City Directories

Notes:

  • Unlike telephone directories that often apply to entire metropolitan areas, city directories are published with very specific coverage boundaries. It is advisable to investigate the coverage area of a directory if you are having trouble locating an entry.
  • City directories for Kansas City, Missouri, are available on microfilm in the Missouri Valley Room.
  • Entries listed by address for Kansas City, Missouri, directories begin with the 1917 volume.
  • Many city directories can be accessed through the HeritageQuest database (a KCPL card number and PIN is required to access this resource).

 

Missouri

Missouri Counties and Cities Volumes Available
Kansas City 1859-1942, 1945, 1947, 1949-1983, 1985-1990, 1992-1994, 1996-2016
Blue Springs 1975-1977, 1979, 1981-1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993
Cameron 1910
Cape Girardeau 1954, 1956
Carthage 1953, 1956
Cass County 1997-2001, 2003
Columbia   1954, 1956, 1995
Cooper County 1912-1913
Excelsior Springs 1976, 1979, 1981-1982, 1984, 1986, 1988-1989, 1991, 1993
Grandview 1974, 1976, 1980
Hannibal   1859-1860, 1871-1872, 1875-1876, 1888-1889, 1894-1896, 1903, 1907, 1914, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1937, 1953, 1955
Harrisonville   1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1987, 1989, 1990
Independence   1888-1889, 1898 (Includes Jackson County outside of KC), 1905-1908, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959-1991, 1993
Jackson County 1898, 1907-1908
Jefferson City 1929, 1995
Jefferson County 1907
Johnson County 1912-1913
Joplin   1953, 1955-1957
Lamar   1903, 1911
Liberty   1911, 1962, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991
Louisiana   1907
Osage County 1915
Parkville (Telephone Directories) 1905-1906, 1908, 1910, 1912, 1915, 1918, 1921, 1927, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936-1937, 1940, 1942-1943, 1946, 1950-1951, 1953
Platte County (Telephone Directories) 1954, 1961
Poplar Bluff 1952, 1954
Raytown   1960, 1962-1963, 1965, 1967-1968, 1970-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1991
St. Charles 1952, 1955
St. Joseph 1859-1861, 1869-1870, 1872-1873, 1875, 1877-1882, 1884, 1891-1892, 1894, 1897, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1921, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1932-1933, 1935, 1937, 1939-1941, 1946-1947, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1977, 1981-1983, 1986, 1990-1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999-2007
St. Louis 1842, 1854-1855, 1863 (Business directory only), 1864, 1873, 1897 (Business directory only), 1911, 1915, 1917 (St. Louis County only), 1924, 1952-1953, 1955 (St. Louis City and County), 1956, 1961, 1963-1964, 1966
Sedalia   1900-1901, 1913, 1954, 1956
Springfield   1953, 1955-1956
Trenton   1990
Webster Groves    1915

Kansas

Kansas Counties and Cities Volumes Available
Atchison   1950, 1991
Chanute   1953
Coffeyville   1953
Emporia   1953, 1955, 1986, 1988-1989, 1991
Great Bend 1954, 1956
Hays   1989-1990
Hutchinson   1949, 1953, 1955
Johnson County 1996-2016
Kansas City 1894, 1896, 1899, 1901, 1909-1910, 1912-1913, 1916, 1920, 1922, 1924-1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1947-1948, 1950, 1952, 1954-1955, 1957-1989, 1991-1992, 1996
Lawrence   1985-1986, 1988-1989, 1999-2004
Leavenworth   1859-1861, 1879-1880, 1884 (All after 1884 include Lansing and Leavenworth County), 1897-1898, 1907-1908, 1947, 1954, 1956, 1985-1991, 2004
Manhattan   1984, 1986-1989, 1991, 2004
Miami County 2003
Mission   1962-1964
Northeast Johnson County 1953, 1955, 1958-1961
Olathe   1962, 1964-1966, 1968-1969, 1971-1973, 1975-1981, 1983-1984, 1987-1990, 1992-1995
Ottawa   1928, 1953, 1955, 1975
Parsons   1880
Pittsburg   1955, 1985-1988, 1990-1991
Salina   1913, 1954, 1990-1991
Shawnee Mission Area 1965-1966, 1968-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1991, 1993
Topeka   1954-1956, 1995-2003
Wichita   1954-1956, 1990 (Suburban edition), 2003 (City and suburban editions)
Wyandotte County 1997-2016

