Sunday, August 22, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Missouri

This is the 26th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Missouri Digital Heritage - - if this one site was the only link in this post, it would be treasure enough! They don't call Missouri the "Show Me" state for nothing, and here's what Missouri has got to show you: birth, marriage, death, church and cemetery records and family papers; maps; newspapers; military records and resources; postcards, photographs; county and municipal records; Native American, African American, immigrant groups; agriculture; transportation; city directories; books and diaries; government and political records, and much, much more!

Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center - - genealogy name, place, and address index; digital collections include Photographs and Prints; Library; Maps; Manuscripts and Archives; Richard A. Gephart Collection; Richard A. Gephart Video Collection; MHM Press Publications; Museum Collections; and the Civil War

State Historical Society of Missouri - - archived issues of Missouri Historical Review, Civil War in Missouri collection (letters, diaries, newspaper articles), Civil War Books, One-Room Schoolhouse and other oral history projects, newspaper index, Famous Missourians, Messages and Proclamations of Missouri Governors


Missouri State University Digital Collections - - highlights include two Frisco collections of railroad ephemera and images, several African-American collections, the Copenhaver Collection (milling industry in Springfield), Greene County Aerial Photography, and a War Memorial Album (photographs and biographies of 93 students and alumni who lost their lives in World Wars I and II and the Korean Conflict).

Saint Louis University Libraries Digital Collections and Exhibits - - St. Louis Civil War Digitization Project, WEW Radio Collection (first radio station west of the Mississippi River), Spiritual Journeys (early Jesuitica exhibit), and the Ravenna Mosaics Company

Southeast Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives - - Online Exhibits include Women's Literary and Social Clubs of Cape Girardeau and Woman Authors of Southeast Missouri. It appears they will eventually have digital collections at this site as well.

Truman State University - Pickler Memorial Library - Special Collections and Archives - - University Archives contain finding aids and indexes, biographies, history and tradtions, alumni and student rosters, and veterans memorials. Electronic Collections contain the Chariton Collector, "a semi-annual journal of northeast Missouri history and folklore published by the Local History Classes of Kirksville High School in the 1980s."

University of Missouri Archives - Digital Collections - - yearbooks; university-related magazines; histories of various U of M departments, schools, and colleges; lists of graduate school degrees conferred; plat books; Sanborn Fire Insurance maps; and more. These collections can also be accessed through the University of Missouri Special Collections portal here:

University of Missouri Digital Library - - includes 20 text collections and 23 image collections from 15 libraries around the state; of note are Civil War collections, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, yearbooks, postcards, photographs, platbooks, sheet music, and historic newspapers

University of Missouri Kansas City - LaBudde Special Collections - Digital Projects - - images documenting railroads, jazz and other musicians, political personalities, Native Americans, and Victorian studio portraits; also  presidential speeches, sheet music, radio, diaries, Civil War and other letters, newspapers, maps

Washington University Libraries Department of Special Collections - Digital Exhibitions and Images - - highlights include photography collections, 17th Century cartographic printing from the Netherlands, Women Artists, a ribbons map of the Mississippi River from 1866, and various medieval collections of art and literature

Washington University Libraries Department of Special Collections - Film and Media Archive - Digital Resources - - Eyes on the Prize interviews: "a 14-part series which was originally released in two parts in 1985 and 1988. This series, which debuted on PBS stations, is considered to be the definitive documentary on the Civil Rights Movement." Highlight includes an interview with Rosa Parks.

William Jewell College Digitization Projects - - memoirs of the college's first female graduate (1920), cookbook, yearbooks, alumni magazines, histories of the college


Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City - - the photo collections are categorized as so: 18th and Vine, Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Education, Children, Events, Franklin Collection, Military, Places, Politics and Government, Religion, Sports, and Women

Cape Girardeau County Archive Center - Cape Girardeau County Archive Center - - lists of county cemeteries (but no transcriptions); lists of military personal from the county; 1803 census; helpful links

Carnegie Public Library - Genealogy - - cemetery transcriptions, Gentry County images (links to their Flickr account), 1877 Gentry County Atlas, Gentry County Funeral Cards

Cass County Historical Society - - obituaries, veterans

City of St. Louis - Gatewood Gardens Cemetery Database -

Concordia Historical Institute - Archives and Manuscripts Collections Searchable Database - - " of the world's largest repositories of information on Lutheranism in North America. With over 1,400 individual collections and more than 2.6 million documents, the archives and manuscript holdings document American Lutheran history from the 19th century 'Old Lutheran' immigration movements to the present."

