Wilborn Photos Sold to Jackson County Historical Society

A place to post and request pictures of Kansas City.
User avatar
City Center Square
City Center Square
Posts: 12716
Joined: Sat Jul 26, 2003 10:02 pm
Location: Old Northeast -- Indian Mound

Wilborn Photos Sold to Jackson County Historical Society

Postby FangKC » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:25 am

Historical society acquires photographer’s massive collection

A wide range of images of Kansas City – and no few mysteries – lie in a major collection of photographs now in the hands of the Jackson County Historical Society.

The Historical Society, headquartered in Independence, is just now starting to sort through the estimated 500,000 to 1 million prints and negatives from the commercial photographer Chris Wilborn.

Within a couple years, the aim is to have them sorted and posted online.


The collection illustrates a century of history in Kansas City and other parts of the Midwest. It’s from Chris Wilborn, 62, of Overland Park. He followed his father, Clarence Lee Wilborn, in the commercial photography business.

“I kept everything,” he said. “My dad kept all the negatives he shot.”

The elder Wilborn started shooting photographs roughly around World War II. Chris started in 1970. The business has changed, and there’s less demand for that type of work. Wilborn says he’s semi-retired, shooting high school, military and family reunions.



Return to “Kansas City Photos”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests