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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
Camp of J.M. Baker.  Ditch 39

Workers from the camp of J.M. Baker.
Ditch 39 
from the Little River Drainage District Records
Researching the Collection  Friend Family Photo

The F. M. Friend Family
from the Friend Family Collection

To start searching our Regional History Collection Guide, click any letter on the menu above, it will take you to brief descriptions of our collections (sorted alphabetically), or search by subject or title in the box above. 

Some of the collection's titles will be in blue.  These are links to the collection's finding aid.   If you need help understanding our finding aids, please click here for a help guide. 
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