Greene County Archives - Index to Coroner's Record Books, 1875-1972 -

Greene County Recorder Marriage Record Search -

Harry S. Truman Library and Museum - - photo database, sound recordings, finding aids for papers, oral histories, Truman's 1947 diary, Truman genealogy, Truman's calendar, cartoon collection, trivia, and much more

Jackson County Marriage Records Search -

Jackson County Probate Records Search -

Jefferson County Library - Genealogy - - newspaper index, browsable or searchable

Kansas City Public Library - Missouri Valley Special Collections Digital Gallery - - collections include Advertising Cards, Aerial Views, Askren Photograph collection (buildings, parks, streets, events, etc.), Assorted Images (ecletic collection of people and places), Autochromes, Biographies, Building Profiles, Business Buildings, Churches, Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra, Education, Eldridge Slides of Kansas City, Family Collections, Guadalupe Center Photographs (settlement house for Mexican immigrants), Guerrillas and Outlaws, Hargrave Photo Collection (accident sites), Journal-Post Photographs, Landmarks Commission, Maps, Music-Dance-Theater, Native American and Western Photograph Collection, Nelly Don (clothing designer), 1951 KC Flood, Nineteenth-Century Kansas City, Photographs (General Collection), Postcards, Sanborn Maps, South Central Business Association, Transportation, Willis Castle Memorial Photographs (Superintendent of Markets and Broadway Bridge, 1974-1977), and the Local History Index

McDonald County Library Genealogy and History - - obituary index, listing of cemeteries, downloadable county history, Jesse James Movie Digital Archive Project, county history digitization project (could not get latter item to load at this time)

Mid-Continent Public Library - Midwest Genealogy Center - - lists of area libraries, researchers, and societies; topical guides; free charts and forms

St. Charles City-County Library District Local History and Genealogy - - from this page one can choose Digital Resources (historical images and county biography) or Local Databases (postcards, cemetery, news clippings, county assessor's property database, local maps,  and newspaper index)

St. Charles County Historical Society - - historical photos; searchable indexes (includes plat maps; obits; circuit court records; wills; marriage records and WWII marriages; burials/removal permits; naturalizations; probate records; church memberships, baptisms, and records; guardian books; 1876 state census index; stillbirth records; land and property records; and more)

St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department - - links to multiple online genealogical and historical indexes and databases (books, newspapers, vital records, cemeteries, obituaries, church records, naturalization, military), the St. Louis Genealogical Society, extremely informative and useful research guides and finding aids, and "The St. Louis City & County Split of 1876 & How It Affects Research in St. Louis." Very effective and easy-to-use site.

St. Louis Genealogical Society - Resources - St. Louis Records - - indexes include ethnic communities, maps, neighborhoods, societies, local censuses, court records, fire and police records, immigration, land and property, military, pot offices, probate, taxation, hospitals, orphanages, schools, births and baptisms, burials, deaths, family Bibles, marriages, medical, obituaries, directories, newspapers, photo collections, surname collections, and various religious records from several faiths and denominations

St. Louis Public Library Premier Library Sources - - Indexes, lists, and biographies to materials in the following subjects: African-American resources; Louisiana Purchase Expo of 1904; women; magazines and newspapers; obituaries; government; military; and St. Louis biography, virtual exhibits, history, neighborhood, suburbs, and streets, and photograph collections.

Springfield-Greene County Library District - Local History - - Check out the local history articles in the main column on this webpage. Then visit Collections in the left-hand menu for links to  the Civil War, newspaper indexes, Greene County histories, and historical periodicals, as well as more links to collections off site. Back at the home page, click on Genealogy or Missouri and Ozarks in the right-hand menu for links to digitized collections on the site and links to other helpful resources at other sites. Digitized collections include Greene County Records (abstracts and indexes of a number of court and other records), photos, Black Families of the Ozarks, a gazetteer, historical postcards, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway collection, historical markers, ethnic life stories, and much more.

