Do you have photographs documenting Missouri history tucked away in your attic, closet, basement or even your cellphone? Are you interested in preserving these treasures and helping grow the photographic history of the state?
To help celebrate and preserve Missouri’s last 200 years of history, the Missouri State Archives invites you to submit images to the Missouri Bicentennial Photograph Drive! Starting Aug. 10, 2021, and running through the end of December 2022, members of the public can submit up to seven digital photographs or photograph scans each, with focus areas including Missouri cultural activities, events, people and places.
Electronic submissions are encouraged through the Online Submission Form, but the Missouri State Archives also hopes to hold a series of in-person photograph scanning events across the state in both 2021 and 2022. Bring your photographic prints to one of these and staff will scan them at a high resolution, then help you through the submission process. Digital copies will also be provided at no cost. Visit the Upcoming Events page for more information.
(Submissions should fit into one or more)
Are you a foodie? Show us your Missouri cuisine. What music did your family enjoy? How did grandma and grandpa get about the city? Has anyone in your family worked in a now vanished business or institution (think mom and pop shop, one-room schoolhouse or VHS rental store)? What are your farming practices, or better yet, those of past generations? How did your people entertain themselves in the 19th, 20th or 21st century? Etc.
Historically underrepresented groups.
Action photographs and those with a story are preferred over studio and informal portraits. Did the subject(s) break barriers? Do something awesome? How did they triumph over adversity? Keep their culture alive? Etc.
- Cultural Activities.
in Missouri history (1904 World’s Fair, 1911 Capitol fire, Great Flood of 1993, COVID-19 pandemic, etc.)
that affected our state (1875 grasshopper plague, 1968 Kansas City riots, 1985 “I-70” World Series, etc.)
(harvest, music, food, arts, etc.)
that had a public impact (local parades, grand openings, etc.)
- Important events
whose achievement(s) affected more than just family. All the better if the subject is depicted mid-achievement. (The first woman to hold office in your county. A scientist demonstrating a breakthrough. An advocate for significant legislation. A town’s founder. Artists, authors, musicians—anyone who made an impact.)
Again, action photographs and those with a story are preferred over studio and informal portraits.
- Not-so-famous Missourians
(landmarks, battlefields, tourist attractions, etc.)
(unique construction methods, historic homes, covered bridges, etc.)
(outdoor destinations, state parks, etc.)
- Important sites