Manuscript Collection

Jackson County Collection Descriptions

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.

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Adams, Benjamin Cullen (1880-1960), Papers, 1906-1951, (C2161)
10 folders
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.

AdHoc Group Against Crime Records, 1986-2000, (K0856)
6 cubic feet
The records consist of minutes, reports, financial records, printed and published materials, clippings, and photographs.

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)
1 folder
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.

American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."

American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Missouri, Papers, 1973-1977, (C4259)
0.4 cubic feet (19 folders)
The papers contain letters, notes, scrapbooks, programs, events and some photographs which focused on the American Bicentennial, which was celebrated by a number of Missouri counties in 1976.

American Royal Records, (1899-1991), (K0265)
161 cubic feet, oversize materials, 17 scrapbooks (microfilmed)
Organizational records of a premier livestock and horse show, parade, rodeo, and barbeque contest. Contains correspondence and working files, photographs, scrapbooks, magazines, programs, ledgers, motion picture film, videotape, and other items.

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.

Anderson Kansas City Scrapbooks, ca. 1900-ca. 1960, (K0520)
0.5 cubic feet
The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings regarding the history and development of Kansas City, Missouri.

Andrew Theodore Brown (1923-1983) Collection, 1960-1963, n.d., (K0011)
6.25 cubic feet
The collection contains dissertations, theses, and working papers prepared for Brown while he served as professor of history at the University of Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and when he was director of the Kansas City History Project.

Annegan, Charles, Photograph Collection, (P0192)
2 photographs
Photos of a train accident near Collins, MO, ca 1900, and employees of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Kansas City, 1910.

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)
1 volume
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)
1 volume
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)
1 folder
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.

Benton, Mrs. J. William, Photograph Collection, (P0480)
19 photographs
Photos of the William E. Hill home and monument in Keytesville, and John B. Wornall home in Kansas City.

Bergseid, Carolyn R., Postcard Collection, (P0548)
28 postcards
Postcards of St. Joseph, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis, Bolivar, and the University of Missouri Columns.

Berneche, Jerry and Joanne, Photographs, (P0282)
3 photographs
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.

Betz Family Collection, 1981, (K0825)
0.01 cubic feet
This collection contains a small booklet written by Annette Betz entitled, “The Home of Carl Betz and Louise Wittig Betz and Their Children.” The booklet is a retelling of her family history, focusing on Annette’s childhood, and her memories of her father, Carl, and her mother, Louise.

Bishop, Rev. Maury Whipple, Photograph Collection, (P0660)
41 photographs
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.

Bisman, Roy (1909-1985) Photograph Collection, 1905-1967, (K1364)
0.25 cubic feet
The photograph collection of Roy Bisman contains personal photographs of Roy Bisman and his wife, Sarah (Sally) Magazine Bisman and their family, as well as oversize photos of the National Association of Waste Material Dealers meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, and Ararat Ceremonial, Walter C. Guy class.

Bitner, Robert I. (1918-1995) and Esther L. Gottlieb Bitner (1918-2012) Family Papers, ca. 1932-2000, (K1292)
0.25 cubic feet
The papers contain materials relating to the history of their childhood, education, marriage, and children, as well as their religious and community activities in Kansas City, Mo. Materials documenting Robert Bitner's service in the U.S. Army during World War II are also included.

Blue River Baptist Association Record Book, 1834-1850, (C1303)
1 volume
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.

Boller Brothers Architectural Records, 1910-1979, (K0065)
9 cubic foot, oversized items
Architectural drawings and other supporting documents for the Boller Brothers firm who specialized in theater design.

Book Lovers' Club Records, 1904-2011, (K0901)
2 cubic feet
The records consist of minutes, yearbooks, meeting programs, photographs, financial records, and other related materials.

Boone, Albert Gallatin (1806-1884) Papers, 1836-1857, (K0475)
0.25 cubic feet
The papers of Albert Gallatin Boone contain deeds and other legal documents of Boone, a grandson of Daniel Boone and store owner in Westport, Missouri, who supplied the Santa Fe Trail. With the opening of the Kansas Territory, Boone became the agent of Southern Pro-slavery interests for political control of the territory.

Bradley, Lenore K. (1935-1998) Papers, 1966-1982, (K0309)
0.29 cubic foot
The papers of Lenore K. Bradley contain notes, drawings, pamphlets, maps, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs collected by Bradley for use in writing a book on the life and work of Louis Curtiss, noted Kansas City architect.

Braecklein, Oscar (1831-1904) Papers, 1901-1903, (K0340)
0.2 cubic feet
The papers of Oscar Braecklein contain four notebooks and one sketchbook that he used in the later years of his life. Braecklein was a druggist (pharmacist) from Kansas City, Missouri, in the late 1800s, and the notebooks chiefly contain his notes from what he was learning or interested in at the time.

