Manuscript Collection

The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collection consists of personal papers, photographs, oral histories, correspondence, diaries and journals, and audiovisual material, as well as the records of churches, organizations, and businesses. These materials provide researchers an insight into the lives of Missourians and the development of organizations and businesses throughout Missouri.

Description of manuscript collections and the contents you may discover in these collections are available through finding aids. The majority of the finding aids are provided in PDF format for your researching convenience. Manuscript collections are available for research at any of SHSMO’s six research centers. For additional information on how to view collection contents, please submit a research request.

View Guide to Using Manuscript Collection

Browse Manuscripts by Research Center

Browse Manuscripts by Subject

Select a heading to browse a list of collections with descriptions and links to complete collection inventories. Many collections are listed under several headings.

Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife

Frontier and Pioneer Life

Geography and Maps

Law and Judiciary

Oral History

Photographs

Recreation and Sports

Religion

Science, Technology, and Medicine

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