Southeast Missouri State University

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

  • Regional History Collections
    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, though donations, materials documenting the history of a 14-county region in Missouri that includes the Bootheel. 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. To view a guide to these collections, check Regional History Collection Guide.
  • University Archives
    Special Collections and Archives houses the archives of Southeast Missouri State University, from its founding as the Missouri State Normal School, Third District, in 1873 to the present. Records from 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 also located in Special Collections, as well as over 8,000 diverse photographic images of people, buildings, and campus life. To view a guide to these collections, check University Archives Collection Guide.

While the holdings of Special Collections and Archives are developed in relation to the instructional and research interests in the University, they are available for use by visiting scholars and the general public, as well as Southeast faculty and students. Special Collections is located on the third floor of Kent Library in Room 306. For information on use policies and hours, visit Special Collections and Archives Information.