Changing exhibits highlight the library, archives & photographic collections, which are available for local & regional history researchers.
The Missouri Valley Special Collections (MVSC) consist of the non-circulating local history and genealogy resources of the Kansas City Public Library as well as the Library’s archives.
Access to MVSC is through the Missouri Valley Room, located on the fifth floor of the Central Library in downtown Kansas City.
Missouri Valley Room holdings document the history of the Kansas City region. Other areas such as border warfare and the Civil War, Native Americans of the area, explorers and westward expansion, outlaws and lawmen, the overland trails, and genealogy, have extensive resources. MVSC also acts as stewards over the Ramos collection, which is comprised of books, pamphlets, and clippings on African American history and culture.
Its extensive and rare resources of primary and secondary documents include books, periodicals, pamphlets, dissertations, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, vertical files, photographs, postcards, maps, microforms, audiovisual, and archival materials.
Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (only when Missouri Valley Sunday Programs are scheduled)