Mass media resources include collections concerning mass communications, such as the founding records of a public television station or a newspaper morgue; records of media and public relations organizations, such as press associations; and papers of journalists, announcers, station managers, and photojournalists.
- Baer, Eleanora A. “Books, Newspapers, and Libraries in Pioneer St. Louis, 1808-1842.”
Missouri Historical Review 56 (July 1962): 347-360.
- Banks, Loy Otis “The Evening and the Morning Star.”
Missouri Historical Review 43 (July 1949): 319-333.
- Barmann, Lawrence F. “The London Times and the St. Louis World Fair.”
Missouri Historical Review 66 (October 1971): 93-100.
- Boeser, Linda “Two Comstock Journalists: Samuel L. Clemens and William L. Wright as Reporters and Authors.”
Missouri Historical Review 59 (July 1965): 428-438.
- Burke, Harry R. “Eugene Field’s Newspaper Days in St. Louis.”
Missouri Historical Review 41 (January 1957): 137-146.
- Byars, W. V. “A Century of Journalism in Missouri.”
Missouri Historical Review 15 (October 1920): 53-73.
- Caldwell, Dorothy J. “Vignettes of Famous Missourians.”
Part I: Missouri Historical Review 52 (October 1957): 40-48.
Part II: Missouri Historical Review 53 (January 1959): 141-149.
“Vignettes of Famous Missourians after 1865.”
Missouri Historical Review 53 (July 1959): 337-345.
- Chanbers, William N. “Thomas Hart Benton: Editor.”
Missouri Historical Review 46 (July 1952): 335-345.
- Christensen, Lawrence O. “The Racial Views of John W. Wheeler.”
Missouri Historical Review 67 (July 1973): 535-547.
- Cranmer, Catherine “Little Visits with Literary Missourians – Fannie Hurst.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (April 1925): 389-396.
“Little Visits with Literary Missourians – Sara Teasdale.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (July 1925): 664-674.
- Davis, Donald D. “Missouri Centennial Exposition.”
Missouri Historical Review 15 (April 1921): 449-452.
- Dunbar, Laverne J. “The Missouri Mark Twain Collection.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (January 1925): 262-267.
“A Missouri State Newspaper Morgue.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (January 1925): 304-307.
- Engel, Elizabeth. “From the Stacks: O.K. Armstrong: Journalist, Author, and Politician from Southwest Missouri.”
Missouri Historical Review 112 (April 2018): 224-228.
- Epperson, Ivan H. “Missourians Abroad – George Creel.”
Missouri Historical Review 12 (January 1918): 100-110.
- Flanagan, John T. “Reedy of the Mirror.”
Missouri Historical Review 43 (January 1949): 128-144.
- Forr, James "Commercial Television Arrives in Missouri: The Birth of KSD-TV in St. Louis."
Missouri Historical Review 105 (July 2011): 233-244.
- Garten, Meredith “The State Historical Society of Missouri, 'The Child of the Missouri Press Association.'”
Missouri Historical Review 43 (January 1949): 101-104.
- Gentry, North Todd “William F. Switzler.”
Missouri Historical Review 24 (January 1930): 161-176.
- Gilmore, Grace L. “The Five Oldest Family Newspapers in Missouri.”
Missouri Historical Review 17 (January 1923): 167-186.
- Graham, Thomas “Charles H. Jones: Spokesman for the 'Western Idea.'”
Missouri Historical Review 75 (April 1981): 294-315.
- Greenwood, Supt. J. M. “Col. Robert T. Van Horn.”
Part I: Missouri Historical Review 4 (January 1910): 92-105.
Part II: Missouri Historical Review 4 (April 1910): 167-181.
- Gregg, Kate L. “Major Alphonso Wetmore.”
Missouri Historical Review 35 (April 1941): 385-393.
- Grissom, Daniel M. “Personal Recollections of Distinguished Missourians – B. Gratz Brown.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (April 1925): 423-426.
