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The Missouri Digital Heritage archive makes a heroic effort at building a one-stop shopping portal for the state's digital content. They do a good job, but don't go thinking this one resource will get you all that the state of Missouri has to offer.
 
The site highlights its Civil War resources and lumps together hundreds of digital collections under various headings: 
    • Agriculture
    • Archives and Manuscripts Collection Guides
    • Art, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Theater
    • Books, Pamphlets, and Monographs
    • Business, Commerce, Industry, and Manufacturing
    • County and Municipal Records
    • Cultures and Communities
    • Exploration and Settlement
    • Family and Faith
    • Government and Political Records
    • Maps
    • Medicine, Science, Technology, and Nature
    • Military Records and Resources
    • Newspapers
    • Periodicals
    • Photographs and Images
    • Sports and Recreation
    • Transportation
    • Women
Digital Heritage offers a number of online exhibits as well, mixing together Missouri history with other historical themes: 
  • American Regionalism: Visions from the Heartland
  • Carrie Watkins Cookbook
  • Deafness in Disguise
  • Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"
  • Heart of the University: MU Libraries
  • Hezzie Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian
  • Kirksville Cyclone
  • Lasting Impressions: German-Americans in St. Louis
  • Life in St. Louis: The Matthews Family 1811 - 2000
  • Lincoln and the Dome
  • Maps of Missouri
  • Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos
  • Meet Me at the Union
  • Mineral Area Historic Building Landscape through an Architect's Eyes
  • Mizzou on Canvas: A Portrait of Leadership
  • Mizzourah! MU Football: The Early Years
  • Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation: The Cradle of Kansas City Jazz
  • Origins and History of the Washington University School of Medicine
  • Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969
  • Poplar Bluff History Photo Pages
  • Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants
  • Propaganda War: World War II Posters
  • Quest for the Cure: Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital
  • Ravenna Mosaic Company: A Retrospective
  • Roman Imperial Coin Portraits
  • Spiritual Journeys: Books Illustrating the First Two Centuries of Contemplation and Action in the Society of Jesus
  • St. Charles Postcards
  • St. Louis Mayors
  • Terra Incognita
  • Ticket to the Past: The First 25 Years of the Missouri State Fair
  • Upset! Truman's Whistle Stop Campaign Remembered
  • Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and the Home Front
  • Ward Parkway "A Grand American Avenue"
  • What a Piece of Work is Man: Reading the Body in Medieval Manuscripts
  • Women's Work: Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators from the 17th to the 21st Century
There's much more to explore at the official Missouri State Archives website, including a host of digital resources -- many that will thrill family history researchers -- that are not part of the Digital Heritage site and are easy to overlook:
    • Archives' Online Catalog
    • Birth & Death Records Database, pre-1910
    • Civil War Provost Marshal Index Database
    • Coroner's Inquest Database
    • County and Municipal Records on Microfilm
    • Digital Collections
    • Finding Aids
    • Land Patents Database
    • Local Records Inventory Database
    • Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1960
    • Missouri Judicial Index Database
    • Missouri Judicial Records
    • Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database
    • Naturalization Records Database
    • Soldiers' Records: War of 1812 - World War I
    • St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project
    • St. Louis Probate Court Digitization Project
 
The Birth/Death records include stillborn births, a rarity in genealogical research.
 
State archives also include a County Inventory database that indexes the (mostly offline) archives held at the local level, and highlight, as well, a few additional online collections:
    • Lewis and Clark Expedition
    • Provost Marshal/United States Colored Troops PDF images
    • The Missouri Mormon War
The Missouri-Mormon War!  Who knew!
 
