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The State Historical Society of Missouri Center for Missouri Studies

The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history. Founded in May 1898, SHSMO collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and supports learning opportunities in the study of Missouri and the Midwest.

The Center for Missouri Studies is the administrative headquarters of SHSMO providing access to a large library and manuscript collections and an art collection of the nation's best collection of Missouri regional and westward expansion art.

SHSMO boasts the nation's best collection of Missouri regional and westward expansion art, including Thomas Hart Benton's Year of Peril series, Fred Geary's regionalist woodcuts, and one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham. Also found in the collection are works by John James Audubon, Karl Bodmer, Frank Nuderscher, Fred Shane, and many other Missouri artists.

SHSMO's extensive editorial cartoon collection includes original drawings by Daniel Fitzpatrick, S. J. Ray, Bill Mauldin, Don Hesse, Tom Engelhardt, and others.

The State Historical Society of Missouri manuscript collection consists of personal papers, photographs, oral histories, correspondence, diaries and journals, and audiovisual material, as well as the records of churches, organizations, and businesses. These materials provide researchers an insight into the lives of Missourians and the development of organizations and businesses throughout Missouri.

Beginning with the July 26, 1808, issue of the St. Louis Missouri Gazette, SHSMO's Newspaper Collection offers researchers a wealth of information about the day-to-day lives of Missourians and the political, cultural, economic, and religious events that have influenced them. Available in 1,270 bound volumes and on over 56 million pages of microfilm, these Missouri newspapers document events and public opinion from the state's rural environs to its largest metropolitan areas. A dynamic collection, some three hundred current newspapers, from every Missouri county, are added to the collection each week.


Tuesday   08:00AM — 05:00PM
Wednesday   08:00AM — 05:00PM
Thursday   08:00AM — 05:00PM
Friday   08:00AM — 05:00PM
Saturday   08:00AM — 03:00PM
605 Elm St.
Columbia, MO 65201

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Open Year-round
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Wi-Fi Available
ADA Fully Compliant
No Smoking
All Ages
Backpacking Trail
Biking / Walking Trails
Service Animals Welcome
Free Admission
Donations Accepted
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American Express Card
Reservations Not Required
Advance Contact Requested

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