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June Flood of 1908 at Kansas City postcards

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH PH P2843


This collection consists of a set of postcards published by the Elite Post Card Company of Kansas City, Missouri, documenting the June 1908 flood. Most of the photographs focus on the Armourdale area in Kansas.


  • Creation: June 1908


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the 1908 Flood

According to newspaper accounts of the time, the 1908 flood almost equaled the 1903 flood after the heavy rains in the Missouri and Kaw River Valleys. Because of the force of the water around the Missouri Pacific Bridge, flood waters backed up in all the sewers and drainage areas on both sides of the state line. Armourdale, Argentine, and the West Bottoms lowlands were all inundated, with water reaching depths of 2-10 feet.

No lives were lost in the 1908 flood, but real property damage was extensive.


1 folder ; Folder measures 22 x 37 cm.

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The real photographic postcards are contained in a booklet and open accordion-style. The prints are double-sided. Views include several of Armourdale (residential streets, by the Union Pacific elevator, and south 19th and 7th Streets); Riverview railyards and the Cypress yards; 16th and Genessee Streets in Kansas City, MO; from the 7th Street Viaduct (including a view of a residential area and of an elevator in Armourdale), and 16th Street looking toward the Stock Exchange.

The postcards were sent to Sadie L. Parsons of Lincoln, Nebraska by an unknown correspondent.

Physical Location

RH PH P2843

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Joe Douglas, 2020.

Guide to the Kansas City Flood of 1908 Postcard Collection
June Flood of 1908 at Kansas City postcards
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
June Flood of 1908 at Kansas City postcards, RH PH P2843, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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