- Grover, George S. “Major Emory S. Foster.”
Missouri Historical Review 14 (April-July 1920): 425-432.
- Guitar, Sarah, and Floyd C. Shoemaker “The Missouri Chronicle, 1673-1924.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (January 1925): 189-240.
- Hart, James A. “The Missouri Democrat, 1852-1860.”
Missouri Historical Review 55 (January 1961): 127-141.
“James Redpath, Missouri Correspondent.”
Missouri Historical Review 57 (October 1962): 70-78.
- Hodder, Frank H. “Side Lights on the Missouri Compromise.”
Missouri Historical Review 5 (April 1911): 138-149.
- Jewett, W. O. L. “A Great Report.”
Missouri Historical Review 19 (April 1925): 419-422.
- Kelsoe, W. A. “Missourians Abroad – Florence D. White.”
Missouri Historical Review 16 (January 1922): 247-252.
- Korn, Anna Lee Brosius “Major Benjamin Holliday.”
Missouri Historical Review 14 (October 1919): 16-28.
- Lewis, Lloyd “Propaganda and the Kansas-Missouri War.”
Missouri Historical Review 34 (October 1939): 3-17.
- Loehrer, Mark. “From the Stacks: An Indepent Journalist - The Charles Klotzer Publications Collection.”
Missouri Historical Review 110 (April 2016): 217-221.
- Mabbott, T. O. “Mark Twain’s Artillery, A Mark Twain Legend.”
Missouri Historical Review 25 (October 1930): 23-29.
- McLear, Patrick E. “Logan U. Reavis: Nineteenth Century Urban Promoter.”
Missouri Historical Review 66 (July 1972): 567-588.
- Miller, Thomas “From the Stacks: Through the Lions: Missouri Journalism in China.”
Missouri Historical Review 102 (April 2008): 178-181.
- Morris, James McGrath “The Political Education of Joseph Pulitzer.”
Missouri Historical Review 104 (January 2010): 78-94.
- Nolen, Russell M. “The Labor Movement in St. Louis from 1860 to 1890.”
Missouri Historical Review 34 (January 1940): 157-181.
- Organ, Minnie “History of the County Press of Missouri.”
Part I: Missouri Historical Review 4 (January 1910): 111-133.
Part II: Missouri Historical Review 4 (April 1910): 149-166.
Part III: Missouri Historical Review 4 (July 1910): 252-308.
- Powell, John B. “Missouri Authors and Journalists in the Orient.”
Missouri Historical Review 41 (October 1946): 45-55.
- Pumphrey, Frederic M. “The Old St. Jo Gazette.”
Missouri Historical Review 38 (October 1943): 33-43.
- Samson, F. A. “Biography of the Missouri Press Association.”
Missouri Historical Review 9 (April 1915): 155-176.
- Saum, Lewis O. “Donan and the Caucasian.”
Missouri Historical Review 63 (July 1969): 418-450.
- Shoemaker, Floyd C. “In Memoriam – Francis Asbury Sampson.”
Missouri Historical Review 12 (April 1918): 129-135.
“This Week in Missouri History.”
Missouri Historical Review 45 (April 1951): 219-234.
“Shelby County, Home of Experimentation, Progress, and Good Citizenship.”
Missouri Historical Review 50 (April 1956): 259-270.
“Forty-Five Years as Editor and Author of Missouri History.”
Missouri Historical Review 54 (April 1960): 225-230.
- SHS Staff “Vignettes of Famous Missourians.”
Missouri Historical Review 51 (July 1957): 386-394.
- Smith, Michael B. and Smith, Seth A. "Chronicles of Discontent, Tribunes for Change: Columbia and Its Underground Press in the Vietnam Era."
Missouri Historical Review 112, no. 3 (April 2018): 207-223.
- Slavens, George Everett “The Missouri Negro Press, 1875-1920.”
