New Missouri Bicentennial Collection

collage of Columbia-area churches in the early 20th century
Photographs of several Columbia, Missouri churches in the early 20th century. From the new Missouri Bicentennial Collection.

In July, the Daniel Boone Regional Library added a new Missouri Bicentennial Collection to its Community History Archive. The library digitized several books from its reference collection that are important documents related to the history of Boone and Callaway Counties. Included in this digital collection are the index to the Columbia Professional World, which was an African-American newspaper published in the early 1900s in Columbia; the 25th Anniversary commemorative edition of the Columbia Missouri Herald and its transcription; and a transcription of newspaper clippings from the Columbia Missouri Statesman and other Mid-Missouri newspapers in the 19th century.

“We believe that this collection will be helpful to genealogists and amateur historians and helps describe the colorful history of our area,” said Seth Smith, DBRL librarian and archivist of DBRL’s Community History Archive. “We have these items in our reference collection and wanted to make these resources more widely available to Missourians.”

The library’s online Community History Archive launched in May 2018. Other collections include the “Community Yearbook Archive,” “Midway One-Room Schoolhouses,” and “Southern Boone County Historical Society.” New collections will continue to be added.

The Daniel Boone Regional Library serves Boone and Callaway Counties and has libraries in Ashland, Columbia, Fulton and Holts Summit. The bookmobile visits communities in the two counties.

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