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University Archives Collection: University Archives

A full list of all collections in Missouri Southern's University Archive.

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The Missouri Southern State University Archives was founded in 1977 as a storage and support unit for university records deemed in need of long-term preservation.

The University Archives is the final depository for records, documents, and media, both physical and digital, designated for long-term preservation by Missouri Southern State University’s record retention policy.

The University Archives is primarily limited to:
1. Monographs and copies of published articles by faculty or staff members.
2. Publications of all departments, schools, programs, administrative units and associated organizations of Missouri Southern State University.
3. Publications of student organizations or groups.
4. The official policies and mission and goal statements of Missouri Southern State University.
5. Official meeting minutes from Administrative Committees, Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Committees, Staff Senate and Staff Senate Committees, as well as the minutes and recordings from the Missouri Southern Board of Governors meetings.
6. News releases issued by Missouri Southern State University.
7. Photographs and audiovisual material created by or for Missouri Southern State University.

If you or your department/program would like to transfer records to the University Archive, please contact or call 417-625-9552.

The following is an inventory of what is currently located in the University Archives. Click on any of the titles to find more information about that collection, or links to that collection. Use the links below to jump to any series in the University Archives.

Series 1: General and Historical Information

Anniversary Documents (1.12)

 5 Boxes - Files on Missouri Southern’s 50th Anniversary in 1987, including promotional items such as keychains and a collection of pewter. [Pewter on loan to the Alumni Center] Information about Missouri Southern’s 50th Anniversary time capsule, including duplicates of some of the items in the time capsule and a list of all items added to the time capsule. Stickers commemorating the 60th anniversary of Missouri Southern State College in 1997. Papers from Missouri Southern’s 75th Anniversary in 2012.

Announcements (1.4)

 1 Box - Missouri Southern announcements and bulletins from 1970 to 1981 on-campus activities and college matters.

COVID-19 at MSSU (1.9)

 1 Box - Artwork, papers, photographs and video from students about their experiences during COVID-19. Missouri Southern masks and other items. Learn more about this collection!

Four-Year College Committee (1.5)

 1 Folder - Papers from 1963 to 1964 on establishing the four-year college in Joplin, Missouri.

Groundbreaking Ceremonies and Dedication Ceremonies (1.6)

 1 Box - Programs, announcements and newspaper clippings from various Missouri Southern groundbreaking and dedication events, including: Missouri Southern Dedication Program (1967), Dean Blaine College Student Union Dedication (11/1/1946), Junior College District of Joplin Dedication (1965), Lion Icon Groundbreaking, Coach Robert Corn Court Dedication (9/6/2014), Julio S. Leon Health Science Center Dedication (8/27/2014), North End Zone Facility Commemorative Magazine, MSSU Fieldhouse Announcement, Beimdiek Student Recreation Center Groundbreaking and Dedication (3/28/2008)

History of Missouri Southern (1.2)

 1 Box - History of MSSU DVD and various articles and papers on Missouri Southern’s history.

Jasper County Junior College Plans (1.11)

 1 Box - Junior College planning surveys from 1963 to 1965. These plans were used for reference in making decisions, planning and developing the current Missouri Southern campus on what was previously the Wallower Estate.

Joplin Junior College Sitting Wall (1.8)

 1 Box - A scrapbook from 1937 through 1997 about the sitting wall at Joplin Junior College that was transferred to the Missouri Southern campus.

Mission Hills Estate (1.7)

 1 Box - Pamphlets and album on the Mission Hills Farm, including information about the property, photographs and plan drawings. Newspaper articles on the new college, pamphlets “Introducing the New Jasper County Junior College.” [Mission Hills is where Missouri Southern is currently located.]

Newspaper Articles (1.10)

 30 Boxes - Newspaper articles on Missouri Southern from 1938 to 2012 from the Joplin Globe and various other regional newspapers.

Photographs (1.1)

 29 Boxes - Photographs and negatives from the founding of Missouri Southern in 1937 through the present day. View portions of the photograph collection online.

Promotional Items (1.3)

 3 Boxes - Missouri Southern neckties, Missouri Southern College Engineer Sweatshirt, and various stickers from Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern. Drawings of Missouri Southern College on a Christmas card by Darral Dishman and of the Spiva Library on the Joplin Telephone directory in 1966, and a print of a drawing of Missouri Southern from an unknown date. Undated printing plates of Joplin Junior College at 4th and Byers, and of past Joplin Junior College Deans.

Resolutions and Proclamations (1.13)

 1 Box - Resolutions and Joplin City Proclamations for naming Norval Matthews Hall, Leon C. Billingsly Student Center, and the Gene Taylor Education and Psychology Building. Resolution of Appreciation, Honor and Respect for Governor Ron Richard from September 8, 2023.

Various Documents [General Information] (1.5)

 ➤Joplin Junior College Papers

 Papers, floor plans, and manuals related to the Joplin Junior College.

 ➤Junior College Proposal Committee

 Papers from Dorothea B. Hoover on the proposal of Joplin Junior College from 1937 to 1964.

