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Missouri State Archives
Guide to African American History

Introduction to the Guide

Table of Contents

Record Group 000: State Government Documents Collection

  • Office of the Governor: Economic Development & Jobs, 1972-1997

  • Department of Corrections
    • Biennial Reports, Missouri Training School for Boys, Boonville
    • Biennial Reports, State Board of Charities & Corrections

  • Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
    • Annual Reports of Common/Public Schools, 1845-Present
    • School Laws of Missouri, 1883-1992
    • News Releases, 1972-Present
    • School Improvement & Educational Reform Programs, 1984-Present
    • Division of Instruction, 1900-Present
    • Educational Objectives/Special Initiatives, 1944-Present

  • General Assembly
    • Journal of the House of Representatives, 1820-Present
    • Journal of the Senate, 1828-Present
    • Reports, 1991-2001
    • Missouri Negro Industrial Commission, 1918-1928

  • Department of Health
    • Annual Reports of the Health Commissioner of St. Louis, 1883-1913
    • Annual Reports of the Hospital & Health Board, Kansas City, 1908-1919
    • State Center for Health Statistics, 1921-1999
    • Division of Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, 1963-2000

  • Department of Higher Education, 1875-Present


  • Department of Labor & Industrial Relations
    • Annual Reports: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1880-1951
    • Annual Reports: Workers Compensation Commission, 1925-1975
    • Missouri Commission on Human Rights, 1958-2000

  • Department of Mental Health, 1920-Present


  • Department of Natural Resources
    • Division of State Parks, 1964-Present

  • Department of Public Safety, Office of the Director
    • Missouri Conference on Juvenile Justice, 1974-1981
    • Juvenile Justice Review Committee, 1981-1994
    • Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, 1978-1990

  • Department of Social Services
    • Annual Reports, 1946-Present
    • Annual Reports/Division of Youth Services, 1974-Present
    • Juvenile Court Statistics, 1946-Present

Record Group 003: Office of the Governor

  • Lilburn Boggs, 1836-1840

  • Thomas Reynolds, 1840-1844

  • John C. Edwards, 1844-1848

  • Austin A. King, 1848-1853

  • Sterling Price, 1853-1857

  • Hancock Lee Jackson, 1857

  • Robert M. Stewart, 1857-1861

  • Claiborne Fox Jackson, 1861

  • Willard P. Hall, 1864-1865

  • Thomas C. Fletcher, 1865-1869

  • Joseph W. McClurg, 1869-1871

  • Benjamin Gratz Brown, 1871-1873

  • Silas Woodson, 1873-1875

  • David R. Francis, 1889-1892

  • Warren Hearnes, 1965-1973

Record Group 005: Office of the Secretary of State

  • Commissions Division: Executive Orders, 1943-1996

  • Commissions Division: Extraditions, 1950-2000

  • Commissions Division: Gubernatorial Appointments, 1838-2000

  • Commissions Division: Pardon Papers, 1837-1909

  • Commissions Division: Restorations of Citizenship, 1910-1996

  • Commissions Division: Trademarks, 1893-Present

  • Elections Division: Political Party Platforms, 1909-1986

  • Special Collections: Constitutions & Constitutional Conventions, 1845-1945

  • Special Collections: Missouri-Kansas Border War, 1858-1860

Record Group 105: Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

  • Letterpress Copybook, 1871-1872

  • Annual Reports of the County Superintendent, 1927/28 - 1938/39

  • High School Reports, 1935/36 - 1947/48

  • Application for Classification of Schools, 1948-1968

Record Group 106: Department of Higher Education

  • State Anatomical Board, 1897-1971

  • Dalton Vocational School, 1919-1962

Record Group 108: Department of Labor & Industrial Relations

  • Missouri Commission on Human Rights, 1968-1972

Record Group 132: Division of Finance

  • Bank Charters (inactive), c1860s-Present

  • Domestic & Foreign Investment Department, 1920-1922

Record Group 133: Office of the Adjutant General of Missouri

  • Civil War, 1861-1865: United States Colored Troops, Muster Rolls

  • Civil War, 1861-1865: United States Colored Troops, Service Records

  • Civil War, 1861-1865: United State Colored Troops

  • World War II: Report of Separation, 1941-1945

Record Group 213: Department of Corrections

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Sentence & Judgment Papers, 1836-1897

