Gerald, Photographs, (P0016)
0.83 linear feet
Photographs of scenes across Missouri, many taken as part of Massie's work as Missouri's state photographer. Events highlighted include Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Governor Hearnes' inaugural celebrations in 1965 and 1969, and the Battle of Pilot Knob Centennial commemoration in 1964. The collection includes extensive coverage of the Missouri State Capitol building. Geographically, the collection covers much of Missouri, with particular focus on tourist destinations: St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Ste. Genevieve, and the Ozarks.
Matson, Marcel Papers, 1934 (K1301)
0.1 cubic feet
Collection includes a mortgage bond, #116, for Keneseth Israel Beth Sholom in the amount of $1,092.97, dated January 1, 1934, due January 1, 1949, and payable at the office of Commerce Trust Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Beth Shalom emerged from Keneseth Israel congregation in 1915 and the two congregations reunited to form Keneseth Israel Beth Sholom in 1924.
McClain, Charles M., Postcard Collection, (P0539)
23 postcards of Missouri scenes, including the Ozarks, Paseo in Kansas City, Warrenton, Troy, Hannibal, St. Louis, St. Joseph, Nevada, and Russellville.
McClurg, J[oseph] W[ashington] (1818-1900), Telegram, 1869, (C1746)
The collection contains a telegram to Charles Dougherty, Independence, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, Dec. 24, 1869. Dougherty was sheriff of Jackson County, and the telegram gives instructions for organizing a militia to aid in the capture or killing of Frank and Jesse James.
McGee, Elijah Milton (1819-1873) Papers, 1843-1950 (K0471)
0.07 cubic feet
The papers consist of drafts of McGee's autobiographical account of a trip to California in 1843. Letters and other documents related to McGee supplement the collection
Meyers, Jack F. (1916-1988) Family Collection, 1948-ca. 1960s, (K1163)
0.02 cubic feet
The collection contains photographs of the Meyers owned Midtown Snack Shop and Artic Ice Cream in Kansas City, Missouri, and members of the Meyers and Stolov families.
Miller, Eddie, Photograph Collection, (P0608)
0.23 linear feet
Photographs of the Truman Presidential Library, ca. 1974. Copy photos, the bulk of which depict DeSoto, Jefferson County, MO. Also images of Washington County and Old Mines, MO.
Missouri, 76th General Assembly, House Resolution no. 51, (C3280)
The records contain a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of Independence, Missouri.
Missouri Educational Exhibit Scrapbook, 1893, (C2664)
Student essays in German, French, and English from Central High School, Kansas City.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.
Missouri Lives, Oral History Project, Records, 2014-, (C4249)
0.1 cubic feet, 6 CDs, 1 DVD
The collection consists of interviews with a wide array of Missourians who have had an interesting personal history and life. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, transcripts, and ephemera.
Missouri State Museum, Interpretation Program, Oral History Recordings, 1980-2009, (CA6218)
1.2 cubic feet, 410 audio cassettes, 78 video cassettes, 205 DVDs, 3 CDs
Oral history interviews with Missourians regarding historical events on audio cassettes, video cassettes, and DVDs. Also includes transcripts and related material such as photographs, negatives, news clippings, obituaries, correspondence, personal accounts, and ephemera.
Missouri, Independence, Notebook, 1961, (C2192)
The collection contains a notebook compiled by the citizenship classes of Mrs. Ruby Akers Gerrard and William Chrisman, Division II, Independence, MO, on Civil War history of Independence and Jackson County, MO.
Missouri. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Papers, 1976, (CA2037)
Items pertaining to the Bicentennial projects in PERRY, MO and area. Summary of events pertaining to NEW MADRID'S celebration of the Bicentennial. Scrapbook of LEASBURG, MO, Bicentennial. Notre Dame College, St. Louis, MO, Bicentennial records. Summary of DeWitt's Bicentennial events, including placing of plaques, Flag Day, July Fourth celebration, etc. Holden, MO, and western Johnson County Bicentennial events as recorded in newspaper articles from the HOLDEN PROGRESS from 1975 through 1976. Items depicting Grundy County's and Trenton's celebration of the Bicentennial. Minutes, bylaws, legal papers, correspondence, projects, etc., all pertaining to the celebration of the Bicentennial at Independence, MO.
Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.
Moment Musical Club Records, 1974-2003, (K1091)
0.25 cubic feet
The records contain meeting minutes, event programs, yearbooks, and miscellaneous documents.