 ➤College Appreciation Day

 1965 College Appreciation Day, honoring Governor Warren E. Hearnes, Area Legislators and dedicating Hearnes Boulevard.

 ➤Alma Mater

 Sheet music of the Alma Mater for Missouri Southern and a copy of the Alma Mater from 1939.

 ➤College Highlights

 Numbered papers on the highlights of the Missouri Southern school year from 1969 to 1971.

 ➤Articulation Agreement, 1975

 A 1975 agreement to facilitate articulation between and among public institutions of higher education in Missouri, was the first time that all public colleges and universities had reached a substantial agreement regarding the transfer process.

 ➤Magazine Articles

 Magazine articles from 1969 to 1970 about Missouri Southern, including “Harbinger Magazine” (August 1970) and “Missouri Highways” (Winter 1969).

 ➤Organizational Chart

A chart showing the organization of academic schools and departments at Missouri Southern in 1980.

 ➤Southwest Baptist College Certificate of Friendship

 A certificate of appreciation and medallions presented by Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri to Missouri Southern in 1972.

 ➤Campus Maps

 Maps of the current Missouri Southern campus from 1967 through the present day.

Series 2: University Publications

Blixt (2.1)

 1 Box - A magazine of the Missouri Southern Art Department, from 2006-2023. View our current holdings here.

Bordertown (2.2)

 1 Box - An annual literary magazine published by the Missouri Southern English Department, 2006-Present. View our current holdings here.

Catalogs (2.15)

 3 Boxes - Course catalogs, containing information about the Missouri Southern and its schools, from 1939 to present. View portions of the Missouri Southern Catalog collection online.

The Chart (2.18)

 9 Boxes, 72 Bound Volumes - The Chart is the student run college newspaper for Missouri Southern State University. It was proceeded by The Challenge, which was only published once in 1938. This collection primarily contains copies of The Chart, ranging from its first publication in 1939 through the present day. View portions of the The Chart collection online.

Crossroads Magazine (2.3)

 2 Boxes - Copies of Missouri Southern’s Crossroads magazine from 1993 to present. View portions of the Crossroads Magazine collection online.

International Crossroads Magazine (2.4)

 1 Box - A magazine related to the Missouri Southern’s international mission published from 1998 through 2006. View the International Crossroads Magazine collection online.

Crossroads Yearbooks (2.21)

 48 Volumes (multiple copies of each) - Yearbooks from Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern State College from 1938 to 1993, when it was discontinued. View the Crossroads Yearbook online.

Crossroads Yearbooks Photographs (2.22)

  33 Boxes - Photographs, negatives and page layouts from the Crossroads Yearbooks.

Lion's Guide (2.5)

 1 Box - Introduction handbook for Missouri Southern State College Orientation students 1984 to 1985.

Lion Tracks (2.6)

 1 Box - Student directories from 1947 to 1975. The directories list college employees and give students’ addresses and telephone numbers.

Remember When (2.14)

Schedule of Classes (2.17)

 6 Boxes - Missouri Southern class schedules 1968 to 2016 (various editions) including course numbers, course titles, credit hours, days, room number, and instructor’s name.

Southern Accents/MOSO Minute (2.7)

 1 Box - Newsletter for Missouri Southern faculty and staff, of events and activities of interest to University personnel, 1985-2012. This newsletter was replaced by the MOSO Minute in 2017.

Southern Business and Economic Review (2.8)

 1 Box - Business department publication from 1981 to 2006 (with a few missing issues). Articles and opinions on business and economics by Missouri Southern School of Business.

Southern: Informational Flyers on Degrees (2.9)

 1 Box - Informational flyers on various degrees at Missouri Southern, to publicize the degree programs, 1988 to 2009.

Southern View (2.10)

 1 Box - A Missouri Southern newsletter with general information and news for students and alumni, 1997-2008. View our current holdings here.

Southern's Plus (2.11)

  1 Box - Newspaper put out by students from the Southern's Plus Summer Enrichment Program, 1987-1995.

Student Handbooks (2.16)

 2 Boxes - Student handbooks from 1947 to 2011 (random copies) containing general information about the college, its services, policies, and regulations.

Student Theses and Papers (2.12)

 1 Folder, 1.89 GB - Missouri Southern student honors theses and dissertations from Spring 2010-2020.

VIVID (2.14)

 Issues of VIVID: The Fine Arts Magazine from 2016-2017.

Winged Lion (2.13)

 1 Box - Missouri Southern’s creative arts magazine from 1972 through 2005, a student publication with creative expression of art and literary works. View our current holdings here.

Various Publications (2.14)


 ➤Annual Enrollment Report

 1 Folder

 ➤Graduate Program

 1 Folder - A brochure about the graduate program at Missouri Southern, date unknown.

 ➤Mission Statement Posters

 1 Folder - Posters of Missouri Southern State College and Missouri Southern State University mission statements; dates unknown.

 ➤Missouri Southern State College Presents

 1 Folder - A 1972 Publication to compensate for the absence of the Missouri Southern Crossroads yearbook that year. It gives a brief history of the college and has photographs of past college presidents.