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.

Brookfield, Dutton (1917-1979), Papers, (CA6382)
0.4 cubic feet
Addition of scrapbooks containing photographs and WWII letters, along with Unitog Company newsletters, 1982.

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.

Buford and George Manufacturing Company Collection, 1898-1899, (K0339)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection consists of two illustrated catalogues produced by the Buford and George Manufacturing Company. The contents of the catalogue pertain to saddlery and other equestrian accessories.

Burford-White Photograph Collection, (P0038)
64 photographs
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.


C. H. Blackman and Son Funeral Home Records, 1971-1978, (K1358)
0.12 cubic feet
The records provide information about decedents and document funerals arranged by C. H. Blackman and Son Funeral Home in Kansas City, Missouri.

Cahn and Block Records, 1844-1845, (K0341)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains an Account Book for the business Cahn and Block, for the years 1844-1845.

Capen, Lucy, Postcard Collection, (P0508)
19 postcards
Postcards of Missouri scenes: Lake of the Ozarks, Boone County, Kansas City, Hardin College, and Lebanon, MO.

Capron, Shirley, Photograph Collection, (P0661)
10 photographs
Photographs of Swope Park and Kansas City scenes in the late 1800s-early 1900s.

Caroline Isabelle Dougherty Campbell (1893-1982) Papers, 1946-1953, (K0852)
.01 cubic feet
The papers of Caroline Isabelle Dougherty Campbell contain a photograph from the Heart of the Nation Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart monthly dinner, a program from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Fourth Zone Conference, and a “Nickel Pass” for transportation with the Kansas City Service Company.

Certain, Mrs. Henry, Collection, (P0526)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.

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)
4 folders
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)
1 folder
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.

Committee FOR Annexation Records, 1963-1965, (K0086)
0.23 cubic foot
The records of the Committee FOR Annexation contain materials gathered by the committee in a campaign to secure passage of a proposal that would annex the Hickman Mills School District to the Kansas City School District in 1964.

Convention Halls and Municipal Auditorium Scrapbook, 1899-1954, (K0938)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection consists of a scrapbook of documents and photographs related to the Kansas City Convention Hall and Municipal Auditorium from 1899-1954.

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.

Cooper, Bertha Mae Bowman (1916-2013) Papers, 1946-2007, (K1287)
10 cubic feet
Scrapbooks and textual materials relating to Bertha Mae Bowman Cooper's community involvements. Bertha Cooper was the president of over 25 clubs and service organizations in the Kansas City area.

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.

Council of Clubs of Kansas City, Missouri, Records, 1901-2005, (K0686)
2 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Council including minutes, constitution and bylaws, correspondence, programs, printed materials, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks/directories of member organizations.

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.

"Crime and Punishment: The Kansas City Municipal Workhouse," 1999, (CA5836)
1 video cassette
A 1999 program produced by a Kansas City television station.

Crum, George W., Memorial Service, 1971, (C3418)
1 folder
The collection contains a summary of the memorial service for a Kansas City businessman and brother-in-law of William Bradshaw of Columbia, MO.

Cullins, Peter K., Postcard Collection, (P0249)
32 postcards
Postcards of Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, and the 1904 World's Fair.


Dale Thomas Patton (1922-2000) Papers, 1944-1994 , (K1309)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection contains the personal papers of Dale Thomas Patton, former Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for the U.S. Department of Labor in Kansas City, Missouri. Included in this collection are letters of recommendation on behalf of Mr. Patton for the position of Deputy Director, correspondence, certificates, a military photograph of Dale Thomas Patton, travel expenses, employee records, pamphlets, a memoir of a World War II combat diver written by William J. Donath, and a 1944 U.S. Naval Aviation yearbook.

Dallas, Missouri, School Board Record Book, 1913-1919, (K0487)
0.08 cubic feet
The record book contains Dallas, Missouri, school board minutes, oaths of directors, registers of school officers, teacher contracts, account ledgers, teachers' monthly reports to the district clerk, and the district clerks' reports to the county commissioner.

Davis, True (1919- ), Campaign Newspaper, 1968, (C3341)
1 folder
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.

Democratic National Convention, Kansas City, Missouri, Photographs, 1900, (P0673)
24 photographs
Photos of the Democratic National Convention in Kansas City, 1900.

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)
1 folder
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
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)
13 postcards
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)
1 volume
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.

Ehrlich, George and Sherry Piland, Photograph Collection, (P0664)
16 photographs
Images of Kansas City historic buildings, photographed ca. 1970s-1980s.

Ehrlich, Nancy, Collection, (P0013)
0.63 linear feet
Original photos taken from "Frank James Photo Album", and photos of Marmaduke Military Academy buildings and students.

