Guide to Agriculture in Missouri

Resources for Agricultural History Research

The State Historical Society of Missouri’s manuscript collections include a wealth of materials pertaining to various aspects of agriculture. These collections include papers of individual farmers; records of family and corporate farms, co-ops, sales and service companies of farm implements, and farm product marketing groups and organizations; and personal and professional papers of foresters, horticulturalists, and others involved in the study and research of agriculture. The collections provide information on subjects such as the use of fertilizers and pesticides, as well as irrigation and soil quality.

The Society also maintains collections of several newspapers highlighting Missouri’s agricultural heritage. These papers, aimed at farmers and their families, featured information, education, and entertainment. Most of the agricultural newspapers in the collection were published from the 1880s to the 1950s. The decline in family farming in Missouri negatively impacted the publication of agricultural newspapers. There are no newspapers categorized as agricultural in the Society’s collection dated after 1979.