JCHS Images

Old photographs are about the closest we can come to hopping in a time machine and traveling to the past. 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 75,000 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 30,000 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. In the near future, the collection will be available online for researchers.

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.