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JACKSON COUNTY [KANSAS] HISTORICAL SOCIETY
4th Street and New York Avenue
P.O. Box 104
Holton, KS 66436
Voice: (913) 364-2087
Contact: Mildred E. Francis, Volunteer Director
Hours: Open Friday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 2-4pm, closed all other days, bad weather, and holidays. Special appointments can be arranged.
Technical Service: Photocopying, volunteer programs, tours, exhibits, and research consultant services are available.
Restrictions to use of collections: All collections are restricted.
Scope of the Collection: Our artifacts cover our theme adequately. New items come in as gifts often.
Description of Collection holdings: The on-going theme of the Museum is Daily Living of yesteryears in Jackson County, Kansas. We have many of the items to fit that theme. We have County Plat books of 1881, 1903, 1921, as well as more recent years. We have a complete record of cemeteries in Jackson County with names and dates of all of these. We have a display of Kansas silk, and a large number of women's old wedding gowns and other clothing, including children's. Also, a book of Jackson County marriages for the years March 14, 1855 to December 31, 1884.
Collection affiliation: Business, Education, History, Local, Municipal, Museum, Religion
JACKSON COUNTY [MISSOURI] HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES
112 W Lexington Ste 103
Independence Square Courthouse
Independence, MO 64050
Voice: (816) 252-7454
Contact: David W. Jackson, Director of Archives and Education
Hours: Open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4p.m.; Saturday by advanced appointment.
Technical Service: Provides photograph services, volunteer programs, preservation, and research consultant services.
Restrictions to use of collections: A few collections are restricted due to privacy concerns.
Scope of the Collection: The collection contains materials relating to Jackson County, Missouri, with an emphasis on Eastern Jackson County and Independence in particular. The collection documents the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the county prior to its establishment in 1827 to the present.
Description of Collection holdings: The manuscript collection is broad and eclectic in nature, containing family and personal papers, diaries, and organizational records. Beyond the manuscript collection, the Archives maintains scrapbooks, abstracts, county school records, pre-1900 circuit court cases, a large photograph collection, periodicals, reference books, newspapers, maps and atlases, ledgers, yearbooks, and a vertical file. The Western Heritage Book Shop is also a function of the Archives, where history books on topics such as the trails and Westward Expansion, the Civil War, and the Truman Era are available for purchase.
Collection affiliation: History, Local
JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Oskaloosa, KS 66066
Voice: (913) 863-2070
Contact: Mary Ann Caskey, President
Hours: Summer hours open Monday 7pm-8:30pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm, Sunday 1:30pm-5pm. January-March open only on Saturdays 1pm-5pm. Special appointments can be arranged.
Technical Service: Photocopying, microfilm, volunteer programs, tours, audio-visual equipment, and research consultant services are available.
Restrictions to use of collections: Close proximity parking is difficult.
Scope of the Collection: The purpose of the collection is mainly in support of genealogical research. There are also materials dealing with the history of Jefferson County, the state of Kansas and neighboring states.
Description of Collection holdings: Among the items of interest at the Jefferson County Genealogical Society's are microfilmed copies of available Kansas censuses up to 1880, and Jefferson County censuses through 1925, several census indexes, almost all of the newspapers published in Jefferson County since 1859, many unpublished family, church, school, and community histories, a file of approximately 20,000 obituaries of Jefferson County connected persons, a file of about 35,000 Jefferson County burials, a file of over 10,000 marriages of Jefferson County connected persons, many photographs from and about Jefferson County, microfilmed copies of Jefferson County land records, probate records, other court records, marriage records, and various other documents from the Jefferson County Court House, and various other materials related to local and family history. Included also are: Revolutionary War packets and passenger lists on microfilm; quarterly publications of most of the genealogical societies in Kansas and many of the publications of societies in the Middle West and New England; and most of the International Genealogical Index on microfiche as well as numerous indexes from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on microfiche.
Collection affiliation: History, Local
JOHNSON COUNTY [KANSAS] ARCHIVES & RECORDS MANAGEMENT
19310 West 159th Street, Suite 1100
Olathe , Kansas 66062
Voice: (913) 715-0400
Fax: (913) 715-0405
Contact: Steve Rogers, Director
Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.