Speaking of collections, head back to the Digital Heritage Collections site for a moment, where you can find the full list of several hundred online Collections, not all of which (e.g. Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts) have a Missouri focus:
    • 1948 Presidential Campaign
    • 1951 Flood
    • A. B. Nichols Panama Collection
    • Achieve-the Alumni Magazine of William Jewell College
    • Adair County Porter School House
    • Advertising Cards
    • African American History Collection (Guide)
    • African American Portrait Collection
    • African Americans in Northeast Missouri
    • Albrecht Dürer Woodcuts
    • American Civil War in Missouri
    • American Regionalism: Visions from the Heartland
    • Andrew Taylor Still Papers
    • Archer's Thumb Rings
    • Architectonic Fixations: Photographs from the Collection of Russell Sturgis
    • Art to Enchant: Illustrators and Shakespeare
    • Assorted Images of Kansas City
    • Autochromes
    • Bagnell Dam Construction Photographs
    • Baron Missakian Collection
    • Before Dred Scott:  Freedom Suits in Antebellum Missouri
    • Benjamin Gratz Brown, 1871-1873
    • BEYOND TLC: Missouri Women in the Health Science Professions
    • Big Fire
    • Blue Springs Historical Society Archives Photograph Collection
    • Boone County Historical Society Civil War Collection
    • Border Star Newspaper [also Weekly Border Star]
    • Brush Creek Follies: Photographs, Sound, and Video from the Arthur B. Church - KMBC Radio Collection
    • Buck Clayton Collection
    • Bureau of Labor and Statistics - The Red Book
    • Camp Crowder Photograph Collection
    • Cape Girardeau Argus
    • Capitol Construction Photographs
    • Carrie Watkins Cookbook
    • Carthage Picture Booklet
    • Cass Gilbert's Palace of Fine Arts
    • Celebrating the Louisiana Purchase: The 1904 World's Fair
    • Central Wesleyan College Archives
    • Centuries of Civil Engineering: A Rare Book Exhibition Celebrating the Heritage of Civil Engineering
    • Chariton Collector
    • Charles Elliott Gill Photographs
    • Civil War Collection (Guide)
    • Civil War in Missouri - Monographs
    • Civil War Letters of Lewis Riley
    • Claiborne Fox Jackson, 1861
    • Clarence M. Kelley Diploma Collection
    • Classics and Landmarks Collection
    • Claude N. Strauser, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District
    • Club Kaycee
    • Cold War Confrontation: Truman, Stalin, and the Berlin Airlift, June 1948 - May 1949
    • Columbia Missourian 1929, 1969-1975
    • Come Home Tigers
    • Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks
    • Connor Brochure
    • Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection
    • Cook Bros. Carriage Co. (Jewish Federation-Women's Division), 1897-1904
    • Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Orchestra
    • Cows on the Lawn
    • Crack of the Pistol: Dueling in the 19th Century
    • Cuneiform Tablets: Records of Ancient Mesopotamia
    • Daily Evening Herald and Commercial Advertiser
    • Daily Missouri Republican
    • Dallas Bartley, Small Town Boy
    • Dave Dexter, Jr. Collection
    • Deafness in Disguise
    • Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb
    • Depicting Devotion: Illuminated Books of Hours from the Middle Ages
    • Devil's Island Paintings
    • Diamond Vision, Missouri Tigers on the Field
    • Diary of Nancy Holmes Corse
    • Domino Danzero Family Photograph Collection
    • Dred Scott Case
    • Dred Scott: 150th Anniversary Commemoration
    • Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"
    • Education Curricula: Exploring the Foundations of Churchill's Leadership
    • Education
    • Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection
    • Equatorial Africa: Material Culture from Peoples of the Congo, Uganda and Kenya
    • Establishing the Marshall Plan
    • Ethnographic Collection
    • Exploring Object Virtual Reality
    • Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo
    • Facsimiles of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles
    • Famous Missourians
    • Far West
    • Fourth of July Speeches
    • Fragments From the Botanical Frontier
    • Frank and Jesse James Circuit Court Documents
    • Frenchtown Postcards
    • Frisco: A Look Back at the Saint Louis-San Francisco Railway
    • Fruitful Heritage
    • Getting Physical: Women's Athletics at MU
    • Grayson Archery Collection
    • Greenwood Cemetery Funerary Art
    • Guadalupe Center Scrapbooks
    • Guerrillas and Outlaws
    • Guides to Special Collections at Ellis Library - UMC
    • Hall?s Index & Items of Genealogical Interest from the Springfield, Greene County, MO Newspapers
    • Hamilton Rowan Gamble, 1861 - 1864
    • Hancock Lee Jackson, 1857
    • Hannibal Clipper
    • Hannibal Courier-Post
    • Harry H. Laughlin Papers
    • Heart of the University: MU Libraries
    • Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library
    • Hezzie Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian
    • Historic "Blue Book" Photograph Collection
    • Historical Postcards of Springfield, Missouri
    • Illustrated History of the Missouri Botanical Garden (1800-1920)
    • Immigrant Community of Ilasco, Missouri: Cement Company Town 1901-1965
    • James Merrill: Other Writings
    • Japanese Ivory Carvings
    • Johann Leonhard Rost. Atlas Portatilis Coelestis, 1723
