Missouri State Archives

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Missouri State Archives
Missouri State Archives

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  archref@sos.mo.gov


600 West Main Street
P.O. Box 1747
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Telephone:[1]  573-751-3280
Fax:  573-526-5327

Hours and holidays:[1]

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8-5
  • Thursday: 8-8
  • Saturday: 9-3
  • Missouri holidays

Directions, map, parking, and public transportation:

  • Driving directions:  The Missouri State Archives is part of the State Capitol complex and is located in the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center. The Archives is two blocks northwest of the State Capitol on West Main Street.[1]
  • Google map:  Missouri State Archives
  • Parking:  Visitor parking is available at no charge in close vicinity to the building. Handicap parking is immediately in front of the building.[1]
  • Public transportation:  The JeffTran bus High Street West Route has a stop a block and a half from the Missouri State Archives.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

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A "user-friendly" facility with original county records on microfilm from all counties (61,000 reels), municipal records, 400,000 photos, 9000 maps, censuses 1752-1940, court, land, military, Missouri Mormon War, and penitentiary records. Additional databases include births/deaths pre-1910, coroners inquests, land patents 1831-1969, and naturalizations 1816-1955.[2] Copies of records can also be ordered online.

Vital records collections vary by county. For example, the Missouri State Archives has the Jackson County birth and death records since 1883 in an online index; Jackson County birth records 1883-1895; and Jackson County marriages 1827-1937.[3]

Guides[edit | edit source]

Tip[edit | edit source]

Patrons must read and comply with the Patron Resource Agreement before beginning research activity.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Missouri State Archives, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Missouri History Museum Library, St. Louis, has regional history sources, St. Louis, Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri Valleys, the Louisiana Purchase, American West: indexes, guides, catalogs, photos, genealogy workshops. Many records of Missouri settlers from Illinois.</ref>
  • St. Louis County Library, a Missouri collection including the National Genealogical Society, and St. Louis Genealogical Society collections, online databases, federal censuses, births, deaths, cemeteries, church records, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, wills, African American records, yearbooks, and access to FamilySearch microfilms.[6]

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Contact Information in Missouri Secretary of State (accessed 24 February 2016).
  2. Research Room in Missouri Secretary of State (accessed 7 March 2014).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  4. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  5. About the Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 5 May 2010).
  6. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 230. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  8. Alice Eichholz, ed., Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 393. Ancestry digital copy ($); WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  9. Eichholz, 383 and 393.
  10. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  12. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  14. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  15. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  17. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.