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Advertising Cards Advertising Cards
Victorian trade cards, one of the more picturesque collections in the Missouri Valley Room, provide not only a rich resource for researching the history of printing, advertising, medicine, fashions, late nineteenth-century culture, etc., but also Kansas City companies. The cards reached their height of popularity in the 1880s and 1890s.
Assorted Images Assorted Images
This eclectic collection consists of images of people and Kansas City places including schools, ice houses, hospitals, street scenes, historical monuments, etc. Included are the following special collections: Stephen H. Brown; Budworth West Bottoms Drawings; DAR Scrapbook; Dungan Autograph Book; Fire Department; Frank Ford; Gold Star Legion Scrapbook; Hughes Photographs; Ice Houses; KC Bar Association Records; KC Centennial Scrapbook; KC School District Glass Slides; Missouri Valley Historical Society; Old Men's Association; Old Westport Shopping Center Survey; Pioneer Park; Posse of the Westerners; Presidents and Past Presidents Club; Ward Hunt; and World War I Scrapbook.
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.
Education Education
Kansas City schools and school children comprise the bulk of this grouping of over 470 images. Included are the following special collections: Nikoles Aleski/Virtuana System; James A. Hazlett; Kansas City, Mo. School District; James F. Spalding; Thomas Fitzpatrick.
Family Collections Family Collections
In addition to photographs, this group has images of documents such as letters. Included are the following special collections: James J. Akard (Civil War related papers); Carl Betz; Jim Bridger; Dixon/Jordan Family; Leonard/Guitar Family; Myers Family; Peery Family; Robinson Family; and John Barber White.
Guadalupe Center Photographs Guadalupe Center Photographs
The Guadalupe Center began in 1919 when the Catholic Diocese asked the Agnes Ward Amberg Club for Women to establish a settlement house primarily for Mexican immigrants. This digital collection of over 220 photographs originally was in three photo albums. Views include the Guadalupe Center Building, events like festivals and fairs, band concerts, athletic teams, camping and outdoor activities, folk festivals, and family activities.
Native American & Western Photograph Collection Native American & Western Photograph Collection
This artificial collection of 146 photographic images, circa late 1880s to the early 1900s, includes scenes of Native American peoples in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, "Boomer" settlers and settlements, and scenes from the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. The principal tribes represented are the Ponca, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, Apache, Cherokee, Sac and Fox, Otoe, and Sioux.
South Central Business Association South Central Business Association
This digital collection of 900 photographs includes portraits of local business, civic, educational and church leaders as well as famous entertainers. The South Central Business Association, organized in 1919, was a business group located in the area of 31st and Troost. The core of the collection contains 44 scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, photographs, brochures, flyers, correspondence, and a variety of ephemeral items. Only the photographs have been digitized.
Transportation Transportation
This collection shows modes of transportation used around 1910: railroads, the newly evolving automobile, streetcars, interurban to Excelsior Springs, riverboats, and an early airplane. Few photos of rolling stock and engines appear, but views of railroad track and bridges are numerous as well as railroad employees such as cooks and depot workers. These photographs capture both rural and urban scenes as well as the dress, style, and mood of the time.
Willis Castle Memorial Photographs Willis Castle Memorial Photographs
Primarily from the 1940s-1950s, these 340 photographs contain shots of the city market, municipal auditorium, street scenes, city officials, aerial views, and parks. Willis Castle, was employed by Kansas City, Missouri, as Superintendent of Markets and Broadway Bridge from 1974-1977.