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National Archives — Central Plains Region

Address The National Archives — Central Plains Region
2312 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131-3011
Telephone: (816) 926-6920
Fax: (816) 926-6982
Web site:
Hours   Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Federal holidays
Extended Hours-Microfilm research only   Tuesdays-7:30AM to 5:30PM
Wednesdays-7:30AM to 9:00PM
Third Saturday of Each Month (except December)


In addition to selected national microfilm records, this branch includes original regional records from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. This branch of the National Archives holds more than 35,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the Revolutionary War to the present. The original records include photographs, maps, and architectural drawings relating to regional history, and include subjects such as frontier history, American Indians, and local court cases. Among their national records on microfilm are U.S. census records for all states from 1790-1920, excluding 1890; census records indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920; various military service records, pensions and bounty land warrant applications; Freedmen's Bureau records; and Native American records.

Access to Records

On Site

Researchers who plan to use the original records on-site should schedule visits in advance. All researchers using original records need to get a researcher ID card. Records may be photocopied unless the condition of the document prohibits it. Researchers who plan to use the microfilm records can do so in the self-service microfilm reader room. No appointment is necessary but there is a time limit for use of the readers when other researchers are waiting. Self-service microfilm to paper copies are available.

Through the Mail

The National Archives staff will not do genealogical research for you. However, they can look up and copy a particular record if you have detailed information about that record. Costs are usually less than $10. If you are looking for a specific type of record, call or write to find out what information is required before the staff will initiate a search.

Literature Available

A number of important pamphlets are available through the Archives. You may consider ordering the following pamphlets to help you in your search:

  • National Archives — Central Plains Region
  • Microfilm Publications in the National Archives — Central Plains Region
  • Guide to Records in the National Archives — Central Plains Region
  • Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ordering Reproductions from the National Archives
  • Military Service Records in the National Archives of the United States
  • Using Records in the National Archives for Genealogical Research
  • Using Census Records
  • The National Archives Microfilm Rental Program
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