Terms of Service

These Terms and Conditions of Use describe conditions under which Cave Spring Historical Research Society (CSHRS) allows the public to access the CSHRS archive.


1.0 Welcome and Consent to Terms
CSHRS  is a nonprofit organization that operates and maintains the website cavespring.org and cshrs.org Our mission is to p[reserve the record of history in Eastern Jackson County Missouri. We work collaboratively with the research community to establish open communication and access for the general public and professional community alike, free of charge.

By using our Website(s) you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions of Use. Please read these Terms and Conditions of Use. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions of Use, please refrain from using the Websites.  

If you have questions about our Websites, please contact us by email at archivist@cshrs.org

  1. The websites house (4) four datasets
    i. Roberta Bonnewitz Research
    ii. Case Spring Historical Research Society Research Product.
    iii. Case Spring Association Historical Data.
    iv. The Digital Bard electronic audio and visual media.

All data offered free to use for research on the terms that you fully attribute and cite any research used. 

Specifically all research contained in the Roberta Bonnewitz research is the personal work product and property of her estate.  All rights are reserved to this material and you are expressly prohibited from reproducing any data from this dataset without express written release from the estate of Ms. Bonnewitz.  Email archivst@cshrs.org to request a release.

Citing Your Sources (https://library.tamu.edu/services/library_tutorials/citing_sources/index)

What Is a Citation?

A citation is a reference that allows you to acknowledge the sources you use in a formal academic paper, and enables a reader to locate those sources through the key information it provides.

Citations are placed both in the text and in an organized list at the end of the text, unless you use a footnote or endnote system, which can be self-contained without an organized list.

Source material might come from books, journal articles, speeches, websites, on-line articles, films, government publications, legal proceedings, maps, and so on.

When Do I Have to Cite?

If you quote an author, even if you are only borrowing a single key word, you must tell your reader where you found the information. Using an author’s words exactly as they appear on the page, then, is a direct quotation that always requires a citation.

    You also must cite a source

        if you restate an idea, thesis, or opinion given by an author,

        if you restate an expert’s theory or opinion,

        if you use facts that are not common knowledge, or

        if you need to provide an informational or explanatory note.

These restatements of an author’s words, thoughts, or ideas will take the form of either

    a summary, or

    a paraphrase (or indirect quotation).

When Is It Okay Not to Cite?

    Facts that are common knowledge do not have to be cited. For example:

        The Republicans succeeded in winning the majority in both the House and Senate in the November elections.

        AIDS is a disease that is managed but not cured.

    Statistics and information that can easily be found in several sources and are not likely to vary from source to source do not have to be cited. For example, the population of the United States is 281 million.

    Dictionary definitions that are common knowledge and vary little from source to source do not have to be cited.

Why Cite?

It is important to cite when borrowing the ideas and thoughts of others for several reasons. Citing sources

    builds credibility in your work by showing you are not alone in your opinions;

    gives you a chance to show that you have thought about and investigated your topic;

    gives your reader the information he or she needs to verify your source or to find more information on the subject; and

    allows you to give credit where credit is due.


Please note that not citing your sources is academically dishonest and may lead to charges of plagiarism. (and reduces the quality of your research, -added)

In addition, citations are integral to scholarly literature. The scholarly literature on a topic is like a huge conversation that can include many experts from around the world and across the centuries. When an individual writer credits his sources, he ties his work to the larger scholarly discourse. Because citations identify intellectual links throughout scholarly literature, they can be helpful not only when writing but also when conducting research.

Citations enable you as a researcher to

    verify the facts and opinions set forth in a piece of writing;

    identify additional sources that may delve more deeply into a subject;

    distinguish the ideas of various experts regarding a specific topic;

    measure the influence of one thinker upon another; and

    trace the evolution of an idea as it passes from scholar to scholar, from culture to culture, and from era to era.


  1. Submitting records and assets. If you wish to comment on an archive asset you may do so on the websites. You are required to keep the posts on topic and respectful.   Failure to do so can result in bans.  
  2. If you wish to send additional records you may do so by emailing: archivist@cshrs.org.  All records submitted shall become the property of the CSHRS unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the parties.  Please submit a short bio and how you wish your records to be attributed.   It is the final decision of the Archivist if submitted records shall be added to the archive.