Elliott, Mrs. E.E., Letter, 1920, (C1635)
1 folder
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.

Elise Guignon Collins (1895-1992) Collection, 1861-1986, (K0704)
.25 cubic feet
The papers contain clippings, correspondence, and pamphlets related to the history of the Guignon family, Kansas City, and Visitation Church near the Plaza neighborhood.

Eric Douglas Macwilliam Remington (1893-1975) Papers, ca. 1920-ca. 1950, (K0101)
3.09 cubic feet
The papers of Eric Douglas Macwilliam Remington contain photographs of residences designed by Remington, as well as photographs, notes, tickets, and architectural drawings pertaining to the Stockholm (Sweden) Concert House.

Eppstein, Elias, ""Kansas City Diary,"" 1880-1883, (C2733)
9 folders
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.


Feingold, Leo (1915-2010) and Ida Rose Luke (1919-2012) Papers, 1927-2012, (K0638)
11 cubic feet
This collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, scrapbooks, diaries, family newsletters, account books, and books on childhood education and poetry relating to the lives, careers, and interests of the Feingolds.

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.

Film Society of Greater Kansas City Records, 1991-2000, (K0765)
2 cubic feet
The records consist of minutes, printed material, clippings, newsletters, and other materials concerning the activities of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City. The records also include files on the Film Society's annual Film Festivals.

First Baptist Church, Grandview, Photographs, (P0676)
2 photographs
Photos of First Baptist Church in Grandview, MO

First Christian Church, Independence, Missouri, Centennial History, 1935, (C1331)
1 volume
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)
1 volume
Church minutes and membership records.

First Presbyterian Church, Independence, Missouri, Records, 1936-1948, (C1874)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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 L. Brown & Son Collection, 1905-1912, (K0342)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection contains six time books that were used by the George L. Brown & Son Contractors, a building firm to track employees weekly hours and calculate pay. George L. Brown & Son worked primarily in Kansas City, Missouri, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each book represents a different building project and the books contain the names of the workers and wages.

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)
1 folder
Article on the George Family cemetery near Oak Grove, MO, where four members of the George family who served under Quantrill are buried.

George, Harrison H. (1858-1929) Photograph Collection, ca. 1900-ca. 1903, (K0377)
0.16 cubic feet
The collection contains photographs of livestock, people, and buildings in the Kansas City Stockyards and sites in Kansas City, Kansas.

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)
4 folders
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.

Gird, George, Photographs, (P0149)
208 photographs
B/w aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston from around 1955.

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)
1 folder
The collection contains brief descriptions of significant dates in the history of Kansas City, 1803-1920.

Grove, Harold MacGregor (1924- ) Collection, 1960-1971, (K0312)
0.29 cubic foot
The collection contains proposals, correspondence, transcripts, and photographs from 1968, regarding the Look Up and Live special television series "We Well Speak, Who Will Answer" which, was an eight-part miniseries produced by CBS News Broadcast.

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.


Hallmark Cards, Inc., Photographs, (P0675)
21 photographs
Photos of Hallmark Cards, Inc. facilities in Kansas City, including the Visitors Center, and businesspersons and Hallmark executives.

Hambright, Robert, Letter, 1845, (C3238)
1 folder
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)
2 folders
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.

Harris Home Association Records, 1921-1930, (K0469)
0.07 cubic feet
The records contain meeting minutes and a financial ledger for the Harris Home Association and its predecessor organization, the Kansas City Centennial Association, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Harris, Nancy Whitnell, Papers, 1925-1988, (K0245)
0.08 cubic feet
The papers contain Nancy Whitnell Harris' 1988 Master's thesis, "The Development of the Education and Cultural Center in Kansas City's Brush Creek Valley," related research notes, and photocopied newspaper clippings and documents.

Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
1 folder
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.

Henry C. and Henry J. Haskell Papers, 1883-1979, (K0096)
1.25 cubic feet
The collection contains the papers of Henry C. Haskell, and his father, Henry J. Haskell, a prominent editor for the Kansas City Star. The papers pertaining to Henry C. Haskell primarily consist of his plays and his contributions as an arts writer for the Kansas City Star. Henry J. Haskell’s papers consist of the articles he wrote as editor for the Kansas City Star and of his published writings. Additionally there is some correspondence and biographical information for both of the Haskell men.

Henry R. Marnett (1917-2014) Railroad Collection, 1899-2012, (K0734)
6 cubic feet
The Henry R. Marnett (1917-2014) Collection contains materials related to the life and interests of Henry R. Marnett. The collection consists of various materials including photographs, negatives, slides, postcards, and ephemera representing Marnett’s family and his favorite hobby, trains.

