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Kansas City, Kansas, City Clerk records

Call Number: RH MS 140


This collection contains city ordinance records for Rosedale, Argentine and Kansas City, Kansas. It includes ordinances ranging from number 249 through 51214, as well as materials related to issuing ordinances and other related records.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1972


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Kansas City, Kansas, Argentine, and Rosedale

The Wyandot tribe settled in the area that would become Wyandotte County, Kansas in 1843, having been removed from Ohio. Quindaro in 1856 was the first townsite created by white settlers after the territory of Kansas opened for settlement, though various traders and frontiersmen had lived in the area for decades prior. Wyandotte County itself was organized in 1859. The city of Wyandot was incorporated when the county was created and was the site of the final state convention to create a constitution for the state of Kansas.

Rosedale was formed in 1872, becoming a city of the third class in 1877 after its population reached over 600. In 1905 the University of Kansas opened the School of Medicine and began providing instruction at Rosedale's Bell Memorial Hospital, the school later moving to 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. Rosedale was one of the last cities to be annexed by Kansas City, remaining an independent community until 1922.

Argentine started as Silver City in 1880, when James W. Coburn purchased land to plot a town centered around the creation of a smelter to refine silver ore from throughout North and South America. After the smelter shut down and other financial and physical disasters struck the town, Argentine city leaders began actively seeking annexation from Kansas City, Kansas in the early 20th century. Argentine was annexed by KCK in 1909.

Kansas City, Kansas was formed as a town company in 1868. In 1886 the town was reformed through the merger of 5 cities: Kansas City, Armstrong, Armourdale, Riverview, and Wyandotte. The city became a suburban community for Kansas City, Missouri in the 1890s and continued expanding as other small cities and communities merged into it. In 1997 the Kansas Legislature passed legislation allowing the city government of Kansas City to unify with the county government of Wyandotte.


63.5 Linear Feet (127 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The records have been organized into three series: Rosedale ordinances and resolutions, Argentine ordinances, and Kansas City, Kansas ordinances and related records. The bulk of the collection comes from Kansas City, Kansas. Oversize ordinance records related to funds appropriation for Rosedale have been separated and stored separately at RH MS Q13. While the records are typically organized numerically and therefore chronologically by ordinance number, some ordinances are out of sequence. Some ordinances from Kansas City were not transferred or those numbers were not used.

Physical Location

RH MS 140

Physical Location


Physical Location

Contact Spencer Library Reader Services (Library Annex)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, City of Kansas City, Kansas via Mayor Richard F. Walsh, 1973.

Guide to the Kansas City, Kansas City Clerk Collection
Kansas City, Kan. City Clerk records
Portions of finding aid prepared by lgg, 1973. Finding aid prepared and encoded by db, 2008.
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Preferred citation
Kansas City Kan. City Clerk records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 140, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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