Collections & Research

Research Services

As of July 15, 2018, the State Historical Society of Missouri will offer two types of research assistance: a quick search and an extended research.

Please submit your request using the Research Request form. Staff will evaluate the extent of your request and assess an applicable fee.

SHSMO members receive special rates on research services. Not a member and wish to help preserve Missouri's history and culture? Join today!

Researchers at SHSMO

Quick Search

For this research service, SHSMO staff will spend up to 30 minutes searching for specific reference questions that can be answered from all Society collections.

Includes up to 10 photocopies

Exact Citations

To request articles from the Society's Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers, 1819-1886, copy and paste the citation information into the Research Request form. Please limit your request to ten citations.

Fee for articles from the Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers

Some Missouri newspapers are available online, free of charge. Available newspapers may be accessed through the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.

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Manuscript researcher

Extended Research Request

For this research service, SHSMO staff will conduct up to 2 hours of research for one individual name or one topic (local event, building history, business history, etc.) across all Society collections.

Per each hour of research, up to two hours
Includes up to 20 photocopies

Additional copies are $.25 per page. Patrons will be informed of additional photocopy costs upon completion of the order.

For requests that require more research than the staff can provide, patrons may be referred to a private researcher.

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Microfilm reader

Interlibrary Loan

The State Historical Society of Missouri's collection is non-circulating; however, an interlibrary loan (ILL) service makes microfilm available to patrons who cannot visit one of SHSMO's research centers (Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, or Springfield). SHSMO's circulating microfilm collections include:

1-2 reels, two weeks use

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Manuscript collections

Exchange of Materials Between Research Centers

Materials may be transferred to the Research Center of your choice from other SHSMO locations via our courier service. There is no charge for this service.

Please request records at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.

Submit a Research Request