|Regional History Collections|
The Walther Business
from the Walther Collection
| 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, through donations, material documenting the
history of a 14-county region in Missouri. The subject
strengths of our collection reflect the most significant historical
happenings of the region -- European settlement, foreign and domestic
wars, river and rail transportation, the draining of the Southeast
Missouri swamps in the early 20th century, and the subsequent rise of
agriculture in the region.
Special Collections and Archives houses more than 500 Regional History Collections, consisting of over 2,200 linear feet of materials, including maps, historical site surveys, clippings, postcards, oral histories, newspapers, business and organizational records, architectural records, and over 280 linear feet of photographic materials.
Among the largest collections of papers, records, and photographs are those of the Little River Drainage District Corporation, railroad entrepreneur Louis Houck, the Lueders Photographic Studio, and the Kassel Photographic Studio.
Special Collections and Archives also contains a variety of other family papers, political papers, and organizational and business records, as well as a growing collection of books on regional history and historic preservation topics. Patrons can locate these works by searching the Kent Library catalog.