Missouri Historical Review 64 (July 1970): 413-431.
- Snapp, Elizabeth “Government Patronage of the Press in St. Louis, Missouri: 1829-1932.”
Missouri Historical Review 74 (January 1980): 190-216.
- Sparlin, Estal E. “The Jefferson Inquirer.”
Missouri Historical Review 32 (January 1938): 156-163.
- Spencer, Elizabeth “The Holt County Sentinel – A Chronicle of Local History.”
Missouri Historical Review 18 (January 1924): 167-172.
- Stack, Joan, Introduction "'That's What a Real Editorial Cartoon Is': An Exploration of Cartooning and Political Culture with Jules Feiffer and Tom Engelhardt."
Missouri Historical Review 109 (April 2015): 158-178.
- Stepenoff, Bonnie “Child Slavers and St. Louis Newsboys, 1896-1948.”
Missouri Historical Review 104 (April 2010): 125-137.
- Stephens, E. W. “The Missouri Intelligencer.”
Missouri Historical Review 13 (July 1919): 361-371.
- Stephens, F. F. “Nathanial Patten, Pioneer Editor.”
Missouri Historical Review 9 (April 1915): 139-154.
- Stephens, William B. “Arius, the Libyan.”
Missouri Historical Review 16 (July 1922): 551-555.
- Stevens, Walter “The New Journalism in Missouri.”
Part I: Missouri Historical Review 17 (April 1923): 321-330.
Part II: Missouri Historical Review 17 (July 1923): 470-478.
Part III: Missouri Historical Review 18 (October 1923): 55-63.
Part IV: Missouri Historical Review 18 (January 1924): 197-211.
Part V: Missouri Historical Review 18 (April 1924): 404-414.
Part VI: Missouri Historical Review 18 (July 1924): 553-561.
Part VII: Missouri Historical Review 19 (October 1924): 105-113.
Part VIII: Missouri Historical Review 19 (January 1925): 353-337.
Part IX: Missouri Historical Review 19 (April 1925): 427-437.
Part X: Missouri Historical Review 19 (July 1925): 675-688.
- “The Tragedy of the St. Louis Republic.”
Missouri Historical Review 22 (January 1928): 139-149.
- Swindler, William F. “The Southern Press in Missouri, 1861-1864.”
Missouri Historical Review 35 (April 1941): 394-400.
- Tasher, Lucy Lucile “The Missouri Democrat and the Civil War.”
Missouri Historical Review 31 (July 1937): 402-419.
- Thomson, George F. “Missourians Abroad – Glenn Frank.”
Missouri Historical Review 16 (October 1921): 86-89.
- Upton, Lucile Morris “Writing Historical Articles for Local Newspapers.”
Missouri Historical Review 54 (January 1960): 143-147.
- Vaughan, William Edward “Bill Vaughn’s Missouri.”
Missouri Historical Review 58 (January 1964): 140-150.
- Vaughn, Alma “Pioneer Women of the Missouri Press.”
Missouri Historical Review 64 (April 1970): 289-305.
- White, Edgar “The First Soldier Paper.”
Missouri Historical Review 8 (July 1914): 223-226.
“The Development of Local History.”
Missouri Historical Review 21 (July 1927): 538-544.
“Old Newspaper Files of the State Historical Society.”
Missouri Historical Review 5 (October 1910): 34-42.
“Old Time News.”
Missouri Historical Review 7 (October 1912): 32-37.
“Origin of 'I’m From Missouri.'”
Missouri Historical Review 16 (April 1922): 422-427.
“With Pen or Crayon.”
Missouri Historical Review 98 (October 2003): 93.
Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The best term to search for sources about the history of media professionals is simply “media.” You can also search specific media personalities by name, title of broadcast program, newspaper, or other formal titles.
The Society’s collection of editorial cartoons was started in 1946 with an important donation of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Daniel F. Fitzpatrick. The collection continues to grow, with over 8,000 works from Bill Mauldin, Tom Engelhardt, and many others.
