Last week while I was poking around on-line looking for folktales, I stumbled upon Missouri Digital Heritage. This project makes documents, photographs, maps and more available on-line. The originals are held by various institutions throughout the state.
Some actual items (such as newspapers) are available on-line. Others provide indexes vs the actual material.
I found a variety of newspapers including publications from Hannibal and Rolla as well as Sandborne fire insurance maps. Exhibits include:
- Carrie Watkins cookbook ca 1870
- A photo exhibit of the Kirksville Cyclone, 1899
- Quest for the Cure, photographs depecting Missouri’s first mental hospital ca 1844
- St. Charles Postcards
- The first 25 years of the Missouri State Fair
Take a look. You might find something you can use for your current project. Or you may find the inspiration you need for something new.