The Jackson County Historical Society in March 2017 received a significant gift in the form of the Wilborn Collection, a unique photograph archives.
The Wilborn Photographic Collection easily is the largest and most significant collection of historic photographs of the Kansas City region, including commercial entities, events, built environment, streetscapes and people.
The collection dates back to 1921 and includes images through 2007. Special subsets include 360 degree panoramic photographs and photograph images or negatives that reflect changes in photographic medium and different dimensions. The vast majority of the collection is in the form of negatives, with some positive prints.
JCHS is currently working to organize, digitize and index the collection with the hopes to make it publicly available.