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Register of Inmates Received, 1836-1931

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Register of Military Prisoners, 1864-1875

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Register of Inmates Received and Discharged, 1866-1875; 1943-1962

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Dressing Register, 1870-1919

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Punishment Register, 1871-1896

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Time Register, 1874-1967

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Individual Index, 1875-1885; 1882-1892

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Register by County of Inmates Received, 1880-1967

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Discharge Register, 1881-1906

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Statistical Data of Female Inmates, 1889-1928

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Register of Escapees, 1904-1962

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Bertillon Measurement Records, 1908-1931

  • Missouri State Penitentiary, Bureau of Criminal Identification Records, 1931-1969

Record Group 214: Department of Corrections

  • Missouri Intermediate Reformatory: Bureau of Criminal Identification Record, 1932-1949

Record Group 217: Department of Corrections

  • State Correctional Pre-Release Center: Superintendent's Files, 1974-1975

Record Group 225: Department of Corrections

  • Missouri Training School for Boys (Boonville), Commitment Registers, 1889-1975

  • Missouri Training School for Boys (Boonville), Sentence & Judgment Papers, 1918-1977

Record Group 226: Department of Corrections

  • State Industrial Home for Negro Girls, Commitment Papers, 1916-1941

  • State Industrial Home for Negro Girls, Case History, 1931-1936 (closed)

  • State Industrial Home for Negro Girls, Record Books, 1938-1945

Record Group 328: Missouri Commission on Human Rights

  • Publications & Legislation, 1960-1972

  • Scrapbooks, 1962-1975

  • Minutes of Commission Meetings, 1963-1979 (access restricted)

 Record Group 407: Missouri Opportunity 2000 Commission

  • Administrative Papers, 1985-1988

  • Correspondence, 1985-1987

  • Public Hearings, 1986

  • Subject Files, 1986-1989

  • Commission Report, 1987-1988

  • Miscellaneous Background Materials

Record Group 440: State Survey Commission

  • Records of the Higher Education Survey, 1929

  • Records of the Penal & Eleemosynary Institutions, 1929

  • Records of the Public School Survey, 1929-1930

Record Group 550: Missouri General Assembly

  • Original Bill Packets, 1821-Present

Record Group 552: Missouri General Assembly

  • Legislator Papers, 1912-1998

Record Group 600: Supreme Court of the State of Missouri, 1804-Present

Record Group 951: U.S. Recorder of Land Titles for Missouri, 1796-1867

Record Group 952: U.S. Surveyor General for Missouri, 1815-1863

Photograph Collections

  • Commerce & Industrial Development, 1946-1972

  • Duke Diggs Collection, 1900-1940

  • Kansas City Parks & Recreation Collection, 1900-1960

  • Kansas City Urban League Photograph Collection, 1920s-1950s

  • Missouri Department of Corrections Collection, 1950s-1980s

  • Missouri Human Rights Commission, 1959-1972

  • Office of the Secretary of State, Publications Division, 1934-1992

  • Randolph County African American Portrait Collection, 1900-1920s

Federal Records on Microfilm

  • Department of the Army: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1867

  • Department of Commerce: Bureau of the Census, Federal Census Schedules, 1830-1920

Missouri County Records on Microfilm

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • Clerk of the County Court

  • Clerk of the Probate Court

  • County Superintendent of Schools

  • Office of the County Assessor

  • Office of the County Collector

  • Recorder of Deeds

Reference & Manuscripts Collections on Microfilm

  • George Washington Carver Papers

  • Urban League of St. Louis, Inc., 1910-1985

  • Kansas City Urban League, 1920-1998

  • Lincoln University "Clarion," 1944-1993

Photograph Credits

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