Now Online: Civil War on the Western Border, A Website Exploring the Missouri-Kansas Conflict from 1854-1865
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
(Kansas City, Missouri) - A new way to discover and research the Civil War's legacy in the Kansas-Missouri border region is now available to anyone with access to a computer or mobile device.
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict 1854-1865 offers Civil War buffs, scholars, students, and area residents opportunities to research and discuss the conflict that shook this region for more than a decade.
The Kansas City Public Library was one of the major players in the effort to create the innovative new website, which can be viewed at www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org.
Created through a collaborative effort of libraries, museums, and historical societies across the Kansas City region, the project provides free access to selected primary source materials.
Among the site's many features:
• A research library of more than 6,000 pages of digitized primary source documents from 25 Missouri and Kansas archives, fully cataloged and searchable.
• Eight original contextual thematic essays, authored by top scholars in the field.
• A growing list of encyclopedia entries with descriptions and analyses of significant people, places, and events.
• A cutting-edge relationship viewer that allows site visitors to browse connections among people, places, and events referenced by documents in the collection.
• A comprehensive, interactive timeline on the border war, with associated event descriptions and links.
• A dynamic, high-resolution image viewer with mobile-compatible zoom and pan features for all items in the digital collection.
Civil War on the Western Border is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, and by the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee.
Represented on the Project Advisory Board are Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, the Kansas Historical Society, the Mid-Continent Public Library, the National Archives at Kansas City, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, the LaBudde Special Collections at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center-Kansas City.
Contributing partners are:
• Baker University
• Bates County Historical Society & Museum
• Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
• Bushwhacker Museum
• Cass County Historical Society
• Charles F. Curry Library at William Jewell College
• Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
• Jackson County Historical Society
• Johnson County Historical Society
• Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
• Kansas Historical Society
• Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas
• Lecompton Historical Society
• Lone Jack Historical Society
• Missouri History Museum
• Missouri Local Records Preservation Program
• Missouri State Archives
• Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library
• Nancy Hillyard Hampton Library and Archival Center (formerly St. Joseph Museum)
• National Archives at Kansas City
• Nodaway County Historical Society Museum
• State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - Columbia
• State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - Kansas City
• St. Joseph Public Library
• Watkins Community Museum of History