Three Kansas City postcards staggered diagonally from top left to bottom right: Riverboat on the Missouri River, Interurban Street Car, and Penn Valley Park near the Santa Fe Trail marker

Kansas City History: General Resources

Archives, Libraries & Museums

LaBudde Special Collections Department, UMKC University Libraries

The Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City

Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Midwest Genealogy Center, Mid-Continent Public Library

Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library

The National Archives, Central Plains Region

Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Kansas City

Organizations, Societies & Associations

Historic Kansas City Foundation

Jackson County Historical Society

Mormon Trails Association

National Frontier Trails Museum and Archives

National Park Service, Delineation of Kansas City Santa Fe Trail Sites

Oregon-California Trails Association

Santa Fe Trail Association

Westport Historical Society

Kansas City Architecture: Buildings and Bridges

Ehrlich, George. (1992). Kansas City Missouri: an architectural history, 1826-1990. University of Missouri Press.

Garbus, Kelly. (April 26, 1996). ASB Bridge honored as landmark Engineering society dedicates old gateway to North Kansas City. Kansas City Star.

Kessler Society of Kansas City

Millstein, C. (n.d.). An Historical Perspective of Kansas City's Twelfth Street Trafficway Viaduct 1911-1915. Architectural & Historical Research, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri. (2005). ASB Bridge.

Riverfront Heritage Trail ASB Bridge Underpass Ribbon Cutting (Jan. 15, 2010). Retrieved from

Kansas City Parks and Boulevards

Lee, J., Boutros, D., White, C., & Wolfenbarger, D. (1995). A Legacy of Design: An Historical Survey of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks & Boulevards System, 1893-1940. Columbia, MO: Kansas City Center For Design Education & Res.

Mobley, Jane. (1991). A City within a Park: one hundred years of parks and boulevards in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City, MO: American Society of Landscape Architects and the Kansas City Board of Parks & Recreation.

Riverwalk to provide help with flood control. (2000, March 1). American City & Country.

Completing a Link in KC’s Trail Network. (Jan. 15, 2010). Kansas City Star.

Cliff Drive Scenic Byways Kansas City. Website. Retrieved April 21, 2010 from

Wilson, William H. The City Beautiful Movement in Kansas City. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1964.

Brush Creek Completion. (n.d.). Kansas City District - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved April 21, 2010, from

Swope Park. (2009). The City of Kansas City, MO. Retrieved May 2, 2010 from

Kansas City Transportation: Rivers and Rails

The Kansas City Southern Historical Society

A Shared Dream: Treasures from a Sunken Boat (Jan. 3, 1992). The New York Times.

Conrad, E. A. (2006). Heartland Traction; The Interurban Lines of Kansas City. Blue Springs: Heartland Rails Publishing Co.

Dodd, M. (2002). A Splendid Ride: The Streetcars of Kansas City, 1870-1957. Kansas City: Kansas City Star Books.

Kelly, J. (2000). Roadways & Rail Lines [Television series episode]. In Sunflower Journey. Topeka, Kansas: KTWU.

Treasures from the Steamboat Arabia. (n.d.) Museum Website. Retrieved from

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