Coordinating the computer programs of our many contributors was a challenge that was ably met by Patty Eggleston, staff member of the University of Missouri—Columbia Department of History, and Kristine Stilwell, a Ph.D. candidate in history, who not only stepped in at a crucial time to put all of the manuscripts into the same format, but also went beyond the call of duty and did some editing as well. We thank both of them for making our work on this manuscript much easier. We also would like to thank Sandy Rubinstein Peterson, also a Ph.D. candidate in history, who compiled and prepared the bibliography for the anthology.
For many of the contributors to this volume, interest in the history of women in Missouri began with a request on the part of the Cooper County American Association of University Women to research the history of women for the 125th anniversary of the founding of their county. We would like to thank the members of that organization, especially Mary Ellen McVicker, as well as the Missouri Humanities Council, for their funding of that initial project. We would also like to thank the staffs of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, and the Missouri State Archives for their generous research assistance over the years.