The Greene County Archives and Records Center houses county documents dating from 1833. These documents include a large collection of circuit court cases, including the murder case against “Wild” Bill Hickok for the murder of David Tutt, as well as the investigation into the murder of Bald Knobber leader Nat Kinney. It also includes a freedom suit filed in Greene County in 1834.The digitization project will scan and place these documents, and others of local and statewide significance online by 2021. These documents are important for their relevance in county, state, and national history.
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, 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. The JCHS Wilborn Collection was made possible by the generosity of Steve and Marianne Noll.