 1 Folder - Promotional booklets about Missouri Southern published by the Missouri Southern Admissions Office in the early 2000s.


Gail Renner/In Pursuit of Excellence [MSSU Book] Collection (2.20)

 4 Boxes - Photographs, papers, and manuscripts from Gail Renner from his research on the history of Missouri Southern and used for his book In Pursuit of Excellence.

Bound/Loose Publications (2.19)

75 Years of Lion Pride, The Alumni Association, Missouri Southern State University | 75th anniversary edition directory 2012 / Missouri Southern State University | Discovery, Scholarship & Commitment to Academic Excellence, by MSSU Academic Affairs | Favorite recipes : a collection by Missouri Southern State University staff cookbook | Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Evaluation : February 4 - 5, 2019, Missouri Southern State University | In Pursuit of Excellence: Missouri Southern State College, 1937-1992, by Gail Renner | Justice for all? : The minorities ; a seminar-workshop, edited by Delbert F. Schafer, Missouri Southern State College | Knowledge base for the teacher education program, by Missouri Southern State College School of Education & Psychology | Special-emphasis Higher Learning Commission Accreditation self-study report, by Missouri Southern State University | Utopia 111, English Composition class 111, Missouri Southern State College


Series 3: Governing Boards

Board of Regents/Board of Trustees/Board of Governors (3.1)

 6 Boxes and 4 Shelves - VHS tapes, CD recordings and bound volumes of meeting minutes of Board of Regents/Board of Trustees/Board of Governors meetings from 1964-2016.

Series 4: Administration

Office of the President

 ➤President's Office - General (4.6)

 5 Boxes - Papers and information of the President’s Office from the 1960s-2001.

 ➤Administrative Council (4.1)

 1 Box - Minutes and papers kept by the Administrative Council from 1966 to 2008.

 ➤Dean's Office (4.2)

 2 Boxes - Correspondence and files accumulated by the Dean's Office at Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern College from 1963 to 1966.

 ➤Presidential Search Committee (4.3)

 1 Box - Papers from 1978 to 1979 on the Missouri Southern State College search for a college president.

 ➤Dr. Julio León (4.4)

 1 Box - Photographs, newspaper articles, programs and various other papers relating to Dr. Julio León, the President of Missouri Southern from 1982-2007.

 ➤President's Annual Report (4.5)

 1 Box - Reports from the president of the college from 1964 to 1977, summarizing the activities of the college during the fiscal year.

Academic Affairs (4.7)

 2 Boxes - Publications of the Academic Affairs office, 1983-2014. A report on curriculum done for the State Advisory Committee of Missouri by Missouri Southern State College in 1966. Missouri Southern College student body profile done by the Ecumenical Campus Ministry at Missouri Southern in 1967. Correspondence about Missouri Southern's evaluations procedures, 1982. Missouri Southern State College proposed General Education program from the Spring of 1988. “A New Look at General Education” : A paper on the study of institutional goals in order to revise the general education curriculum at Missouri Southern, by Dean Edward S. Phinney. Instructional Innovations Program proposal: “The Status of Internationalization at Missouri Southern State College: A Self-Assessment for the American Council on Education’s Promising Practices Project,” a report from August 2001.

Strategic Planning (4.8)

 1 Box - Six books from 1985-1990 containing the strategic development plan for Missouri Southern as well as changes to that plan. "Strategic Issues for the 21st Century, 1996-1997" : Report about strategic issues and the long-range plan of Missouri Southern from 1996-1997. "Defining the International Mission for Missouri Southern in the Twenty-First Century" : A joint report by Missouri Southern’s Faculty Senate and Administration from 2009 that reviewed the international mission of Missouri Southern and offered recommendations.

Building and Construction Plans

 ➤Multi-Purpose Arena Building Plans (4.9)

 1 Box - Photographs of plans for the Multi-Purpose Arena from 1980 and a design approach to the arena from 1991.

 ➤Theatre Playhouse Project (4.10)

 1 Box - Architectural drawings for the Theatre Playhouse Project in 1999.

Self-Studies (4.11)

 1 Box - Joplin Junior College Self-Study. Papers on Joplin Junior College’s self-study for the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools from 1949 to 1964. Self-Studies for the Accreditation from 1964 to 1988. "Missouri Southern State University Excellence in First-Year Student Success: Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year," 2006 Self-Study

Financial Reports (4.12)

 4 Boxes - Missouri Southern budgets from 1982 to present. Including 1967 - 2002, 2000 and 2002, 2009, 2010. Financial report on Missouri Southern State College in 1976. Report Number 2001-11, an audit report on Missouri Southern State College from February 22, 2001 by Claire McCaskill, State Auditor of Missouri.


 ➤Advisor's Handbook (4.13)

 1 Folder - Handbook for faculty advisors from 1980 to 1983, including organizational charts, general education requirements and suggested order of study.

 ➤Faculty Handbook (4.14)

 3 Boxes - Faculty Handbooks 1964 to 2015 (various editions), containing information on policies and procedures relating to Missouri Southern faculty.

