Primary Sources

Digital Public Library of America

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America's libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.

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Online collections of primary sources about Kansas history. Topics include agriculture, architecture, business and industry, arts and entertainment, and more.

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Birth, death, marriage, and divorce records for the state of Kansas.

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The Kauffman Collection is intended to enhance the Library’s collections with digital resources of high quality, both in content and construction. Principally falling within the humanities, the works embody classical ideas and ideals, or have made significant contributions to other eras. This collection also includes supporting materials that assess, critique, and examine the chosen works, to assist in advanced appreciation of the literature.

The Kauffman Collection is made possible by the Kauffman Fund.

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The Missouri Valley Special Collections constitute the non-circulating local history and genealogy resources of the Kansas City Public Library as well as the Library’s archives. This site also has a digital gallery of select materials and a Local History Index.

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Online collections of primary sources about Missouri's history. Topics include agriculture, the arts, business, cultures, science, women, and much more.

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The Pendergast Years

Explore thousands of digitized photographs, postcards, legal documents and letters from the interwar period, when "Boss" Tom Pendergast exerted powerful influence over the civic and cultural life of Kansas City. The collection is accompanied by dozens of articles, a comprehensive timeline, interactive maps and other features. Brought to you by The Kansas City Public Library and partner organizations.

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