June Flood of 1908 at Kansas City postcards
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
- Elite Post Card Company (Organization)
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.
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
- Finding aid prepared by mwh. Finding aid encoded by mwh.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
June Flood of 1908 at Kansas City postcards, RH PH P2843, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.