Reference Sites (BOOKS online & free)
See page "Online References" under "Museum & Library" for a listing, in alphabetical order, of free online reference books, documents and websites relevant to Missouri history and research. Many of the old history books are "searchable" and contain information that is especially interesting given the 19th century perspective. Please contact the Webmaster with ideas for additions that your fellow historians and genealogists would find helpful.
First published in 1879, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Annual Report serves as a resource for providing information about the State of Missouri's history of industry and labor. Information on a wide variety of subjects including child labor, convict labor, unionized labor, coal mining, and statistics relating to labor during the World Wars can be found. For instance, in 1913 in Montgomery County, farm labor cost $25 per month with board and lodging. Improved farms sold from $50-75 per acre. Farms operated by owners (75%) numbered 1,745.