Henry Wollman Bloch (1922 - ), Papers, (K1343)
4 cubic feet plus oversize item
Personal papers of Henry Wollman Bloch (1922 - ), co-founder and honorary chairman of H&R Block, Inc., and native resident of Kansas City, Missouri, contain materials relating to Bloch and his wife, Marion Helzberg Bloch, including numerous philanthropic efforts in Kansas City and beyond as well as Bloch’s activities in support of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum and the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The papers also contain speeches, materials, and correspondence regarding public appearances and events attended by Bloch, photographs, publications and news articles about Bloch, and op-eds written by Bloch. Additionally, the collection contains personal correspondence, information related to Bloch’s World War II service, and Bloch family history and genealogy.

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)
2 folders
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.

Hinton Funeral Home Records, 1992-1995, (K1359)
0.1 cubic feet
The records contain a record book providing biographical information on decedents and documenting funerals arranged by Hinton Funeral Home.

Hoffman, Clara C., Notice, 1908, (C3210)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Records, 1973-2010, (K0983)
1 cubic foot
The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association records consist of homes tour files and posters, newsletters, and one abstract of title.


Independence Chamber of Commerce, Collection, (P0663)
1 folder
Postcards of Independence, MO sites.


J.C. Nichols Company Records, ca.1896-2007, (K0106)
331 cubic feet
Company records relating to the activities and history of the J.C. Nichols Company, the premier real estate company in the Kansas City area. Included are some personal papers of J.C. Nichols. Also architectural drawings for some Nichols development buildings and residences.

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.

Jane Fifield Flynn (1924-2006) Papers, 1978-1986, (K0737)
0.2 cubic feet
The papers relate to the work that Flynn performed as the director of the Landmarks Commission of Kansas City, Missouri, specifically those pertaining to the Old General Hospital and the Brookside Fire and Police Station. The papers primarily consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and reports that relate to these two projects.

Janssen Place Collection, 1912-1966, (K0739)
0.7 cubic feet
The collection consists of abstracts of title for lots 9, 10, 11, 20, 21, 25, 26, and 31; a building specification for the residence of Glasner-Strauss; and two sets of architectural drawings pertaining to the residences of H. F. Gleason and Mr. E. L. Foutch at Janssen Place in the Hyde Park neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri.

John Litt Johnson (1816-1903) Speech, 1860, (K0219)
0.1 cubic feet
The collection contains a speech by ex-mayor of Kansas City, John Litt Johnson, in defense of the policies of the Republican Party and support for the election of Abraham Lincoln.

John Wall's Moving and Storage Company Slides, (P0289)
2 photographs
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.

Johnson, Clifford Harold (1889-1981) Architectural Records, 1917-1942, (K1257)
3.09 cubic feet
The collection contains correspondence between Clifford H. Johnson and the national and regional chapters of the American Institute of Architects regarding associateship, membership, dues, and publications concerning the institute located in Washington D.C. as well as the local Kansas City, Missouri, chapter. The correspondence dates between 1917 and 1940. Other materials include photographs of various buildings, terra cotta crown molding, and decorative detailing, as well as architectural drawings of residences for three clients in Missouri dated between 1924 and 1927.

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.

Jones, Robert Valentine (1872-1949) Architectural Records, 1908-1909, (K0416)
3 cubic feet
The records contain a resurvey of blocks 6, 7, and 8 of residences in the Squier Park District in Kansas City, Missouri. The residential buildings were resurveyed for Robert Valentine Jones, the developer of the area between 1908 and 1909.

Jost, Henry Lee (1873-1950) Papers, ca. 1898-1958, (K0270)
4 cubic feet, 13 volumes (Microfilm)
The papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, records of legal cases, scrapbooks, certificates, and photographs related to the life of Henry Lee Jost, attorney, two term mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, and United States congressman


Kansas City Academy of Medicine Records, 1890-1924 (K0187)
5 folders
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 Architectural Foundation (KCAF) Records, 1954-1999, (K1025)
1 cubic foot
Organizational records of the Kansas City Architectural Foundation (KCAF) include board minutes, reports, articles of incorporation, by-laws, correspondence and some records of early awards and events. The records also include Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE) related materials.

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 Chamber of Commerce, Photographs, (P0280)
14 photographs
Photographs of Kansas City, ca. 1939 and 1954, with a focus on views of the city and local attractions.

Kansas City Convention Hall Records, 1897-1937, (K0269)
7.63 cubic feet
The records contains administrative, financial, and event records related to the construction, maintenance, and business of the Kansas City Convention Hall. The records also include scrapbooks and photographs providing information about the variety of events held at the building.

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)
13 folders
The records consist of subscription cards for the Kansas City Medical Library Club and miscellaneous correspondence and notes.

Kansas City Monarchs Oral History Collection, 1978-1981, (K0047)
0.4 cubic feet
This collection contains oral history interviews and correspondence with eighteen individuals who played with or were associated with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

Kansas City Museum Collection, 1912-1954, (K0336)
13 cubic feet
The collection contains materials related to the institutional history of the Kansas City Museum, photographs of the museum, various Kansas City area newspaper clippings related to the museum, and several guide books related to museums of the Chicago, Illinois, area.

Kansas City Realty and Insurance Publications Collection, 1925-1926, (K0438)
0.02 cubic feet
The collection contains realty and insurance publications related to Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas City Stockyards Photograph, (P0987)
1 photograph
Photograph of stockyards

Kansas City Typographical Union (ITU) #80 Records, 1880-1994, (K0208)
44 cubic feet
Minutes for regular and executive board meetings including financial statements, contracts, the original Local 80 charter, dues-earnings ledgers, photographs, and records of the Kansas City Mailers Union #7 and the Communication Workers of America #6325, which merged with the ITU.

Kansas City University Extension Center Records, 1905-1930, (K1035)
0.2 cubic foot
The Extension Center was an adult education program sponsoring national speakers on contemporary political and social issues. Includes the financial secretary's reports and programs.

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)
35 photographs
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.

Katz Drug Stores Records, 1957-1964, (K0547)
0.5 cubic foot
The records contain materials pertaining to Katz Drug Store, a discount superstore of the Kansas City, Missouri, area. The records consist mainly of advertising and promotional materials, along with company communications.

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

King-Bowin Family Photographs, (P0572)
1 folder
Photos of the King and Bowin families. The Bowin family lived in Greenwood, MO.

King General Store, Oak Grove, Missouri, Account Book, 1888-1893, (C4313)
0.2 cubic feet (1 folder)
The records of a general store owned by John and Abigail King in Oak Grove, Missouri. The accounts were kept by their son, Herbert King. An index is included.

Kirkwood, Irwin R. and Laura, Papers, 1911-1914, (K0439)
0.01 cubic feet
The papers contain four letters written to Irwin and Laura Kirkwood concerning business and domestic affairs.

Kivett, Paul S., Folly Theater Photograph, (P0597)
1 photograph
Photo of the restored Folly Theater, 12th and Central, Kansas City, MO

Knights of Pythias, Grand Lodge and Grand Court of Calanthe Photograph, (P1001)
1 photograph
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)
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.

Lerner, Sandra Davis Lerner (1939- ) and Kenneth D. (1933- ) Papers, 1949-2000, (K1178)
0.49 cubic feet
The Lerners were active in Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), and with the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Kansas City, Missouri. This collection consists of photographs, programs, videos, and artifacts representing their involvement in these activities.

Levitan, Andrea (1970- ) Papers, ca. 1978-2011, (K1293)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection contains materials related to the youth, education, community leadership, and extracurricular activities of Andrea Levitan. Also includes material relating to Levitan family history.

Levitan, Norman Hadley (1969- ) Papers, 1969-2008, (K1108)
0.5 cubic foot
Personal papers of Levitan, including photographs, scrapbooks, publications and correspondence relating to his childhood, education, family and religious life, as well as his involvement in local theater.

Levitan, Sharon Bitner (1943- ) and Howard Steven (1943- ) Papers, 1929-2008, (K0803)
4 cubic feet
The collection includes personal and family papers, yearbooks, scrapbooks, publications and photographs related to the Bitner and Levitan families of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Jewish organizations with which they were involved. Also included are materials relating to Sharon's mother, Esther Gottlieb Bitner, and her career as a professional dancer.

Loeb, Anita Boresow (1929- ) Papers, 1921-2010, (K0659)
9.25 cubic feet
Papers of an active member of the Jewish community in Kansas City, Missouri, the collection largely consists of material pertaining to Loeb's genealogy research documenting naturalization, births, deaths, and burials of individuals in the Jewish community. This includes notes, drafts, correspondence, and her publication on the history of the burials in the Jewish cemeteries of Kansas City, Missouri. Also included are family materials, such as correspondence, yearbooks, and documents relating to the organizations and activities where Loeb served. She also collected materials related to several area Jewish congregations.

Lone Jack Baptist Church, Lone Jack, Missouri, History of, 1842-1880, (C3511)
1 folder
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.

Lowell Press, Photographs, (P0667)
3 photographs
Images of the Westport district in Kansas City, MO

Lykins Family Papers, 1841-1866, (K0294)
0.16 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence, ledger books, and scrapbooks related to the lives and activities of Johnston Lykins, Martha Lykins Bingham, his second wife, and William Lykins, his son.


Marcou, David, Photographs, (P0140)
19 photographs
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 R. (1911-1989), 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.

Matthews, Sherman, Papers, 1923-1930, (C4275)
0.4 cubic feet (16 folders)
Kansas City Bridge Company business correspondence of Sherman Matthews and H.M. Jopling. Also Jopling's Nelson High School Physics Experiment workbooks and a standard two-week time book to calculate wages owed, 1923-1930.

