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Advertising Cards

Advertising Cards

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

Victorian trade cards provide not only a rich resource for researching the history of printing, advertising, medicine, fashions, late nineteenth-century culture, etc., but also Kansas City companies. The cards reached their height of popularity in the 1880s and 1890s.

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African Americans in Northeast Missouri

African Americans in Northeast Missouri

Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library

Hannibal Free Public Library received a grant to preserve and document the history of the African American Community of Northeast Missouri. Collections shown here are held by the library and also by others in the community.

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American Civil War in Missouri

American Civil War in Missouri

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The American Civil War in Missouri collection includes manuscripts (letters and diaries) offering valuable insight into how Missourians - both civilians and those in the military - experienced the Civil War.

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American School of Osteopathy (ASO) Record Books

American School of Osteopathy (ASO) Record Books

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

Record books, 1892-1916, of the American School of Osteopathy. These documents reflect incorporation, early board governance, faculty proceedings, rules and regulations and the osteopaths who influenced the profession's formation and the medical practice in general.

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Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

In 1874 Dr. A.T. Still (1828-1917) rebelled against standard 19th century medicine and launched his own health care system based on concepts of form and function, later named osteopathy. The Andrew Taylor Still Papers consists of Still's essays, letters, book drafts, and other writings. Also present are letters to Still, military records, other personal documents.

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BEYOND TLC: Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions

BEYOND TLC: Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Pioneering and prominent Missouri women of the 20th century are featured in this collection about professions in the health sciences. The site both profiles individual women and explores women’s contributions to the development of health science professions.

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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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Civil War in Missouri - Monographs

Civil War in Missouri - Monographs

Contributed by: University of Missouri - Columbia

Books about the Civil War in Missouri from several University of Missouri libraries.

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Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks

Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Documents and artifacts that depict life in the Ozarks between 1850 and 1875. The collection contains first hand perspectives of the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, civilians, merchants and farmers, as told through letters, maps, diaries, court records and photographs.

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Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University

This manuscript collection of Missouri woman writer Constance Fauntleroy Runcie includes many original letters she wrote and received and materials that were used by the Runcie Club in St. Joseph that she organized.

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Deafness in Disguise

Deafness in Disguise

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Deafness in Disguise presents images, illustrations, advertising pamphlets, trade catalogs, patents, rare books and other material pertaining to mechanical and electrical hearing devices from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of particular focus are hearing devices that were designed for concealment or camouflage within everyday items.

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Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University Library

Ellinor Dale Runcie (1871 -1935) was the only daughter of Constance Faunt LeRoy Runcie, founder of the oldest existing women’s social club, The Runcie Club located in St. Joseph, Missouri. A teacher, Ellinor was a world traveler and prolific writer like her mother. The collection features samples of her letters, poetry, and short stories.

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Exploring Object Virtual Reality

Exploring Object Virtual Reality

Contributed by: Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University

This exhibit features interactive movies of twenty historic hearing devices from the Central Institute for the Deaf – Max A. Goldstein Historic Devices for Hearing Collection at Washington University Bernard Becker Medical Library.

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Frisco: A Look Back at the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway

Frisco: A Look Back at the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

The collection includes postcards, Frisco employee magazines, employee information cards, and photographs to tell the story of the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway known as the Frisco, a dominant railroad throughout south central United States.

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Fruitful Heritage

Fruitful Heritage

Contributed by: Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science, Missouri State University

The Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station was established in 1899. Station directors and staff documented their work on 873 glass photographic plates. The collection displays the unique heritage of Ozark pomology (fruit culture). The collection documents fruit varieties, disease, insects, orchard equipment, and harvesting methods from the first half of the twentieth century.

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Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art

Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art

Contributed by: William Woods University

Grave markers and funerary art displayed here is from the Greenwood Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri. This collection is of special interest for those researching African-American lineages.

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Historical Postcards of Springfield, Missouri

Historical Postcards of Springfield, Missouri

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

A collection of 113 postcards displaying a variety of themes and periods in Springfield, Missouri.

