Guide to Missouri Law & Judiciary

Resources for Missouri Law & Judiciary History Research

The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collections include records of the Supreme Court of Missouri, the Court of Appeals, and circuit and municipal courts as well as papers of lawyers and judges that practiced in and presided over these courts. Some examples of available collections include the papers of lawyer, Kansas City mayor, and US senator James Alexander Reed; the Oliver Family Papers, a prominent Cape Girardeau family collection including legal firm records, speeches, and writings; and the papers of Laurance Mastick Hyde, a Missouri Supreme Court justice from 1942 to 1966.