State Historical Society of Missouri

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State Historical Society of Missouri
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Contact Information



State Historical Society of Missouri
University of Missouri Ellis Library
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-7298
With additional centers at Cape Gerardeau, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield.

Telephone:[1]  573-882-1187
Fax:  573-884-4950

Hours and holidays:[1] Tuesday-Friday 8:00-4:45 ;  Saturday 8:00-3:30 ;  Missouri holidays

Map, parking, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

Good genealogy collection with historic Missouri manuscripts and reference books[2], collection of 460,000 books, 500,000 manuscripts, 150,000 archival records, 2,900 maps, databases, art, census, digital collections, newspapers, oral history, and photographs.[3] This Society has research centers at Cape Gerardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield.


  • Genealogy Guides introduction, getting started, adoptions, African American, birth and death, census, land, marriage, military, and Native American.
  • Research Guides and Resources art, census, digital collections, ILL, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, oral history, photos, reference, research requests, rights and reproductions.


Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Historical Society of Missouri, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Missouri History Museum Library, St. Louis, has regional history sources, St. Louis, Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri Valleys, the Louisiana Purchase, American West: indexes, guides, catalogs, photos, genealogy workshops. Many records of Missouri settlers from Illinois.[2]
  • St. Louis County Library, a Missouri collection including the National Genealogical Society, and St. Louis Genealogical Society collections, online databases, federal censuses, births, deaths, cemeteries, church records, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, wills, African American records, yearbooks, and access to LDS microfilms.[5]

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Columbia in The State Historical Society of Missouri (accessed 26 February 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Collections and Research in State Historical Society of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  4. About the Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 5 May 2010).
  5. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 229. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  7. Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 393. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  8. Eichholz, 383 and 393.
  9. Introduction to LDS Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  12. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  14. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  15. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.