Guide to Frontier and Pioneer Life 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 State Historical Society holds numerous books on the frontier of Missouri and the Midwest. The broadest terms to search are “frontier” or “pioneer.” For a more specific search in Missouri, simply add the subject term “Missouri” to your search. You can also search specific Missouri pioneers or frontiersmen by name.

Digital Collection

The State Historical Society of Missouri's Digital Collection provides online access to journals, photographs, newspapers, and oral histories telling the story of Missouri’s history, people, and culture.

The Frontier and Pioneer Life Collection consists of letters, diaries, and other papers associated with exploration, the westward movement, overland travel, the gold rush, homesteading and settlement, and daily life on the frontier in the United States.

Historic Missourians