Guide to Labor History in Missouri

Other Resources


Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The best terms to search for labor sources are simply “labor,” “unions,” and “workers.”

Historic Missourians

The Society’s Historic Missourians website contains biographies of a number of significant businessmen, journalists, and activists who worked on behalf of the laborers throughout the state of Missouri.


SHSMO has numerous collections containing photographs documenting labor and unions in Missouri. A small percentage of these photographs have been digitized and are available in the Columbia Digital Photograph Collection. Additional images can also be found in the following collections:

Other Sources

These links, which open in another window, will take you outside the Society's website. The Society is not responsible for the content of the following websites: