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Research

Please read these research procedures before submitting a request.

Prepayment of a research fee is required and does not guarantee success.

Research requests can be submitted by:

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  1. Miscellaneous Payment
    $0.00

    Please use this form to send payment for research or other fees as directed by a staff member of The State Historical Society of Missouri.

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  2. Newspaper Search
    $15.00

    Use this form to request copies of items documenting specific events such as deaths, births, and marriages found in newspapers from Missouri held in the Society's Newspaper Collection.

    Please do not submit more than one name at a time, and do not submit additional requests until you have received a response to your first request.

    Some Missouri newspapers are available online, free of charge. You may be able to search for the newspaper article yourself, for free.

    You can search the available newspapers here

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  3. Articles in the Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers
    $1.50

    Researchers can find information about people and topics throughout Missouri in newspapers published in mid-Missouri. Most newspapers published articles picked up from papers in other parts of the state and covered events that occurred outside their readership area.

    Use this form to request articles from the Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers which was compiled over a number of years by State Historical Society of Missouri staff members.

    The newspapers are not available online but you may order copies of articles from microfilm using this form
    List of indexed newspapers

    PLEASE NOTE: You may only submit ONE request at a time. Each request must be submitted individually in order for us to collect the necessary information to process your request.

    Search the Index 

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  4. Interlibrary Loan (US)
    $15.00

    The State Historical Society of Missouri's collection is non-circulating; however, an interlibrary loan (ILL) service makes microfilm available to patrons who cannot visit one of our research centers in Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, Kansas City, Springfield, or Cape Girardeau. The Society's circulating microfilm collections include:

    • newspapers
    • manuscripts
    • selected high-demand county history books
    • city and county directories
    • land ownership maps
    • periodicals

    Limit: 1 or 2 reels, two weeks use

    Charges include postage and handling

    Locations outside the United States use our International Form

    Supporting, Sustaining, and Patron level members use our Direct Loan Form

    Please see Details below for additional information

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  5. Interlibrary Loan (International)
    $25.00

    The State Historical Society of Missouri's collection is non-circulating; however, an interlibrary loan (ILL) service makes microfilm available to patrons who cannot visit one of our research centers in Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, Kansas City, Springfield, or Cape Girardeau. The Society's circulating microfilm collections include:

    • newspapers
    • manuscripts
    • selected high-demand county history books
    • city and county directories
    • land ownership maps
    • periodicals

    Limit: 1 or 2 reels, two weeks use

    Charges include postage and handling

    Locations inside the United States use our US Form

    International Supporting, Sustaining, and Patron level members contact us for details on using your Direct Loan membership benefit.

    Please see Details below for additional information

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  6. Direct Microfilm Loan
    $10.00

    The State Historical Society of Missouri's collection is non-circulating; however, an interlibrary loan (ILL) service makes microfilm available to patrons who cannot visit one of our research centers in Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, Kansas City, Springfield, or Cape Girardeau. The Society's circulating microfilm collections include:

    • newspapers
    • manuscripts
    • selected high-demand county history books
    • city and county directories
    • land ownership maps
    • periodicals

    Limit: 1 or 2 reels, two weeks use

    Charges include postage and handling

    Direct Microfilm Loan is available to members in the Supporting, Sustaining, Patron or Life levels. All others should use our Interlibrary Loan Form

    Please see Details below for additional information

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