City directories

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City Directories in the Missouri Valley Room

A list of city directories for Kansas City, Missouri, and nearby cities and counties available at the Special Collections Department, Kansas City Public Library.

Kansas City, Missouri
Nearby Cities & Counties

Geographical Coverage (beyond Kansas City, Missouri proper) in Kansas City, Missouri City Directories

Notes about City Directories:
Unlike telephone directories, city directories are very specific to the boundaries of the city or county covered. So, though a person, business, etc. may have been in a metropolitan
area
(Kansas City, for example), one must know in which political subdivision that person, business, etc. was located (Raytown, for example) in order to utilize the appropriate city directory. Many of the city directories in the Special Collections Department are on microfilm.

Kansas City, Missouri

1859-1942
1945
1947
1949-1983
1985-1990
1992
1993 (North, South)
1994 (Central)
1996 (North, South)
1997 (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
1998
1999 (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
2000 (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
2001 (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
December 2001 (for 2002) (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
December 2002 (for 2003) (Jackson County, Kansas City North)
November 2003 (for 2004) (Jackson County West, Kansas City North)
December 2003 (for 2004) (Jackson County East)
October 2004 (for 2005) (Kansas City North)
February 2005 (for 2005) (Jackson County East and West)
February 2006 (for 2006) (Jackson County East and West)

There are no city directories for the following years:
1943
1944
1946
1948
1954
1984
1991
1995

Nearby Cities & Counties

Missouri

Blue Springs
1975
1976
1977
1979
1981
1982
1983
1985
1988
1990
1991
1993

Cape Girardeau
1954
1956

Carthage
1953
1956

Cass County
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
December 2001 (for 2002)
November 2003 (for 2004)

Columbia
1954
1956
1995

Cooper County
1912-1913

Excelsior Springs
1976
1979
1981
1982
1984
1986
1988
1989
1991
1993

Grandview
1974
1976
1980

Hannibal
1859-1860
1871-1872
1875-1876
1888-1889
1894-1895
1895-1896
1903
1907
1914
1918
1920
1922
1937
1953
1955

Harrisonville
1968
1970
1972
1973
1975
1976
1987
1989
1990

Independence
1888-1889
1898 (includes all of Jackson County, Missouri, outside of Kansas City)
1905-1906
1907-1908
1920
1922
1924
1926
1928
1930
1932
1934
1936
1938
1940
1942
1946
1948
1950
1952
1954
1956
1957
1959 through 1991
1993

Jackson County (Outside of Kansas City)

1898
1907-08

Jefferson City
1929
1995

Jefferson County

1907

Joplin
1953
1955
1956
1957

Lamar
1903
1911

Lee's Summit

There are no individual city directories for Lee's Summit. The city is, however included in some of the larger directories. See our
list of directory coverage.

Liberty
1962
1979
1983
1984
1986
1988
1989
1991

Louisiana
1907

Osage County
1915

Parkville
(all telephone directories)
1905
1906
1908
1910
1912
1915
1918
1921
1927
1930
1932
1934
1936
1937
1940
1942
1943
1946
1950
1951
1953

Platte City (all telephone directories)
1954
1961

Poplar Bluff
1952
1954

Raytown
1960
1962
1963
1965
1967
1968
1970 through 1981
1983
1984
1986 through 1991

St. Charles
1952
1955

St. Joseph
1859-1860
1860-1861
1869-1870
1872
1873
1875
1877
1878
1879
1880
1881-1882
1884
1891
1892
1894
1897
1902
1905
1907
1912
1915
1921
1924
1926
1930
1932
1933
1935
1937
1939
1940
1941
1946
1947
1955
1957
1959
1977
1981
1982
1983
1986
1990
1991
1993
1995
1997
1999
2000
October 2001 (for 2002)
November 2002 (for 2003)
November 2003 (for 2004)
November 2004 (for 2005)

St. Louis
1842
1854-1855
1863 (business directory only)
1864
1873
1897 (business directory only)
1911
1915
1917 (St. Louis County only)
1924
1952
1953 (St. Louis County only)
1955 (city and county)
1956
1961
1963
1964
1966

Sedalia
1900-1901
1913
1954
1956

Springfield
1953
1955
1956

Trenton
1990

Webster Groves
1915

Kansas

Atchison
1950
1991

Chanute
1953

Coffeyville
1953

Emporia
1953
1955
1986
1988
1989
1991

Great Bend
1954
1956

Hays
1989
1990

Hutchinson
1949
1953
1955

Johnson County
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001 (north)
2001 (south)
December 2001 (north)
December 2001 (south)
December 2002 (south)
November 2003 (north)
November 2003 (south)
October 2004 (north)
October 2004 (south)

Kansas City, Kansas

1894
1896
1899
1901
1909
1910
1912
1913
1916
1920
1922
1924
1925
1927
1929
1930
1932
1934
1936
1938
1940
1942
1945
1947-1948
1950
1952
1954
1955
1957 through 1989
1991
1992
1996
1997 (Wyandotte Co.)
1998 (Wyandotte Co.)
1999 (Wyandotte Co.)
2000 (Wyandotte Co.)
2001 (Wyandotte Co.)
December 2001 (Wyandotte Co.)
December 2002 (Wyandotte Co.)
November 2003 (Wyandotte Co.)
October 2004 (Wyandotte Co.)

