Guide to Recreation and Sports in Missouri

Resources for Recreation and Sports History Research

The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collections contain papers and records of individuals and organizations involved in or promoting professional and amateur sports, as well as other leisure activities. As people acquired more leisure time through advancements in technology, both amateur and professional sports began to take off in popularity. Missourians also sought entertainment through amusements like the circus and movie theaters, as well as outdoor recreational activities such as camping or hunting. Examples of these collections include the Missouri Park and Recreation Association Records, an organization whose members sought to promote the general welfare of the people through a recreational program, and the Kansas City Monarchs Oral History Collection, a collection including interviews and correspondence of individuals associated with the Negro National League team.