Travel and Exploration

Special Collections has a number of materials related to travel and exploration.  The three largest holdings consist of around 400 travelogues and other published accounts of travel throughout Europe, approximately 100 of which focus on travel within Great Britain; around 150 titles related to travel in North and South America, including emigrants’ guides, sea expeditions, and published accounts of western expansion; and a collection of maps and atlases dating from the 16th century to the present.

How to Use the Collection

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

Finding Aids for Travel and Exploration

Rare Book Collection


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

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 G. Neihardt Collection


Biographical Sketch John Gneisenau Neihardt (1881-1973) accepted a position at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Department of English in 1949…

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…

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…

William Least Heat-Moon Papers

Scope and Contents Material by Wililam Least Heat-Moon (b. 1939). Manuscripts and additional materials from six of the author’s…

Related Exhibits

Selected Items

Various Plans and Draughts of Cities, Towns, Harbours &c . . .


[New York, Boston, Charleston, Delaware River to Philadelphia & Havana].

Venice and the Lido


Venice and the Lido travel poster offered by MU digital Libraries Ellis

Hiller 09-070: A introduction sign of The Ancient Armillary in Nanking


Photograph of a introduction sign of The Ancient Armillary. The sign states that the Ancient Armillary was made between 1431-1449.

Digitized from…

Map of Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.


Shows cities, railroads, military outposts, areas of Indian habitation, and geographic features for Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and a portion of New…

Hiller 09-071: Armillary sphere in Nanking 1


Photograph of the Armillary sphere in Nanking.

Digitized from glass slide. Quality of original is good. Scan: Creo iQsmart3. Image is 600 dpi,…

Hiller 09-096 : A man in a field


Photograph of a man with sunglasses sitting on a curved tree trunk in a field in Soochow.

Notes: According to the Mr. Hiller's son-in-law's…

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