Library and Archives

In addition to its vast holdings of artifacts, the Museum maintains and provides access to a library and archival materials associated with the collections. Also available for online searching are the Museum Collection Databases.

Grayson Library

Books dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries and numerous periodicals comprise the reference library associated with the Grayson Archery Collection. This comprehensive library, numbering about 1000 volumes, is useful for research on every aspect of archery. A 1571 edition of Ascham's Toxophilus and a first edition of Sir John Smythe's Certain Discourses from 1590 are among the notable volumes.


The Museum Archives provides a central repository for records and other documentation associated with Museum collections. Included in the Museum Archives are the papers of the Cordle Collection, documenting work in British Malaysia and among Native American groups of Alaska and Arizona; records of the Deevey Thailand collection; documentation, slides, and film of the Sutton African collection; travelogs and biographical information associated with the Frances Pearle Mitchell collection; photocopies of colonial documents from Hispanic archives in Central America and Spain; the papers and records of the Grayson Archery Collection; casting records for the Eichenberger collection; and original manuscripts of Museum publications. See the Archives Finding Aids.

Archives of the American Archaeology Division (AAD) include field notes, reports, photographs and other documentation from archaeological projects conducted in Missouri. Major document sets include those generated from archaeological work conducted at Harry S. Truman Reservoir, Clarence Cannon Reservoir (Mark Twain Lake), Meramec Park Reservoir, and Fort Leonard Wood. See AAD Archive databases.

The AAD archives also include the archaeological records and professional papers of the late Carl H. Chapman and the late Robert T. Bray. Chapman was responsible for the development of archaeology in Missouri and was instrumental in passage of federal laws supporting archaeological research. Chapman's records comprise the largest, most diverse, and arguably most important archive on Missouri archaeology for the 50-year period 1935-1985. The collection contains some 60 linear feet of document files, thousands of photographs, negatives, and slides, dozens of 16-mm films, and numerous maps and other documentary material related to his professional activities. Bray was director for 22 years of MU's Lyman Research Center and Hamilton Field School adjacent to Van Meter State Park in Saline County, the site of the Missouri Indian village known as the Utz site. The Bray collection includes documents relating to work at the Utz site, Pomme de Terre and Table Rock reservoirs, and numerous other significant prehistoric and historical period sites.

Volumes from the Grayson Library
Volumes from the Grayson Library

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