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The Missouri State Archives, created in 1965, is the official repository for all state records of permanent value. The Archives identifies, collects, preserves, and makes available the permanent and historically valuable records of Missouri's state and local governments. With documents dating from 1770, the archives are an outstanding facility for genealogical and historical research.
Located in the James Kirkpatrick Building, two blocks west of the Capitol.
Explore the region's history by viewing our exhibit galleries, attending programs, or researching your family history. This state-of-the-art facility houses more than 60 million pages of historical records dating to 1815. We have 10 public-access computers for research.
The facility has holdings of value for genealogy research, among them:
With four branches, the historic St. Joseph Public Library provides convenient locations throughout St. Joseph. The Downtown Library, 927 Felix St., offers an extensive genealogy and local history collection. Along with books, audiobooks, music and movies to check out, we also offer newspapers, magazines, internet computers and wireless access.
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