Coverage beyond Kansas City Found within Kansas City, Missouri Directories

Polk’s City Directories Additional Coverage Areas
1884-1885 Armourdale, Armstrong, Kansas City Riverview, Wyandotte
1886-1888 Westport, Kansas City
1889-1890 Kansas City
1892-1903 Kansas City
1904-1909 Argentine, Independence, Kansas City, Rosedale
1910-1912 Independence, Kansas City, Rosedale
1913   Independence
1914-1917 Independence, North Kansas City
1918   North Kansas City
1930-1931 North Kansas City
1933-1942 North Kansas City
1945   North Kansas City
1947   North Kansas City
1949   North Kansas City
1950-1951 Clay County (Annexed area), North Kansas City
1952-1953 North Kansas City
1955-1967 North Kansas City
1968-1969 Gladstone, North Kansas City
1970-1972 North Kansas City
1973-1990 Gladstone, North Kansas City
1993   Gladstone, Liberty, North Kansas City
Cole’s City Directories Additional Coverage Areas
1950   Kansas City, Independence, North Kansas City
1951  

Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek


Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)

1952   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)
1953   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Independence, Jackson County (unincorporated)

Missouri, North of Missouri River: North Kansas City

Kansas: Kansas City, Johnson County
1955   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton, Blue Mills, Courtney, Dallas, Dodson, Grandview, Hickman Mills, Holmes Park, Independence, Jackson County (unincorporated), Leeds, Lee's Summit, Little Blue, Martin, Mount Washington, Raytown, Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale, Birmingham, Claycomo, Clay county (unincorporated), Gashland, Linden, Liberty, North Kansas City, Northmoor, Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth, Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam,
Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Quivira, Shawnee, South Park, Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Fairway, Kansas City, Morris, Muncie, Nearman, Spencer, Turner, Welborn, Wolcott, Wyandotte County (unincorporated)
1956-1957 Missouri, South of Missouri River: Atherton; Blue Mills; Courtney; Dallas; Dodson; Grandview; Hickman Mills; Holmes Park; Independence; Jackson County (unincorporated); Leeds; Lee's Summit; Little Blue; Martin; Mount Washington; Raytown; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Birmingham; Claycomo; Clay County (unincorporated); Gashland; Linden; Liberty; North Kansas City; Northmoor; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Kenneth; Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Mission Hills; Mission Woods; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Quivira; Shawnee; South Park; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Edwardsville; Fairway; Kansas City; Morris; Muncie; Nearman; Spencer; Turner; Welborn; Wolcott; Wyandotte County (unincorporated)
1958   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Grandview; Independence; Lee's Summit

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Gashland; Liberty; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Overland Park; Shawnee

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner
1959   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Independence; Jackson County

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Clay County; Kansas City, North; North Kansas City; Platte County

Kansas: Johnson County; Kansas City
1962   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Birmingham; Gashland; Excelsior Springs; Liberty; Kansas City North; North Kansas City; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Roeland Park; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bonner Springs; Kansas City
1963   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Raytown; Riverside; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Lenexa; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner
1964-1970, 1977, 1979 Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Grain Valley; Grandview; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Raytown; Riverside

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Mission; Merriam; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stanley

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner
1982   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Oak Grove; Odessa; Raytown; Riverside

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Kansas City North; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville; Smithville; Waldron

Kansas, Johnson County: Leawood; Merriam; Mission; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Stillwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Basehor

Leavenworth Co.): Bethel; Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner
1998   Missouri, South of Missouri River: Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Freeman; Grandview; Harrisonville; Independence; Lake Lotawana; Lee's Summit; Levasy; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Raytown; Sibley; Tarsney Lakes

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Excelsior Springs; Gladstone; Liberty; Missouri City; Nashua; Parkville; Platte City; Smithville

Kansas, Johnson County: Lenexa; Louisburg; Olathe; Overland Park; Shawnee; Spring Hill; Stilwell

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Kansas City
1999-2000 Missouri, South of Missouri River: Bates City; Belton; Blue Springs; Buckner; Butler; Grain Valley; Grandview; Greenwood; Harrisonville; Independence; Kansas City; Lee's Summit; Lake Lotawana; Lone Jack; Oak Grove; Odessa; Passaic; Peculiar; Pleasant Hill; Raymore; Raytown; Sibley; Strasburg; Sugar Creek

Missouri, North of Missouri River: Avondale; Camden Point; Dearborn; Edgerton; Excelsior Springs; Gashland; Gladstone; Gower; Holt; Hoover; Iatan; Kansas City; Kearney; Lathrop; Lawson; Liberty; North Kansas City; Parkville; Platte City; Plattsburg; Riverside; Smithville; Tracy; Trimble; Weston

Kansas, Anderson County: Greeley

Kansas, Bourbon County: Mapleton

Kansas, Franklin County: Lane; Princeton; Richmond; Wellsville

Kansas, Johnson County: Clearview City; Desoto; Edgerton; Gardner; Leawood; Lenexa; Mission; Merriam; New Century; Olathe; Overland Park; Prairie Village; Shawnee; Shawnee Mission; Spring Hill; Stanley; Stilwell

Kansas, Leavenworth County: Basehor; Linwood; Tonganoxie

Kansas, Linn County: Blue Mound; Centerville; Mound City; Parker

Kansas, Miami County: Bucyrus; Fontana

Kansas, Wyandotte County: Bonner Springs; Kansas City; Muncie; Turner