Research Request

Notice

In response to the declaration of emergency made by the Governor of the State of Missouri and the President of the United States, and to aid in the efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the State Historical Society will temporarily close all its Research Centers.

The Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia and Research Centers in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield are closed from March 17 through April 24. Due to the fluid nature of this emergency, the closure may extend beyond April 24. For updates, please monitor the announcements this website.

During this time, if you have a question or a research request, please submit those using the online Research Request form below. Telephones in the Research Centers will not be answered during the closure. Please be prepared that it may take significantly longer to receive a response to your inquiry.


The State Historical Society of Missouri offers research assistance. To learn more about the types of research assistance offered by SHSMO, including fees for services, please see the Research Services page.

Before arriving, visitors should contact research center staff to verify that the collection material they would like to view is available, as materials may be restricted, in storage, or located at another research center. Collections stored at one research center can be viewed at any of the other research centers. Please note that transfers between research centers can take between one and three weeks. Please contact the Cape Girardeau and Springfield Research Centers directly for information regarding the next available bi-monthly collection material delivery.

Materials from the manuscript, photograph, audio\visual, and map collections may not be available on Saturdays unless previous arrangements have been made to place them on reserve. This is due to limited staffing and access to restricted areas on the weekends. Saturday hours apply to the Columbia research center only.