 ➤Policy Handbook (4.15)

 2 Boxes - Missouri Southern Policy Handbooks from 1983 to 1990.

Series 5: Academic Schools and Colleges

School of Arts and Sciences

 ➤Arts and Sciences Brochures (5.9)

 1 Folder - Brochures on various School of Arts and Sciences degree programs of the 1970s.

 ➤Criminal Justice Department (5.9)

 1 Folder - Papers, brochures, and flyers from Missouri Southern’s Criminal Justice department, 1992-2002, including initiation programs from 2002 from Alpha Phi Sigma, Lambda Epsilon Chapter, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

 ➤English Department (5.9)

 1 Folder - Papers and flyers from the Missouri Southern Department of English, including a 1980 self-study report.

 ➤International Studies (5.1)

 3 Boxes - Papers and flyers from various themed semesters from 1997 to 2015, along with information about the Institute of International Studies, including the newsletter “The Voyager”. Learn more about this collection!

 ➤Law Enforcement Academy (5.9)

 1 Folder - Law Enforcement Program brochure and Police Academy Training Announcements from the 1980s and Law Enforcement Academy Graduation programs from 2002-2003.

 ➤Music Department (5.2)

 1 Box - Papers from the Music department from 1952 to 2013, including programs from individual recitals, programs and promotional material from the Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra, programs and “Allegro” newsletter from the Suzuki Program and programs from the President’s Gala Concert. Promotional documents from the Lion Pride Marching Band. Learn more about this collection!

 ➤Social Sciences Department (5.3)

 1 Box - Social Sciences Department meeting minutes from 1989, “Update from the Mansion” newsletter from 1987, and various brochures and flyers from programs within the department from the 1980s through the 2000s.

 ➤Theatre Department (5.10)

 6 Boxes, Various scrapbooks - Programs, photographs and various other papers from the Missouri Southern Theatre Department, 1950's through 2012. Learn more about this collection!

School of Business, Technology and Communication

 ➤School of Business (5.5)

 1 Box - Flyers and booklets with information about the Missouri Southern School of Business from the 1970s-2005, a scrapbook with newspaper clippings from the 1970s, “Alumni Newsletter” from 2004, “Southern Business Exchange” magazine from 2005-2008, and the International Trade Center newsletter and information from the 1990s.

 ➤Communication Department (5.4)

 1 Box - Various papers of the Missouri Southern Department of Communication, including “Southern’s Special” magazine from 1984 and programs from the Southern Media Showcase Pioneer Broadcaster Award/Regional Media Hall of Fame Award from 1997-2010, 2014.

School of Health, Life Sciences and Education

 ➤Biology Department (5.9)

 1 Folder - Biology Department newsletter “Biology Focus” from 2005-2006.

 ➤Dental Hygiene Program (5.6)

 1 Box - Papers and flyers from the Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting program at Missouri Southern, including programs from the Dental Pinning Ceremony from 1985-2003.

 ➤Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physical Education (5.9)

 1 Folder - A handbook of physical education and intramural sports for men and women and various brochures from the Physical Education and Kinesiology programs from the 1970s. Papers and newspaper clippings on the Missouri Southern State College Physical Education Department from 1969 to 1973.

 ➤Health Sciences (5.9)

 1 Folder - Brochures on School of Health Sciences degree programs of the 1970s.

 ➤Nursing Department (5.8)

 1 Box - A self-study report from 1988 about the BS in Nursing Completion Program, programs from the 1968-2014 Nursing Pinning Ceremonies, Nursing Handbooks from 1989-1991 and various other nursing promotional materials.

 ➤Teacher Education Department (5.7)

 1 Box - School of Education documents from 1969 to 1999, including education articles in “Forum” newsletter and education handbooks for student teachers.

Series 6: Other Departments and Programs

Admissions (6.2)

 2 Boxes - Admissions papers and information for students from 1986-2011, including “Transfer Guides” from 2002-2008. An undated application form for admission to Joplin Junior College.

Alumni (6.15)

 3 Boxes - Papers and promotional materials of the Alumni Association, including, “Southern,” the Alumni Association newsletter from 1969 to 2000. Papers from various Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern class reunions.

Athletics (6.23)

 80 Boxes - Guides, programs, photographs, slides, and papers from 1971 to the present on Missouri Southern Athletics. Film reels and VHS tapes of Missouri Southern games from 1965-2004. Various papers, brochures, and postcards from the Missouri Southern Lionbacker Athletics Booster Club, including copies of “The Lionbacker Monthly News” newsletter from 1989-2000.

Bookstore (6.22)

 1 Folder - Textbook rental sample receipts and reminder bookmarks from 2006.

Center for Teaching and Learning (6.22)

 1 Folder - “The Exchange,” the Center for Teaching and Learning newsletter from 1995-2000.

Child Development Center (6.22)

 1 Folder - “Child Development Center Newsletter” from 1998-1999.

Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning (6.22)

 1 Folder - Promotional material, brochures, flyers, schedules of classes and other papers of the Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning program at Missouri Southern from the 1980s through 2009.

