Quick Search Service


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 SHSMO research centers in Cape Girardeau, Kansas City, Rolla, Saint Louis, and Springfield are closed until further notice. 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 spend up to 30 minutes searching for specific reference questions that can be answered from all Society collections.

  • Newspaper requests that extend beyond thirty minutes will be charged the extended research request fee.
  • Newspaper items will be checked that have a particular date associated with them, such as deaths, births, marriages, local events, natural disasters, etc., found in newspapers from Missouri held in the Society's Newspaper Collection.
    • Accurate name, location and date of event are required.
    • Only one name may be submitted at a time.
    • Additional requests may be submitted once the previous request has been completed.
    • Requests that do not contain all the required information cannot be processed.
    • Before submitting a newspaper search request, patrons should consult the newspaper catalog, and verify that a newspaper exists for the time and place in question.

Includes up to 10 photocopies

  • $10 for SHSMO members
  • $20 for Missouri residents
  • $30 for non-Missouri residents

Submit a Research Request