The Special Collections Room in the Library has over 1,000 books/materials for genealogy and historical research.


Microfilm of county newspaper is available:

Adair County Deed 1841-1888

Adair County Census 1850-1930

Probate Court Settlements 1874-1880

Kirksville Daily Express 1907-2019

Kirksville Graphic 1880-1953

Kirksville Journal 1867-1926

Kirksville Democrat 1882-1915

Novinger News 1906-1947


An index has been compiled of obituaries clipped from the local newspaper.


New in 2017 - Microfilm Reader

What it does: edits, crops, lightens/darkens, scans, saves to USB, emails.


Other local resources:

Adair County Historical Society

211 S. Elson

Kirksville, MO 63501

(660) 665-6502

Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1-4pm


Adair County Courthouse

Kirksville, MO

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


Church of Latter Day Saints

2000 E. Normal

Kirksville, MO

(660) 665-1549

Hours: Tuesday 1-3pm, 6:30-8:30pm; Wednesday 10am-2pm, 6:30-8:30pm


Pickler Memorial Library

Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

(660) 785-4537

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm