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Special Collections and Archives at Southeast Missouri State University acquires, preserves, and makes accessible research materials that document the historical, literary, and cultural experience of Southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River Valley region, and the history of Southeast Missouri State University.

While the holdings of Special Collections and Archives are developed in relation to instructional and research interests within the University, all holdings are available for use by visiting scholars and the general public, as well as by Southeast faculty and students.

 

Regional History Collection

Special Collections and Archives is the official repository for regional history research materials on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.  Special Collections actively collects and receives, through donations, material documenting the history of a 14-county region in Missouri, including the Missouri Bootheel and the hill counties to the north and the west of the lowlands.  The subject strengths of our collection reflect the most significant historical happenings of the region- European settlement, foreign and domestic wars, river travel and the coming of the railroad's "iron horse," the draining of the Southeast Missouri swamps in the early 20th century, and the subsequent rise of agriculture on these cleared lands. 

Special Collections and Archives houses more than 400 Regional History Collections, consisting of over 1200 linear feet of materials, including maps, historical site surveys,  clippings, postcards, oral histories, newspapers, business and organizational records, architectural records, and over 60,000 photographic images.

 

University Archives

Special Collections and Archives houses the archives of Southeast Missouri State University, from its founding as the Southeast Missouri State Normal School in 1873 to the present.  Records created by key university administrative entities and offices, organizations, faculty, and faculty governing bodies are housed here.  University publications, like the Capaha Arrow newspaper and the Sagamore yearbook, are located in Special Collections; as well as over 2,000 diverse photographic images of people, buildings, and campus life.

 

Special Collections

Special Collections and Archives also administers access to the Rare Book Room collections.  These include the Charles Harrison Collection, which contains over 800 rare and unusual books reflecting the history of scribal and print culture from the 13th to the early 20th centuries, and the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of William Faulkner Materials, one of the world's four most significant collections of material on Faulkner.  Access to the Rare Book Room is by appointment only.  Appointments can be procured by calling  the Special Collections Librarian at (573) 986-7446.

 

For more information on all our collections visit our webpage at http://library.semo.edu/archives/index.htm

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