Looking for a book on the history of Carthage or Jasper County? The Powers Museum library is your resource. Limited City/County history books are available for FREE, self-directed research anytime museum is open to public (unless a program is scheduled in meeting room/reference library area). Personal digital devices may be used to photograph pages and items subject to copyright law.

Highlights of our library include:

  • 1883 History of Jasper County, Missouri by F. A. North
  • 1901 Biographical Record of Jasper County Missouri by MalcolmMcGregor
  • 1912 History of Jasper County, Missouri, and its People by Joel Livingston, 2 volumes
  • 1995 Jasper County: First Two Hundred Years by Marvin VanGilder
  • 1923 Jasper County, Missouri, in the Civil War by Ward Schrantz
  • 2000 & 2013 Carthage, Missouri (Images of America books) based on museum's photograpic collections
  • 2008 Pictorial History of Carthage, Missouri by the Carthage Press
  • 2003 Then and Now: An Architectural History of Carthage, Missouri Square and Nearby by Sue Vandergriff
  • 1888 Carthage City Directory
  • Among Carthage city directories held by the museum are the years: selected directories from 1950–1999.

City Directories

Not all city directories are available for walk-in use. Access to original city directories prior to 1947 is by appointment only since these are not stored in the immediate area of the library/meeting room and/or their condition requires supervised use. Photocopied directories are available for 1888, 1895, 1900, 1905, 1909, 1923, and portions of other selected city directories.

City directories are also available at the Carthage Public Library on microfilm and limited years on the shelves. A few city directories are found at the Jasper County Record Center, too.


A limited number of Carthage High School yearbooks and Ozark Wesleyan College yearbooks are available for free consultation, too. Check Carthage High School and College Yearbooks for updated holdings as well as links to other Carthage school websites and histories. The Carthage Public Library and the Jasper County Records Center also have yearbook collections. Carthage Library collection also includes Carthage Junior High School yearbooks that the museum does not have.

Additional Local History Resources

Other original and photocopied books and booklets on Carthage include selected church histories, view books, and other special subjects can be found in the library as well. A very limited number of photocopied Chamber of Commerce, DAR and Hawthorne School scrapbooks are also available, but not our complete holdings from those organizations.

Vertical Files

Vertical File holdings require advance appointment for access (like all other archival collections). However, some of the most requested files (such as Belle Starr, Carthage Cave, Lakeside Park, etc.) have been copied and are found in notebooks in the Reference Library and are available for free, self-directed use. We are able to discuss our vertical file holdings with potential researchers by phone or email in advance of making your on-site research appointment and payment of research access fee at time of appointment. Appointments must be made 2-3 weeks in advance of visit and are subject to appropriate staff/volunteer availability.

The Powers Museum does not provide free research services for those unable to travel to the museum to use either the Reference Library Collections and/or Archival Collections. We will be happy to discuss your project by email, phone, or mail, but research work and photocopying can no longer be conducted by museum staff to off-site inquirers.

If fee-based research services are required, please contact the museum for a list of research contractors available in the area.

For biographical information on former Carthage residents, please try Find-A-Grave website and search Park Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Woodlawn and/or Oak Hill Cemetery. These main cemeteries are all located in Carthage, Missouri (Jasper County).

Carthage Resources at State Historical Society of Missouri

In 1997, the former Western Historical Manuscripts Collection-Rolla (now part of the SHSM) microfilmed some archival holdings of the Powers Museum. Items available of local interest include:

  • Bank of Carthage
  • Carthage Loan and Investment Company
  • Bank of Avilla
  • Carthage Horse Railway Company
  • Goodhealth Shoe Company

Contact the SHSM for further information, especially if you need to use these resources at another location than Rolla, Missouri.