Montgomery, George Sneed (1870-1950) Papers, ca. 1860s-1947 (K0716)
0.75 cubic foot
Genealogy, correspondence, memos, speeches, scrapbooks, printed material, and photographs concerning Montgomery's activities as Presiding Jackson County Judge during the early years of Kansas City's Reform Era.
Morrow, Lynn, Collection, 1982-ca. 2010, (R1000)
296 folders, 7 cubic feet
These are the correspondence and research files of a Missouri historian. Topics include history, personages, architecture, culture, and folklore, particularly of the Ozarks region of Missouri, but also areas in the central and northern parts of the state. The papers include wide-ranging correspondence concerning research into and publication of the 19th century historical writings of Theodore P. Russell of Iron County and Silas C. Turnbo of southwest Missouri. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.
National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Missouri, Papers, 1968-1974, (C3584)
The papers of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Missouri contain a working copy of EARLY PORTRAITS IN MISSOURI, PAINTED BEFORE 1860, which provides a detailed description of portraits existing in Missouri, arranged alphabetically by location of the work. There is an index by artist, but none by portrait subject. The manuscript includes many works by George Caleb Bingham.
Naysmith, Clifford, "Quality Hill: The History of a Neighborhood," 1962, (C3518)
Award-winning essay on a residential neighborhood inhabited by Kansas City's wealthiest families in the 1880s. The author describes its decline and rebirth.
O. H. Cogswell and Company Records, 1855-1857 (K0317)
0.4 cubic feet
The records contain a ledger that documents financial transactions for O. H. Cogswell and Company in Independence, Missouri.
Old Plainsmen Association Records, 1909-1917 (K0531)
0.08 cubic feet
The collection contains documents and meeting minutes pertaining to the Old Plainsmen Association in Independence, Missouri.
Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.
Packing House sterling silver souvenir spoon, ca. 1903 (K1348)
0.1 cubic feet
The collection consists of a sterling silver souvenir spoon commemorating Kansas City packing houses.
Phillips, Edward D., Papers, 1865-1938, (C3091)
The papers contain teaching certificates, grade reports, and Civil War reminiscences of a prominent Kansas City educator. Newspaper clippings about Phillips, including his obituary. Also a diary.
Pleasant Grove Grange Records, 1873-1893 (K0303)
0.08 cubic foot
The records contain correspondence, membership records, brief minutes, voting results, financial reports and receipts, store inventories, and a book of rituals related to the Pleasant Grove Grange Patrons of Husbandry in southern Jackson County, Missouri.
Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
1.8 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.
Powell, Elmer N., "Kansas City in the 1890s," 1932, (C2102)
Unpublished manuscript submitted to the MISSOURI HISTORICAL REVIEW about Kansas City, MO, and the city's young leaders in the 1890s.
Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.
Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.
Prudhomme, Gabriel (1789-1831) Estate Abstract, 1831-1858 (K0209)
0.04 cubic feet
The collection contains an abstract documenting transactions related to the disposition of the estate of Gabriel Prudhomme, one of Kansas City's founders.
Radford, E.K., Receipts, 1904, (C3184)
The collection contains receipts for coffee and tea shipped from New York to Kansas City by the Commercial Fast Transportation Company.
Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.
Ramsay, Robert L. (1880-1953), Papers, 1918-1953, (C3230)
2.5 linear feet
The Robert Ramsay Papers includes correspondence, 1918-1953; notes, rough drafts, revisions, and proof sheets for the Place Name series, with emphasis upon the Missouri Place Names; newspaper clippings about Ramsay and newspaper clippings of the Place Name articles. Small volumes of notes and a variety of prints pertaining to his academic classes are included as well as sample themes and bibliographies submitted by his students.
Reeder, Douglas Lee (1909-1988), Papers, 1931-1941, (C2536)
23.3 linear feet
Papers of a Kansas City attorney. Records of action relating to the trucking industry, labor disputes, bill collection and bankruptcy, damage suits, divorce cases, patent cases, and estates. Some papers pertaining to local Democratic politics, Boy Scouts, and Country Club Congregational Church.
Rice, Herbert Francis (1901-1963), Papers, 1944-1963, (C2903)
The papers of Herbert Francis Rice contain personal correspondence with friends and business associates, largely concerning the Civil War in Missouri; manuscripts of articles by Rice on various Missouri history subjects; newspaper clippings from the Kansas City Times; Rice's obituary; and miscellaneous handbills and programs.
Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Harry, Postcard Collection, (P0497)
Postcards of Missouri scenes: St. Joseph, Gallatin, Lebanon, Slater, Maryville, Branson, Jefferson City, Sedalia, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
Robidoux, Orral Messmore, (1859- ), Memoir, 1918, (C2626)
History of the Robidoux and Messmore families, childhood memories of farm life in nineteenth-century Middle West, and comments on contemporary Kansas City.
Rupe, James F., Collection, 1885-1943, (C3463)
0.8 cubic feet
Records of Dr. James F. Rupe of Clay County, Missouri, including ledgers; account books, Paradise, Missouri, Christian Church treasurer's books; two warranty deeds; and four diplomas, including his diploma from medical college in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1886, and photographs.
Ryan, William James (1940- ) Papers, 1914-1996 (K0457)
10 cubic feet
The paper contain research material, draft manuscripts, and oral history interviews and transcripts related to Ryan's book and other writings on the history of radio and television broadcasting in the Kansas City region.
Sachs, Howard, "Rabbi Epstein's Kansas City Diary, 1880-1883.", (C2526)
Article based on Rabbi Eppstein's diary.
Sachs, Oscar, Papers, (CA5355)
0.5 linear feet
Scrapbooks about Oscar Sachs, a German-American of Kansas City; photocopies of the scrapbooks; and an historical sketch of the German Hospital in Kansas City.
Saint Mary's Hospital of Kansas City Photographic Documentation , 2004 (K1202)
0.12 cubic feet
The collection contains black and white and color photographs and negatives of the hospital buildings and grounds prior to their demolition in 2004.
Schwake, Sara Gibson, Postcard Collection, (P0040)
Missouri postcards, including views of Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Independence, ice flows on the Mississippi River, and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Sherry, Steven George and Judith Lyons Papers, 2011-2012 (K1020)
0.02 cubic feet
The papers contain lists of those involved in the Kansas City area garment industry and an autobiography by Steven G. Sherry.
Shield America, 1941, (C2548)
Six issues of paper of the America First Committee, Kansas City, MO, August-November 1941.
Slaughter, Elijah Franklin (1825-1902), Journals, 1875-1904, (C3055)
7 volumes on 1 roll of microfilm
The papers of Elijah Slaughter, a Jackson County, Missouri, farmer, include accounts of daily life, notes on bartering of farm goods, and a book of dates.
Smith, Gene (1918-1995) Papers, 1941-1995 (K1347)
0.25 cubic feet
The papers primarily consist of a collection of Hallmark Military News employee newsletters from 1941-1946. Also included are brief correspondence, an issue of The Noon News Hallmark newsletter, and a remembrance of Smith.
Smith, Jabez, Papers, 1847-1855, (C2729)
The papers of Jabez Smith contain letters to Smith, Independence, MO, from various people acting as his agents in California and Virginia. Also included are miscellaneous items and photographs.
Smither, Helen F., Collection, (P0466)
0.125 linear feet
Postcards, mainly of Kansas City area, and photos of the University of Missouri ca. 1890. Cabinet cards; portraits of University of Missouri students.
Smithville and Longview Dam and Reservoir, Missouri, Projects Records, 1978-1979, (C2519)
0.4 linear feet
The records of the Smith and Longview Dam and Reservoir contain National Architectural and Engineering Record/Historic American Buildings Survey photographs, field records, historical and descriptive data, maps, and drawings of historic architectural structures at the Smithville and Longview Lakes, MO. Included are Longview Farm, Rockford School, James Poff and Sophia Rollins residences, Reuben Ross barn, and Waddell ""A"" truss bridge.
Snyder, Robert McClure, Jr. (1876-1937), Papers, 1890-1937, (C3524)
3.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, historical notes, book lists, and photographs of Snyder, joint heir of the Ozark Hahatonka estate, collector of rare books, and writer on many phases of western history, especially Kansas City, MO, and vicinity.
Souper, Thomas E., Letter, 1865 (K0535)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains an 1865 letter from Thomas E. Souper, treasurer of the Missouri State Board of Immigration, to William Getty of the insurance firm Getty and Liebing.
Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.
State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.
State of Missouri Collection, (P0018)
Over 400 original photos created for the 1904 publication on Missouri at the time of the World's Fair by Walter Williams; shows all aspects and counties in Missouri.
