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 CitiesVolumes Available
Kansas City1859-1942, 1945, 1947, 1949-1983, 1985-1990, 1992-1994, 1996-2017
Blue Springs1975-1977, 1979, 1981-1983, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993
Cameron1910
Cape Girardeau1954, 1956
Carthage1953, 1956
Cass County1997-2001, 2003
Columbia  1954, 1956, 1995
Cooper County1912-1913
Excelsior Springs1976, 1979, 1981-1982, 1984, 1986, 1988-1989, 1991, 1993
Grandview1974, 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 County1898, 1907-1908
Jefferson City1929, 1995
Jefferson County1907
Johnson County1912-1913
Joplin  1953, 1955-1957
Lamar  1903, 1911
Liberty  1911, 1962, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991
Louisiana  1907
Osage County1915
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 Bluff1952, 1954
Raytown  1960, 1962-1963, 1965, 1967-1968, 1970-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1991
St. Charles1952, 1955
St. Joseph1859-1861, 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. Louis1842, 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 CitiesVolumes Available
Atchison  1950, 1991
Chanute  1953
Coffeyville  1953
Emporia  1953, 1955, 1986, 1988-1989, 1991
Great Bend1954, 1956
Hays  1989-1990
Hutchinson  1949, 1953, 1955
Johnson County1996-2017
Kansas City1894, 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 County2003
Mission  1962-1964
Northeast Johnson County1953, 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 Area1965-1966, 1968-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1991, 1993
Topeka  1954-1956, 1995-2003
Wichita  1954-1956, 1990 (Suburban edition), 2003 (City and suburban editions)
Wyandotte County1997-2017

Coverage beyond Kansas City Found within Kansas City, Missouri Directories

Polk’s City DirectoriesAdditional Coverage Areas
1884-1885Armourdale, Armstrong, Kansas City Riverview, Wyandotte
1886-1888Westport, Kansas City
1889-1890Kansas City
1892-1903Kansas City
1904-1909Argentine, Independence, Kansas City, Rosedale
1910-1912Independence, Kansas City, Rosedale
1913  Independence
1914-1917Independence, North Kansas City
1918  North Kansas City
1930-1931North Kansas City
1933-1942North Kansas City
1945  North Kansas City
1947  North Kansas City
1949  North Kansas City
1950-1951Clay County (Annexed area), North Kansas City
1952-1953North Kansas City
1955-1967North Kansas City
1968-1969Gladstone, North Kansas City
1970-1972North Kansas City
1973-1990Gladstone, North Kansas City
1993  Gladstone, Liberty, North Kansas City
Cole’s City DirectoriesAdditional 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)
1956-1957Missouri, 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, 1979Missouri, 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
1999-2000Missouri, 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