The St. Joseph Museums welcomes researchers. To make a research appointment, please contact us at or call 816-232-8471.

Hours of Operation

The Research Library and Archival Center is open to researchers by appointment only.

Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m

Research Materials and General History

  • American Indian History: Iowa, Sac, & Fox
    Harry L. George Collection
  • Jesse James
  • Missouri History – St. Joseph & Area History – Western Movement: Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail and California Trail
  • Psychiatric History
  • The Civil War: Missouri and Kansas
  • The Pony Express
  • Trappers and Traders: Robidoux Family

Research Rules

Nancy Hillyard Hampton Library and Archival Center

When using the Nancy Hillyard Hampton Library and Archival Center, the following rules apply:

  • The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through
    Friday, by appointment only. These hours are subject to the schedule of the staff
    member assisting the researcher.
  • A Staff Member will be assigned to each researcher according to the area of the
    Museum Collections being studied.
  • All researchers must fill out an “Application for Access to Collections and Library
    Materials” before beginning their research.
  • Only the researcher is allowed in the research area. Family members or friends may
    tour the Museums while waiting.
  • Only pencils may be used in the research area – no pens or markers are allowed.
  • Extremely fragile materials may not be available for research.
  • If the researcher would like photocopies of material, the cost is $.15 per copy. All
    copying will be done by a staff member.
  • Briefcases, backpacks, and/or tote bags are not allowed in the research area.
  • No knives, scissors, and/or other sharp implements are allowed in the research area.
  • All books from the Reference Library will be removed and replaced by a staff member.
  • All researchers must check out with the staff member before leaving the area.

If a researcher is unable to travel to St. Joseph, we will be happy to do the research for you. The first hour of research is free, then $10.00 an hour for each additional hour of
research, plus $.15 a copy for photocopies.

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