Financial Aid (6.17)

 1 Box - Financial aid applications and other paperwork from the 1990s-2009, including the “Financial Aid Fact Book.”

Foundation, Missouri Southern Foundation (6.18)

 1 Box - Papers from the Missouri Southern Foundation from1982-2014, including a report from 2001-2002, annual reports, and papers of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee. Program for the first Southern Lantern Society dinner on April 12, 1985. A brief history of Dr. León, the Lantern Society's purpose, benefits, memberships, and committees. A brochure from the 1970's about memorial gifts for remembrance and honor at Missouri Southern. Various flyers, memos, and paperwork from the Missouri Southern Phonathon, from 1983-1987.

Honors Program (6.11)

 1 Box - Policy Statement of the Honors Program at Missouri Southern State College in 1986. Honors Committee makeup, philosophy, eligibility, curriculum, and faculty selection.

Human Resources [HR] (6.22)

 1 Folder - The “HR Connection” newsletter from 2015-2016

Institutional Effectiveness (6.12)

 1 Box - Various papers of the Missouri Southern Office of Institutional Effectiveness/Center for Assessment and Institutional Research from 1988-2017, including student body profiles, “Assessment News” newsletter from 1990-2000 and the newsletter “DataBytes” from 2017.

International Language Resource Center (6.22)

 1 Folder - “International Language Resource Center Newsletter” from 1996-1997 and the “International Language Resource Center Resource Catalog” from October of 2000

KGCS/MSTV (6.13)

 2 Boxes - Various information, programs and photographs from MSTV/KGCS-TV from 1984 to 2014.

KXMS (6.14)

 1 Box - Newsletters from 88.7 KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International from 2001-2007 and other KXMS/Klassix Society promotional material from 1986-2010.

Library, George A. Spiva Library (6.4)

 7 Boxes - Library reports, statistics, equipment, financial information and library specifications, including President's Office memos from 1959 to 2011 relating to the college and library matters. The George A. Spiva Library newsletter “Southern Bookends” (“Southern Footnotes” prior to 2007) from 1985-2016.

Physical Plant (6.19)

 1 Box - Missouri Southern Physical Plant papers from the 2000s.

Regional Economic Development Center (6.22)

 1 Folder - Brochures and flyers from the Regional Economic Development Center, including a brochure about the Four-State Regional Environmental Conference, from 2005-2008.

Registrar (6.3)

 4 Boxes - Reports from the Registrar’s office from 1963 to 1973, including enrollment figures, instructor class work, student records and committee assignments.

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps [ROTC] (6.16)

 1 Box - Various papers from the Missouri Southern Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) from the 1970s through 1995, including programs from the Commissioning Ceremonies, photographs, newspaper clippings and a paper on the Missouri Southern Army ROTC’s history.

Residence Halls (6.20)

 1 Box - Papers and various promotional materials of Missouri Southern Residence Life from 1985-2009, including “Residence Hall Living,” from 1985-1995.

Security (6.22)

 1 Folder - Booklets from 1994 and 2001 about parking and traffic regulations at Missouri Southern.

Small Business Development Center (6.21)

 1 Box - Papers and promotional material of the Missouri Small Business Development Center from 1994 to 2008, including the “SBDC Update” newsletter.

Student Affairs – Student Success

 ➤Advising, Counseling and Testing (6.5)

 1 Box - Advising, Counseling and Testing promotional papers and flyers, including the “Family/Guest Handbook” from 1998-2017, “Advising News & Notes” newsletter from 2016-2017, and “Southern Welcome” handouts from 2009-2013. An assessment of the Writing Program from 1993-1994 and the Writing Program newsletter, “Protocol” or “Writing Across the Curriculum,” from 1989-2010.

 ➤Campus Activities Board (6.7)

 1 Box - Publications of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) about on-campus events from 1978-1998.

 ➤Career Services/Career Planning and Placement (6.9)

 2 Boxes - Various papers and annual reports, including “Career Highlights,” from Career Services/Career Planning and Placement Office from 1960 to 2007.

 ➤Division of Student Involvement (6.8)

 1 Folder - Publications of the Division of Student Involvement, comprised of the departments of Campus Recreation and Wellness, Student Activities, Student Leadership/Registered Student Groups, Billingsly Student Center and Greek Life, from 2006-2007

 ➤First-year Experience (6.10)

 1 Folder - Papers and flyers of the First Year Experience program at Missouri Southern from 2005-2016, including the programs, philosophy statement, self-study reports, and First-Year Student Convocations from 2010-2015.

 ➤Guidelines for Assisting Students with Disabilities (6.10)

 1 Folder - A booklet from 1994 with guidelines for assisting students with disabilities.

 ➤Learning Center (6.6)

 1 Box - Learning Center promotional papers from 1989-2010.

 ➤New Student Orientation (6.10)

 1 Folder - Missouri Southern orientation brochures, flyers, invitations and the “Orientation Newsletter” from 1989-2000.

 ➤Project Stay (6.10)

 1 Folder - Project Stay brochures and flyers from the 2000s.

 ➤Recreation Center (6.10)

 1 Folder - “Missouri Southern State University Student Recreation Center Study: Final Report” from June of 2004.

 ➤Recreation and Wellness (6.8)

 1 Box - “Active Living” and “Your Healthstyle” newsletters and various other brochures and flyers from the Missouri Southern Recreation/Wellness Department.

