LaBudde Special Collections | Digital Collections


All Aboard: Travel in the American Age of Locomotion
A snapshot of the golden age of train travel from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s, featuring photographs, postcards, sheet music, topical records and more.


Allan Bell Photo Collection
Images related to Kansas City music and theatrical promoter, and owner of booking/management agency America's Best Attractions, 1960s-1970s


Richard W. Bolling Photo Collection
Images related to Missouri Democratic Representative to U.S. Congress from 1949-1983, whose long tenure witnessed such historical events as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean & Vietnam Wars, Watergate, and a presidential assassination.


Priscilla Bowman Photo Collection
Images related to Kansas City jazz and rhythm-and-blues singer who had a 1955 #1 R&B hit, "Hands Off," recorded with Jay McShann, 1928-1988


Brush Creek Follies
For nearly 20 years in Kansas City and across the Midwest, Saturday nights meant a date with KMBC's Brush Creek Follies, a show that held the #2 spot in the nation among rural music radio programs for 14 years.


Capitol Records & The Beatles
Internal memos in the Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection provide a glimpse into Capitol before, during and after the company signed the Beatles.


Chant Book (Medieval Latin)
Bound volume of liturgical music compiled from multiple sources and scribes.


Church - KMBC Radio Collection Highlights
As part of the NEH grant project that funded cataloging of transcription discs from radio station KMBC, this multimedia web exhibit showcases highlights from the Arthur B. Church - KMBC Radio Collection, housed in LaBudde Special Collections and its audio division, Marr Sound Archives.


Arthur B. Church - KMBC Radio Photo Collection
Images related to owner/operator of KMBC radio and television stations in Kansas City, and creative force behind several syndicated radio shows, 1920s-1950s


Wilbur "Buck" Clayton Photo Collection
Images related to seminal jazz arranger, composer, trumpeter and band leader from Parsons, Kansas, documenting his life and career from 1928-1991, including snapshots taken by Clayton himself.


Club Kaycee
Music, photos, and more highlighting the golden age of Kansas City jazz.


Nat "King" Cole: The Early Years: 1936-1942
Before his international acclaim as a pop vocalist, Nathaniel Adams Coles built an indelible reputation as a jazz pianist in the groundbreaking combo, The King Cole Trio.


L. Perry Cookingham Photo Collection
Images related to city manager of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1940-1959, hired to clean up the political patronage system that had prevailed under political boss Tom Pendergast.


Nancy Holmes Corse Diary
Vermont native's diary from 1858-1859, consisting of scans of original diary pages alongside typed transcriptions.


Paul Creston Photo Collection
Images related to 20th century American composer, pianist and organist, with shots of Creston and other conductors and performers, including signed portraits of Leopold Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini, and photos of Creston with other major composers such as Virgil Thompson, Alan Hovhaness, and Hector Villa-Lobos.


Vic Damon Photo Collection
Images related to recording engineer Vic Damon and his Damon Recording Studios in Kansas City, 1933-1973.


Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Photo Collection
Images related to writer, editor, music critic and record producer (most notably Capitol Records) from Kansas City, 1915-1990


U.S. Epperson Photo Collection
Images related to prominent Kansas City businessman and philanthropist (1861-1927) and wife (d. 1939), whose palatial home at 5200 Cherry Street has served as a number of different types of offices, classrooms and spaces at UMKC over the years; includes shots of Epperson House under construction in the early 1920s


Grand Emporium Collection: Exhibit Gallery
Web exhibit of select material from the extensive collection that chronicles the venerable Kansas City nightclub, 1985-2004. Includes all promotional and show posters (contact sheets only) in the collection.


Leon M. Jordan Photo Collection
Images (contact sheets only) related to the Kansas City police detective, politico and co-founder of Freedom, Inc.; includes shots of personal and professional subject matter, European travels, and images from an extended stay in Africa between 1948 and 1955, during which time Jordan and his wife Orchid lived in Liberia, where Jordan trained the African nation's constabulary.


Kansas City Journal-Post Newspaper
The "Diamond Jubilee Section" of the December 31, 1929 edition of defunct newspaper and one-time competitor of the Kansas City Star.


Kansas City: Paris of the Plains
Website chronicling Jazz Age Kansas City, a time when the city was one of the most dynamic arts centers in America; examines the musical, political, social & cultural heritage, as well as the innovative and physical developments that defined the city.


