The State Historical Society of Missouri acquired over 100 linear feet of records that document the academy’s rich history after the last graduating class held its commencement ceremony in spring 2002, when the school closed because of financial difficulties. The material was a gift from the City of Boonville, which purchased the campus and its contents after the school’s closing, and the Friends of Kemper Foundation Trust, the designated successor to the school.

A motion presented at a Boonville City Council meeting in November 2005 stated, “The records have historical and personal value to the Kemper alumni, Boonville area residents and teachers.” Although the files were in good condition when we obtained them, they must be arranged for easier access, and some need basic conservation work. Anyone with an interest in Kemper, especially former students needing access to their files, will benefit by having the collection stored in a controlled environment where it will be preserved for future generations. The records will become a treasure trove for genealogists wanting to learn about ancestors who attended the historic school.

Access to student records is restricted due to privacy laws. Third party requests for student records will not be granted unless the student is deceased. Access to deceased student’s records will be granted upon receipt of an obituary notice or death certificate.

Students wanting a copy of their transcript must submit a hand-signed >>>transcript request form<<<. If you have any questions, please call John Konzal at (573) 882-1187 or via e-mail at