Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

The Kansas City Public Library's digital history initiatives seek to provide pleasing and authoritative mechanisms for visitors to explore the themes, issues and facts dating from Kansas City’s origins on the western frontier. These projects consist of thoroughly researched, thematic websites made available on a common platform, and is a collaborative effort among regional historical entities, the scholarly community and the Kansas City Public Library. By providing access to digitized primary source materials and original high quality scholarship in an engaging, technologically sophisticated digital platform, we aim to facilitate conversation, understanding and analysis by students, educators, historians, local residents and history enthusiasts.


  1. Become an essential resource for the public’s understanding of regional history
  2. Facilitate collaboration among regional historical organizations
  3. Increase the visibility of participating organizations and promote public use of their holdings
  4. Uncover new connections, stories and resources
  5. Make professional historians’ discoveries and interpretations freely available to the general public
  6. Identify external resources to encourage deeper research