The James W. Goodrich Graduate Research Assistantship in Missouri History honors the historian, writer, and preservationist who served the Society as executive director from 1985 to 2004.
Collaboration, collegiality, and a passion for history marked Goodrich's 37-year Society career. With staff, fellow historians, and historical and preservation agency colleagues, Goodrich expanded the collection, preservation, and publication of historical records. He strengthened the Society's nationally significant art collection and initiated the oral history program. He enthusiastically supported the Society's vital sponsorship of History Day in Missouri.
James Goodrich utilized collaborative activities to conserve and disseminate valuable research and cultural resources and to help Missourians understand their history.
Created when Goodrich retired, the Goodrich Fund supports a graduate research assistantship in Missouri history. It is a fitting tribute, as Goodrich began his four-decade relationship with the Society and the University as a graduate research assistant in the Joint Collection of Western Historical Manuscripts and State Historical Society of Missouri Manuscripts.