Summers and Company Records, 1852-1860 (K0362)
0.24 cubic feet
The records contain a ledger book kept by the Summers and Company dry goods and grocery of Parkville and Kansas City, Missouri.
Sumner, Patrick Walker (1966- ) and Mott-Ly (1962-2007) Punk Rock and Underground Zine Collection, 1981-1995 (K0466)
0.5 cubic feet
The collection primarily contains single issue zines assembled by Mott-Ly and Patrick Sumner. The zines showcase primitive collage and provide information regarding the local 1980s youth scene.
Sumner, Patrick Walker (1966- ) Papers, 1979-2013, (K1120)
1.1 cubic foot, oversize
The papers of Patrick Walker Sumner contain topical files, speeches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, ephmera and photographs from this social and political activist in Metropolitan Kansas City.
Surface, David (1827-1900) Letter, 1869 (K0539)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a letter to attorney John Cage and Kansas City mayor Robert T. Van Horn from David Surface regarding restitution for damaged property during the Civil War.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Toll-German-Kemper Family, Papers, c.1850-1973, (C4244)
3.0 cubic feet (95 folders), 1 oversize folder
The papers of the Toll, German, Kemper and related families, of the Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri, area contain correspondence, genealogical material, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and extensive photographs.
Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.
Troost Avenue Development Company Records, 1961-1986, (K1314)
0.23 cubic feet
The records contain bound volumes of organizational records for the Troost Avenue Development Company, including the certificate of incorporation, by-laws, minutes, and stock certificates.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.
University Medical College of Kansas City Records, 1892-1937 (K0185)
The records contain attendance records, programs, directories, and photographs. The records primarily consist of college announcements giving the schedule of classes for the upcoming year, lists of faculty and students, and descriptions of classes.
University of Missouri, Agricultural Extension Service, Records, 1908-1963, (C2513)
1.5 linear feet
The records of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service contain histories, letters, reports, memoranda, speeches, maps, publications, newspaper articles, and pictures concerning Missouri Agricultural Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture policies; agricultural, home economics, and 4-H extension work; and the College of Agriculture.
van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.
Village Shalom Collection, 1900-2005, (K1315)
14 cubic feet
The collection contains scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, minutes of various committees, membership account books, photos, slides, and architectural drawings of the buildings of Village Shalom.
Warfield, Alfred Perry (1827-1896) Papers, 1853-1896 (K0538)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a check payable to Alfred P. Warfield and an obituary.
Warten, Henry, Photograph Collection, (P0111)
Collection of approx 90 b/w and color photos snapshots, polaroid prints and photographs chiefly of Thomas Hart Benton's artworks with a scattering of views of Benton's Kansas City home and studio, Benton 's Cape Cod home and surrounding area.
Webb Funeral Homes Records, 1913-1978, (K1355)
1.17 cubic feet
The records contain biographical information about decedents and document funerals arranged by Webb Funeral Homes of Blues Springs and Oak Grove, Missouri.
Weston, William (1832-1906) Papers, 1871-1873 (K0540)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains financial correspondence and documents concerning the city's floating debt account during the tenure of William Weston as Treasurer of Kansas City
Whittier, H.J., Record Book, 1921-1929, (C3416)
The collection contains a cash book of a Kansas City doctor.
William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri, Class of 1951, Papers, 1940-2001, (C3979)
0.6 linear feet
This collection contains records pertaining to the class of 1951 from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. The bulk of the records come from the 1948-1951 time period and include such items as yearbooks, photographs, playbills, graduation announcements and commencement programs.
William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri, Class of 1951, Papers, (CA6155)
0.6 cubic feet
Addition of brochures, newspaper clippings, reunion materials, newsletters, yearbooks, and miscellaneous material.
Withers, Ethel Massie, Scrapbook, ca. 1916, (C1440)
0.3 linear feet
The Ethel Massie Withers Scrapbook is an album of photographic copies of lantern slides used to illustrate the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution lecture, Pioneering in Missouri, 1916. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the lecture, written by Ethel Massie Withers, with explanations of the photographs. The lantern slides are located in the Editorial Department of the State Historical Society of Missouri.
World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.
"Wornall, John Bristow (1822-1892) Papers", 1837-1889 (K0474)
0.04 cubic feet
The papers contain documents related to the Big Blue River Baptist Church and miscellaneous legal documents.