Kansas Room

Kansas Room Info

The Kansas Room is open on Tuesdays from 9 AM-Noon and on Thursdays from 1-4 PM or by appointment. It is located on the Second Floor of the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, KS 66101.

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Please contact the Kansas Collection Librarian to get help over the phone or by email and to set up an appointment.
Email: ksroom@kckpl.org Phone: 913-295-8250 x.1108

Kansas Room
KS Collection Online
Kansas Special Collections Online via OMEKA

The library is working to digitize our Kansas Collection and has posted the current digitized items to our OMEKA website. Visit the site now to view the items we have available.

Collection Highlights

Kansas City, Kansas School Newspaper Collection
Kansas City, Kansas School Newspaper Collection Finding Aid

The Kansas City, Kansas School Newspaper Collection contains newspapers from USD 500 schools including Wyandotte High School, Argentine High School, Washington High School and Northwest Junior High School.

Carnival Park
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Carnival Park Collection Finding Aid

The Carnival Park collection is comprised of 17 historic photographs and newspaper clippings about the park from the early 20th century.

KC Water Works
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KC Water Works Collection Finding Aid

The Kansas City Waterworks supplied water to both KCK and KCMO beginning in 1872. Constructed in 1887, the Quindaro pumping station supplied 40,000,000 gallons of water each day to the growing metropolis. This collection consists of 242, 5” x 7” glass plate negatives of the Kansas City Water Works – Quindaro Pumping Station.

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KCKHS Collection Finding Aid

The Kansas City, Kansas High School Cornerstone Collection is comprised of documents and ephemera placed in the cornerstone of the 1899 Kansas City Kansas High School building during construction.

Lyda Conley Papers
Lyda Conley Collection Finding Aid

The Lyda Conley Collection comprises correspondence, documents, and ephemera from the papers of Eliza Burton Conley.

Argentine HS Scrapbook
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Argentine High School Scrapbook Collection Finding Aid

The Argentine High School Cornerstone Collection is comprised of documents and ephemera from a scrapbook documenting the school’s history.

Armstrong Family Letter Collection
Armstrong Family Letter Collection Finding Aid

The KCK Letter Collection comprises correspondence of the Ben and Rebecca Armstrong family of Argentine, Kansas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Notable Collection Items

Notable items in the Kansas Collection include the following.

  • A part of the William E. Connelley Collection containing original material relating to the Wyandot Nation dating back to its Ohio period. It also contains documents relating to the history of Kansas City, Kansas. The collection consists of artifacts, diaries, journals, manuscripts, mission records, land plats, maps and photographs. Some of the original materials in the collection date as far back as 1818.
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public School Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks covering a period from 1950 through 1960.
  • Photographs of Kansas City, Kansas Schools.
  • Historical Maps and Atlases.
  • Newspaper Clipping File encompassing Kansas, Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas and a Biography File.
  • Council of Clubs Yearbooks 1910 through 1976.
  • Kansas State Law Books dating from 1857.
  • Poetry and fiction authored by Kansans or written about Kansas.
  • Kansas and locally published periodicals.
  • The Library's Government Document section is a part of the Kansas Collection. It is a selective depository for materials produced by agencies of the state, county and city governments. The library is a partial depository for selected Kansas Documents.
  • Historic Kansas newspapers available on microfilm
  • The Kansas City Star and Times, 1880-2013 (Image Edition and Historical KC Star available online through NewsBank database)
  • The Kansas City, Kansan, 1916-2008
  • The Wyandotte Herald, 1872-1910
  • The Kansas City, Gazette (1905-1909, 1917-1918)
  • The Kansas City Call (1919-2011)
  • Quindaro Chindowan (May 1857-June 1858)
  • Argentine Siftings (January-May 1886)
  • Argentine Weekly Argus (August –December 1887)
  • Baptist Banner (September 1892)
  • Kansas Citian (December 1894-March 1895)
  • Armourdale Advocate (December 1888)
  • Armourdale News (May-October 1885)
  • Daily Advocate (January-March 1889)
  • Monthly Clipper (September 1886)
  • Bonner Springs Citizen (April-July 1890)
  • Kaw Valley news (February-April 1890)
  • Champion (August 1897-April 1894)

Photos of the Kansas Room

The following are photos of the Kansas Room.

700s Bios Civil War Pictorial Gunfighters books Little House Roe Collection Traveler Yearbooks

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