Lawrence
1985
1986
1988
1989
1991 through 2000
March 2001
April 2002
March 2003
June 2004

Leavenworth
(all directories published after the 1884 edition include Lansing and Leavenworth County)
1859-1860
1860-1861
1879-1880
1884
1897-1898
1907-1908
1947
1954
1956
1985-1986
1987 through 1991
March 2004

Manhattan
1984
1986 through 1989
1991 January
2004

Miami County
November 2003

Mission
1962
1963
1964

Northeast Johnson County
1953
1955
1958
1959
1960
1961

Olathe
1962
1964
1965
1966
1968
1969
1971
1972
1973
1975 through 1981
1983
1984
1987
1988
1989
1990
1992
1993
1994
1995

Ottawa
1928
1953
1955
1975

Parsons
1880

Pittsburg
1955
1985 through 1988
1990
1991

Salina
1913
1954
1990
1991

Shawnee Mission Area
1965
1966
1968 through 1981
1983
1984
1986 through 1991
1993

Topeka
1954 through 1956
1995 through 2000
August 2001
August 2002
August 2003

Wichita
1954 through 1956
1990 (suburban edition)
December 2003 (city and suburban editions)

Geographical Coverage (beyond Kansas City, Missouri proper) found in Kansas City, Missouri City Directories

Polk's

Cole's


Polk's City Directories
This set has name, phone, and street directories (street directories begin in 1917).

1884: Wyandotte, Kan.; Kansas City, Kan.; Armstrong; Riverview; Armourdale

1885: Wyandotte, Kan.; Armourdale, Kan.; Kansas City, Kan.; Armstrong; Riverview

1886-1888: Westport; Kansas City, Kan.

1889: Kansas City, Kan.

1890: Kansas City, Kan.

1892-1903: Kansas City, Kan.

1904: Kansas City, Kan.; Rosedale, Kan.; Argentine, Kan.

1905-1909: Independence, Mo.; Kansas City, Kan.; Argentine, Kan.; Rosedale, Kan.

1910-1912J: Independence, Mo.; Kansas City, Kan.; Rosedale, Kan.

1913: Independence, Mo.

1914-1917: Independence, Mo.; North Kansas City, Mo.

1918: Kansas City, Kan.

1930: North Kansas City, Mo.

1931: North Kansas City, Mo.

1933-1942: North Kansas City, Mo.

1945: North Kansas City, Mo.

1947: North Kansas City, Mo.

1949: North Kansas City, Mo.

1950/51: North Kansas City, Mo.; Clay County, Mo. Annexed Area

1952: North Kansas City, Mo.

1953: North Kansas City, Mo.

1955-1967: North Kansas City, Mo.

1968: North Kansas City, Mo.; Gladstone, Mo.

1969: North Kansas City, Mo.; Gladstone, Mo.

1970-1972: North Kansas City, Mo.

1973-1990: North Kansas City, Mo.; Gladstone, Mo.

1992: "Central"

1993: "South""North" - Including Gladstone, Liberty, & North Kansas City

1994: "Central"

1996:
South- All or parts of the following communities: Archie; Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Cleveland; Creighton; East Lynne; Freeman; Garden City; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Harrisonville; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Latour; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Peculiar; Pleasant Hill; Raymore; Sibley; Strasburg; Sugar Creek

North- All or parts of the following communities: Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Farley; Holt; Kansas City North; Kearney; Liberty; Missouri City; Mosby; Parkville; Platte City; Randolph; Smithville; Waldron; Weston

1997:
Jackson County - Including the following communities: Blue Springs; Buckner; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Raytown; Sibley

North - Including the following communities: Camden Point; Camden; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Farley; Hardin; Henrietta; Holt; North Kansas City; Kearney; Lawson; Liberty; Missouri City; Mosby; Orrick; Parkville; Platte City; Rayville; Richmond; Smithville; Waldron; Weston

1998:
Jackson County - Including the following communities: Blue Springs; Buckner; Chilhowee; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Kingsville; Lake Lotawana; Lake Tapawingo; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Pleasant Hill; Raytown; Sheldon; Sibley; Sugar Creek

