Guide to African American Experience in Missouri

Other Resources

An abundance of relatively new and often easily accessible sources are available to twenty-first-century scholars of the African American experience in Missouri.


Missouri State Archives

Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative

A number of federal records have become available recently that provide exciting possibilities for adding to our understanding of the African American experience in Missouri. In particular, these records provide glimpses into such topics as the recruitment of African Americans into the Union Army, the treatment of "Contrabands" (that is, slaves captured by Union soldiers), the theft and confiscation of slaves, and the physical treatment (or mistreatment) of slaves.

State Historic Preservation Office (DNR)

County Courthouses and City Halls

Federal Goverment

Archives, Libraries, and Musuems

State Historical Society of Missouri

Digital Collections
Oral History Collection

Missouri History Musuem

National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis

St. Louis County Libraries

Kansas City Public Library

Black Archives of Mid-America

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the Black Archives has a number of collections that document that city's rich African American heritage. With the exception of some photographs, the bulk of these materials are not available online, however. One of the largest of the collections housed at the Black Archives—and arguably, one of the most important—is the one that contains the papers of Chester A. and Ada Crogman Franklin, longtime owners and publishers of The Call, Kansas City's important African American newspaper. The Franklins published this newspaper from 1919 until Ada Franklin died in 1983.

The resources on this page have been adapted from a chapter of the book Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri by Gary Kremer. If you have suggestions for other resources for African American research in Missouri, please email them to us at