What’s the oldest item in the Johnson County Archives & Records Management Department? How many tennis courts worth of space does the department use? What type of record does the public request most often from the archives?
October is American Archives Month, so we’re sharing information and interesting trivia about the County Archives Department.
The county started the Archives and Records program in 1990, and it became a department in 1992. Today, it’s a division of Records and Tax Administration.
Archives’ mission is to assist Johnson County government departments, offices and agencies in the efficient management of their records, to preserve those records of enduring value and to provide quality access to public information.
Johnson County is one of the few counties in Kansas to have a designated Archives facility. There Archives stores 35,323 holdings, including:
- 16,250 boxes (That’s 487,500 square feet or more than eight football fields!)
- 5,225 rolls of microfilm (That’s more than 200 miles of microfilm.)
- 5,929 books
- 6,694 plans
The public can access historic documents in the Archives’ research room by appointment.
Now for the answers to our trivia questions:
- The oldest item in Archives is a book of Land Patents of Shawnee Indians from June of 1853.
- Archives uses more than 16,000 square feet of space (or the equivalent of seven tennis courts) at the Facility Operations Center building in Olathe.
- The most requested item from the public are marriage licenses. However, Archives only has copies of marriage licenses from 1970 and before and their copies are NOT certified. Members of the public must request newer and certified marriage licenses from the state.
You can learn a lot more about the department and how to access their records on the Archives webpages.