Technical Service: Photocopying, microfilm, photograph services, genealogy research, and research consultant services are available. Reference library available for on-site use only.
Restrictions to use of collections: Material stored for County departments must be accessed through the department. No restrictions for most genealogical research materials. Limited handicapped parking available.
Scope of the Collection: The Johnson County Archives and Records Management Program was established in 1990 under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. In 1992 it achieved permanent status as a department of the Johnson County government. The program, which combines both records management and archival functions, is ideally situated to assess the historical significance of documents created by the county government and insure the permanent preservation of those of historic importance. At the same time, the program also fulfills an operational need by providing systematic and cost efficient storage, retention, and disposition of documents having only limited value. The scope of the collection is limited to documents of enduring historical value created by or related to the departments of the Johnson County government. These records begin with the inception of the county in 1857 and include official records, publications, papers created during the course of official business, cartographic materials, drawings, blue prints and audio-visual materials. There are also a limited number of photographs that were received as integral parts of the official records.
Description of Collection holdings: Marriage (1857-1970), Wills (1859-1968), District Court Civil Cases (1857-1939), District Court Criminal Cases (1857-1969), Probate Court Records, Naturalization Records, Road Petitions, Coroner Records (1888-1975), Personal Property Tax Rolls (1888-1905), Real Estate Tax Rolls (1862-1953), Journals of the Board of County Commissioners, Johnson County Atlases (1874, 1902, 1922) and a microfilm collection that includes the Johnson County Census (1860-1925) and various Johnson County newspapers.
Collection affiliation: Local, History, Municipal
JOHNSON COUNTY [MISSOURI] HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library & Museum
302 North Main
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Voice: (660) 747-6480
Contact: Lisa Irle, Curator
Hours: Open Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm. Other times by appointment.
Technical Service: Tours are available. Volunteers on staff assist with research requests and computer access for patrons. Requests for information can be submitted on line.
Restrictions to use of collections: Restrictions are determined by the condition of documents requested.
Scope of the Collection: The Johnson County Historical Society spans the entire history of Johnson County since its formation, including archived county documents, directories and over 10,000 files of family and local history gleaned from newspapers by volunteers and submitted by individual donors.
Description of Collection holdings: Cemetery records , genealogical records for many families in the county, census, marriage, birth, and obituary records. We also have newspaper excerpts and scholarly research on many subjects, especially on the key businesses and activities in our county. We have a collection of plat books and property records as well.
Collection affiliation: Local, Municipal, History, Civil
JOHNSON COUNTY [KANSAS] MUSEUM SYSTEM
6305 Lackman Road
Shawnee, KS 66217
Voice: (913) 631-6709
Contact: Mindi Love, Director or Kathy Daniels, Assistant Curator
Hours: Research Room open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday by appointment only; closed Monday and legal holidays. Research Room open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday by appointment only; closed Monday and legal holidays.
Technical Service: Photograph services, photocopying, volunteer programs, tours, and exhibits are available.
Restrictions to use of collections: The Research room is not accessible to those in wheelchairs or with difficulty maneuvering stairs however, materials will be made accessible in other spaces. Some collections are restricted. Museum of History is fully handicap accessible.
Scope of the Collection: Local history including oral histories, photograph and manuscript collections, historic maps, etc. Collections date from 1854 to present.
Description of Collection holdings: Collection includes: women's diaries, personal papers of George Hodges, miscellaneous correspondence, an abundance of county school records, Grange records, journals of Dr. A.S. Reece (built first hospital in Gardner and Johnson County), correspondence of Dr. Sebastian C. Parker, county atlases, variety of maps, Strang Line related papers. Holdings also include over 6,000 photographs representing people and places within the county and 9,000 photographs and records related to the Historic Preservation Survey of all structures built in the county before 1950.
Collection affiliation: History, Local, Museum
JUNE AUSTIN-PARRISH MEMORIAL LIBRARY
see Employers Reinsurance Corporation
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