Vernon County Historical Society Bushwacker Museum - Probate Search -



Unknown said...

Excellent work, Miriam. I love this series! Here are some additional MO Map refences:

Perry-Castañeda Library
Map Collection - Missouri Maps

State Maps

Missouri (base map) JPEG format (276K) County boundaries and names, county seats, rivers. Original scale 1:2,500,000 U.S. Geological Survey, 1972 limited update 1990
Missouri (outline map) JPEG format (107K) County boundaries and names. U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1990
Missouri (reference map) JPEG format (300K) Shaded relief map with state boundaries, forest cover, place names, major highways. Portion of "The National Atlas of the United States of America. General Reference", compiled by U.S. Geological Survey 2001, printed 2002
Missouri (reference map) PDF format (232K) Shaded relief map with state boundaries, forest cover, place names, major highways. Portion of "The National Atlas of the United States of America. General Reference", compiled by U.S. Geological Survey 2001, printed 2002
Missouri - Federal Lands and Indian Reservations PDF format (586K) The National Atlas of the United States of America, U.S. Geological Survey, 2003

City Maps
Boonville (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1952 photorevised 1979 (663K)
Branson (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1989 (876K)
Hermann (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1974 photorevised 1985 (833K)
Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) original scale 1:500,000 U.S. National Atlas 1970 (282K)
Kirksville (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1979 (502K)
Louisiana (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1991 (842K)
Osceola (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1991 (935K)
Plattsburg (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. provisional edition 1984 (638K)
Poplar Bluff (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1966 photorevised 1979 (748K)
Potosi (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1958 photorevised 1982 (663K)
Rolla (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1992 (1,114K)
Salem (topographic) original scale 1:24,000 U.S.G.S. 1981 (774K)
St.Louis original scale 1:500,000 U.S. National Atlas 1970 (377K)

Historical City Maps
Columbia 1920 Automobile Blue Book, 1920, Vol. 5 (123K)
Excelsior Springs 1920 Automobile Blue Book, 1920, Vol. 5 (99K)
Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri 1907 From The New Encyclopedic Atlas and Gazetteer of the World, Edited by Francis J. Reynolds, P.F. Collier & Son, New York, 1917 (139K)
Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri 1920 Automobile Blue Book (139K)
Saint Joseph 1920 Automobile Blue Book (150K)
Saint Louis 1885 Appletons' General Guide to the United States and Canada. Part II. Western and Southern States. New York: D. Appleton and Company. 1885 (728K)
Saint Louis 1912 U.S. Geological Survey (1,241K)
Surveyed in 1903. Edition of April 1904, reprinted Nov. 1912, with corrections.
Saint Louis 1920 Automobile Blue Book, 1920, Vol. 7 (493K)
Springfield 1920 Automobile Blue Book, 1920, Vol. 5 (158K)

Maps of National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites
The following maps were produced by the U.S. National Park Service unless otherwise noted.
George Washington Carver National Monument (Area Map) 1995 (106K)
George Washington Carver National Monument (Area Map) 1998 (65K) (PDF Format)
George Washington Carver National Monument (Park Map) 1995 (661K)
George Washington Carver National Monument (Park Map) 1998 (65K) (PDF Format)
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site (Location and Park Maps) 2001 (116K)
Ozark National Scenic River (Park Map) 1999 (323K) (PDF Format)
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (Area Map) (27K)
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (Park Map) (290K)

Happy Dae·

Miriam Robbins said...

Thank you, Dae!

For those who have never visited the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, it is a part of the University of Texas at Austin site, and will be highlighted in my post on Online Texas Digital Archives and Databases later this year.

Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist said...

Well done! I have no idea what this 52 week of Online American Digital Archives and Database blog is, but I hope all of the blogs in this series are as thorough and informative.

Miriam Robbins said...

Hi, Kathleen,

This series highlights online digital archives and databases for each state. You can see what all are published so far (they're alphabetical) here.

Thanks for dropping by!