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Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1800-1920)

Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1800-1920)

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Brief history of the Missouri Botanical Garden, illustrated with historic photos from its archive ranging in date from 1850 through the present. They include modern and historic gardens, architecture, scientific explorations and variety of other subjects.

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Immigrant Community of Ilasco, Missouri: Cement Company Town 1901-1965

Immigrant Community of Ilasco, Missouri: Cement Company Town 1901-1965

Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library

Photographs depicting history of the immigrant Community that resulted from the opening of the Atlas Portland Cement Company in 1901

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Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

Contributed by: McDonald County Library

Collection of photographs and memorabilia from the 1938 shooting of the film Jesse James. These items document the arrival of Hollywood stars and production teams, the filming of the movie in Pineville Missouri and elsewhere in McDonald County, and involvement of locals. Included are candid shots of movie stars, including Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda.

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Joplin Historical Postcards

Joplin Historical Postcards

Contributed by: Joplin Public Library

These postcards show the development of Joplin from rough mining camps into the mid-1900s. Pictured are mines and miners, extravagantly landscaped parks and public recreation areas as well as souvenir postcards of the little motels and motor courts that sprang up along the path of America's most famous highway, Route 66.

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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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Liberty Tribune

Liberty Tribune

Contributed by: William Jewell College

A newspaper from Clay County, Missouri covering the years 1846-1848, 1852-1867, 1869-1878, 1880, 1882, and 1883.

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Lincoln University Yearbooks (1915-1975)

Lincoln University Yearbooks (1915-1975)

Contributed by: Lincoln University

Yearbooks of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri from 1915-1975.

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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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Mark Twain Zephyr Image Collection

Mark Twain Zephyr Image Collection

Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library

The christening of the Mark Twain Zephyr railroad train collection contains copies of the newspaper, as well as additional information, photos, and memorabilia contributed by the community.

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Medical Journeys

Medical Journeys

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

This collection contains items from several of the archival collections of the Washington University School of Medicine pertaining to physicians and medical scientists who immigrated to Missouri from foreign countries in the 19th and 20th centuries and to Missouri physicians and medical scientists who traveled abroad to research, teach and share their expertise.

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Medicine in Times of Need: 21st General Hospital/Base Hospital 21

Medicine in Times of Need: 21st General Hospital/Base Hospital 21

Contributed by: Becker Medical Library, Washington University

The 21st General Hospital and Base Hospital 21 Collections consist of 617 items relating to the service of these Army hospital units in the First and Second World Wars. The items include photographic prints, negatives, lantern slides, sketches, documents, and memorabilia from several collections donated by members (or relatives of members) of these medical units.

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Missouri County Histories

Missouri County Histories

Contributed by: Various institutions

Numerous institutions around the state contributed books for digitization to the Missouri State Library's County History project. These books detail the history of the majority of Missouri's counties.

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Missouri County Plat Books

Missouri County Plat Books

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library; University of Missouri-Columbia Special Collections; State Historical Society of Missouri

The Missouri County Plat Books collection is a selection of county atlases and plat books from all over the state published from 1875-1930.

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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 Platbooks, circa 1930

Missouri Platbooks, circa 1930

Contributed by: University of Missouri - Columbia

In 1930 W.W. Hixson and Co. of Rockford, Illinois published plat books of townships in counties throughout Missouri. These volumes document the ownership and locations of plots of land in Missouri counties, plot sizes, and the owner's name for each plot of land within the townships.

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MU in Brick and Mortar

MU in Brick and Mortar

Contributed by: Space Planning and Management Building and Infrastructure Archives, University of Missouri

Scans of building elevations and architectural renderings providing a historical progression of changes that have occurred on University of Missouri campus.

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Phelps County New Era

Phelps County New Era

Contributed by: Missouri University of Science and Technology

Issues of the Phelps County New Era for 1875-1878.

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Politics in Missouri Oral History Collection

Politics in Missouri Oral History Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

This collection contains 160 full-text transcripts and fifty-five full-audio recordings of oral histories given by Missouri political leaders and activists.

