The photographs collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri is large and varied in its scope and content:
EDWIN AEHLE COLLECTION
Images of steamboat departure cards.
ROBERT BROWN COLLECTION
Approximately twenty-seven images of Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy railroad depots in Missouri.
GEORGE I. GIRD COLLECTION
Aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston.
RALPH GRAVELY COLLECTION
Approximately 50 black and white copy photographs and copy negatives (ca. 1914-1919) of the Gravely family and scenes around Bear Creek (now known as Payntersville), Bolivar, Columbia, Eudora, Fair Play, Springfield, and Stockton, Missouri.
OTTO AND JOE KROEGER COLLECTION
Glass plate negatives, film negatives, photographs, newspaper articles and letters. Includes one image of nuclear bomb exploding over Nagasaki, Japan, taken by fellow Jefferson City soldier Joe Kosstatscher who served with Joe Kroeger during World War II.
RICHARD L. LEE COLLECTION
Black and white photographs of Missouri courthouses.
WILLIAM PRESTON COLLECTION
Sedalia resident William Preston gathered images related to life and career of fan dancer Sally Rand.
WILLIAM PYLE COLLECTION
Columbia photographer William Pyle worked from studio next to Central Dairy, one of his big customers. Central Dairy-related images, including interior and exterior views of the building, children’s field trips, “Central Baby” portraits, photos of the Merchandettes and a sponsored baseball team.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH EDITORIAL CARTOON COLLECTION
Approximately 12,000 items consisting of editorial cartoons created by Post-Dispatch staff members Daniel F. Fitzpatrick [1935-1958), Bill Mauldin (1958-1962) and Tom Engelhardt (1962-1977). Over 7000 searchable records currently available on in-house database.
DANIEL R. FITZPATRICK [1891-1969]
Editorial cartoons on equal rights for women and blacks, a clean environment, and concern for the militarization of America's post-World War foreign policies by this long-time Post-Dispatch staff cartoonist.
WILLIAM “BILL” MAULDIN [1921-2003]
Mauldin earned his second Pulitzer Prize while working for the Post-Dispatch in 1959. In 1962, he left St. Louis to work for The Chicago Sun-Times, where he stayed until his retirement in 1992.
SCHMIDT, MAXIMILIAN [1865-1932] COLLECTION
Boonville photographer Maximilian Schmidt captured his family, Boonville inhabitants, and their environs including early Missouri River floods, steamboats and ferries, views of Boonville streets and the riverfront area, Chouteau Springs, and the Kemper Family School buildings and students.
S. C. STEINBERG COLLECTION COLLECTION
Sixteen prints of political rally sponsored by the Young Democratic Club at Reed's Lake, west of Fulton in Callaway County on July 4, 1938; nine prints of groundbreaking ceremony at Stephens College, Columbia, for Firestone Baars Chapel designed by Eero Saarinen.
E. B. TRAIL COLLECTION COLLECTION
Steamboats, river captains, and steamboat-related images. Also ferries, flatboats, gunboats, houseboats, office boats, snag boats, tow and tug boats, plus advertisements, departure cards, documentation, and related scenes.
DANTE O. TRANQUILLE COLLECTION
104 images taken by Tranquille who worked for the Utica [New York] Observer-Dispatch during the mid-twentieth century. He visited mid-Missouri sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s, and photographed the riverfront area of St. Louis, the black community, downtown, the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, and nearby McBaine, Missouri.
CHARLES TREFTS [1887-1963] COLLECTION
Images from 1900-1963 depict St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Includes many historic events such as 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908, and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. Some images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA COLLECTION
Includes: drawings, engravings, maps, and photos of buildings, clubs, faculty, fairs, festivals, Francis Quadrangle, fraternities, military life, monuments, officials, sororities, sports, student life, and views of campus.
MU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE COLLECTION
Various views of agriculture, buildings, students, and other related images taken from an early slide show developed by the college.
MU SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM SCRAPBOOKS [CIRCA 1909-1912] COLLECTION
Images show everyday academic and student life; tour of the state prison in Jefferson City; sports events; fraternity hazing; Farmers’ Fair; St. Patrick’s Day events; and homecoming parades. Some images of Christian College and Stephens College, including images of students at Lake Okiboji, Iowa.
SHSM Photographs Collection