 ➤Student Affairs (6.10)

 1 Box - News and notes from Student Affairs/Student Services from 1988 to 1991.

 ➤Student Employment (6.10)

 1 Folder - Brochures from the MSSC Student Employment Service and the “Missouri Southern State University Student Employment Manual” from an unknown date.

 ➤Student Retention (6.10)

 1 Folder - Memos from the Office of Student Retention and copies of the “Missouri Southern Retention Update” from 1991-1992.

 ➤Veteran Services Office (6.10)

 1 Folder - “Handbook for Veterans,” printed by the Office of Veterans Affairs in 1985.

University Relations and Marketing (6.1)

 48 Boxes - News Releases and information about Missouri Southern from 1978 to 2013 from URM/the Public Information Office. VHS tapes of Missouri Southern ads from 1982 to 2006.

Series 7: Faculty and Staff

Former Faculty and Staff Members

 ➤Howard L. Dugan (7.5)

 1 Folder - A program from Howard Dugan's retirement reception in March 1990. Howard Dugan was the Director of the Physical Plant at Missouri Southern from 1971 through 1990.

 ➤Harry Gockel (7.5)

 1 Folder - Newspaper articles and photographs from 1964 to 1984 of Harry Gockel, a retired Geography faculty member, including a memoriam and tribute to him.

 ➤Cleetis Headlee (7.1)

 1 Box - The papers of Missouri Southern English and Journalism faculty emeritus, Cleetis Headlee who worked at Missouri Southern from 1946-1964

 ➤Virginia Laas (7.2)

 3 Boxes - The papers of History faculty emeritus, Dr. Virginia Laas, ranging from 1988-2010, including microfilm reels on topics of research.

 ➤Martha McCormick (7.3)

 2 Boxes - Correspondence between Martha McCormick with past members of her college classes, 1957.

 ➤Ed Wuch (7.4)

 1 Box - The papers of former Missouri Southern coach, Ed Wuch, including newspaper clippings and photographs of Missouri Southern Baseball and Football teams from the 1970s.

 ➤Former Faculty Members (7.5)

 1 Folder - Microfilm rolls with data on Missouri Southern faculty members from 1938 to 1979.

Faculty and Staff General Documents and Publications

 ➤Faculty Newspaper Articles (7.5)

 1 Box - Newspaper articles about faculty members and programs from the memorial services of various former faculty members. Including Dr. Art Saltzman, John Richard Lantz, John Scott Ware, Dr. David Tate, Dr. Gail Kenneth Renner, S. Patrick Cassens.

 ➤Faculty Publications (7.8)

 2 Boxes - Various faculty publications from 2008-2010.

 ➤Faculty Years of Service (7.5)

 1 Folder - Faculty Years of Service Recognition programs from 2018 (3), 2019 (3), 2022 (3)

 ➤Outstanding Faculty (7.5)

 1 Folder - Missouri Southern’s “Outstanding Faculty” publication, each highlighting a different member of the faculty, from 1981-1986.

 ➤Roster of Employees (7.6)

 2 Boxes - Employee and committee rosters from 1984 to 2011.

 ➤Southern Perspectives Interviews (7.7)

 1 Box - ‘Southern Perspective’ video interviews from 1984-1985 with former and current Missouri Southern faculty, staff, and regents.

 ➤Welcome New Faculty (7.5)

 1 Folder - Welcome New Faculty publications from 2017 (3), 2018 (3), 2019 (3), 2022 (3)

Faculty and Staff Committees and Organizations - Past Meeting Minutes and Notes

 ➤Academic Policies Committee (7.9)

 7 Boxes, 70 Volumes - Papers and minutes from the Academic Policies Committee at Missouri Southern State College, from the 1970s through 2010.

 ➤Academic Standards Committee (7.23)

 1 Folder - Academic Standards Committee meeting minutes from January 23, 1967.

 ➤American Association of University Professors - Missouri Southern Chapter (7.20)

 1 Box - Newsletter and evaluation of the American Association of University Professors, Missouri Southern chapter from 1969 to 1976.

 ➤Committee on Advising and Orientation (7.23)

 1 Folder - Committee on Advising and Orientation papers from 1974, including objectives for freshman orientation course.

 ➤Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (7.23)

 1 Folder - Report of the committee to the Academic Policies Committee in 1993.

 ➤Faculty Development Committee (7.13)

 1 Box - Faculty Development Committee papers from 1976. Faculty development grant follow-up reports from 1979 to 80.

 ➤Faculty Meeting Minutes (7.15)

 1 Box - Faculty Meeting Minutes from 1959-1967 and an account of monthly dues submitted by faculty members to the faculty treasury from 1962-1964.

 ➤Faculty Organization Committee (7.12)

 1 Box - The Faculty Organization constitution and meeting minutes from 1963 to 2011, including a paper defining the duties of the department heads.

