History

This portal includes online collections of primary sources from the Library of Congress that include photographs, music, manuscripts, plays, books, and more.

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The Library of Congress has online collections of written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience through history.

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The Black Archives of Mid-America, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a center for learning and research into the African American experience in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and the Midwest at large. They house a large collection of manuscripts and artifacts including photographs, personal correspondence, oral histories, and rare books.

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Discover the Civil War's legacy in the Greater Kansas City region. Search our collection of primary source materials from our from partner organizations, read exclusive analysis from contributing scholars, and explore interactive features to see relationships between events and historic artifacts.

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This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the preservation and understanding of Jackson County's heritage and will promote the study, appreciation, and interpretation of local and regional history.

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A brief overview of the history of Kansas City, Missouri from the City website.

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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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Information about Kansas history, including select topics, family history, famous people, places, buildings, and more.

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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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