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Askren Photograph Collection Askren Photograph Collection
Local photographer Robert G. Askren donated photographs and negatives to the Missouri Valley Special Collections in 2006. Images generally depict Kansas City buildings, parks, streets, important events, local personalities, and aerial views of Kansas City. The bulk of the collection dates from 1950s-1980s, although there are some early aviation photos.
Building Profiles Building Profiles
Kansas City can boast its fair share of architecturally significant buildings. This digital collection highlights 26 of these and includes the historic Vaughan Diamond Building commonly called The Junction (featured here on the left), the New York Life building, Coca-Cola/Western Auto, City Hall, several theaters, and others. The profiles are in PDF form.
Henry Green Business Buildings
In 1926-1928 Henry D. Green created a scrapbook with 78 images that feature business buildings, banks, hotels, and theaters.
Churches Churches
Comprised primarily of photographs from Olive Hoggins' Centenary History of the Churches and the Westminster Congregational Church Records, this group highlights many of Kansas City's churches. Other collections have church related images, especially Mrs. Sam Ray's postcards. Put "churches" in the search box or click on the "churches" subject heading found with one of these photos.
Eldridge Slides of Kansas City Eldridge Slides of Kansas City
During the 1950s and 1960s, amateur photographer Dorothea Eldridge took slides of Kansas City scenes which include buildings, hospitals, riverfront areas, Municipal Airport, Union Station, the West Bottoms, and more. Of the 108 color slides in the collection, only 24 black and white and two color prints were developed and digitized.
Landmarks Commission Landmarks Commission
Kansas City Landmarks Commission donated nearly 1,000 photographs to the Missouri Valley Special Collections. They are divided into four groups, but only three have images in the MVSC Digital Gallery: Health Care; Art Commission Awards; and a group of over 580 Miscellaneous photos primarily from different city departments. Images include architectural award-winning Kansas City locations, area hospitals, Kansas City Police, Fire, Public Works, and Sanitation Departments, the 1951 Flood, the Stockyards, and more.
Postcards Postcards
Mrs. Sam (Mildred) Ray's postcard collection contains over 16,000 postcards from all over the world. Only 700 of these have been digitized. For some years, Mrs. Ray wrote a weekly column for The Kansas City Star and The Kansas City Times called "Postcards from Old Kansas City." The digital images in this collection include her historical articles. Additionally, the general collection includes thousands of postcards, but only a few have been digitized. The postcards not digitized can be viewed in the Missouri Valley Room at the Central Branch of the library.