Local History on the Internet
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Kansas City, Missouri: Its History and Its People 1808-1908
Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3
This important, three-volume classic work by Carrie Westlake Whitney covers the history of Kansas City until 1908. It's part of Google Books online.
Kansas City Regional Histories Index
Searchable electronic version of the indexes from selected published histories of the area.
The Kansas City Star
Search articles in The Star from 1991 to the present and retrieve articles for a fee. Free full-text articles can also be searched and/or Newsbank from the Library's databases page by registered Library users.
Kansas History Online
A site designed to present an encyclopedic look at the history of Kansas, developed by the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas in association with the Kansas State Historical Society. Includes numerous articles, as well as a 'This Day in Kansas History' feature.
"A lecture series sponsored by MRIGlobal. Its purpose is to present new viewpoints on economic, political, social, and scientific issues that affect the Midwest and the nation" and made available electronically by The Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Kansas City.
Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative
Statewide site designed to provide access to the digital collections of Missouri's libraries, archives, historical societies and museums.
Web site featuring current events and exhibits at museums and historic sites in the Kansas City and St. Joseph area, as well as digitized images and articles of historic interest to the area.
Coon Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
Brief history of the big band that broadcast their performances from the Muehlebach Hotel over WDAF Radio. Includes a discography with selected titles available in RealAudio. The Special Collections Department has in its collection the papers, manuscripts, photographs, and other ephemera of Joe Sanders.
Historic Elmwood Cemetery, one of Kansas City's oldest, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A printed record of burials in the cemetery is available at Kansas City Public Library. [MVSC Q 929.3 MS41R]
Kansas City Board of Trade
History of the organization at the Board's official site.
Kansas City Fountains
Detailed information about fountains located throughout the Kansas City area.
Kansas City, Missouri Ordinances, Charter, and Code
Ordinances proposed for Kansas City, Missouri, since 1990 are available here online, as well as informational copies of the full city charter and code.
Kansas City Royals
An illustrated history of the current Kansas City baseball team.
Kansas City Zoo
A history of the zoo, illustrated with photographs.
Liberty Memorial Architectural History
Scanned pages and illustrations of Sarajane Sandusky Aber's' thesis An Architectural History of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, 1918-1935.
Territorial Kansas Online
A joint project of the Kansas State Historical Society and the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, providing indexed and digitized archival material pertaining to Kansas' territorial period.
Union Station Massacre
Details of the infamous crime from the FBI.
Histories of Nearby Cities and Counties
JoCoHistory is a collaborative site of digital collections and history produced by the Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library, Olathe Public library, and Johnson County Archives.