The Society’s Historic Missourians website contains biographies of a number of journalists, newspaper editors, and radio personalities.
- Lucile Bluford - Lucile Bluford was a well-respected editor and publisher of the Kansas City Call and a civil rights activist.
- Jack Buck - Jack Buck was one of Missouri’s sports broadcasting pioneers. As the main play-by-play announcer for KMOX radio, Buck was known as the “Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals” for nearly half a century.
- Harry Caray - Harry Caray was one of the most famous professional baseball announcers in the history of the sport. Although long associated with the Chicago Cubs, he first called St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on radio and television for more than twenty-five years.
- Joseph Charless -Joseph Charless was a printer who founded the St. Louis Gazette, the first newspaper published west of the Mississippi River.
- George Creel – George E. Creel was a journalist, politician, and author. He and his friend Arthur Grissom published their own paper, the Independent, launching it in 1899.
- Walter Cronkite – Walter Cronkite was one of the first broadcast journalists on American television. He is best remembered as the anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981.
- John Newman Edwards – John Newman Edwards was a pro-Confederate journalist who helped create the image of Jesse James as a heroic bandit.
- Martha Gellhorn - Martha Gellhorn was a journalist and writer who became a noted war correspondent.
- Mary Paxton Keeley - Mary Paxton Keeley was the first woman graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
- Mary Margaret McBride - Mary Margaret McBride was a writer and journalist who became one of the most popular radio broadcasters of the 1930s to the 1950s. She was known as “The First Lady of Radio.”
- Joseph Pulitzer - Joseph Pulitzer created a journalistic style that is still in use today. Mixing thought-provoking editorials and political news with crime and public-interest stories, Pulitzer made the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World profitable papers.
- Carl Schurz – Carl Schurz edited and co-owned the Westliche Post, a popular German-language newspaper in St. Louis, in 1867. From 1881 to 1884 he edited and eventually co-owned the Evening Post newspaper.
- Franz Sigel – Franz Sigel was a German-born Union general during the Civil War. After the war, Sigel published a German-language newspaper in Baltimore before going to New York City in 1867. In 1895 he published a newspaper, the New Yorker Deutches Volksblatt. He was the editor of the New York Monthly from 1897 until his retirement in 1900.
- Sara Lockwood Williams – Sara Lockwood Williams was a successful and influential journalist from Missouri. She was not only the first woman professor at a journalism school in the United States, but also the first woman reporter for the St. Joseph Gazette and one of the earliest female graduates from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
- Walter Williams – Walter Williams was one of the most influential journalists in American history. An accomplished newspaper editor, he is best known for founding the world’s first school of journalism at the University of Missouri.
- Harriett Woods – Harriett Woods was the first female lieutenant governor of Missouri, a Democratic politician, and an advocate for women’s rights. A trailblazer for women in state and national politics, Woods inspired a new generation of female politicians in America.
The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collection documents the roles of news and broadcast media professionals throughout the state. The mass media collection features founding records of public television stations and newspaper morgues, records of media and public relations organizations such as press associations, and papers of journalists, announcers, station managers, and photojournalists. Some examples of available collections include the personal and professional papers of Donald Dwight Davis, president of WHB radio and KMBC-TV; the papers of Robert Hyland, general manager for KMOX radio and CBS senior regional vice president; and the Missouri Broadcasters Association Radio Archives Collection, part of a pilot program for the Library of Congress’ Radio Preservation Task Force.
The State Historical Society of Missouri newspaper collection spans over 200 years, from 1808 to present day. The collection is available in 1,270 bound volumes and on over 56,000 reels of microfilm. A dynamic collection, some three hundred current newspapers, from every Missouri county, are added to the collection each week.
Missouri Newspapers Oral History Project
Interviews with Missouri newspaper people regarding the history and evolution of newspapers in Missouri. A selection of interviews are available online.