 ➤Faculty Personnel Committee (7.11)

 3 Boxes - Minutes and papers from Faculty Personnel Committee Meetings from 1968 to 1981, including the Faculty Personnel Committee Hearings in 1978.

 ➤Faculty Sabbatical Committee (7.14)

 2 Boxes - Committee on Sabbatical papers from 1974-1975 and 2015-2016, including reasons for sabbaticals and membership rosters for the committee. A sabbatical report from 1996 by Dr. Virginia Laas.

 ➤Faculty Senate (7.10)

 5 Boxes - Meeting minutes and papers from the Faculty Senate from 1971 to present.

 ➤Faculty Wives (7.21)

 1 Box - Papers from 1971 to 1986 from the Missouri Southern State College Faculty Wives organization.

 ➤Library Committee (7.18)

 2 Boxes - Papers of the Library Committee from 1982-2014, including budgets, surveys from the early 1980's, and meeting minutes.

 ➤Missouri Southern State College Chapter: National Education Association (7.19)

 1 Box - Missouri Southern National Education Association Papers from the local chapter from 1975 to 1985.

 ➤National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (7.17)

 1 Box - Papers dealing with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 1972 at Missouri Southern State College. Included in this collection is an outline of the duties and membership of the council on teacher education.

 ➤Special Events Committee (7.22)

 1 Box - Papers of the Special Events Committee at Missouri Southern State College, from 1970 to 1982.

 ➤Staff Senate (7.16)

 2 Boxes - Staff Senate papers, including ballots and election results, from 2007-2013.

 ➤Teaching and Learning Committee (7.23)

 1 Folder - Teaching and Learning Committee meeting minutes from 2006-2007 and 2010.

 ➤Women's Club (7.24)

 1 Folder - Handbook for women's club members 1982 to 1983. This collection includes a membership list, past women club presidents, papers on committees, interest groups, and activities schedules.

Series 8: Student Life and Student Organizations

Afro-American Society (8.1)

 1 Folder - Photographs and documents specifically relating to the 1975 and 1976 Afro-American Society. The Afro-American Society was a student organization at Missouri Southern State University from the 1960s through the 1980s. Learn more about this collection!

Alpha Chi (8.3)

 2 Boxes, 564KB - Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Induction Ceremony and Reception programs, meeting minute notes, inductee books and various other paperwork from 1990 through the present.

Association of Women Students (8.4)

 1 Box - Various flyers, brochures, newspaper clippings and photographs from the Association of Women Students, 1974-1975.

CIRUNA [Council on International Relations and United Nations Affairs] (8.1)

 1 Folder - Papers of the Council on International Relations and United Nations Affairs, (a Missouri Southern political science and history club) CIRUNA, including information on the 1974 Model Security Council and a 1976 Bicentennial history of Missouri Southern.

Delta Kappa Gamma (8.5)

 2 Boxes - Scrapbooks on the Delta Kappa Gamma National Honors Society for women from 1930s to the 1970s.

Kappa Mu Epsilon (8.1)

 1 Folder

Paper Lion (8.1)

 1 Folder - One copy, Volume 1 Number 4, of the unofficial, student created, newsletter for Missouri Southern students from 1969.

Phi Eta Sigma (8.1)

 1 Folder - Programs from the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Missouri Southern chapter, induction ceremonies from 2000-2008.

Phi Sigma Iota (8.1)

 1 Folder - Programs from the Phi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, Beta Rho Chapter, Initiation Ceremonies in 1995 and 1996.

Phi Theta Kappa (8.6)

 2 Boxes - Papers from the 1950s to the 1970s about the Phi Theta Kappa International Foreign Language Honor Society Fraternity at Missouri Southern, including records of members of the fraternity in the 1950s.

Social Science Club (8.7)

 1 Box - A scrapbook about the Missouri Southern State College Social Science Club from 1977 to 1987 and various papers from 1995.

Student National Education Association - Ada Coffey Chapter (8.8)

 1 Box - Scrapbooks of Missouri Southern’s Student National Education Association, Ada Coffey Chapter, from 1958 to 1972.

Student Senate (8.2)

 1 Box - Meeting minutes and papers from the Student Senate from 1977 to 1979.

Students in Free Enterprise (8.1)

 1 Folder - A quiz gave by Missouri Southern Students in Free Enterprise in 1979, "What You Should Know About Our Economic System.”

Series 9: Missouri Southern Outreach and Events

Commencement and Awards Ceremonies

 ➤Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony / Honors Convocation (9.2)

 1 Box, 1.33MB - Programs from the Academic Achievement Recognition Ceremony/Honors Convocation from 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1985 to the present, including lists of honor students at Missouri Southern.

 ➤Baccalaureate Service (9.1)

 1 Folder - Programs from baccalaureate services at Joplin Junior College and Missouri Southern College from 1939 to 1966.

 ➤Business Awards Convocation (9.1)

 1 Folder - Programs from the School of Business, Business Contest Awards Convocation from 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

 ➤Commencement (9.3)

 5 Boxes - Missouri Southern Commencement programs from 1954 to the present, cassette tapes of various commencement speeches from the 1980s and 1990s and VHS tapes of various commencements in the 1990s. View portions of the Missouri Southern Commencement collection online.