R.A. Long's City & Country Homes Photo Album
Images of the city and country homes of Kansas City lumber baron and philanthropist, R.A. Long (1850-1934). Longview Farm was Long's country estate and Long's city home was Corinthian Hall, now the Kansas City Museum. Designed and planned by Kansas City architect Henry Hoit, Longview Farm was to be a model for farm beauty and harmony as well as improved agricultural and livestock management. The farm was constructed in just 18 months and consisted of a mansion and 50 additional structures when it was finished in June 1914.


Miller Nichols Library Building: 40 Years of Service and Counting
November 17, 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the General Library, later renamed the Miller Nichols Library. This website commemorates that anniversary as it simultaneously celebrates the current and future expansion and renovation of this building.


Baron Missakian Photo Collection
Images taken by the studio photographer, who documented Jazz Age Kansas City's resident and visiting performers and personalities, including Walt Disney, Milton Berle, Count Ilya Tolstoy, Sir Carl Busch and Helen Burwell.


Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation
Website on the history of Kansas City's Local 627, the African-American Musicians Union founded in 1917 and now known as the Mutual Musicians Foundation; features photographs, sound recordings and other historic information documenting union functions, social events and the bands and members of Local 627 who created the internationally recognized Kansas City style of jazz.


Native Americans & their Shadow Catchers
Exhibit showcasing 19th-century photographs of Navajo and Apache Indians as well as the photographers who captured their images.


The Pitch: Celebrating 30 Years
The Pitch was first published in July 1980 as the Penny Pitch, a music sheet handed out by Penny Lane, the erstwhile Westport record store at 4128 Broadway. The first 13 issues were printed under the early banner before undergoing a series of name changes - including KC Pitch and Pitch Weekly - beginning in January 1982. July 2010 marks the 30th Anniversary of The Pitch.


Pla-Mor Ballroom Photograph Collection
Images related to the storied entertainment complex at Linwood and Main Streets in Kansas City, 1927-1972


Joseph K. Redmond, Jr. Photo Collection
Images collected by Uptown and Tower Theaters manager in Kansas City, primarily documenting screen and stage during the 1930s and 1940s.


Rivers, Rails & Trails: Kansas City Before UMKC
Website in conjunction with the installation of the Automated Storage and Retrieval System ("The Robot") at the Miller Nichols Library; features an interactive version of a 1926 Kansas City map used in the facade design of the storage facility.


Shawnee Sun Newspaper (Siwinowe Kesibwi)
Baptist minister, Indian missionary, and printer Jotham Meeker issued the first newspaper printed in what is now the state of Kansas - and the first in the country printed entirely in a Native American language.


Sheet Music Collection

Kansas City Imprints
Sheet music published in Kansas City from 1874 to 1966, including prominent works such as Euday L. Bowman's Twelfth Street Rag and Scott Joplin's Original Rags, as well as compositions by local composers such as Charles L. Johnson and Lucien Denni, and several topical imprints that celebrate Kansas City itself.

World War I Imprints
Popular and topical sheet music of the First World War, published primarily from 1914 to 1919.

World War II Imprints
Popular and topical sheet music covers of the Second World War, published primarily from 1940 to 1945.


Martha Jane Starr Photo Collection
Images related to Kansas City philanthropist and trailblazer in the area of family planning and women’s health issues, with strong ties to the University of Missouri-Kansas City and several of its programs and initiatives, 1906-2011


Brian Thurn Photo & Poster Collection
Images (photos & posters) related to the African-American cultural experience during the 20th century, particularly in and around Kansas City; includes rare photos of Kansas City jazz legends Count Basie and Myra Taylor, and posters for Freedom, Inc. political candidates and the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team


Victorian Studio Portrait Photograph Collection
Original photographic prints from mid 19th to early 20th Century, representing studios from Kansas and Missouri (particularly Kansas City), as well as throughout the United States and even Europe.


Voices And Music of World War I
Website focusing on the American war experience through sheet music and recordings of the day; conceived in cooperation with the National World War I Museum.


Voices of World War II
Website focusing on WWII and how it was experienced in Kansas City and on the front through the popular media - specifically local radio station KMBC as well as popular and topical songs.


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