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Digital Resources

The materials featured here are only a small selection of the items we've made available online. Digitized materials in Special Collections are available at the HathiTrust Digital LibraryUniversity of Missouri Digital Library, the MOspace Institutional Repository, the Digital Scriptorium, and Missouri Digital Heritage

Collections with Digital Content

The following collections have been fully or partially digitized.

Council of National Defense Collection


The Council of National Defense was created in 1916 to coordinate the U.S. war effort during World War I. Members consisted of the Secretary of War,…

Cuneiform Tablets


Special Collections holds eight cuneiform tablets whose exact provenance is unknown. Seven of the tablets were donated to MU Libraries by the…

Daniel Webster Speeches Collection, 1806-1932


The Daniel Webster Speeches Collection contains pamphlets of speeches made by and about Daniel Webster, for the most part published during or shortly…

Fourth of July Orations Collection


The Fourth of July Orations Collection contains published pamphlets of addresses made on Independence Day from 1791-1925. The speeches explore topics…

Fragmenta Manuscripta


​Fragmenta Manuscripta is a collection of over 200 manuscript leaves and fragments dating from the eighth to the seventeenth century. Originally…

Gary E. and Janet J. Venable Antiquarian Atlas & Map Collection


The Venable Collection documents the history of cartography, geography, and exploration from the sixteenth through the early twentieth century.…

John Tinney McCutcheon Collection of Editorial Cartoons

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Biographical Sketch John Tinney McCutcheon (1870-1949) is often referred to as “the Dean of Cartoonists” and is best known for his political and…

Martin and Margaret Hiller Collection of Audiovisual Materials on China, 1945-1948


Biographical Sketch Martin Hiller was a captain in the Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the Air Force, and later retired as an Air…

Mary Lago Collection

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Biographical Sketch Mary McClelland Lago (1919-2001) was on the University of Missouri Department of English faculty from 1977 to 1991. From 1989…

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts


The collection is available to all researchers. Request materialsfor use in the Special Collections reading room. These materials have been collected…

Modern Manuscripts and Correspondence, ca. 1700-1992


Special Collections holds modern manuscript materials in the form of books, correspondence, and personal papers. These materials were collected at…

Pages from the Past Collection

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Pages from the Past is a collection of original manuscript and rare book leaves compiled and sold by a New York book dealer Alfred W. Stites from 1964…

Plat Books of Missouri Counties Collection


In 1930 W.W. Hickson and Co. of Rockford, Illinois published plat books of townships in counties throughout Missouri. Documenting the ownership and…

Poster Collection


Scope and Contents The collection consists of posters from both World War I and World War II with a few tourist and other miscellaneous posters from…

Rare Book Collection


The Rare Book Collection is the default designation for materials in Special Collections that are acquired as individual items. Like Special…

Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection


History The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire…

Featured Exhibits

John T. McCutcheon: A Cartoonist in his Prime, 1930s


Works from American cartoonist John T. McCutcheon in the 1930s.

Collective Voices


October 2 – November 19, 2020 ​ George Caleb Bingham Gallery, Fine Arts Building, School of Visual Studies, University of Missouri...

Places in the World: Treasures from the Venable Collection


Maps tell us where we are. The most obvious way they do this is geographical, but there is also a...

Preservation Week 2021 and the Adopt-A-Book Program

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This exhibit contains information on preservation within the library and the Adopt-A-Book program. This was completed in preparation for Preservation...

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Featured Items

Registrum brevium : [1 leaf]

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Information about this leaf: Written on vellum with red and blue painted initial letters.

The Square


"Egyptian uprising called for democratic reform. Tahrir Square in Cairo became the focal point and the most effective symbol of the protests in…

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