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Guides to Collections
Included here are guides to the MSU Special Collections and Archives Department's collections, both processed and unprocessed, digitized and not. Contact the Archives with questions.


Barrows Family Collection
This collection primarily consists of correspondence of Freeman Barrows and his family. In 1838, Barrows settled in the area that is now known as Bates County, near Papinsville, Missouri. The Civil War-era correspondence has been included in Community and Conflict, a digitization project of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. Learn more about Freeman Barrows or view the online materials, or see the MSU finding aid to learn more about the entire collection.

Bowles Collection
This collection focuses on the Western Missouri and Kansas District Laborers' Council, as well as memorabilia related to Otto Bowles, who served on the Council for many years. This collection was scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

Census information for Springfield, Greene County, and Missouri, 1821-2010
Two reports from federal and state census records: 1) Missouri state census reports from 1821-1876 includes data compiled by the state, as well as a narrative report on the state census system, and 2) Springfield/Greene County Census Information, 1836-2010 includes data on population, race, and ethnicity gathered from state and federal census records. Contact the Archives with questions.

Coger Collection
A sampling of items related to MSU student performances for the United Service Organizations (USO) during the 1960s and 1970s. These items are from the personal papers of MSU Theatre and Dance Professor Leslie Irene Coger. The Irene Coger Collection is unprocessed. Contact the Archives with questions.

Copenhaver Collection
James Albert Copenhaver and his brother, H. H. Copenhaver, were union members who worked in Springfield, Missouri's milling industry in the 1920s and 1930s. The collection mainly consists of materials regarding the Missouri Farmers Association (MFA) Milling Company in Springfield, Missouri. This collection was scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

Danzero Photograph Collection
The Danzero Collection consists of approximately 2,000 images by Springfield businessman Domino Danzero (1871-1952). Access to the collection is part of a collaborative effort between the Missouri State Archives, which digitized the Missouri and Ozarks images for the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, and the MSU's Special Collections and Archives Department, which houses the entire collection. Learn more about the project or search the online collection. Contact the Archives with questions.

El Dorado Springs Community Photo Collection
This collection includes postcards and photographs taken in and around the town of El Dorado Springs in Cedar County, Missouri. Also included are a few documents, such as a flier for the Huff Brothers trapeze act. The earliest photos were taken the same year the city was founded, in 1881. Contact the Archives with questions.

Frisco Depot Floor Plans
This collection of St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company (Frisco) depot floor plans from the early 20th century includes stations in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee. Many of the plans show segregated bathrooms and waiting areas, as well as information such as when the stations were built and what materials were used. Contact the Archives with questions.

Frisco Paint Diagrams
Seventeen detailed diagrams from approximately 1902 to 1908 illustrating how Frisco railroad cars should be painted and lettered. The original materials are unprocessed. Contact the Archives with questions.

Frisco Travel Exhibit
This eclectic digital collection is a selection of ephemera, documents, postcards, photographs, and artifacts used in creating the department's Frisco Travel Exhibit in 2008. Over 200 items are included. The digitized materials represent a sampling of the collection. Contact the Archives with questions.

A Fruitful Heritage
A collection of glass photographic plates from the Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove. Most images date between 1897 and 1957 and record the work and research at the experiment station. Some images are from orchards around and outside of Missouri. Contact the Evans Library with questions.

Greene County Aerial Photography
Aerial photography for Greene County, Missouri, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There are 80 aerial photographs taken in 1936, 118 aerial photographs taken in 1938, and 417 aerial photographs taken in 1953. Contact the Meyer Library Maps Department with questions.

Hennicke Collection
For over 45 years, Esther M. Hennicke supervised the second grade at Greenwood Training School on the campus of what is now Missouri State University. This collection documents a portion of Ms. Hennicke's time at Greenwood and was scanned in its entirety. Contact the Archives with questions.

International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers' Cypher Book
Published in 1909, this is an example of a code book used to send encrypted messages to union representatives and officials. This 44 page item is scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

Labor Union Charters
This collection is comprised of labor union charters and certificates of affiliation. The majority of the documents are from Springfield, Missouri, labor unions, but a few are from other Missouri and Kansas communities. Among the collection are charters from local women's auxiliaries. Contact the Archives with questions.

Lederer Exhibit Collection
In 1982 Dr. Katherine Lederer developed the exhibit "Springfield's Lost Black History." Featuring images from her own collection, as well as materials made available to her by the community, this collection grew to include copies of over 450 photographs, documents, and published pages. The exhibit collection was scanned in its entirety. Contact the Archives with questions.

Lederer Ozarks African American History Collection
Photographs and other material collected by Dr. Katherine Lederer, MSU Professor of English. Dr. Lederer was the author of Many Thousand Gone: Springfield's Lost Black History. The Lederer Collection is unprocessed. Contact the Archives with questions.

