Clay County Archives and Historical Library ~ Liberty, Missouri

Preserving the Past for the Present

Volunteers Needed

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 Volunteer Coordinator Jane Shepherd at 816-781-0241.


Charitable Donations

We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers, who receives no financial support from any governmental agency.  So to pay our bills and keep the lights on, we covet the donations of our patrons.  Please consider us with your contributions in the following ways:

  • Become a member!  For only $15 a year, you get unlimited on-site research and our quarterly newsletter.
  • Make a gift by mailing your check made payable to:  Clay County Archives, 210 E Franklin, Liberty, MO  64068
  • Increase your gift if your employer has a matching gift program.
  • Make an online contribution via our secure PayPal account by clicking the Donate button below.
  • Gifts-in-kind, such as functional late-model computer equipment or copier, etc.

Giving Categories are:

• Benefactors

$1,000 and above
• Patrons $500 to $999
• Contributors $100 to $499
• Friends $25 to $99

All donors will be acknowledged in the MOsaic newsletter and Benefactors and Patrons will be imortalized by being added to the appropriate plaque in the entrance of the Hughes Library.  Donations are cumulative.  For instance, if you give multiple times which add up to $1000 or more, you too can become a Benefactor!

Charitable Donations Through Your Estate

Make a planned gift such as life insurance or charitable annuity or through your estate or will.  Please consult your tax attorney.  If you have already made these estate gift provisions, please tell us about them.


Historical Material

Share your valuable historical information with others.  We would appreciate donations of historical documents and photos relating to Clay County and it's founding families to add to our collections.  These items will be cared for, indexed (abstracted) and made available for researchers and our patrons from Clay County and the world.

The documents can include items such as family histories, genealogies, family bibles, information about local businesses and organizations (founding documents, ledgers, etc), information about local communities, cemetery records, school records, class photos, historical photographs.


A Genealogical Will

"A Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament"

Many of us spend hours, days, years, decades, enjoying our compiling and collection of family history and as we know, not everyone may be as interested in our endeavors at that particular time in their life --- only to have many regrets that so much was sadly lost in the years that follow them.  Perhaps this Codicil might help others to understand one's devotion to the project and perhaps save such a collection...  Even placing a copy of this in the first file marked IMPORTANT might make a difference.

Here's a sample Codicil:  Genealogical Codicil to My Last Will and Testament