Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections

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Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  lhistory@kclibrary.org


Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections
Central Library
14 W. 10th Street, 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105

Telephone:[1]  816-701-3427
Fax:  816-701-3401

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-5; Holiday closures
Sunday 1-5 ONLY when Missouri Valley Sundays are scheduled.

Map and public transportation:

  • Google map: Kansas City Public Library Central Branch
  • Public transportation:  The 10th and Main Transit Center is across the street from the Central Library. KCATA or Metro bus routes 24, 27, 28, 30, 47, 54, 71, 101, 102, 106, 108, 129, 173, 660, 661, and four other routes stop at the 10th and Main Transit Center.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Missouri Valley Room has a great genealogy collection for Missouri and Kansas with biographies, periodicals, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers of the Kansas City area.[2] [3]

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Jackson County births 1883-1895, marriage indexes 1827-1937, deaths 1874-1909.[4] They also hold papers, postcards, newspaper clippings, city directories, maps, school yearbooks, and ephemera from local individuals and organizations to document the history and development of the Kansas City area including some material from the Kansas City School District. They provide information on vital records research, adoption search resources, how-to-do obituary searching, African Americans, American Indians, the American Civil War, explorers, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and the Overland Trail.[3]

Librarians began collecting genealogical materials almost from the beginning of the Library, but in 1933, a donation of the vast personal genealogical library of lumber baron John Barber White greatly enhanced the collection. Resources continued to be added. Of note are the many now out-of-print nineteenth-century histories of counties in the Midwest, specific family histories, and many genealogical periodicals beginning in the late 1800s.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Kansas City federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, photos, adoptions, vital records, land, and Indian records.[5]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Local history and genealogy in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 1 February 2016).
  2. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 47 and 67. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  6. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book : American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry Pub., 2004), 394. WorldCat 779185438; FamilySearch Catalog
  8. About the Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 5 May 2010).
  9. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  11. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.