    • John G. Neihardt: Poet of the American West
    • John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library
    • Joplin 1902 Picture Booklet
    • Joplin 1913 Picture Booklet
    • Joplin Historical Postcards
    • Joplin Tornado
    • Joseph Washington McClurg, 1869-1871
    • Journal-Post Photographs
    • Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens
    • Judge Elmo M. Hargrave Photograph Collection
    • Kansas City Churches
    • Kansas City Journal-Post's Diamond Jubilee Section
    • Kansas City Photographs
    • Kansas City Postcards
    • Kansas City Sheet Music Collection
    • Kansas City: Paris of the Plains, the Jazz Age in Kansas City, 1920-40
    • Key Resources on 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
    • Kirksville Cyclone
    • Kirksville Photos by Drake
    • Klondike of Missouri
    • Korean War: The US Response to North Korea's Invasion of South Korea
    • Lasting Impressions: German-Americans in St. Louis
    • Laws of the City of St. Louis Government
    • Leon Karel Business Forms Collection
    • Lewis & Clark Across Missouri
    • Lewis & Clark Expedition
    • Liberty Banner (March 3, 1844)
    • Liberty Tribune
    • Life in St. Louis: The Matthews Family 1811 - 2000
    • Lincoln and the Dome
    • Lincoln University Yearbooks (1915-1975)
    • Lindenwood University
    • Livingston County History
    • Look into the Past of Trenton Missouri and Grundy County
    • Louise and Omar Putman Collection
    • Main Street
    • Man's Best Friend:  The Old Drum Story
    • Maplewood Historical Photographs
    • Maps of Missouri
    • Maps
    • Marion County Atlas, 1875
    • Mark Twain Zephyr Image Collection
    • Mary Alice Hansen Postcard Collection
    • Masks Around the World
    • Max Hunter Collection of Ozark Folk Song
    • Medical Journeys
    • Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos
    • Medicine in Times of Need: 21st General Hospital/Base Hospital 21
    • Meet Me at the Union
    • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis
    • Mineral Area Historic Building Landscape through an Architect's Eyes
    • Mining Health Study
    • Missouri's Early Slave Laws:  A History in Documents
    • Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Pre-1910
    • Missouri Census Schedules from 1830-1930
    • Missouri Civil War Battle Flags
    • Missouri Conservationist
    • Missouri Coroner's Inquest Database
    • Missouri County & Municipal Records on Microfilm
    • Missouri County Histories
    • Missouri County Plat Books
    • Missouri Death Certificates
    • Missouri Historical Review
    • Missouri Judicial Records
    • Missouri Land Records 1820-1969
    • Missouri Local Records Inventory Database
    • Missouri Memories: A History in Photographs
    • Missouri Mormon War
    • Missouri Naturalization Records Database (1816-1955)
    • Missouri Platbooks
    • Missouri Soldier's Database: War of 1812 - WWI
    • Missouri State Archives Photograph Collections (1850-present)
    • Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database
    • Missouri Union Provost Marshal Papers 1861-1866
    • Missouri: Its History, Geology, Culture
    • Mizzou from the Air
    • Mizzou in 1900
    • Mizzou on Canvas: A Portrait of Leadership
    • Mizzourah! MU Football: The Early Years
    • Molas: Textile Art of Panama
    • MU in Brick and Mortar
    • Museum Archives Catalog
    • Musicians Local No. 627 and the Mutual Musicians Foundation: The Cradle of Kansas City Jazz
    • Nang: Thai Shadow Puppets
    • National Archives & Records Administration - Archival Research Catalog
    • National Archives & Records Administration - Central Plains Region Digitized Collections
    • Native American & Western Photograph Collection
    • Natural History Books
    • Nelly Don Collection
    • Nineteenth Century Kansas City
    • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    • O'Reilly General Hospital of Springfield, Missouri
    • Official Manual of the State of Missouri - The Blue Book
    • Old Grubstake Days in Joplin
    • Old Stagecoach Stop
    • Origins and History of the Washington University School of Medicine
    • Otomi Cutout Figurines
    • Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Black Families of the Ozarks, Volumes 1 and 2
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Greene County Missouri, History
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Greene County Missouri, Records
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Regional Periodicals - Bittersweet
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Regional Periodicals - OzarksWatch
    • Ozarks Digital Library - Regional Periodicals - White River Valley Historical Quarterly
    • Ozarks Digital Library - The Turnbo Manuscripts
    • Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969
    • Papers of James Mickleborough Greenwood 1874 - 1914
    • Pegram Ozark Life Collection, Ozark Folklife Project
    • Phelps County New Era
    • Philip Mills Arnold Semeiology Collection
    • Photographs from the Joseph K. Redmond Jr. Collection
    • Pioneering Days by Bud Belden
    • Plat Books of Jackson County, Missouri
    • Politics in Missouri Oral History Collection
    • Polk City Directories 1859-1925, Hannibal, MO
    • Poplar Bluff History Photo Pages
    • Portrait and Biographical Record of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties
