Research Centers

Contact & Information

Missouri State University
Duane G. Meyer Library Room 306
Special Collections and Archives
850 S John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65897


Research Request

Tours & Group Visits


Monday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Or by appointment

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Duane G. Meyer Library, Missouri State University

Duane G. Meyer Library [MSU]


The State Historical Society of Missouri and Missouri State University are partners in making SHSMO manuscript, book, and microfilm collections available for use in Springfield.

The Springfield Center collections focus on the history of southern Missouri and the Ozarks. A growing number of resources document the area's unique heritage through family papers, photographs, postcards, and organizational records such as the Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Council Papers (SP009).

The musical history of the area is preserved in the Songs from an Ozarks Childhood music manuscript collection (SP003), which ensures the lyrics of Ozarks folk songs as well as the melodies are handed down to future generations. The collection includes a recording of Sybil Irene Jobe performing many of the songs.

SHSMO collections are stored at research centers across the state. Please make requests at least one week in advance of your visit.

Noteworthy resources cover topics including:

Springfield Collecting Area includes southwestern Missouri counties