The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri State University are partners in making SHSMO manuscript, book, and microfilm collections available for use in Springfield.
The Springfield Center collections focus on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozarks. A growing number of resources document the area's unique heritage through family papers, photographs, postcards, and organizational records such as the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Council Papers (SP009).
The musical history of the area is preserved in the Songs from an Ozarks Childhood music manuscript collection (SP003), which ensures the lyrics of Ozarks folk songs as well as the melodies are handed down to future generations. The collection includes a recording of Sybil Irene Jobe performing many of the songs.
Noteworthy resources cover topics including:
- The Ozarks
- Missourians in the American Civil War
- Route 66
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||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
Holiday closures are subject to change.
Christmas December 24, 2022 – January 2, 2023
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.