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JCHS Images

Old photographs are about the closest we can come to hopping in a time machine and traveling to the past. Forutnately looking at pictures doesn't carry the risk of disrupting the space-time continuum or looking like a freak from the future. The Jackson County Historical Society is your historical tour guide for a trip to the past with our extensive image collection.

Jackson County Historical Society's image collection consists of roughly 25,000 pictures that establish a rich visual history. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1870s to the 1960s. From these scenic views, portraits, events, and structures you can put together a visual history of how the county grew and the people who are a part of its history.

Strauss Peyton Collection

For more glimpses into the lives of our Jackson County predecessors, JCHS holds a 20,000 image collection of glass plate negatives from the illustrious Strauss-Peyton Photographic Studio based out of Kansas City. These delicate originals date from 1908 to the 1950s and include some movers and shakers of the time. Unfortunately, the Strauss-Peyton glass plate negative collection is not available to researchers at this time. Check back in the future for updates to this collection.

Here's a fuller description of the collection


Featured in our online galleries is a collection of vintage postcards from some notable sites around Independence, Sugar Creek and Kansas City. 

For more information about our image collections please contact us.