About This Guide
This guide is meant to help elementary school students research famous Missourians as part of the Missouri History curriculum requirements.
The first page of this guide provides information about resources that cover several famous Missourians each.
On the "Individual Resources" pages you can find information about specific Missourians, including an online biography and a book about each person.
General Information Online
(http://shsmo.org/historicmissourians/index.html): A collection of full and short biographies of famous Missourians that includes information, pictures, and citations for over 100 people.
(http://www.sos.mo.gov/Kids/history/famousmissourians): A guide to famous Missourians from the Secretary of State’s office written just for students.
Directory: State Historical Society of Missouri Contribuitors
(http://shsmo.org/historicmissourians/contributors.html): A list ofHistorical Societies and other groups around the state with information about specific famous Missourians.
Full-Text Database: Groiler Go's "America The Beautiful"
(http://go.grolier.com/): A selection of profiles of famous Missourians can be found by navigating to the “America The Beautiful” database, then selecting Missouri from the map and navigaing to the “Profiles” section.
(http://maps.communitycommons.org/viewer/?bbox=-11037534.770733338,4072154.070961489,-9516132.1597456,5158171.36883698): Create and save a map of Missouri; use this to keep track of important places in your famous Missourian’s life.
(http://www.house.mo.gov/famous.aspx?fm=display): A list of those who have been inducted into the Missouri House of Representatives’ Hall of Famous Missourians, which honors people important to Missouri’s history with bronze busts in the Capitol building.
General Information in Print
An encyclopedia with a volume for each state; use the index to help locate information about your famous Missourian both in and beyond Missouri.
- Dewey Call Number: 973.03
- Citation: Encyclopedia Britannica: Discover America. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 2005. Print
A collection of biographies for over 700 individuals who contributed to the development of Missouri, many of whom achieved historical fame.
- Dewey Call Number: B MO
- Christensen, Lawrence O. Dictionary of Missouri Biography. Columbia: U of Missouri, 1999. Print.
Directory: Laura Ingalls Wilder Country
A guide to the several places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived during her life, including her home in Mansfield, Missouri.
- Dewey Call Number: 813.52 AND
- Anderson, William. Laura Ingalls Wilder Country. New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1990. Print.
Index: Show Me Famous Missourians
A guide to selected famous Missourians containing 20 mini-biographies and direction on where to find more information about each of them.
- Dewey Call Number: 977.8092
- Reese, Alice Anna, Heinrich Leonhard, and Aimee Leonhard. Show Me Famous Missourians. Print.
Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show Me State
Biographies of more than 100 famous Missourians, including trivia, photos, and childhood stories.
- Dewey Call Number: 920.0778 BRO
Brown, John W. Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show Me State. St. Louis, MO: Reedy, 2008. Print.