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Riches From the Earth

Riches From the Earth

Contributed by: Powers Museum; Joplin Museum Complex; Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Library Archives and Special Collections; State Historical Society of Missouri

A basic introduction to the geological and industrial heritage of the Tri-State Mineral District. This district encompasses southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma and was one of the United States' richest mineral districts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Rolla New Era

Rolla New Era

Contributed by: Missouri University of Science and Technology

Intermittent issues of the Rolla New Era from April 10, 1880 to March 13, 1897.

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Savitar - The University of Missouri Yearbook (1895-1903, 1905-2005)

Savitar - The University of Missouri Yearbook (1895-1903, 1905-2005)

Contributed by: University of Missouri - Columbia

The Savitar is the University of Missouri yearbook, which began publication in 1894 and continues to the present.

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Shannon County Film Project

Shannon County Film Project

Contributed by: Missouri State University

Forty-five streaming video files focusing on the rural Ozarks, specifically Shannon County, Missouri, and covering politics, education, lost skills, the role and importance of kinship, timberwork, hunting, religion, isolation, journalism, law, health, and the significance of "place."

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St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project

St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project

Contributed by: Missouri History Museum

Gathered from the Civil War collections of twenty-five historical and archival institutions across Missouri and the U.S., this database contains many unique documents that tell the story of St. Louis during the Civil War.

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St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1872

St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1872

Contributed by: Missouri History Museum, University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis Public Library, State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri State Library

The Daily Missouri Republican was one of the few daily Missouri newspapers publishing continuously through the Civil War. A leading urban newspaper, it covered developments in St. Louis as well as major state news items and national politics.

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St. Louis Globe Democrat Images

St. Louis Globe Democrat Images

Contributed by: St. Louis Mercantile Library, University of Missouri - St. Louis

This vast collection covers the history, culture and life of the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. The newspapers which eventually merged to form the St. Louis Globe-Democrat were staunch advocates of freedom and anti-slavery in Missouri. The Globe-Democrat eventually became the most widely-read morning paper in St. Louis.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection

State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The Art collection focuses on images of Missouri, works by Missouri artists, and works related to Westward expansion. Of particular importance are over fifty paintings, drawings, and prints by George Caleb Bingham and the collection of over 300 Thomas Hart Bentons.

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State Historical Society of Missouri Editorial Cartoon Collection

State Historical Society of Missouri Editorial Cartoon Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The Editorial Cartoon Collection graphically reflects the attitudes and opinions of the artists and the citizens of Missouri from the early days of the twentieth century through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and later events that saw the United States develop into a world leader.

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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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Stephensophia

Stephensophia

Contributed by: Stephens College

The Stephensophia, the yearbook of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, highlights life and community at one of the state’s preeminent women’s colleges.

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Truman Library Photograph Collection

Truman Library Photograph Collection

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

These images document the political career and life of Harry S Truman, as well as world events during his presidency.

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University City Delmar Loop Photograph Collection

University City Delmar Loop Photograph Collection

Contributed by: University City Public Library; Historical Society of University City

A collection of photographs documenting the history of the Delmar Loop, a neighborhood in University City near St. Louis. The collection includes images of Delmar Loop events, buildings, and street scenes from throughout the 20th century.

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University City Image Collection

University City Image Collection

Contributed by: University City Public Library

Photographs from newspapers, magazines and promotional materials published by Edward Gardner Lewis including the Winner (1899, renamed the Woman's Magazine in 1902), the Woman's Farm Journal (1901), the Woman's National Daily (1906), Beautiful Homes (1909), the St. Louis Star (1909), and the Woman's National Weekly (1911).

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University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publications

University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publications

Contributed by: University of Missouri-Columbia

Special reports, research bulletins, circulars, and other bulletins published by the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1888 to 2005. The subjects covered range from agricultural education, legislation, agribusiness, and farm management to livestock, insects, soil research, crops, and orchards.

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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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Westhoff Photo Collection

Westhoff Photo Collection

Contributed by: Boone County Historical Society

A collection of over 700 photographs from glass plate negatives taken from before 1910 to 1936 by Joe Douglass, Henry Holborn, and Wesley Blackmore. These photographs provide a unique glimpse into the people and culture of Columbia, Boone County and Missouri in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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