Professional organizations are groups dedicated to the promotion of various professions. These organizations allowed members a vehicle for networking opportunities and social interaction while simultaneously advocating for the professional advancement of those engaging in the profession. Many professional organizations were politically active, lobbying for legislation that would be beneficial to members as a whole.
One of the most well-documented and politically active organizations in the state of Missouri was the Missouri Farmer’s Association (MFA). Founded by William Hirth, MFA was part of the growing farmers' cooperative movement, in which farmers formed clubs to conduct their business. By working together, farmers were able to buy goods at lower bulk prices and sell their products more profitably. The first Farm Club formed in Chariton County in 1914. By July 1916 there were 500 clubs across the state.
In 1917, Fred V. Heinkel attended a lecture by William Hirth. Heinkel was impressed with Hirth's argument in favor of farm clubs and cooperatives, and he quickly joined his local club. Heinkel became secretary-treasurer of his farm club and was elected president of the Franklin County Farmers Association, his local MFA cooperative. As the leader of the Franklin County cooperative, Heinkel developed a close relationship with Hirth, advising him on issues of agricultural politics. In 1936 he was elected vice president of MFA, and when Hirth died in 1940, Heinkel became MFA president. He was reelected to that position every year until 1979. During Heinkel's presidency, MFA grew to become a large and successful business involved in all aspects of agriculture. Heinkel oversaw the expansion of the cooperative and led it through several reorganizations. Between 1940 and 1979, MFA's membership grew from approximately 32,000 to over 175,000 and soon MFA became one of the most successful farmers' cooperatives in the United States. In 2014 the cooperative celebrated its one hundredth birthday and remains an active professional organization.
Articles from Missouri Historical Review and Missouri Times
- Bailey, Elizabeth "Lest We Forget: The Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation."
Missouri Historical Review 86 (April 1992): 295-301.
- Brashear, Minnie M. "The Anti-Horse Thief Association of Northeast Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 45 (July 1951): 341-348.
- Caldwell, Dorothy J. "A Look at the Missouri State Teachers Association, 1856-1956."
Missouri Historical Review 51 (October 1956): 31-41.
- Clevenger, Homer "The Farmers’ Alliance in Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 39 (October 1944): 24-44.
- Ehrlich, George "Birth Pangs of a Teachers Union: The St. Louis Story."
Missouri Historical Review 79 (October 1984): 24-42.
Missouri Historical Review 79 (January 1985): 209-228.
"Partnership Practice and the Professionalization of Architecture in Kansas City, Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 74 (July 1980): 458-480.
- Loeb, Isidor "The Development of Missouri's State Administrative Organization."
Missouri Historical Review 23 (October 1928): 49-60.
- McIntyre, Stephen L. "The City Belongs to the Local Unions: The Rise of the Springfield Labor Movement, 1871-1912."
Missouri Historical Review 98 (October 2003): 24-46.
- Saloutos, Theodore "William Hirth and the Missouri Farmers’ Association."
Missouri Historical Review 44 (October 1949): 1-20.
- Samson, F. A. "Bibliography of the Missouri Press Association."
Missouri Historical Review 9 (April 1915): 155-176.
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 works graphically and often poignantly reflect the attitudes and opinions of the artists and the citizens of Missouri from the early days of the twentieth century through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and later events that saw the United States develop into a world leader.
Subject terms to use when searching the Editorial Cartoon Digital Collection are: "association" or "profession."
The State Historical Society of Missouri's manuscript collections contain records of organizations devoted to promoting the interests of various professions. These organizations provide networking opportunities and social interaction while simultaneously advocating for the advancement of those engaging in the profession. Many professional organizations are politically active, lobbying for legislation that would be beneficial to their own members. Some examples of collections available through the State Historical Society of Missouri include records of the American Institute of Architects, Kansas City Chapter and the Fred V. Heinkel Papers, which contain materials documenting the political and business activities of the Missouri Farmers Association.
The newspapers found in this list represent papers promoting the interests of various professions. Included here are papers that advocated for certain professional populations such as farmers or miners.