McClain, Charles M., Postcard Collection, (P0539)
23 postcards
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)
1 folder
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.

McCoy, Eleanor (Ellen) Waddle (1818-1893) Papers, 1838-1863, (K0226)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains letters to Ellen McCoy, wife of William McCoy (1813-1900), first mayor of Independence, Missouri. Written from Independence and from Washington, D.C., the letters detailed the author's experiences and observations.

McCrum, William H., Photographs, (P0317)
2 photographs
Photographs of Watts Mill at Dallas, Missouri

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.

Milgram Food Stores, Inc. Collection, 1912-1996 , (K0325)
4.5 cubic feet
The collection contains papers and photographs related to the Milgram family and Milgram Food Stores, Inc. The personal papers primarily focus on the personal interests of Nat, the founder of Milgram Food Stores, and Lester, his son. The materials consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The materials related to the Milgram Food Stores contains correspondence, newsletters, reports, and information regarding the company. The bulk of the business materials pertains to photographs of individual Milgram stores and Milgram sponsored events.

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.

Minkin Family History Collection, 1991-2010, (K0775)
2 cubic feet
The Minkin Family History Collection (1920-2010), contains 13 typed manuscripts broken down into 12 parts. Rodney Minkin began writing the history in 1991 and finished in 2010. The Minkin family was a prominent Jewish family in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and were active within that community. The history looks at the Minkin family, the Kansas City Jewish community, and historically significant events that happened throughout the twentieth century.

Missouri, 76th General Assembly, House Resolution no. 51, (C3280)
1 folder
The records contain a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of Independence, Missouri.

Missouri Association of Architects (MAA) Records, 1944-1954, (K0099)
0.24 cubic feet
The collection consists of materials related to the Missouri Association of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.

Miller, Mrs. Frank B., Photograph Collection, (P0668)
3 photographs
Photos of Hyde Park School staff and students and Miller residence, both in Kansas City, MO, ca. 1900.

Missouri Division of Tourism, Photographs, (P0452)
0.08 linear feet
Photos of Thomas Hart Benton and Missouri Historic Sites, monuments, markers, and memorials.

Missouri Educational Exhibit Scrapbook, 1893, (C2664)
1 volume
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, 13 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 Valley Series Papers, 1962-1965, (K0241)
0.05 cubic feet
The collection contains research papers on the history of the Greater Kansas City area written by graduate students and local historians in response to a prize offered by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.

Missouri, Independence, Notebook, 1961, (C2192)
1 volume
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.

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.

Moody, Frederick W. (1838-1937) Collection, n.d., (K0347)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains the memoir of Frederick W. Moody. The memoir contains stories regarding his immigration to the United States from England in 1857, his travels to New Mexico, Colorado, and early life in Kansas City.

Moore Family Photographs, (P0857)
21 photographs
Copy photos of Moore family members, an African-American family from Kansas City, 1880-1920.

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.

Municipal Photograph Collection, 1930s-1960s, (K0116)
1 cubic foot
The collection contains photographic prints and negatives depicting activities of Kansas City, Missouri, municipal departments, mayors and councilmembers, city events, city buildings and parks, and other sites in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


National League of American Pen Women, Kansas City-Westport Branch Records, 1931-2011, (K0437)
7 cubic feet
This collection consists of organization minutes, a secretary's book, president's records, achievement reports, miscellaneous yearbooks, histories, and nine oversize scrapbooks, as well as organizational newsletters.

National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Missouri, Papers, 1968-1974, (C3584)
15 folders
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)
1 folder
Award-winning essay on a residential neighborhood inhabited by Kansas City's wealthiest families in the 1880s. The author describes its decline and rebirth.

Neurological Hospital Association of Kansas City Records, 1935-1973, (K0800)
8 cubic feet
Organizational records of the Neurological Hospital, formally known as the Robinson Sanitarium or Clinic. Included in this collection are materials concerning correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, public relations, the Robinson Memorial Fund, personnel papers, legal documents, and other various administrative records, chiefly from the 1960s.


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.

Office of Civilian Defense Records, 1942-1944, (K0343)
0.01 cubic feet
The records of the Office of Civilian Defense contain a daily log, general orders, events calendar, organizational plan, and personnel directory for the World War II era Office of Civilian Defense.

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)
1 volume
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.


P.E.O. Reciprocity Group of Greater Kansas City Records, 1916-2013, (K0604)
3.5 cubic feet
The collection consists chiefly of the minutes and reports of the Kansas City PEO. Also included is a history of PEO, lists of presidents and officers, membership directories, state convention programs, and slides and program notes of Cottey College.

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.

