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Missouri History

Pivotal events in Missouri history or famous Missourians.

1951 Kansas City Flood

1951 Kansas City Flood

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

The 1951 flood was one of the most devastating natural events in the Kansas City area. The photographer of these 30 images is unknown.

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Bagnell Dam Construction Photographs

Bagnell Dam Construction Photographs

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

This collection of 845 photographs documents all phases of the Bagnell Dam construction project, including the workers, the buildings erected for housing and other needs, and of areas around the dam site. The construction of Bagnell Dam led to the creation of the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States and a popular tourist destination.

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Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts

Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts

Contributed by: St. Louis Art Museum

The only remaining display building from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as St. Louis World's Fair, the Palace of Fine Arts now houses the St. Louis Art Museum. This collection of 687 photographs documents the history of the Palace of Fine Arts.

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Celebrating the Louisiana Purchase: The 1904 World's Fair

Celebrating the Louisiana Purchase: The 1904 World's Fair

Contributed by: St. Louis Public Library

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. This collection features more than 1,200 images -- photographs, stereographs, lantern slides, and postcards.

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Claude N. Strauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District

Claude N. Strauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District

Contributed by: University of Missouri - St. Louis

Collection of 69 images documenting the flood of 1927, which started around the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and flooded the tributaries southward to the Gulf of Mexico. The flooded area covered the towns of Forrest City, Arkansas; Greenville, Mississippi; Vicksburg, Mississippi; Hamburg, Louisiana; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott Case

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries

Collection of one hundred and eleven documents, over 400 pages of full-text searchable resource that represents the full case history of the Dred Scott Case.

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Frank and Jesse James Circuit Court Documents

Frank and Jesse James Circuit Court Documents

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Documents from the Daviess County Circuit Clerk reveal many of the James brothers’ activities during the late 19th century and include indictments showing criminal charges ranging from grand larceny to murder. The records also provide a glimpse into the life of other prominent Missourians of the time, such as Confederate Brigadier General Joseph Shelby.

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Guerrillas and Outlaws

Guerrillas and Outlaws

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

These 53 drawings feature members of William Quantrill's Guerrillas, the James-Younger gang, and others associated with these men, like Brigadier General Joseph O. Shelby. All but one of the drawings are done in charcoal by two artists, A. L. Dillenbeck and Elmer Stewart.

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Key Resources on 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Key Resources on 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Contributed by: Missouri History Museum

Digital copy of the 1913 publication of David R. Francis’s The Universal Exposition of 1904, the standard primary narrative of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and its official final report.

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Lewis & Clark Across Missouri

Lewis & Clark Across Missouri

Contributed by: Geographic Resources Center, Department of Geography, University of Missouri; Missouri State Archives

Specific campsite maps, photo-realistic images of important river landmarks, animated virtual Missouri River travel, and an interactive map server offering various layers of geographical data on the Expedition's outward and homeward journeys joined with the natural and cultural history of the Missouri River corridor.

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Lewis & Clark Expedition

Lewis & Clark Expedition

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Gateway to websites and curricula concerning the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Louisiana Purchase Exposition: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Louisiana Purchase Exposition: The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair

Contributed by: University of Missouri - Columbia

A collection of materials produced in connection with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904, including broadsides; lithographic views; photographic view books; The World’s Fair Bulletin, a monthly publication running from 1900 through 1904; and James Buel’s eleven-volume Louisiana and the Fair: An Exposition of the World, Its People and Their Accomplishments.

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Maps of Missouri

Maps of Missouri

Contributed by: St. Louis Public Library

A collection of Missouri and surrounding state maps covering various topics: cities, towns & counties; conservation & environment; discovery & exploration; cultural landscapes; military, battle & campaign; transportation & communications.

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Missouri Historical Review

Missouri Historical Review

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

This richly illustrated journal features recent scholarship on all facets of the state's history. The Missouri Historical Review also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.

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Missouri Memories: A History in Photographs

Missouri Memories: A History in Photographs

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Exhibit of 63 images from the Missouri State Archives on the broad themes of transportation, the Lake of the Ozarks, and rural Missouri, along with highlights from the Louise and Omar Putman Collection.

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Missouri Mormon War

Missouri Mormon War

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Gateway to state records concerning the Missouri-Mormon conflict, 1838-1841. Includes finding aids and some digitized records.

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Missouri State Archives Photograph Collections (1850-present)

Missouri State Archives Photograph Collections (1850-present)

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Guide to photograph collections compiled by state agencies, local government and private citizens, which are available at the Missouri State Archives.

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Missouri: Its History, Geology, Culture

Missouri: Its History, Geology, Culture

Contributed by: University of Missouri Libraries

Digital book collection of Missouri's history, geology, literature and agriculture at University of Missouri Libraries.

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Postcards from the St. Louis World's Fair & Exposition

Postcards from the St. Louis World's Fair & Exposition

Contributed by: Boone County Historical Society

The 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) marked the 100th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, a monumental event in U.S. history. The collection features more than 1,200 images -- photographs, stereographs, lantern slides, and postcards.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Images of Missouri Collection

State Historical Society of Missouri Images of Missouri Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The Photograph Collection consists of thousands of images of Missouri's people, urban and rural communities, transportation, and industry digitized from collections of print, negative, and glass plates.

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Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and the Home Front

Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and the Home Front

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

A website created to focus on World War II and how it was experienced in Kansas City through the popular media.

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Walter C. Richards Photography Collection

Walter C. Richards Photography Collection

Contributed by: Webster Groves Historical Society

Collection of 80 images captured by an amateur photographer Walter C. Richards at 1904 St. Louis Fair throughout its seven months duration.

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