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Politics in Missouri oral history project, records

Repository: State Historical Society of Missouri

Collection Description (CRHP): A number of interviews deal with civil rights legislation and other relevant issues and efforts.

Collection Description (Extant): The Politics in Missouri Oral History Project features recordings of oral histories given by Missouri political leaders and activists. The interviews were taken beginning in 1996 and include sessions with Claire McCaskill, Emory Melton, and Thomas F. Eagleton, among many others. Mid- to late-twentieth century Missouri political history remains understudied, and the Society is working to increase understanding and promote awareness of this important field. Researchers, academics, students, current political activists, government officials, and the general public are encouraged to use these records to more fully define local and state political history as well as the significant role Missouri and Missourians have played in issues and movements at the national level.

This project supports the Society's longstanding commitment to preserve and provide access to Missouri's historical and cultural resources. The Society continually seeks interviews with former Missouri legislators, governors, statewide elected officials, aides, lobbyists, and various political participants.

Origin Info: The Politics in Missouri Oral History Project is conducted by the State Historical Society of Missouri and is funded by the Missouri General Assembly.

Access Copy Note: Transcripts and audio for many interviews can be found online at collection URL. The full text of each transcript is searchable by keyword.

Because this is an ongoing project the attached lists of recordings and transcripts might not be up-to-date. Consult the reading room staff for more information.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1996-

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: C3929

Extent: audio cassettes, compact discs, transcripts

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: For more information about the Society's Oral History Program and the many associated collections, visit

Interviewees: Sol Astrachan, Donald W. Littrell, Herman A. Johnson, Roy Cooper, Jr., Alex Cooper, Warren E. Hearnes, James A. Noland, Jr., James Ed Reeves, Timothy R. Coughlin, Sheila Lumpe, P. Wayne Goode, Margot Truman Patterson Lubensky, John E. Downs, Elsa Debra Hill, Bernard Simcoe, William J. Cason, Mary L. Grant Newquist, Ronald Reed, Jr., James F. Wolfe, R. Leon Saalwaechter, Hardin C. Cox

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American politicians--Missouri
African Americans--Civil rights--Missouri
Civil rights movements--Missouri
Civil rights--Missouri
Discrimination in public accommodations
Missouri--Race relations


Sound recordings


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