Wilborn Digitization Project

In 2017, the Jackson County Historical Society acquired a massive photographic collection that includes over 500,000 negatives from the Kansas City region and the Midwest.

The photographs – known as the Wilborn Collection – include one of a kind images of people, buildings, events, organizations and neighborhoods taken by professional photographers.

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 collection comprises images from previous entities including Tyner Murphy, the Anderson Studio collections, Clarence Wilborn and several decades of professional work product by the collector, Chris Wilborn.

The bicentennial project will scan, index and get the most important or historically significant images online by 2021.