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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.
Biographies Biographies
The famous - and infamous - and not so famous but important Kansas Citians are featured in these locally written biographies. Actors and actresses, artists and architects, politicians and philanthropists, sports figures and settlers, criminals and community leaders, and others all either lived or worked in Kansas City at one time. New biographies are added regularly, so check back frequently.
Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon co-founded the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks orchestra that gained fame during the 1920s. This digital collection includes many photographs of the orchestra and other performers as well as photographs from Fred Edmiston, author of The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, and the Harvey Rettberg papers. Rettberg and Clyde Hahn established the Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Fan Club in 1959.
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.
Guerrillas and Outlaws Guerrillas and Outlaws
Part of the Missouri Valley oversize art work (MV0), these 53 drawings feature members of William Quantrill's Guerrillas, the James-Younger gang, and others associated with these men, like Brigadier General Joseph O. Shelby. All but one of the 53 drawings are done in charcoal by two artists, A. L. Dillenbeck and Elmer Stewart. More...
Journal-Post Photographs Journal-Post Photographs
The Kansas City Journal-Post came into existence in 1928 when the Kansas City Journal and the Kansas City Post merged. The paper ceased publication in the 1940s, at which time they apparently sold various items. In 1998 Richard Zeldin donated about 400 glass negatives that he said his grandmother had purchased at that sale. Prints were made from the best negatives courtesy of the Friends of the Library. This digital collection of some of the prints showcase sports figures, numerous celebrities, aerial views, aviation, and the Bennett bridge game murder trial.
Music-Dance-Theater Music-Dance-Theater
Portrait and group shots of musicians, dancers, and actors comprise this digital collection. The following special collections are included: Dory DeAngelo; Charles Johnson; Felice Lyne; Miracle Scrapbook; Helen Seibert Thomes; Youth Symphony; and Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra Scrapbooks.
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.
Nelly Don Nelly Don
When Nell Quinlan married Paul Donnelly and moved to Kansas City from Parsons, Kansas, in 1906, she wanted to keep costs low, but still look stylish while working around the house. Not finding what she wanted, she designed and sewed her own housedresses. Her creative genius grew into a multi-million dollar business-the Donnelly Garment Company and the Nelly Don clothing label, "a stylish, feminine frock." Many women of the 1930s and '40s owned a Nelly Don dress. These few photos are mostly group employee shots.
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.