Clay County Archives and Historical Library ~ Liberty, Missouri

Preserving the Past for the Present


With no paid staff, volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization.  The Archives has been fortunate since its founding to have incredibly dedicated volunteers who love history, Clay County, our ancestors and all the bits and pieces of information that helped make up their lives.  

Volunteers have given themselves to collect, preserve, organize, index, make available and present this information to the benefit of the Archives' loyal patrons.

So many projects  --  So few hands

The Clay County Archives has volunteer opportunities available.  Indexing and scanning photos; criminal court records; birth, death and marriage records; filing and data entry to name just a few.  If you have a few hours a month, the Archives could use your talents.  Bring a lunch and a few friends with you.  Choose a project and we'll train you.  Most are very easy to learn.

To volunteer, call the Archives at 816-781-3611, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  Or call Jane Shepherd (Volunteer Coordinator) at (816) 781-0241.

Always thankful to former volunteers who brought the Archives Collections' past into the present:

Bob Askren
June Dorsel
Velva Elder
Ann Golden
Bill Hawkins
Louise Hawkins
Dail Hobbs
Sallie Hobbs
Janie Loughery
Bill Matteson
Jane Milner
Maxine Peters
Evelyn Petty
Donna Root

ann-henning-tAnn was born in Brookfield, Linn County, Missouri and grew up in nearby Laclede (boyhood home of General John J. Pershing).  She graduated from William Jewell College, married, had three children, who gave her five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Bob is a Liberty native and has an extensive personal history in the area.  He spent his working career as an Air Traffic Controller and educator.

He is involved in the history of the Corum family, maintains the Corum family cemetery and is the current President of the William C Corum Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He currently serves the Archives as one of the Properties Chairmen.


Carol was born in Clinton, Henry County, Missouri.  She moved to Clay County in 1950 and attended Englewood and Davidson Elementary School.  She graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1960 and married Steve Olson in 1962.  

Cheryl was born in Keosauqua (Van Buren County) Iowa, spent the major part of her life in Morrison Illinois and graduated from high school in Sedalia Missouri.  After that, she moved to Kansas City to further her education and begin her career in the medical field.  She retired from the University of Kansas Hospital after 31 years of service and she lived in Jackson County Missouri area for over 40 years until moving to Clay County.  She enjoys her two sons, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

She has a great interest in genealogy and local history and she spends her "free" time scapbooking, needleworking and making porcelain dolls.  

Jane was born in Hickory County near Quincy, Missouri.  She has one sister and three brothers.  After graduating from Weaubleau High School, she worked for AT&T before getting married.  Her husband was drafted into the Army and they lived in Germany for 18 months.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and she loves spending time with her family and attending many of her grandchildren's sports activities.

ken-neth-t0Ken was born in Clinton County and moved to Clay County in 1938.  He has remained here ever since except while a student at the University of Missouri, Columbia and in the U. S. Army (1951-1953).  He served as a special investigator for CIC.  

After graduating from MU, he started working for First Federal Savings and Loan as a loan officer, branch manager and special projects.  He retired in 1989 and kept busy with a temporary security job at Kansas City International Airport.  He became a gate supervisor and trainer and finally retired *again* after 14 years there.

Nancy just retired after a long and glorious career working for Hallmark Cards.  She is now able to volunteer much more of her time to the Archives.

She represents the Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to our board and she works on various projects wherever she is needed.

scott-cole-tScott is a native of Liberty and has a heritage in its history.  He is very knowledgeable about the people, places and events of Liberty and Clay County.  A former sailor, he now runs a telecomm services business and is quite busy.  We are fortunate to have as much of his time as we do.

He has been involved in many aspects and projects of the Archives over the years and he currently serves as the Treasurer.

shirley-fansher-t0Shirley was born at the Great Lakes Naval Base, outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Her family moved back to Clay County in 1953, after her father’s naval career.  They lived in Nashua until 1963 when they again moved to Clinton County.  She graduated from Plattsburgh High School and William Jewell College.  Shirley has worked in laboratory science at area hospitals since her graduation.

steve-hatcher-t0cSteve is originally from Independence, Missouri.  Growing up in Harry's home town and visiting family in the Washington, DC area sparked a love of history.  His passion for genealogy came from knowing his 102 year old great-great-grandmother and talking with his great aunt about ancestors and connections to Thomas Jefferson.

steve-olson-tSteve was born in Belton, Missouri and came to Clay County before he was one year old.  He lived in Claycomo and started school at Munger.  Later he moved to what would become Gladstone and began attending Englewood School starting in the second grade.  He graduated from North Kansas City High School.

He worked at AT&T mainly in computers until early retirement and then came to volunteer at the Archives with his wife, Carol.

He is the Properties Chairman and volunteers on Wednesdays.

stuart-elliott-tStuart was born and raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from North Kansas City High School.  He attended various colleges until he graduated from Park College (now University) in Parkville, Missouri.

Though not related to his degree, he has worked in the computer field and was employeed by Clay County Government for 20 years as a computer programmer.


Tony-Meyers-tcTony was born in Iola, Kansas.  He moved with his family to Liberty, Missouri in 1968.  He graduated from Liberty High School.  He studied computer programming at Penn Valley Community College and graduated from Friends University of Wichita, Kansas with a degree in HR Management.  Tony’s career at Hallmark included various assignments in Information Technology and Product Development.  Soon after retiring, Tony joined the volunteer team at The Archives where he is currently working on Civil War related research projects.  Tony volunteers on Wednesdays.