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Research Materials and General History

  • American Indian History: Iowa, Sac, & Fox -- Harry L. George Collection

  • Jesse James

  • Missouri History – St. Joseph & Area History – Western Movement: Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail and California Trail

  • Psychiatric History

  • The Civil War: Missouri and Kansas

  • The Pony Express

  • Trappers and Traders: Robidoux Family

Research Requests 

The St. Joseph Museums welcomes researchers. To make a research appointment, please contact us at or call 816-232-8471.

Black Archives Museum

Research Rules

  • The hours are 9:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment only. These hours are subject to change.

  • A Staff Member will be assigned to each researcher according to the area of the Museum Collections being studied and will be present while research is being done.

  • All researchers must fill out an “Access to Collections Form” before beginning their research.

  • Only the researcher is allowed in the research area. Family members or friends may tour the Museums while waiting.

  • Only pencils may be used in the research area – no pens or markers are allowed.

  • No knives, scissors, and/or other sharp implements are allowed in the research area.

  • Briefcases, backpacks, and/or tote bags are not allowed in the research area.

  • All books from the Reference Library will be removed and replaced by a staff member.

  • Material handling instructions will be given verbally to the researcher at the beginning of the appointment.

  • If archival gloves are needed for handling they will be provided by a staff member.

  • Extremely fragile materials may not be available for research.

  • If the researcher would like physical low resolution photocopies of material, the cost is $.15 per copy. All copying will be done by a staff member.

  • High resolution digital scans may be available for $1.00 per scan.


If a researcher is unable to travel to St. Joseph, we will be happy to do the research for you. The first hour of research is free, then $10.00 an hour for each additional hour of research, plus $.15 a copy for photocopies.

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