Local history

Local History

A City Illustrated: The S. Stephen Lispi Collection

Lispi in his Savoy Hotel studio, ca. 1967

Missouri Valley Special Collections staff recently processed the S. Stephen Lispi Collection containing the work of an artist who crafted some of the most recognizable images in Kansas City.

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Convention Stampede Led by Kansas City Woman

As the 1908 convention neared, Roosevelt’s many supporters held hope that he could be drafted to run for one more term. One of them was Maud Neal, a young woman who had grown up in Kansas City.

Local History

The Hardware Company That Ruled Them All

Building located at Fifth and Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri, 1944

This series of items comes from the recently processed SC193 Richards & Conover Hardware Company Collection. The wholesale hardware company was started by John Francisco Richards in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1857.

Local History

Wide Open Town Symposium: Kansas City during the Pendergast Era

The Library, UMKC, and 18 local and national historians partner to explore Kansas City’s vibrant history of the 1920s and ’30s in a public symposium, April 1-2.

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Sorting Cattle from Chaos: Processing the Kansas City Stockyards Collection

Before Missouri Valley Special Collections staff acquired the Kansas City Stockyards Collection, its 6,000-plus items had been scattered about the Livestock Exchange Building.

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