The book’s chapters are organized chronologically and coincide with the Society’s chief administrators’ terms of service. Havig addresses key topics, such as the growth of the Society’s collections, which include the largest collection of local newspapers in the United States; the reference library, featuring nationally famous collections of rare books on Missouri history and western Americana; the Western Historical Manuscript Collection; and an extensive assortment of visual art, including a famed collection of works by Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham.
Havig also examines the Society’s collaboration with the University of Missouri in obtaining physical space for its operations; its work with local groups in promoting special events; its role in the placement of historic markers along Missouri highways; its sponsorship of History Day; and numerous other endeavors made by the Society to preserve and disseminate Missouri’s rich heritage to the state’s citizens.
About the Author
Alan R. Havig is professor emeritus of history at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where he taught for thirty-nine years. He now serves as the college’s archivist. His publications include From Southern Village to Midwestern City: Columbia, an Illustrated History (1984); Fred Allen's Radio Comedy (1990); and “It's a Proud Business”: A History of the Shelter Mutual Insurance Companies, 1946-1996 (1995).
Published by the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1998. 296 pages. 25 illustrations.