Patricia Youmans Wagner (1925- ) Papers, 1959-1962, (K0037)
.25 cubic feet
The papers contain a series of working papers that Patricia Wagner prepared from 1959-1962 regarding voluntary associations in Kansas City, Missouri, from the 1870s through the early twentieth century.

Patton, Dale Thomas (1922-2000) Papers, 1944 (K1309)
2 cubic feet
This donation contains the personal files of Dale Thomas Patton, former Deputy Director, Regional Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, U.S. Department of Labor, Kansas City, Missouri. Included are correspondence, certificates and awards, a photograph, and two publications related to World War II activities.

Pendergast, Jr., Thomas J. (1912-1990) Papers, 1902-1978, (K0316)
0.33 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence, event programs, newspaper clippings, legal and financial documents, and home movies.

Phillips, Edward D., Papers, 1865-1938, (C3091)
2 folders
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.

Phillips, Perry C. (1862-1923) Papers, 1882-1909, (K0085)
0.23 cubic foot
The papers of Perry C. Phillips contain photographs, a diary, and an autograph book in addition to materials related to Phillips professional life as an attorney and president of Inola Oil and Gas Company.

Photo & View Co., Photographs, (P0670)
7 photographs
Photos of Kansas City, MO, architecture, ca. 1902-1903 and 1934.

Photo View Company Photographs, Kansas City, ca 1932, (P0366)
8 photographs
8 photographs depicting Kansas City and its environs in the early 1930s

Pleasant Grove Grange Records, 1873-1893 (K0303)
0.08 cubic feet
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)
2.2 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)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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.

Red Bridge Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Congregation Records, 1879-2016, 1879-2016, (K1361)
2 cubic feet
The records contain materials documenting the history of this Kansas City, Missouri-based congregation from its early beginnings in the 1910s as Agnes Avenue Mission, to its establishment as Oak Park Christian Church in 1914, to its move and renaming as the Red Bridge Christian Church in 1960-61, and its eventual dissolution in 2015.

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.

Relaford, Ruth Olive (Dean) Papers, 1927-1933, (K1351)
0.06 cubic feet
The papers contain items related to Ruth Olive (Dean) Relaford's activities with the Methodist Episcopal Church and her schooling.

Rice, Herbert Francis (1901-1963), Papers, 1944-1963, (C2903)
5 folders
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)
18 postcards
Postcards of Missouri scenes: St. Joseph, Gallatin, Lebanon, Slater, Maryville, Branson, Jefferson City, Sedalia, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

Rine, Russell Robert (1903-1978) Papers, 1974, (K0348)
0.01 cubic feet
The papers consist of a manuscript entitled, "The Snow Fox." The manuscript tells the fictionalized history of the Rine family before and during the American Revolutionary War.

Rivard, Amanda Elizabeth Evans (1899-1988) Papers, 1918-1983, (K0149)
0.08 cubic feet
The papers of A. Elizabeth Evans Rivard contain photocopied scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings and articles highlighting her architectural career. Also included are letters of recommendation and photographs of homes she designed. Many of these photographs are identified with addresses and resident names.

Robert H. Blackburn (1940-2014), Papers, (K1367)
Approximately 0.1 cubic feet
The papers of Robert H. Blackburn contain photographs of Kansas City Royals baseball players, photographs, a brochure about Hallmark and its Liberty Distribution Center, a Class of 1958 reunion book, and newspaper from Southwest High School in Kansas City, Missouri.

Robert M. Snyder, Jr. (1876-1937) Collection, 1701-1981, (K0025)
5.0 cubic feet
The collection contains papers related to Robert M. Snyder, Jr. and his interests. Snyder’s personal papers include photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, articles written by Snyder, and scrapbooks related to Snyder’s work with Kansas Natural Gas Company and his preservation work in the Ozarks. The other materials in the collection consists of items Snyder collected over the course of his life. The materials generally relate to important people of history, early American history, and pioneer families.

Robidoux, Orral Messmore, (1859- ), Memoir, 1918, (C2626)
1 folder
History of the Robidoux and Messmore families, childhood memories of farm life in nineteenth-century Middle West, and comments on contemporary Kansas City.

Robinson Family Papers/Kansas City Social Register Records, 1880-1998, (K0774)
19 cubic feet
Papers of a prominent Kansas City, Missouri, family who were also the publishers of the Kansas City Social Register. Included in this collection are genealogical materials, correspondence, a reference notecard index, biographical data, printed and published materials, clippings, audio records, film, photographs, and ephemera.

Rogers, Ann, Photograph Collection, (P0086)
2 folders
Assortment of postcards, snapshots and prints from across Missouri, including Excelsior Springs, the University of Missouri, and 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)
1 folder
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.

