Extended Research Request


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. 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.

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.

  • Please submit one name or topic at a time.
  • Submit an additional request once the previous request has been completed.
  • Genealogical requests should contain:
    • The full name of the individual whose record is requested.
    • County or city associated with the individual.
    • Exact date of the event if known. For all other requests, please indicate as narrow a time period as possible.
  • Historical research requests must contain a specific question. e.g., "My great-grandfather John Smith was living in Wright County in 1870. Can you tell me his siblings and parents?" Please avoid questions such as: "I would like any and all information you have on John Smith in Wright County."
  • Research Center staff will review the request.
  • Requests are processed in the order they are received.

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

  • $20 for SHSMO members
  • $30 for Missouri residents
  • $50 for non-Missouri residents

Additional copies are $0.25 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.

Submit a Research Request