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The History Department’s partnerships with historical agencies and connections with local communities serve the university’s land grant mission to provide scholarship and teaching in the public interest. Our work with our partners help make UMSL a Carnegie Foundation designated Community Engaged Campus for its promotion of “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

UMSL is home to the Mercantile, the oldest library west of the Mississippi. Its world-class collections of manuscripts and artifacts make it an exciting place to do research or an internship.
We host the regional competition for National History Day, a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students
We partner with the Missouri History Museum in its Museum Studies Program, internships, the Primm Lecture, and special projects.
Located in the Thomas Jefferson Library, the State Historical Society of Missouri focuses on preserving the diverse history of the city and its surrounding area within a statewide context.
The UMSL History Department collaborates with the History Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City to offer students diverse on-line course offerings.