Research Resources

Resources for Missouri Research

These resources will connect researchers with additional resources to begin investigating Missouri cultural, political, and genealogical history.

Historic Missourians Historic Missourians
This biography resource for students creates a virtual research experience of primary source material. The name has also changed, from Famous Missourians, to reflect a focus on historically significant individuals rather than celebrities.
The Missouri Digital Newspaper Project Missouri Digital Newspaper Project
The Missouri Digital Newspaper Project is a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers published in Missouri from the eighteen hundreds through the early 1920s.
Research Guides
Organized by topic, these guides will help you find resources focused on a specific subject. In addition to helping you investigate a topic with links to newspapers, photographs, letters, diaries, publications, oral histories, and other reference resources, each guide includes a brief history of the subject and its ties to the Show-Me State.
Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm
Catalog lists by county of newspapers on microfilm. Microfilm reels can be viewed at all SHSMO research centers upon request and are also available through Interlibrary Loan.
Online Catalog Online Catalog
Information about SHSMO's reference and newspaper holdings is available through the online catalog.
Missouri Soicety Directory Directory of Local Historical Societies, Museums, and Genealogical Societies in Missouri
There are many historical and genealogical societies throughout the state that work to document the history of a particular town or region. Often the resources held by local and regional institutions are not available anywhere else making these institutions a valuable source for research. The Directory of Local Historical Societies, Museums, and Genealogical Societies in Missouri provides researchers the opportunity to locate or search the online resources of these institutions.
Missouri Place Names Missouri Place Names
The Place Names File compiled Professor Robert L. Ramsay during the first half of the twentieth century. The place name file includes all 114 Missouri Counties, and Kansas City.
Midwest Disc Sports Collection Midwest Disc Sports Collection
Since 1997 the Midwest Disc Sports Collection has preserved and made available primary resources documenting the history of the flying disc (Frisbee) and development of disc sports.