Supporting the study of Missouri and the Midwest, the Research Center–St. Louis, located on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, focuses on preserving the diverse history of the city and its surrounding area within a statewide context.
The Center's rich holdings trace the evolution of greater St. Louis through unique collections that document important groups ranging from labor organizations to environmental activists. Other primary sources offer a window into minority groups and the many diverse communities that make up the growing metropolis.
Noteworthy resources include:
- A dynamic collection of photographs, including a visual history of the construction of the Gateway Arch.
- Early records preserving the experience of African Americans in the region and the rise of the LGBT community.
- Extensive video, film, and audio archives.
- Personal papers of local figures such as activist Kay Drey (S0241) and Marlin Perkins (S0516), former director of the St. Louis Zoo and a national television personality.
- Insight into the local women's movement through numerous collections such as the St. Louis Metropolitan League of Women Voters Records (S0234).
Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that requested materials are available at the time of your visit. Make an appointment using the research request form.
|Tuesday||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
Holiday closures are subject to change.
Martin Luther King's Birthday: January 14-16, 2023
Memorial Day Weekend: May 27-29, 2023
Juneteenth: June 17-19, 2023
Independence Day: July 4, 2023
Labor Day: September 2-4, 2023
Thanksgiving: Noon November 22-26, 2023
Christmas December 23, 2023 - January 1, 2024
Researching at the Center
Visiting a Research Center
Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure that requested materials are available at the time of your visit. Please use our research request form to identify your research needs and the date and time of your visit.
Collections stored at one research center can be viewed at any of the other research centers. Staff will make arrangements to have collection materials available prior to your appointment date. Please note that transfers between research centers can take between one and three weeks and this may affect the scheduling of your appointment.