Santa Fe Place Historic District Collection, 2004-2005, (K0456)
0.04 cubic feet
The collection contains files on the demolition of Lovett Place Apartments on Lockridge Avenue and an updated National Register nomination for the Santa Fe Place Historic District from 2005. The collection also includes the Santa Fe Place Historic District Design Guidelines and the Memorandum of Agreements relating to the District.

Saunders Family, Papers, 1877-1973, (C4248)
0.1 cubic feet (13 folders)
The Saunders family papers contain family photographs, correspondence to and from Eva Pearl and Ed Saunders and other documents related to the Saunders and Danner, families of Cass County, Missouri.

Schwake, Sara Gibson, Postcard Collection, (P0040)
46 postcards
Missouri postcards, including views of Kansas City, St. Joseph, St. Louis, Independence, ice flows on the Mississippi River, and the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

Scotford Stereographs, Kansas City, (P0671)
6 photographs
Stereographs of Kansas City, MO, ca. 1878-1881.

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)
1 folder
Six issues of paper of the America First Committee, Kansas City, MO, August-November 1941.

Simon, Aletha Schultz (1941- ) Papers, 1942-2007, (K0865)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers of a Kansas City native active in many civic and Jewish communal organizations. Includes board and committee minutes, lesson plans, exhibit notes, forms, programs, flyers, stationary, a calendar, a directory, handbooks, articles, brochures, and newspaper clippings of the Women's League for Conservative Judaism, Beth Shalom Sisterhood, the Museum Without Walls, Beth Shalom, National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Community Center, American Jewish Historical Society, Midwest Center For Holocaust Education, and the Eureka Fishing Club.

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)
6 folders
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.

Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

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.

Soward, James L. (1932-2005) Papers, (K0610)
9 cubic feet
The papers of James L. Soward includes notes, photographs, oral interviews, and other related research materials for the book, Hospital Hill: An Illustrated Account of Public Healthcare Institutions in Kansas City, Missouri, published by the Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation in 1995.

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.

Spring Valley Park Abstract, 1893, (K0216)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection consists of an 1893 abstract of title for a tract of land in Spring Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

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)
486 photographs
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.

Stella-Vega, Terri, Postcard Collection, (P0275)
19 postcards
19 color postcards of Kansas City and Excelsior Springs, MO.

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.

Survey of Christian Glanz Estate by A. M. Allen, c. 1852, (K0351)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a survey for a sub-division of six acres of land in Westport, Missouri, belonging to the estate of Christian Glanz. The Survey was hand-drawn by A. M. Allen.


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.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri, Cornerstone, Records, 1883-1887, (C4288)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders), one oversize folder
The records of the Trinity Episcopal Church contain artifacts recovered from the Kansas City church’s cornerstone. These include architectural sketches and timelines of the church’s construction as well as Kansas City newspapers from the day the cornerstone was laid.

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)
1 volume
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.

Underhill, Lyle Welles (1890-1983) Architectural Records, 1909-1939, (K0136)
3.12 cubic feet
The records contain architectural drawings, specifications, contracts, photographs, sketches, correspondence, and memorabilia related to Lyle Welles Underhill, a female architect in Kansas City, Missouri, who specialized in designing school buildings in Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri between 1915 and 1922. Other proposed and contracted buildings done by Lyle Underhill and her husband Harold W. Underhill are also included in this collection.

University Medical College of Kansas City Records, 1892-1937 (K0185)
14 folders
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.

Volker Remembrance Album, 2003, (K0436)
0.3 cubic foot
The Volker Remembrance Album contains research notes, planning, and public relations information for an annual fundraising event for the Kansas City Symphony.


Walton, Viriginia, Postcard Collection, (P0142)
1 folder
A collection of Missouri postcards, including many from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.

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)
5 folders
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.

West Kansas City Land Company Records, 1867-1894, (K0345)
0.01 cubic feet
The records consist of a meeting record book that was used to give a synopsis of the director's meetings and stakeholder's meetings. There is also a folder of miscellaneous papers associated with the West Kansas City Land Company. These papers were found within the record book.

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

Westport Scrapbook, 1889-1961, (K0244)
0.06 cubic feet
The collection contains photocopies of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, booklets, research papers, and other items compiled by Adrian Christopher, a local historian, concerning the history of Westport, Missouri.

Whittier, H.J., Record Book, 1921-1929, (C3416)
1 volume
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.

Wight and Wight Architectural Records, 1904-1952, (K0825)
40.04 cubic feet
The collection contains materials related to the Kansas City, Missouri architectural firm of Wight and Wight (1916-1952) and its predecessor Wilder and Wight (1904-1916). The firm was known for its Neo-Classical design style, its exceptional command of mass and proportion, as well as its exquisite attention to details.

Wright, Edward C., Jr., Photographs, (P0674)
0.15 linear feet
Photos of Independence area historic sites and buildings, 1961.