The State Historical Society of Missouri’s collection of editorial cartoons began in 1946 with an important donation of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Daniel Robert Fitzpatrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The collection has now grown to more than 8,000 works and includes many other well-known cartoonists such as Bill Mauldin and Tom Engelhardt. The works graphically and often poignantly reflect attitudes and opinions on contemporary local, national, and international events. Most of the cartoons in the Society's collection that touch upon the sports and recreational activities were drawn by Fitzpatrick and Engelhardt.
Photographs of Missourians participating in sports and outdoor recreational activities can be found throughout the Society’s photograph collections. Documented activities and sports include baseball, boxing, wresting, bowling, camping, and picnicking.