Reference Collection

Society's Reading Room ca. 1900


The Reference Collection houses resources ranging from family histories and printed minutes kept by local literary societies to Missouri official publications and scholarly monographs on the history of the state and the lives of its citizens.

Local historians and genealogists can find a multitude of sources such as county and town histories, city directories, compiled cemetery records, and indexes to local records.

Primary and secondary sources on many aspects of the state’s and the nation’s history and culture await the specialized researcher.



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Research Requests

The Reference staff will provide research help by mail, or email. Very limited research assistance is available over the phone.

Please read the Research Policy before submitting a request.

Prepayment of Research Fee is required and does not guarantee success.

Research requests can be submitted by:

Policies & Procedures

Please read our policies and procedures regarding use of the Society's facilities.