Research Request

The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Centers have public hours Tuesday through Friday. The Columbia Research Center also has public hours on Saturday.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that requested materials are available at the time of your visit. Please use the form, below, to identify your research needs or to request an appointment.

The State Historical Society of Missouri also 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.

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.


Appointments are strongly encouraged for on-site research at all research centers. Appointments should be made at least two business days in advance. To make an appointment, please use the form below or call the research center you plan to visit.

  • Appointments are made on a first come first served basis.
  • Please notify research center staff if you need to extend your appointment time.
  • Please notify research center staff if you are unable to keep your appointment.

Do not visit if you feel ill or have symptoms of a respiratory illness.