North - Including the following communities: Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Farley; Hardin; Holt; Kansas City; Kearney; Lawson; Liberty; Missouri City; Mosby; Orrick; Parkville; Platte City; Randolph; Richmond; Rushville; Smithville; Trimble; Waldron; Weston

1999:
Jackson County - Including the following communities: Blue Springs; Buckner; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Raytown; Sibley; Sugar Creek

North - Including the following communities: Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Farley; Holt; Kearney; Liberty; Missouri City; Mosby; Parkville; Platte City; Randolph; Richmond; Smithville; Waldron; Weston

2000:
Jackson County - Including the following communities: Blue Springs; Buckner; Chilhowee; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Kingsville; Lake Lotawana; Lake Tapawingo; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Pleasant Hill; Raytown; Sheldon; Sibley; Sugar Creek

North - Including the following areas: Clay County; Platte County; Including the following communities: Camden Point; De Kalb (2000 only); Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Farley; Holt; Kearney; Lawson; Liberty; Missouri City; Mosby; Orrick; Parkville; Platte City; Randolph; Richmond; Riverside (2000 only); Rushville; Smithville; Trimble; Waldron; Weston

2001:
Jackson County East - Including the following communities: Blue Springs; Buckner; Chilhowee; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Raytown; Sibley; Sugar Creek

Jackson County West - Only Kansas City

Kansas City, North - Including the following communities: Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Holt; Kearney; Lawson; Liberty; Missouri City; Orrick; Parkville; Platte City; Randolph; Riverside; Rushville; Smithville; Trimble; Weston

Cole's City Directories

This set has street and phone directories only.

1950
Kansas City, Kan.; Independence, Mo.; North Kansas City, Mo.

1951
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)

1952
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)

1953
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Independence, Jackson County (unincorporated)

Missouri, North of Missouri River: North Kansas City

Kansas: Kansas City, Johnson County

1955
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton, Blue Mills, Courtney, Dallas, Dodson, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Holmes Park, Independence, Jackson County (unincorporated), Leeds, Lee's Summit, Little Blue, Martin, Mount Washington, Raytown, Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale, Birmingham, Claycomo, Clay county (unincorporated), Gashland, Linden, Liberty, North Kansas City, Northmoor, Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam,
Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Quivira, Shawnee, South Park, Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Fairway, Kansas City, Morris, Muncie, Nearman, Spencer, Turner, Welborn, Wolcott, Wyandotte County (unincorporated)

1956
1957
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City; Northmoor; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)

1958
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Grandview; Independence; Lee's Summit

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Gashland; Liberty; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Overland Park; Shawnee

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner

1959
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Independence; Jackson County

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Clay County; Kansas City, North; North Kansas City; Platte County

Kansas: Johnson County; Kansas City

1962
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Birmingham; Gashland; Excelsior Springs; Liberty; Kansas City North; North Kansas City; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Roeland Park; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bonner Springs; Kansas City

1963
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Raytown; Riverside; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner

1964 through 1970
1977, 1979
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Raytown; Riverside

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Mission; Merriam; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner

1982
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Oak Grove; Odessa; Raytown; Riverside

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville; Smithville; Waldron

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Basehor

Leavenworth Co.): Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner

1998
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Freeman; Grandview; Harrisonville; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Raytown; Sibley; Tarsney Lakes

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Excelsior Springs; Gladstone; Liberty; Missouri City; Nashua; Parkville; Platte City; Smithville

Kansas, Johnson County: Lenexa; Louisburg; Olathe; Overland Park; Shawnee; Spring Hill; Stilwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Kansas City

1999-2000
Missouri, South of Missouri River: Bates City; Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Butler; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Harrisonville; Independence; Kansas City; Lee's Summit; Lake Lotawana; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Odessa; Passaic; Peculiar; Pleasant Hill; Raymore; Raytown; Sibley; Strasburg; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Gladstone; Gower; Holt; Hoover; Iatan; Kansas City; Kearney; Lathrop; Lawson; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville; Platte City; Plattsburg; Riverside; Smithville; Tracy; Trimble; Weston

Kansas, Anderson County: Greeley

Kansas, Bourbon County: Mapleton

Kansas, Franklin County: Lane; Princeton; Richmond; Wellsville

Kansas, Johnson County: Clearview City; Desoto; Edgerton; Gardner; Leawood; Lenexa; Mission; Merriam; New Century; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Shawnee Mission; Spring Hill; Stanley; Stilwell

Kansas, Leavenworth County: Basehor; Linwood; Tonganoxie

Kansas, Linn County: Blue Mound; Centerville; Mound City; Parker

Kansas, Miami County: Bucyrus; Fontana

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner