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F.M. Forbey Collection Exhibit

The F.M. Forbey Collection Exhibit is now available! This collection was curated by MSSU student Haley Hembree. Frank Moses "F.M." Forbey Jr., born June 28, 1924, Charleston, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The F.M. Forbey Collection is comprised of his letters to and from his family during that time. Check out the exhibit to learn more!

Veterans History Project Collection

The Veterans History Project Collection has now been processed and is available to be viewed by the public! This collection of veteran interviews was gathered by Missouri Southern to be sent to the Library of Congress, American Folklife Center's Veteran History Project. Many of these interviews were accepted by the project and are now streaming online!

Fred G. Hughes Collection and Exhibit

Fred Hughes was the manager of the Joplin Globe Publishing Company from 1953-1986 and the first President of the Board of Regents of Missouri Southern. Under his guidance Missouri Southern bought the two hundred and sixty-five acre estate where it is now located. In 1975 the University honored him by naming the football stadium after him. Lena Brewer, an intern at the MSSU Archive, recently completed a project to process a collection of his papers and create a finding aid and exhibit for them. Take a look!

Online Collections

The MSSU Archives now have online collections! While the creation of these collections is still a work in progress, you can view currently uploaded items, like Crossroads yearbooks and The Chart by clicking here!

Documenting COVID-19 at MSSU

The Archives and Special Collections at MSSU is interested in preserving the experiences of Missouri Southern State University's students, faculty, staff and alumni during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help by volunteering to document and contribute your thoughts on how you are experiencing the ongoing situation around COVID-19. For more information click here.

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Location: Missouri Southern State University's Archive and Special Collections are location on the first floor of George A. Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University.

Telephone: 417-625-9552

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Archives & Special Collections Exhibits

F.M. Forbey Collection

Frank Moses "F.M." Forbey Jr., born June 28, 1924, Charleston, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. The F.M. Forbey Collection is comprised of his letters to and from his family during that time.

Fred G. Hughes Collection

Fred Hughes was the manager of the Joplin Globe Publishing Company from 1953-1986 and the first President of the Board of Regents of Missouri Southern. Under his guidance Missouri Southern bought the two hundred and sixty-five acre estate where it is now located. In 1975 the University honored him by naming the football stadium after him.

Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Illinois

In honor of National Women's Equality Day an exhibit has been created for the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Illinois collection. In addition to promoting temperance, the WCTU was also active in advocating for women's suffrage.This collection ranges from 1904 through 1987.

Celebrating MSSU's 50th Anniversary at Mission Hills

As of 2017 MSSU has been located at the former Mission Hills Estate for 50 years! Here's a look back at some of the construction of campus during those years.

Tri-State Mining Collection


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