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 the first Saturday of the month.

Appointments are required for all research center patrons. Please use the form below to identify your research needs or to request an appointment. All visiting patrons will be required to wear masks.

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.

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.


At this time, appointments are required for on-site research at all research centers. Appointments must be made at least 2 business days in advance. To make an appointment, please use the form below or call the research center you plan to visit.

  • Limited number of appointment slots are available. Appointments are made on a first come first served basis.
  • Appointments may not be extended without a prior arrangement.
  • Please notify research center staff if you are unable to keep your appointment so we may accommodate another researcher.

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