Lipman Family Collection
The Lipmans were an early Jewish family in Springfield, Missouri. This collection was digitized in its entirety and includes materials on the Lipman Grocery store in Springfield and on David Lipman, an editor for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Contact the Archives with questions.

Mannon Collection
The digital collection focuses on the artwork and poetry of S. W. Mannon, father of Birdle Mannon. S. W. Mannon was a self-trained artist who lived much of his life in Taney County. The digitized materials represent a sampling of the collection. View the collection finding aid.

McCann Ozarks Music Collection
A selection from nearly 3,000 field recordings plus related materials of Gordon McCann, a Springfield businessman who in the mid-1970s began collecting Ozarks fiddle tunes. Items will be added to this selection on a regular basis. Contact the Archives with questions.

Medieval Manuscripts and Early Printing Collection
Dating from 1300 CE to 1610 CE, with a few modern facsimiles, this collection consists of 25 individual pages from early manuscripts and printed works. In addition to hand-lettered manuscript pages, the collection also includes woodblock prints, early printed pages and a map engraving. This collection was scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station Publications
Publications by the State Fruit Experiment Station on the Missouri State University campus in Mountain Grove, as well as related materials, that include conference proceedings, bulletins, circulars, newsletters, and more. Often these were published for dissemination to growers. (Please note that the publications in this collection represent a historical publishing record and do not necessarily reflect current scientific knowledge or recommendations.) Contact the Archives with questions.

MSU Miscellaneous Publications
A selection of various items published by Missouri State University, such as bulletins and newsletters. Currently these date from 1948 to 2009. Contact the Archives with questions.

MSU Sports Photographs
A sampling of sports-related images from the university's collections. Contact the Archives with questions.

MSU Student Newspaper - The Standard
The Standard, Missouri State University's student newspaper, began publication in 1912 and continues today. Search this Digital Collection for issues dating from 1912 to 2010; see The Standard's website for the most recent newspapers and for most issues dating back to September 1998. Contact the Archives with questions.

MSU Student Newspapers (Unofficial)
Examples of unofficial "underground" newspapers published by Missouri State University students. Contact the Archives with questions.

MSU Theatre and Dance Collection
Select items from the archival holdings of the university's Theatre and Dance Department, including programs, fliers, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. The digitized materials mainly focus on the United Service Organizations (USO) performances and represent a small sampling of the collection. View the collection finding aid.

MSU Yearbook - Ozarko
The Ozarko is Missouri State University's yearbook, published 1909-1992 (with the exceptions of 1918-1921 and 1944-1946). See the finding aid for more information.

Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA)
The Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA) documents the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender experience in the Ozarks region. At present, the digitized collection includes newsletters for the years 1996-2006 from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of the Ozarks (GLO) located in Springfield, Missouri, as well as a transcription of a 2011 oral history interview with MSU students and faculty. See the finding aid for more information.

Rafferty Slide Collection
Over 250 images from the slide collection of Dr. Milton Rafferty, professor emeritus of Geology at Missouri State University. Selected slides are primarily of subjects from Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas dating back to the 1970s. The digitized materials represent a sampling of the collection. View the collection finding aid.

Route 66 Oral History Collection
This digital collection includes a selection of oral histories on the history of U.S. Route 66, including businesses, economic changes, personalities, and noteworthy experiences. Contact the Archives with questions.

Shannon County Film Collection
Documentary films Shannon County: Home and Shannon County: Hearts of the Children, as well as segments of raw footage filmed in Shannon County, Missouri, in the late 1970s. The digitized material represents a sampling of the original footage. Contact the Archives with questions.

Springfield Transportation Photos
The Springfield Public Transportation Photos collection is comprised of digitized images from black and white negatives held by The History Museum of Springfield-Greene County. Only a portion of the collection is digitized due to the deteriorating condition of the negatives. The images document public transportation in Springfield from various streetcars to city buses and show progress and changes within the Springfield community. The digitized portion dates from 1910 to 1952. Contact the Archives with questions.

Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) Collection
UNITE formed after the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) merged in 1995. The majority of the digitized material here comes from the ILGWU in the 1930s-1980s and especially focuses on St. Louis, Missouri, but also includes material from other parts of Missouri as well as other states. The collection is unprocessed. Contact the Archives with questions.

War Memorial Album
Completed in 1955, the War Memorial Album contains photographs and biographies of 93 students and alumni who lost their lives in World Wars I and II and the Korean Conflict. The album has been scanned in its entirety, though supporting materials may be found among the related archival collection. See the finding aid for more information.

Womer Correspondence Collection
Nine letters received by Mary Louise (Clifton) Womer between 1939 and 1941 from Ozarks artists and writers. This collection was scanned in its entirety. View the MSU Libraries catalog record.



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