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Exploration and Settlement

Documents referring to French and Spanish settlers, fur traders, native tribes, explorers, land speculators, miners and other early residents.

Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens

Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens

Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library

Reverend Benjamin Franklin Stevens kept a journal of his trip to California by covered wagon during the 1849 gold rush.

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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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Maps from the Kansas City Public Library

Maps from the Kansas City Public Library

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

Digital images of maps in the public domain held by the Missouri Valley Room include state, county, and city maps as well as road, railroad, river, and other areas such as trails.

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Missouri Judicial Records

Missouri Judicial Records

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

This database of circuit and probate court files is currently searchable by name, county and year for Greene County Circuit Court, Jasper County Circuit Court, New Madrid County Probate Court, St. Charles County Circuit Court, and St. Louis Probate Court.

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Missouri Land Records 1820-1969

Missouri Land Records 1820-1969

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Description of categories of land records available at the Missouri State Archives.

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Missouri Naturalization Records Database (1816-1955)

Missouri Naturalization Records Database (1816-1955)

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

Abstracts of citizenship records from 22 Missouri counties.

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Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database

Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

This database contains abstracts of territorial and state supreme court files, 1790-1880, available at the Missouri State Archives.

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Native American & Western Photograph Collection

Native American & Western Photograph Collection

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

This collection of 146 photographic images includes scenes of Native American peoples in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, "Boomer" settlers and settlements, and scenes from the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. The principal tribes represented are the Ponca, Kiowa, Comanche, Pawnee, Apache, Cherokee, Sac and Fox, Otoe, and Sioux.

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Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College

Register of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion College

Contributed by: Marion County Library Subdistrict #1

Marion College was incorporated in 1831 in Philadelphia, Marion County, Missouri, for the purpose of educating young men for the ministry. The registry contains the church’s membership and baptisms from 1836 to 1853. The ledger also includes the names of slaves and often states their owner’s name.

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Registre d'Arpentage

Registre d'Arpentage

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives

The Registre d’Arpentage was created between 1798 and 1806 by surveyor Antoine Pierre Soulard (1766-1825). The purpose of the Registre was to certify and locate grants made by the French and Spanish governments. Some well-known settlers in Soulard’s Registre include Daniel Boone, Moses Austin, Jacques Clamorgan, and Auguste and Pierre Chouteau.

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St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project

St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project

Contributed by: Missouri State Archives; St. Louis Circuit Court; Washington University

This project features digitized collections of court files relating to Lewis & Clark, Native Americans, the fur trade, and slave freedom suits. Includes a database of all court cases processed, beginning in 1804.

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Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

An exhibit featuring early printed accounts of exploration and cultural encounters between what is known as the Old World or Europe and the New World or the Americas.

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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 - 1859

Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 - 1859

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

Collection of published monuments of circumnavigation including expeditions of William Dampier, Captain Cook, French captains La Pérouse, Freycinet, Duperrey, and Dumont D'Urville; Russian explorer Otto von Kotzebue, etc.

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Where the Wilson Meets the James

Where the Wilson Meets the James

Contributed by: Center for Archaeological Research, Missouri State University and the Missouri Humanities Council

This virtual museum uses archaeological research, artifacts and historic documents to tell the story of the people, cultures, and events where Wilson Creek flows into the James River southwest of Springfield, Missouri, the area commonly known as Delaware Town.

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Zinc and Lead Mining District

Zinc and Lead Mining District

Contributed by: Joplin Public Library

A concise history of mining in the Missouri-Kansa-Oklahoma-Arkansas district. The booklet contains more than 100 scenes of mills, methods and machinery employed in zinc and lead mining, as well as street scenes, public buildings, manufacturing plants and residences of some of the leading cities and towns.

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