Guide to Labor History in Missouri


Several newspapers in the Society’s collection reflect Missouri’s worker’s associations and labor union history. These newspapers featured news coverage aimed at manufacturers, laborers, and their families. For example, the Farmer's Union, a weekly newspaper published on Thursdays in Memphis, Scotland County, Missouri, was a Populist journal that supported the Farmers’ and Laborers’ Union in northeast Missouri.

Additional newspapers found on SHSMO's Digital Collections website also share news relating to union workers and labor strikes.

For a list of all digitized newspapers, visit the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.

For a list of newspapers on microfilm at the State Historical Society of Missouri, visit the newspaper catalog.

Labor and Union Newspapers in SHSMO Holdings

County City Title Also Available On Date Range
Greene Springfield Springfield Labor Record Microfilm 1979-1985
Greene Springfield Springfield Laborer Microfilm 1916-1917
Greene Springfield Union Labor Record Microfilm 1937-1979
Jackson Kansas City Kansas City Labor Microfilm 1895
Jackson Kansas City Kansas City Labor News Microfilm 1924-1938
Jackson Labor Herald Microfilm 1904-1940
Jackson Labor Journal Microfilm 1942-1962
Jasper Labor Record Microfilm 1900-1901
Jasper Joplin Joplin Missouri Trades Unionist Microfilm 1908-1921
Marion Hannibal Hannibal Labor Press Microfilm 1915-1972
Scotland Memphis Farmers’ Union Microfilm 1891-1895
St. Louis Illinois Labor Tribune Microfilm 1963-1966
St. Louis Indiana Labor Tribune Microfilm 1955-1970
St. Louis Labor Microfilm 1893-1899
St. Louis Labor Campaign Microfilm 1894
St. Louis Labor Compendium Microfilm 1901-1905, 1907-1911
St. Louis St. Louis/ Southern Illinois Labor Tribune Microfilm 2012-2014
St. Louis Labor’s Call Microfilm 1977-1979
St. Louis Midwest Labor World Microfilm 1943-1963
St. Louis Milwaukee Labor Microfilm 1894
St. Louis Missouri Labor Microfilm 1896-1906
St. Louis Southern Illinois Labor Tribune Microfilm 1954-1963, 1966-1970
St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Commercial News and Labor Gazette Microfilm 1911
St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Labor Microfilm 1895-1896, 1903-1930
St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Labor Tribune Microfilm 1937-1985
St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Union Microfilm 1883
St. Louis St. Louis St. Louis Union Labor Advocate Microfilm 1934-1958
St. Louis Troy Labor Microfilm 1894