    • Postcards from the St. Louis World's Fair & Exposition
    • Powerful Grace Lies in Herbs and Plants
    • Preserve Louisiana's Images
    • Progress Amidst Prejudice:  Portraits of African Americans in Missouri (1880-1920)
    • Progressive St. Charles 1916
    • Propaganda War: World War II Posters
    • Quest for the Cure:  Care and Treatment in Missouri's First State Mental Hospital
    • R.A. Longs City and Country Homes Photograph Album
    • Rare Books from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
    • Ravenna Mosaic Company: A Retrospective
    • Registre d'Arpentage
    • Richard W. Bolling Photograph Collection
    • Riches From the Earth
    • Robert Askren Photograph Collection
    • Robert Marcellus Stewart, 1857-1860
    • Rolla Express
    • Rolla New Era
    • Roman Imperial Coin Portraits
    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Kansas City
    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Missouri
    • Savitar - The University of Missouri Yearbook (1895-1903, 1905-1922)
    • School Yard Journal
    • Shannon County Film Project
    • Silas B. Woodson, 1873-1875
    • South Central Business Association
    • Southern Presbyterian Review Project
    • Spiritual Journeys: Books Illustrating the First Two Centuries of Contemplation and Action in the Society of Jesus
    • Springfield, Missouri, and Surroundings 1889
    • St. Charles Car Company
    • St. Charles County Historical Society Archives and Photo Gallery
    • St. Charles County in the World War
    • St. Charles Postcards
    • St. Charles Rugby Owl
    • St. Charles Rugby School of Technology
    • St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project
    • St. Louis Christian Advocate
    • St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project
    • St. Louis Globe Democrat Images
    • St. Louis Mayors
    • St. Louis Mechanics Liens
    • St. Louis Mercantile Library Special Collections
    • St. Louis Palladium
    • St. Louis Probate Court Digitization Project 1802-1900 (now a part of Missouri's Judicial Records)
    • St. Louis Views
    • St. Louis Walk of Fame
    • Star Atlases
    • State Historical Society - The Civil War in Missouri
    • State Historical Society of Missouri - Civil War Manuscripts
    • State Historical Society of Missouri Art Collection
    • State Historical Society of Missouri Editorial Cartoon Collection
    • State Historical Society of Missouri Images of Missouri Collection
    • Steedman Architectural Collection
    • Stephensophia
    • Sterling Price, 1853-1857
    • Stillwell Murder or A Society Crime by Minnie T. Dawson
    • Swekosky-Notre Dame College Collection
    • Tatler - The William Jewell College Yearbook
    • Terra Incognita
    • Thomas Clement Fletcher, 1865-1869
    • Ticket to the Past:  The First 25 Years of the Missouri State Fair
    • Tigers Through the Hoop
    • Timeline of Missouri History
    • Transportation
    • Tri-State Mining Maps
    • Truman Administration's Civil Rights Program: The Desegregation of the Armed Forces
    • Truman Doctrine and the Beginning of the Cold War
    • Truman Library Photograph Collection
    • Tycho Brahe. Astronomical Coniectur [A New Star], 1632
    • Type Specimens from the Missouri Botanical Garden Herbarium
    • UMKC's Book of Gregorian Chant
    • United Nations 1945-53: The Development of a World Organization
    • United States' Recognition of Israel
    • United States Colored Troops in Missouri
    • University City Image Collection
    • University High School Yearbooks
    • University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publications
    • University of Missouri Bulletin Journalism Series
    • University of Missouri Libraries Electronic Books
    • University of Missouri Sports Posters
    • Upset! Truman's Whistle Stop Campaign Remembered
    • Victorian Studio Portrait Photograph Collection
    • Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and the Home Front
    • Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 - 1859
    • Walter C. Richards Photography Collection
    • Walter J. Ong Collection
    • Ward Parkway "A Grand American Avenue"
    • Washington University Papyri Collection
    • Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project
    • Welcome to 1890s Kirksville
    • Westhoff Photo Collection
    • WEW Radio: We Enlighten the World - Saint Louis University and the early days of radio
    • What a Piece of Work is Man:  Reading the Body in Medieval Manuscripts
    • Where the Wilson Meets the James
    • Willard Preble Hall, 1864 - 1865
    • William Jewell College Histories
    • Willis Castle Memorial Photographs
    • Women's Work: Portraits of 12 Scientific Illustrators from the 17th to the 21st Century
Missouri seems to have a real dedication to preserving, digitizing and making available its historical materials, and is looking for even more content to offer online:
"...We’re always working to help local organizations digitize their collections and share them online. If you have ideas or suggestions, please send them to mdh@sos.mo.gov 
 
 
More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources:
 
 Historical Newspaper Archives          Ancestry.com       
 
 Genealogy Tools                                US Historical Newspapers        
 
 
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