- Bratton, Sam T. "Inefficiency of Water Transportation in Missouri—A Geographical Factor in the Development of Railroads."
Missouri Historical Review 14 (October 1919): 82-88.
- Clevenger, Homer "The Building of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad."
Missouri Historical Review 36 (October 1941): 32-47.
"Railroads in Missouri Politics 1875-1887."
Missouri Historical Review 43 (April 1949): 220-236.
- Cotterill, R. S. "The National Railroad Convention in St. Louis, 1849."
Missouri Historical Review 12 (July 1918): 203-215.
- Dalton, John Hall, Jr. "Dunklin County, Charles P. Chouteau, and the Courtship of the Iron Horse."
Missouri Historical Review 82 (October 1987): 71-96.
- Fitzsimmons, Margaret Louise "Missouri Railroads during the Civil War and Reconstruction."
Missouri Historical Review 35 (January 1941): 188-206.
- Grant, H. Roger "The Excelsior Springs Route: Life and Death of a Missouri Interurban."
Missouri Historical Review 65 (October 1970): 37-50.
"The Ozark Short Line Railroad: A Failed Dream."
Missouri Historical Review 100 (July 2006): 197-211.
- Haswell, A. M. "The Building of a City--Springfield."
Missouri Historical Review 19 (April 1925): 397-403.
- Miner, Craig "The Colonization of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway Company, 1880-1882: A Study of Corporate Diplomacy."
Missouri Historical Review 63 (April 1969): 345-363.
- Oster, Donald B. "The Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, Government and Town Founding, 1846-1861."
Missouri Historical Review 87 (July 1993): 403-421.
- Rhodes, Joel P. "The Father of Southeast Missouri: Louis Houck and the Coming of the Railroad."
Missouri Historical Review 100 (January 2006): 72-86.
- Riegel, R. E. "The Missouri Pacific, 1879-1900."
Missouri Historical Review 18 (January 1924): 173-196.
"The Missouri Pacific Railroad to 1879."
Missouri Historical Review 18 (October 1923): 3-26.
"The Southwestern Pool."
Missouri Historical Review 19 (October 1924): 12-24.
- Schnell, J. Christopher "Chicago Versus St. Louis: A Reassessment of the Great Rivalry."
Missouri Historical Review 71 (April 1977): 245-265.
- Shortridge, James R. "Edward Miller’s Town: The Reconceptualization of Pleasant Hill by the Pacific Railroad of Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 101 (July 2007): 205-225.
- Smith, Robert E. "Nothing Seemed Impossible: Frank N. Moore and the Mineral Cities Railway."
Missouri Historical Review 80 (July 1986): 395-421.
- Violette, E. M. "The Missouri and Mississippi Railroad Debt."
First Article: Missouri Historical Review 15 (April 1921): 487-518.
Second Article: Missouri Historical Review 15 (July 1921): 617-647.
Third Article: Missouri Historical Review 16 (October 1921): 90-118.
- White, Edward J. "A Century of Transportation in Missouri."
Missouri Historical Review 15 (October 1920): 126-162.
- Zobrist, Benedict K. "Steamboat Men versus Railroad Men: The First Bridging of the Mississippi River."
Missouri Historical Review 59 (January 1965): 159-172.
Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The State Historical Society holds numerous books and periodicals on the history of the railroad industry in Missouri and throughout North America, as well as a number of maps. A keyword search can be done for general information using “Railroads” or “Railroad maps.” For a more specific search on Missouri, you can use the Library of Congress subject term “Railroads -- Missouri.”
The State Historical Society of Missouri’s collection of editorial cartoons began in 1946 with an important donation of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The collection has now grown to more than 8,000 works and includes many other well-known cartoonists such as Bill Mauldin and Tom Engelhardt. The works graphically and often poignantly reflect attitudes and opinions on contemporary local, national, and international events.
Most of the cartoons in the Society's collection that touch upon the railroad business were drawn by Fitzpatrick, although there are some by Engelhardt and Mauldin as well.
The State Historical Society of Missouri’s manuscript collections include numerous materials related to railroads. As railroads moved into Missouri in the 1850s, they gradually began to replace the steamboat as the main means of transporting goods and people. The Society’s collections document this transition and the growth of the railroad industry in the state through business records, timetables, maps, photographs, reports, and pamphlets. Some examples include the Henry R. Marnett Railroad Collection, photographic materials depicting trains and railroads across Missouri; the Thomas M. Binger Collection, timetables, publications, and newsletters of Missouri railroad enthusiast organizations; and the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Records, corporate minutes and financial account books of the company.
A selection of photographs depicting trains, depots, and railroad bridges can be found throughout the Society’s photograph collections. Also online is a collection of photographs that document the construction of Union Station in Kansas City.
Saint Louis Photo Database
Some photographs are cataloged separately as part of the Saint Louis photo database. Photographs related to railroads and railways can be found here by searching under the term "railroad."
The Society’s vertical files are part of the Reference Collection and contain magazine and newspaper clippings, handwritten information donated by patrons, bibliographies, programs, brochures, flyers, and other materials that, by reason of their physical formats, cannot be placed on the shelves with books. SHSMO's Columbia Research Center has a number of vertical files pertaining to Missouri railroads, such as “Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad Company,” “Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad,” and “Railroads - Missouri - Saint Louis (City).”