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The best source for newspapers in the state is the Newspaper Library of the State Historical Society of Missouri. They have the largest repository in the nation. The collection is cataloged online through the University of Missouri MERLIN Library Catalog. Here is a list of Montgomery County newspaper holdings. Missouri Newspaper Obituary Search, non-refundable search fee: $10.00 for non-members, $5.00 for members. General research request, check fees. If you visit the library, staff will make photocopies from the microfilm for $.75 a page.
You can search the newspaper holdings by keyword, by entering the name of the newspaper, or click on University of Missouri, MU Libraries*, includes holdings of the State Historical Society. The catalog entries include previous titles, succeeding titles, and information about the Society's holdings of each newspaper. Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm at the State Historical Society of Missouri, a publication of the State Historical Society, is available for $14.00 postpaid, 221 pages.
The current Montgomery Standard has no old papers on file. Wellsville Optic has ten years or so in large books. They let you come in and photocopy for 10 cents each (of course you have to stay out of the way). Since the editor's husband died this past year, their hours are restricted. The Historical Society has about 15 volumes three inches thick of old clippings.
The information on this page was originally contributed by Nancy Hale Lee.
This page is maintained by Joanna Ashmun, Montgomery County coordinator.
Last updated 10 December 2007.
© 1997-2007 by Joanna M. Ashmun. All rights reserved.