Travel and Exploration

Special Collections has a number of materials related to travel and exploration.  The three largest holdings consist of around 400 travelogues and other published accounts of travel throughout Europe, approximately 100 of which focus on travel within Great Britain; around 150 titles related to travel in North and South America, including emigrants’ guides, sea expeditions, and published accounts of western expansion; and a collection of maps and atlases dating from the 16th century to the present.

How to Use the Collection

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

Finding Aids for Travel and Exploration

Gary E. and Janet J. Venable Antiquarian Atlas & Map Collection


The Venable Collection documents the history of cartography, geography, and exploration from the sixteenth through the early twentieth century.…

John G. Neihardt Collection

Biographical Sketch John Gneisenau Neihardt (1881-1973) accepted a position at the University of Missouri-Columbia's Department of English in 1949…

Martin and Margaret Hiller Collection of Audiovisual Materials on China, 1945-1948


Biographical Sketch Martin Hiller was a captain in the Army Air Corps, the predecessor to the Air Force, and later retired as an Air…

Poster Collection


Scope and Contents The collection consists of posters from both World War I and World War II with a few tourist and other miscellaneous posters from…

William Least Heat-Moon Papers

Scope and Contents Material by Wililam Least Heat-Moon (b. 1939). Manuscripts and additional materials from six of the author’s…

Related Exhibits

Selected Items

Hiller 09-063: Man with elephant statue on Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum


Photograph of a man with standing elephant on Stone Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. There are some words on the elephant. The photo looks…

Hiller 09-062 : Woman with sitting lion statue on Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum


Photograph of a woman with sitting lion on Stone Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. The photo looks little orange.

Digitized from glass…

Wild horses and gold : from Wyoming to the Yukon / by Elizabeth Page; illustrated by Paul Brown.


xiii, 362 pages : frontispiece, illustrations, folded map ; 24 cm
Illustrated lining-papers.
Narrative of the journey of "Kansas Gilbert" and his…

La Floride : suivant les nouvelles observations de Messrs. de l'Academie royale des sciences, etc.


Covers part of Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, and Florida as far North as Illinois and Philadelphia, includes also the Carolinas, Virgina and Maryland

Map Illustrating the Plan of the Defences of the Western and North Western Frontier, as Proposed by Charles Gratiot in his report of Oct. 31, 1837.


Shows the lands of the Omaha, Pawnee, Shawnee, Delaware, Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw and other Native American tribes west of Missouri, Arkansas and…

Hiller 09-061 : Standing camel statue on Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum


Photograph of Standing camel on Stone Elephant Road in Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. The photo looks little orange.

Digitized from glass slide. Quality…

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