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MU History and Local History

Constructing and reconstructing the histories of the places human beings live and work, as opposed to histories of whole nations, states, cultures, or economies, can be both rewarding and challenging. This guide is meant to introduce the resources of particular importance for researching historical events and people at the University of Missouri and in the city of Columbia, and to some extent, Boone County. 

Strategies for Pandemic Research

Combine searches of hard-to-access print resources, via archival finding aids, with searches of online/digitized sources.

  • Find names, years, organizations, events in the finding aids.
  • Use ancestry.com to go from a NAME to a NEIGHBORHOOD.
  • Use the digitized newspapers in the State Historical Society to go from a NAME or ORGANIZATION or BUILDING to a NEWS STORY.
  • Use HathiTrust to do "needle in a haystack" search for MENTIONS of people within books with certain words in the title, or subject headings.
  • Use today's websites for campus offices and student organizations related to your topic, to find keywords to search the Archives and other sources for (example: https://international.missouri.edu/about/data-and-publications/)