Social Sciences and Humanities Research Guide

The history of social sciences and humanities in Missouri includes the history of research and education in many academic fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, English, and more. Social studies education in Missouri’s K-12 schools is included, as well as organizations promoting the study of humanities fields. As such, the history of these fields is intricately entwined with the history of education in Missouri in general.

Articles in the Missouri Historical Review

Catalog

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 books – both modern and historical – on social science and humanities education in Missouri, public history and historical institutions, and other aspects of the study of social sciences and humanities. Some materials can be found by searching the subject term "social sciences". In most cases, it is most effective to search on the specific field of study you are researching such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, English, and more.

Historic Missourian Biographies

Social sciences and the humanities have many branches. The State Historical Society of Missouri's Historic Missourians website has entire categories dedicated to leaders and activistspoliticians, and scientists featuring 50 biographies complete with rich images, artifacts, and primary sources.

Manuscripts

The State Historical Society of Missouri's manuscript collections contain papers of individual practitioners in the social sciences and humanities fields; records of related organizations; and research data. Social sciences and humanities in Missouri include research and education in many academic fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, English, and history, as well as organizations promoting the study of these fields. Examples of these collections include the New Santa Fe Historical Society Records, organizational records and research materials concerning south Kansas City, and the Central Slavic Council Records, materials from a regional association focused on Soviet and Eastern European studies.

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Vertical Files

The vertical files 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 vertical files for several University of Missouri departments in specific fields in the social sciences and humanities, as well as information on individuals and organizations associated with fields in the social sciences and humanities.