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Local and Regional Sources: Columbia


Columbia Missourian

Columbia Daily Tribune

COMO Magazine
Monthly magazine covering people and businesses in Columbia.  If you need an idea of a person to interview, look at the "People You Should Know" or PYSK section in every issue under "Working."

The Columbia Heart Beat
Alternative "newspaper" for Columbia 
NOTE:  The site doesn't appear to updated regularly anymore.  Its value may lie in historical stories, pre-2019.

Google searches on specific Columbia shows

    • Example: Clyde Ruffin
    • Example: Brian Treece

Historical Organizations

State Historical Society of Missouri
-Good for information on Missouri history, will have some on local and Mizzou history.  They are located just north of Peace Park at 605 Elm Street.  During COVID-19, they are open by appointment.  Reserve a time at least two business days in advance,

University Archives - University of Missouri
- UA collects information related to MU history including official documents.  Please call (573) 882-7567 or send an email to before heading to 703 Lewis Hall.  Most of their materials are located off-campus and must be brought to their office to use.

Boone County Historical Society
-They collect information related to Boone County history.

Daniel Boone Regional Library Community History Archive


Using the MERLIN catalog, search Columbia Missouri history and similar keywords to find books about Columbia's history.  Many may turn up in the State Historical Society of Missouri which is in the basement of Ellis Library.  Those items cannot be checked out but must be used in their reading room. 

Sample titles

  • A History of Columbia and Boone County by John C. Crighton
  • Columbia's Historic Sharp End by Rudi Keller

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Content compiled by Anne Barker and Gwen Gray.