For a list of newspapers on microfilm at The State Historical Society of Missouri, visit the newspaper catalog.
|County||City||Title||Also Available On||Date Range|
|Adair||Kirksville||Adair County Farmer||Microfilm||September 19, 1891-March 10, 1894|
|Andrew||Savannah||Patron of Husbandry||Microfilm||February 17, 1876|
|Boone||County||Missouri Farm Bureau News||Microfilm||November 4, 1921-March 24, 1922|
|Buchanan||Faucett||Buchanan County Farmer||Microfilm||July 25, 1985-March 22, 1990|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Buchanan County Farmer||Microfilm||January 5, 1963-December 30, 1966; January 5, 1978-July 18, 1985|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Buchanan County Farmer and Grower Gazette||Microfilm||January 6, 1967-January 6, 1977|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Journal of Livestock and Agriculture||Microfilm||July 24, 1969-June 7, 1978; January 3, 1963-January 6, 1966; June 14, 1978-July 3, 1986|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||St. Joseph Stock Yards Journal||Microfilm||January 19, 1950-November 11, 1954|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Stock Yards Daily Journal||Microfilm||December 29, 1904-February 21, 1906|
|Buchanan||St. Joseph||Stock Yard Journal||Microfilm||January 4, 1940-December 22, 1949|
|Caldwell||Hamilton||Farmers' Advocate||Microfilm||April 5, 1893-December 20, 1906|
|Caldwell||Hamilton||Hamilton Farmers' Advocate||Microfilm||April 26, 1890-February 27, 1919|
|Carroll||Dewitt||Carroll Farmer's Herald||Microfilm||July 26, 1901-October 25, 1934|
|Cole County||Jefferson City||Missouri Farm Bureau News||Microfilm||March 31, 1922-Mary 15, 1957|
|Cole||Jefferson City||Missouri Trades Unionist||Microfilm||June 1, 1924-September 30, 1946|
|Madison||Fredericktown||Farmer and Miner||Microfilm||March 18, 1876|
|Newton||Granby||Granby Miner||Microfilm||October 4, 1973-September 16, 1876; February 21, 1913-February 27, 1914|
|Newton||Granby||Granby Miner-Missourian||Microfilm||April 14, 1916-December 31, 1920|
|Newton||Neosho||Daily Miner and Mechanic||Microfilm||September 23, 1879-March 25, 1880; October 25, 1879-January 6, 1961|
|Newton||Neosho||Neosho Miner-Mechanic||Microfilm||September 23, 1966-December 31, 1971|
|Perry||Perryville||Mid America Farmer Grower||Microfilm||July 21, 1988-December 26, 2014|
|Perry||Perryville||Mid America Farmer||Microfilm||June 4, 1987-July 14, 1988|
|Perry||Perryville||Mid America Regional Farmer||Microfilm||April 9, 1987-May 28, 1987|
|Perry||Perryville||Regional Farmer||Microfilm||August 4, 1982-April 1, 1987|
|St. Louis||St. Louis||Gas House Worker||Microfilm||April 6, 1935-June 19, 1935|
|St. Louis||St. Louis||Journal of Agriculture and Farmer||Microfilm||September 7, 1876-December 9, 1886|
|St. Louis||St. Louis||St. Louis Merchant's Journal||Microfilm||July 25, 1901-June 5, 1902|
|St. Louis||St. Louis||St. Louis Midland Farmer||Microfilm|
|St. Louis||St. Louis||St. Louis Mining News||Microfilm||May 7, 1887|
|Scotland||Memphis||Farmer's Union||Microfilm||February 5, 1891-January 24, 1895|
|Shelby||Clarence||Farmer's Favorite||Microfilm||May 19, 1899-November 1, 1901|
|Taney||Forsyth||Pioneer Farmer||Microfilm||June 2, 1876|
|Washington||Potosi||Miner's Prospect||Microfilm||September 20, 1849|
These digitized photographs show a small selection of individuals and events associated with professional organizations such as the Missouri Farmers Association, the Poultry Association, the American Banking Association and other professional organizations.
Subject terms to use when searching the Photographs Digital Collection are: "association" or "conference." For a broader search, try "business" or "meeting."
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