Guide to Frontier and Pioneer Life in Missouri

Resources for Frontier and Pioneer Life in Missouri Research

The collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri include many personal accounts of pioneers who settled the state. Manuscript collections such as the William James Anderson, Jr. Papers and the George William Burke Papers include diaries and letters describing life in Missouri during the early 1800s and relating the experiences of pioneers traveling on the frontier. The Society’s large microfilm collection of newspapers from the nineteenth century document Missouri’s transformation from a frontier territory to a mature state with established cities and towns, thriving industry, distinctive culture, and wide-ranging educational opportunities. In addition to newspapers and manuscript collections, the State Historical Society of Missouri’s art collection contains various works depicting frontier life and western expansion, perhaps most notably by master Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham.