Thursday, April 11, 2013


In fulfilling our mission of collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Missouri and the Midwest, we are pleased to announce the opening of our sixth research center. The new location serving the southeast corner of the state is located on the Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) campus in Pacific Hall.

The Cape center, which officially opened March 21, 2013, is open to the public from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. At the Pacific Hall facility, historians, researchers, and genealogists can access the SHSMO’s vast manuscript, book, and newspaper collections, no matter where the materials are housed.

As you know, SHSMO’s statewide reach has been well established with centers now in Columbia (headquarters), Kansas City, Rolla, Springfield, and St. Louis, but the governing board decided we also needed a presence in southeast Missouri.

According to Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr., SHSMO president, “The Southeast Missouri State University campus is the perfect place for a new center. We can supplement and complement the work being done in the university’s Center for Regional History and its Archives and Special Collections.”

Our partnership also holds great promise for the collection, curation, and dissemination of materials relating to the rich history of southeast Missouri. I am so pleased we are sharing the robust collection of SHSMO materials pertinent to southeast Missouri, including the Oliver Collection, the Congressman William ‘Bill’ Emerson Papers, and the Charles M. Barnes Papers.

Collections from all of the Research Centers will be delivered upon request by researchers, on a schedule yet to be determined, but no less than once per month. To get started, review the collection listings at and complete the request form, available at Please pay special attention to the section, “Requests for research materials to be used at an SHSMO research center,” and click on the “Cape Girardeau” option. Note that although the retrieval and delivery service is free, fees for subsequent copying or scanning of material may apply.

Please join in our excitement and visit the new center. The goal of our new partnership is to encourage historical study of this dynamic area while providing southeast Missouri residents convenient access to SHSMO resources.

The Cape Girardeau Research Center is headed by Dr. Frank Nickell, retired SEMO history professor and former director of the SEMO Center for Regional History. I’ve worked with Frank for many years and am pleased to have him as our first staff person in Cape Girardeau.

If you have questions, please call the Cape Girardeau Research Center at 573.651.2689 or the Columbia Center at 573.882.1187. We look forward to hearing from you about your research interests and requests.

Best regards,

Gary Kremer
Executive Director

SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center

Established as the sixth branch of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Cape Girardeau Research Center supports the overall mission of the Society with special attention to expanding both the study of the southeast region of the state and the preservation of its history.

Location & Information

SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center
347 N Pacific Street, Room 301
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Contact: Dr. Frank Nickell
Phone: 573.651.2689
Email: or
Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Parking: Free to Visitors, for more information click on the following link parking facts at Southeast Missouri State University.

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