Missouri Politicians Research Guide

Articles from Missouri Historical Review and Missouri Times


Many of the State Historical Society of Missouri’s holdings are included in the SHSMO online catalog. Numerous titles can be found by typing the keywords “politics,” “politician,” and “Missouri” into the catalog search bar. Other search terms include “governor,” “representative,” “senator,” or any Missouri politician’s name. The State Historical Society of Missouri has a large collection of government documents and privately published works.

Digital Collections

Digitized records of Missouri government at all levels (town, county, city, state, federal) and official records of government officers are available online. Digital collections may also include papers and records of politicians, political parties and organizations, political movements, and campaigns at the local, state, and national levels.

View the Missouri Government Digital Collection

Editorial Cartoons

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.

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Historic Missourian Biographies

The State Historical Society’s Historic Missourians website has an entire category devoted to politicians in Missouri.

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The State Historical Society of Missouri collections contain separate manuscript pages with records and papers of Missouri governors and US senators and representatives from Missouri. The collections include the papers of Lloyd Crow Stark, governor from 1937 to 1941; Albert L. Reeves Jr., a congressman from Missouri’s Fifth District; and W. Stuart Symington, a US senator from 1953 to 1976.

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