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Historical Background

  • The Archives preserves the permanent records of the Federal Government for the people of the United States.
  • The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 regional branches of the National Archives.
  • Hold records created by field offices of agencies in region.
  • In the Stacks - records from
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota

What Is There To Do at the Archives?

  • Explore our exhibit galleries
  • Watch Democracy Starts Here (11 min film)
  • Research your family history
  • Attend a genealogy workshop, author lecture, or film series

Research Rooms

  • Genealogists
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Authors
  • Historians
  • Attorneys
  • Film Makers

A Few of the Treasures at the Kansas City Archives

  • Leavenworth Penitentiary inmate files and mugshots
  • Naturalization records
  • Federal court records
  • Federal land records
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs records

Naturalization Records

  • o central index exists
  • Records of naturalizations in Federal Courts are at the National Archives
  • Many indexes are posted on website

Federal Land Records

  • Cancelled land entry files for some Kansas and Nebraska land offices (early 1900s)
  • Kansas and Missouri land tract books
  • Some Kansas land office records

Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • Records vary widely in date range and content
  • Name indexes do not exist for most series
  • Extensive finding aids have been created by staff to assist researchers

What You Won’t Find at the National Archives

  • Birth, marriage, and death records
  • Wills & probate records
  • Newspapers
  • Family histories
  • County court records
  • Church records


  • Main tel. 816-268-8000
  • Email:
  • Research Rooms: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday; Exhibits: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday
  • Closed on Mondays and all Federal holidays



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