National Archives at Kansas City

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National Archives at Kansas City

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Telephone:[1]  816-268-8000

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Friday 8-4. Federal holidays.

Directions, parking, map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 regional branches of the National Archives. They house federal records of agencies and courts from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.[1]

Frequently used genealogy sources include censuses and indexes 1790-1930, immigration ship passenger arrivals for the Eastern and Gulf Coasts 1820-1982, military service records, pensions, bounty land warrants, and indexes 1775-1902, Federal naturalization records of U.S. District Courts, land records, bankruptcies 1940-1998, passport applications, Native American records, and African American records. The Archives also provides free Internet access to subscription sites like,, and[2]

The Kansas City branch specializes in Leavenworth Penitentiary inmate files and mugshots, naturalization records, federal court records, federal land records, and Bureau of Indian Affairs records.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Researchers using microfilm do not need a researcher's ID card.[3]
  • Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Kansas City staff.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives at Kansas City, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, bounty land, homesteads, ethnic sources, prisons, fed employees.[4]
  • National Archives II, Suitland MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900, and modern military records.[4]
  • Kansas City Federal Records Center.
  • Lenexa Federal Records Center, Lenexa KS, serves federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska plus the Ogden IRS.

Similar Collections

  • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, federal government employee and military personnel records starting 1917.[5]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 2.5 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, censuses, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 National Archives at Kansas City in National Archives (accessed 6 February 2016).
  2. National Archives at Kansas City (General Information Leaflet) in National Archives (accessed 7 February 2016).
  3. Genealogy Research in National Archives (accessed 6 February 2016).
  4. 4.0 4.1 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1 and 109.
  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. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  9. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  10. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  12. About the Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 5 May 2010).
  13. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  14. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  15. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.