The Johnson County Museum’s holdings include secondary resources and unique permanent collection items: artifacts, archival documents, maps, photographs and manuscripts related to the history of Johnson County, Kansas from the 1820s to the present. On-site research facilities are not available, however every effort will be made to facilitate your research needs. A number of our materials are accessible online, as are finding aids and indices for select collections. Requests for information may be made by email, telephone or writing to the attention of the Curator of Interpretation. If an on-site visit is necessary, arrangements can by made by appointment only.
Museum Online Resources
The Johnson County Museum partnered with the Johnson County Library to create an online, searchable resource about all things historic in Johnson County. Funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund, the partnership has grown to include the collections of many local and city-based historical societies in Johnson County.
Historic Atlases of Johnson County, Kansas
A collection of maps of Johnson County dated 1860, 1874, 1902, and 1922
Aerial Photograph Collection
A Collection of more than 8,000 color slide transparencies of aerial views of Johnson County. The collection consists of 45 dated sets from 1990-2002.
Johnson County’s Built Environment
A collection of over 9,000 images of Johnson County’s pre-1950 architectural resources taken between 1991-2008.
The Squire Collection
A collection of scanned issues of The Squire newspaper from 1961-1972. The Squire was published in Johnson County by Tom Leathers.