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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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Non-digitized Records

The Johnson County Museum will not be taking in-person research requests after September 3, 2016 due to our impending move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

The Johnson County Museum holds over 3,000 cubic feet of archival material that document Johnson County.  Materials range from published and non-published family histories, secondary resources on local history, Kansas state history, and books relevant thematic topics like western migration, the railroad, and suburban development. These findings aids are designed to assist researchers in understanding what the records include. They are available for researchers to use at the Museum by making an appointment. Please call 913-715-2550 or email  to schedule a visit.

Organizational Records:

Future Farmers of America, Shawnee Mission (1934-1960):
The Shawnee Mission Future Farmers of America Records is a collection of 15 annual scrapbooks documenting activities of the Shawnee Mission Mission Rural High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America. The scrapbooks were created annually as entries in the "National Better Chapter Contest of Future Farmers of America" in Washington, D.C.

Fourth Wednesday Study Club (1939-2009):
The Fourth Wednesday Study Club was an active social club for Johnson County women in the Shawnee Mission School District. They reviewed books, discussed current events, and read poetry.

Johnson County American Revolution Bicentennial Committee (1973-1978):
A collection of papers relating to the Johnson County American Revolution Bicentennial Committee (J.C.A.R.B.C.). Established in June 1974, it met at the Antioch Library and was operated by 13 volunteers.

Merriam Homemakers Club (1921-2005):
A collection of materials relating to the Merriam Homemakers Club. This is an active social club for Merriam women started May 13, 1913 by Lorena L. McShane.

Northeast Johnson County Republican Women's Club (two sets) (1936-2001):
Donated by the club, the collection includes scrapbooks, minutes, newsletters, and treasurer's records. Set 1 or Set 2

Shawnee Mission Co-Operative Club/Shawnee Mission Sertoma Club (1935-1999):
The records of the Shawnee Mission Co-Operative Club/Shawnee Mission Sertoma Club document the clubs' activities and membership.

Shawnee Optimist Club (1954-1993):
The records of the Shawnee Optimist Club document the club's membership.

Primitive Baptist Church of Shawnee (1924-1988):
The records of the Primitive Baptist Church of Shawnee document several decades of the small congregation. The small frame church building is at 10921 W 57th Terrace in Shawnee.

Soroptimist International Club of Shawnee Mission (1947-2001):
The Soroptimist International Club of Shawnee Mission was chartered in 1947. The records document the club's membership.

Western Star Rebekah Lodge #12 (1901-2000):
The Western Star Rebekah Lodge collection documents the history of the lodge located in Olathe, from its founding in 1882 to 2000.

Governmental Records:

Johnson County Property Abstracts (1855-1985)

Olathe Urban Renewal Project (1965-1975):
The Olathe Urban Renewal Project chronicles the plan undertaken by the Olathe Urban Renewal Agency and the community of Olathe to revitalize business and residential areas in Olathe.

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant (1942-2003):
The papers of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant document the plant's long production of Army ordnance and decades as a major employer in Johnson County and eastern Kansas. The plant manufactured Army ordnance during World War II, and the Korea and Vietnam conflicts.

School Records:

Sharon Bagg Research, Prairie Elementary School (1862-2000):
The research papers of Sharon E. Bagg primarily focus on Prairie Elementary School, a school which opened in Mission, Kansas in 1866. The largest series in the collection is Series 2: School Files which contains documents related to the Prairie School District #44 and other schools in Johnson County. Smaller series contain documents, printed materials, and objects related to the Prairie school district and general history of Johnson County.

Corinthian Nutter (1937-2002):
The papers of Corinthian Nutter document her profession as a teacher and her involvement with the Webb v. School District 90 case.

Parent Teacher Associations (1922-1953):
The records of the Parent Teacher Associations document the activities of a group of the associations in Johnson County.

Somerset Elementary School (1949-2004):
Somerset Elementary School opened in 1953 in Prairie Village, Kansas. Grades in attendance were Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Student Congress, Shawnee Mission East (1958-1975):
The records of the Student Congress, Shawnee Mission East High School, primarily document the activities of this student organization in the first decade of the school's existence, 1958-1968.

Family/Personal Papers:

Harkey Family (1863-1930):
The papers of the Harkey family primarily relate to D.Z.A. Harkey(1845-1924), a long-time resident of Marysville Township, Miami County (just south of Spring Hill, Johnson County). Harkey was a Confederate veteran who in 1868 married Mary Elizabeth Barkley and settled two miles east and two miles south of Gardner. D.Z.A. Harkey was the father of Dr. William C. Harkey.

Hodges Family (1899-1968):
A collection of papers relating to and produced by George H. Hodges and his family. The collection was originally donated by Murray Hodges to the Johnson County Museum in 1984 and was processed in 1988. The papers contain material relating to George Hodges' political, business and personal life.

McAnany Family (two sets)(1871-1980):
The McAnany Family Papers is a collection of the correspondence of a Johnson County family and documents related to the genealogy of the family from 1871-1980. Set 1 or Set 2

Robert H. Meneilly, Sr. (1962-1995):
Robert Meneilly was the founding pastor of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, retiring in 1994 after 47 years of service. He delivered sermons that were rather progressive for the times, speaking on topics such as race relations, sexuality, religion, and war.

Roe Family (1887-1968):
Collection of Roe Family Papers, one of the early Johnson County families. The papers primarily document the finances of the John Roe family.

Sharp Family (two sets)(1854-1980):
A collection of family memorabilia from 17854-1976. The papers of the Sharp family document several generations of an Oxford Township farm family. Set 1 or Set 2

Joseph H. Vaughan (1993-2005):
Joseph H. Vaughan, Johnson County business owner, civic leader, and politician, born 1948.


All-Electric House:
The Johnson County Museum's 1954 All-Electric House was a model home built by Kansas City Power and Light in Prairie Village, Kansas. The home was billed as the "House of the Future".

John Cameron (1953-2001):
John Cameron was a real estate investor in Johnson County, Kansas. His collection consists of information regarding a land development venture and a subsequent lawsuit filed against the City of Olathe concerning rezoning.

Richard N. Wakefield (two sets)(1954-1983):
The papers of Richard N. Wakefield, a long-time Kansas City architect, document a number of architectural projects undertaken by him in Johnson County. Set 1 or Set 2

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