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Philip A. Sadler Research Collection of Literature for Children & Young Adults

  • Adolescent Novels, Including Series Books
  • Books by Missouri Authors and Illustrators
  • Autographed Editions
  • Books of Missouri or set in Missouri
  • ABC & Counting Books
  • Golden Books
  • Mother Goose Books
  • Fairy Tales - Various Illustrated Editions
  • Toy and Movable Books
  • Foreign Language Editions
  • Original Manuscripts, Illustrations, Letters, Documents and Videos
  • St. Nicholas magazine, Volume 1 (1873) through Volume 66 (1939)
  • Missouri Award Books--Show-Me, Mark Twain, Truman, and Gateway
  • Newbery and Caldecott Award Books

James C. Kirkpatrick

James C. Kirkpatrick served as Missouri Secretary of State from 1965 to 1985. Upon retirement, his office was moved from the state capitol to Ward Edwards Library. It is now located on the second floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.

Special Collections

  • Rare books, including early imprints
  • Isaak Walton's Compleat Angler Collection
  • Civil War Collection
  • Historic Textbooks, pre-1965
  • Publications of the State Normal School/Central Missouri State Teachers College/Central Missouri State College/Central Missouri State University/University of Central Missouri
  • Speleology Books & Periodicals
  • State of Missouri Historical Legal and Informational Resources
  • Bible/Hymnal Collection
  • Nursing History Collection
  • Criminal Justice Resources

Curriculum Collection

This collection includes textbooks and other materials, such as puppets, games, and pictures used for classroom instruction in elementary and secondary schools.

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