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Johnson County History Collection

Date: 1859-1970

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 699

Unit ID: 40699

Abstract: The collection consists of assembled materials from various sources providing information regarding the history of Johnson County, Kansas. It includes an abstract of title book to lots 8, 9, and 10, block 21 of the Reinhardt Estates; an abstract of title to South Park, dating from 1887 (typed copy made in 1939); a minute book for the Federated Improvement League of Olathe and some loose related materials, for the years 1908-1913; title abstracts, stock certificates, and a newspaper clipping pertaining to property adjoining the Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site in Fairway; and a folder of miscellaneous items, including historical sketches and reminiscences, correspondence including with Kansas State Historical Society staff, and other such material. Also the collection contains four memorandum books pertaining to what appears to be 3 unrelated people in Johnson County, Kan. The earliest book is a diary, 1909 – 1913, written by a young lady in Lenexa, Kansas, entries focus on activities, friends, and particularly boyfriends. There is also a book, 1926-1939, that appears to be from a farmer near Olathe containing registers of letters sent, estate receipts & expenses, car expenses, sales, purchases, items sold, and planting dates. Two books, 1931-1933, are journals and expense logs of automobile trips from Lenexa to Manchester [Ct.?] & San Diego, Calif., and back. Warranty deeds for Charles Clay Van Bebber's property in Shawnee, Kansas dating from 1881 to 1940. An invitation from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union to attend a dime social in Shawnee, Kansas.

Space Required/Quantity: .25 cf (1 box)

Title (Main title): Johnson County History Collection

Administrative History

Administrative History: Johnson County in eastern Kansas, on the Missouri border, was established in 1855, organized in 1857, and named in honor of the Rev. Thomas Johnson (1802-1865), who established a mission to the Shawnee Indians in 1829 (Shawnee Indian Mission in present-day Fairway, Johnson County). After World War II, the county developed quickly and became a major suburban community for the Kansas City Metropolitan area, becoming one of the most populous counties in Kansas.

Olathe is the county seat and second largest city in the county. Other cities include Bonner Springs (also in Wyandotte County), De Soto, Edgerton, Fairway, Gardner, Lake Quivira (also in Wyandotte County), Leawood, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, and Westwood Hills. Another city, Countryside, merged with Mission in 2003. Townships include Aubry, Gardner, Lexington, McCamish, Mission (now defunct), Monticello, Olathe, Oxford, Shawnee, and Spring Hill.

[Kansas Historical Society, "Kansas Counties - Johnson County," http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/places/counties.php?county=JO (accessed 25 October 2010).]

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Associated materials: This photograph album contains photos of Pastime Theatre; agriculture scenes; livestock; Lenexa Amusement Company; Lenexa Vaudeville Company; Union Pacific motor car; baseball; Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train; depots; motor train; Lenexa Mill; Missouri & Kansas Interurban; Lenexa street scenes and businesses; rural school; judges of the first city election in Lenexa, Kansas; views of Mahaska, Kansas; Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Missouri; and views of various Missouri towns. (unit 225656)

1 photograph of a harvest near Geneseo, Kansas (unit 225657)
1 photograph of a play at Baker University (unit 225658)
1 photograph of a theatrical group in Lenexa, Kansas (unit 225659)

Index Terms


    Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site (Kan.)
    Johnson County (Kan.) -- History
    Lenexa (Kan.)
    Olathe (Kan.) -- History
    Shawnee (Kan.)
    Van Bebber, Charles Clay
    Abstracts of title -- Kansas -- Johnson County
    Automobile travel
    Deeds -- Kansas -- Johnson County -- Shawnee
    Farmers -- Kansas -- Johnson County