The State Historical Society of Missouri is governed by a Board of Trustees whose Executive Committee has directed that each of the SHSMO research centers shall remain closed to patrons and staff so long as the campuses on which they are located are closed.
Beginning June 1, 2020, staff will resume fulfilling research requests. If you have a question or a research request, please submit those using the online Research Request form below.
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.