Local history & genealogy

The Missouri Valley Special Collections (MVSC) consist of the non-circulating local history and genealogy resources of the Kansas City Public Library as well as the Library’s archives. More...

Digital Gallery

Search the Digital Gallery

The Digital Gallery features images of material from the Missouri Valley Special Collections.

HeritageQuest Online

Search census data, books, periodicals, Freedman's Bank records, and more.

Civil War on the Western Border

Civil War on the Western Border

Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region.

Ancestry Library Edition

Research the history of your family with online access to historical records provided by Ancestry.com. NOTE: you must access Ancestry from within a Kansas City Public Library location.

This Week in Kansas City History

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The Great Indoors

Pla-Mor entertainment center sign

November 24, 1927: The Pla-Mor Ballroom, the largest indoor amusement center in the country featuring a ballroom, bowling alley, billiard room, and an ice skating rink, opens to a crowd of 4,100.

Missouri Valley Sundays

Walt Disney: Missouri’s Homegrown Genius - Robert W. Butler
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:00 p.m.
Central Library
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Walt Disney took an improbable path to success. Robert W. Butler describes how the people, places and things young Walt experienced in Marceline, Missouri, and Kansas City became a source of inspiration and a reservoir of ideas and emotions that Disney drew on throughout his productive and successful career.

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