Photograph Collection

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Below is a partial list of photograph collections available to researchers. The images in the photograph collection provide a striking visual documentation of Missouri’s people, places, and events. Explore a small portion of the photograph collections online here.

Edwin Aehle Collection
The Aehle collection includes images of steamboat departure cards.

Robert Brown Collection
A collection of approximately twenty-seven images of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy railroad depots in Missouri.

George I. Gird Collection
Aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston.

Ralph Gravely [b. 1898] Collection
This collection contains approximately 50 black and white copy photographs and copy negatives taken circa 1914-1919 of the Gravely family and scenes around Bear Creek (now known as Payntersville), Bolivar, Columbia, Eudora, Fair Play, Springfield, and Stockton, Missouri.

Otto and Joe Kroeger Collection
The Kroeger collection is comprised of glass plate negatives, film negatives, photographs, newspaper articles and letters. The collection includes one image of the nuclear bomb exploding over Nagasaki, Japan, taken by fellow Jefferson City soldier Joe Kosstatscher who served with Joe Kroeger during World War II.

Richard L. Lee Collection
The collection includes black and white photographs of Missouri courthouses

William Preston Collection
Sedalia resident William Preston gathered images related to the lives and careers of fan dancer Sally Rand.

William Pyle Collection
Columbia photographer William Pyle worked from a studio next to Central Dairy, one of his big customers. Central Dairy-related images, including interior and exterior views of the building, children’s field trips, “Central Baby” portraits, and photos of a the Merchandettes and a sponsored baseball team.

Schmidt, Maximilian [1865-1932] Collection
The collection of Boonville photographer Maximilian Schmidt captured his family, and Boonville inhabitants and their environs including early Missouri River floods, steamboats and ferries, views of Boonville streets and the riverfront area, Chouteau Springs, and the Kemper Family School buildings and students.

S. C. Steinberg Collection Collection
The Simon C. "Si" Steinberg Collection consists of sixteen prints of a political rally sponsored by the Young Democratic Club at Reed's Lake, west of Fulton in Callaway County on July 4, 1938 and nine prints of the groundbreaking ceremony at Stephens College, Columbia, for the Firestone Baars Chapel designed by Eero Saarinen.

E. B. Trail Collection
Dr. E. B. Trail of St. Louis focused his collection on steamboats, river captains, and steamboat-related images. Other boats include ferries, flatboats, gunboats, houseboats, office boats, snag boats, tow and tug boats. Also included are advertisements, departure cards, documentation, and related scenes.

Dante O. Tranquille Collection
This collection consists of 104 images taken by Dante O. Tranquille who worked at the Utica [New York] Observer-Dispatch in the mid-twentieth century. He visited mid-Missouri sometime around the late 1940s or early 1950s photographing the riverfront area of St. Louis, the black community, downtown, and the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, and nearby McBaine.

Charles Trefts [1887-1963] Collection
This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.

University of Missouri, Columbia Collection
The University of Missouri Collection includes: drawings, engravings, maps, and photos of buildings, clubs, faculty, fairs, festivals, Francis Quadrangle, fraternities, military life, monuments, officials, sororities, sports, student life, and views of campus.

MU College of Agriculture Collection
Various views of agriculture, buildings, students, and other related images taken from an early slide show developed by the college.

MU School of Journalism Scrapbooks [circa 1909-1912] Collection
In addition to showing everyday academic and student life, photos depict a tour of the state prison in Jefferson City, sports events, fraternity hazing, the Farmers’ Fair, St. Patrick’s Day events and homecoming parades. Other areas covered include Christian College and Stephens College, including images of students at Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

Cartoon Collection

The cartoon collection comprises approximately 8,000 items. Over 100 artists of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries are represented, from Pulitzer Prize winners to celebrated strip cartoonists such as Mort Walker, Milton Caniff, and Chester Gould. The majority of original drawings in the collection were first published as editorial cartoons in newspapers across the United States. Of particular significance are large and comprehensive holdings of editorial cartoons from Missouri papers, including the artwork of St. Louis Post Dispatch cartoonists Daniel R. Fitzpatrick, Bill Mauldin, and Tom Engelhardt, and Kansas City Star cartoonists Silvey Jackson Ray and Lee Judge.

Daniel R. Fitzpatrick [1891-1969]
Fitzpatrick strongly supported the rights of the underdog while attacking the conservative establishment. With cartoons about government corruption, labor relations, World War II, and the plight of the poor, he gained the admiration and respect of scholars, journalists, and statesmen the world over.

William “Bill” Mauldin [1921-2003]
In 1958 Mauldin joined the staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where he earned his second Pulitzer Prize in 1959, and in 1961 he was awarded the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award as cartoonist of the year. In 1962 Mauldin left St. Louis to join the Chicago Sun-Times where he worked until his retirement in 1992.

Tom Engelhardt (b. 1930)
Engelhardt drew editorial cartoons for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for thirty-five years, drawing five cartoons a week until his last piece on December 31, 1997. Engelhardt’s cartoons showed depth, and his satirical style challenged the issues present in the last half of the twentieth century.

Silvey Jackson Ray (1891-1970)
Silvey Jackson Ray spent his life in Missouri, working as the cartoonist for the Kansas City Star from 1934 to 1959. His cartoons cover many national topics as well as issues specifically related to Kansas City and Missouri. In 1951 he received the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge medal for outstanding achievement in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life.

Lee Judge (b. 1953)
After beginning his career at the Sacramento Union, Lee Judge was hired as an editorial cartoonist for the Kansas City Star in 1981. He continues to produce work for the Star and also draws freelance cartoons that have been published in newspapers across the nation. He has received numerous honors, winning John Fischetti awards for cartooning in 1982 and 2009 and serving as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, 1989-1990.