 ➤Glenn D. Dolence Leadership Award (9.1)

 1 Folder - Programs from the Student Services and Omicron Delta Kappa Glenn D. Dolence Leadership Service Award from 1992-2004.

Student, Faculty and Staff Events

 ➤Employee Appreciation Brunch (9.4)

 1 Folder - Programs from and invitations to the employee appreciation brunch or luncheon from 1997 through 2014.

 ➤Homecoming (9.4)

 1 Folder - Homecoming invitations and flyers from 1984 through 2016.

 ➤International Film Society (9.5)

 1 Box - Papers from the 1960's to 2016 from the Missouri Southern Film Society, including flyers from the Harrison and June Kash International Film Festival from 1985-2016.

 ➤Jeans Lecture Series (9.4)

 1 Folder - DVDs of various Jeans Lectures in History given at Missouri Southern from 1998-2014.

 ➤Promotion and Tenure Celebration (9.4)

 1 Folder - September 8th, unknown year, program from event

 ➤September 11th Memorial Service (9.4)

 1 Box - Programs and various other papers from “A Time to Remember: September 11 Memorial Service” held on September 11, 2004-2006 at Missouri Southern.

 ➤Southern Summit (9.4)

 1 Folder

 ➤Veterans Memorial (9.6)

 1 Box - The original dedication of the Veterans Memorial at Missouri Southern on November 11, 1988 and program from the rededication of the memorial on November 13, 2012. Flyer from a Veterans Day event at the memorial.

 ➤Westmoreland Collection - General Westmoreland 1980 Visit (9.4)

 1 Folder - An audio reel of General William Westmoreland from his visit to Missouri Southern State College on May 2, 1980.

External Services and Outreach Programs

 ➤"Around the World in 80 Days" (9.7)

 1 Folder - “Around the Globe in 80 Days,” a series of Joplin Globe newspaper articles about Professor Becky Spracklen’s around the globe trip in 1991. The trip was jointly funded by Missouri Southern and the Joplin Globe.

 ➤Forensic Tournament (9.7)

 1 Folder - Schedule for the November 14-15, 1975 Forensic Tournament, with times, judge’s names, participating schools and room locations.

 ➤Friends of the College Breakfast (9.7)

 1 Folder - Program from the 1967 Friends of the College Breakfast.

 ➤Golden Lion Awards (9.7)

 1 Folder - Program from the 2014 Beimdiek Insurance – Missouri Southern State University Golden Lion Awards.

 ➤Industrial Arts Fair (9.7)

 1 Folder - Programs from Missouri Southern’s Industrial Arts Fair from 1985-1988.

 ➤International Piano Competition (9.8)

 3 Boxes - Photographs, programs, flyers and other promotional material from the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition from 1988-2009.

 ➤International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (9.11)

 7 Boxes

 ➤Joplin Rotary Club (9.7)

 1 Folder - Photographs, correspondence and other papers relating to the Joplin Rotary Club’s “Operation Greenleaves,” an initiative to plant trees at Missouri Southern in 1970.

 ➤Joplin Teacher’s Association (9.7)

 1 Folder - Papers from 1954 containing the constitution and bylaws of the Joplin Teachers Association.

 ➤Missouri Multicultural Network (9.7)

 1 Folder - A poster and brochures from the Missouri Multicultural Network, a project of Missouri Southern’s Institute of International Studies, from the 1980s or 1990s.

 ➤Missouri Southern Sponsored Events (9.7)

 1 Folder - Programs from various groups who held events at Missouri Southern, including the Southwest Missouri High School Music Festival of 1966 and the City of Joplin Welcomes City of Bethlehem as a Sister City event in 2005.

 ➤Modern Language/Foreign Language Field Day (9.9)

 1 Box - Modern Foreign Language Field Day/Foreign Language Field Day papers from the 1980s through 1995, including programs, sample award ribbons, stickers, schedules and other papers.

 ➤Patron Scholarship Banquet (9.7)

 1 Box - Programs from the Patron Scholarship Banquet from 1987-1998.

 ➤Safari Club (9.7)

 1 Folder - Brochures from 1994-1996 about the Safari Club, a club for area youth sponsored by the Missouri Southern Alumni Association and the Joplin Family Y.

 ➤Southern Arts Festival (9.7)

 1 Folder - Various schedules, posters, flyers, and programs from the Southern Arts Festival in 1991.

 ➤Villa Espanola/Southern's Spanish Village (9.10)

 4 Boxes - A Spanish language camp held at Missouri Southern for elementary and middle school students. Photographs, flyers, schedules and other papers from 1996-2010

 ➤Webster Medallion Ceremony (9.7)

 1 Folder - A program from the Memorial Service held at Missouri Southern for Missouri State Senator Richard Webster in 1990 and an invitation to the inaugural Richard M. Webster Medallion ceremony in 2016.

 ➤Young Author's Conference (9.7)

 1 Folder - Programs and promotional papers from the Young Authors’ Conference from 1992-2006.

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