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Adamson Family Papers, 1848-1942 (C4238)
0.25 cubic feet (6 folders)

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The papers of the Adamson family contain Edmund James Adamson's business correspondence and records, including taxes, deeds, promissory notes, and receipts, family correspondence, and some family genealogy. The Adamson family lived in Dade and Lawrence Counties.

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Amish Scrapbooks, 1989-1999 (SP0022)
1 cubic foot (56 folders)

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The Amish Scrapbooks collection consists of the writings of Noah Gingerich about the lives of his family and friends. The bulk of his work was created for Budget newspaper, a paper specializing in reporting the experiences of Amish and Mennonite community members in Sugarcreek, Ohio, and across the nation.    

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Armory Theatre Association Collection, 1908 (R1118)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This collection contains certificate number 20 dated October 22, 1908, for twenty shares of stock in the Armory Theatre Association at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The shares were sold to N. B. Pearman, who also signed as secretary of the coporation, along with N. V. H. Walker, president.

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Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company Records, 1876-1877 (R1288)
(1 oversize volume)

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This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands
sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps,
Pulaski, Stone, and Webster Counties in Missouri.

Aurora Community Chamber of Commerce Collection, 1924 (R0813)
(1 folder)

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This is "Aurora Missouri: Summit City of the Ozarks", a booklet published by the Aurora Community Chamber of Commerce to promote the economic development of Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri.

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Aurora Grocer Company Records, 1906-1962 (R0334)
0.1 cubic foot (2 folders)

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This collection includes a minute book and miscellaneous papers of a wholesale grocery business
located at Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings of
stockholders and directors, certificates of incorporation and dissolution, proxy authorizations, real
estate papers, and an agreement to sell the remaining inventory in 1961.

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Aurora, Missouri Centennial Committee Collection, 1970 (R0887)
(1 folder)

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This is a booklet published in celebration of the centennial of the founding of Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are many historical photographs with accompanying identifications and historical narratives.

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Bank of Miller (Mo.) Records, 1914-1928 (C0279)
1 roll of microfilm

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Records of a bank in southwest Missouri. Folder contains papers concerning the election of bank officials in 1920 and 1921. The incomplete series of volumes covers the years from 1914 to 1928.

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Alfred Edward Barnes Jr. Architectural Collection, 1888-1959 (K0004)
150 c.f.

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Architectural drawings, renderings, photographs, specifications and correspondence of the architectural firm Hoit, Price and Barnes and its predecessors.

Beaver Family Papers, 1890-1986 (SP0028)
3 cubic feet (43 folders, 1 oversize, approximately 250 photographs)

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The Beaver Family Papers consist of genealogical research, personal correspondence and photographs of the Beaver and Hudson families. 

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"A Biography of Levi E. Clark," C.C. Heagerty, 1957 (C3506)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Biography of a Lawrence County, MO, pioneer, written by his grandson. Clark was born in Kentucky in 1836 and died in 1907.

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Blue Hall School, Lawrence County, Missouri Collection, 1905 (R0899)
(1 folder)

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This is a souvenir marking the end of the school year on March 31, 1905 at Blue Hall School in Mount Vernon Township in Lawrence County, Missouri. The souvenir was presented by the teacher, Lida McNatt, and includes the names of all the students and the members of the school board.

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Boller Brothers Architectural Records, 1910-1982 (K0065)
9.31 c.f.

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Architectural drawings and other supporting documents for the Boller Brothers firm who specialized in theater design

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Timothy M. Cole Papers, 1872-1991 (R1449)
(3 folders)

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The papers of Timothy M. Cole contain letters, ledgers, names, and an animal disease guide by Timothy Cole. There are also minutes from the Barry County Baptist Association (digital), a class role book for the Newtown Baptist Church, and a hundredth anniversary history for the Northside Baptist Church.

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Daughters of Rebekah, Fidelia Lodge No. 182, Mount Vernon, Missouri Records, 1896-1955 (R0690)
(2 rolls of microfilm)

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These are the records of Daughters of Rebekah Fidelia Lodge in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records consist of minute books, a financial record book, membership account books, and roll of officers.

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Daughters of Rebekah, Pierce City, Missouri Collection, 1910 (R1237)
(1 folder)

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This is the program booklet for the second annual meeting of the fiftieth District of the Daughters of Rebekah, held at Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri, on February 22, 1910. Mollie Clutter of Monett served as president.

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Downing and Whinrey Families Papers, 1837-1929 (R0049)
0.25 cubic foot (11 folders)

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The Downing and Whinrey Families Papers contain photocopies of receipts and correspondence of the Downing and Whinrey families of southwestern Missouri. Both families had members who went to California to mine gold in the 1850s, some of whom remained to settle in the West. Most of the collection consists of letters written to relatives in Missouri.

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Farmers Bank (Mt. Vernon, Mo.) Papers, 1844-1931 (C0044)
5 cubic feet (280 folders, 19 volumes), 28 oversize volumes

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Records of a bank organized in 1890 and liquidated in 1930. Also records of local businesses and schools.

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Russell Ferguson Letters, 1855-1856 (C0316)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Two letters to Russell Ferguson in California from his parents, James and Elizabeth Ferguson, Spring River, Lawrence County, MO, mentioning rumors of gold in the Wichita Mountains. One letter from Julia Sutton, also of Spring River.

Originals in the possession of Mr. and Mrs. C. Kendall.

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First Congregational Church, Aurora, Missouri Collection, 1914 (R1044)
(1 folder)

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This is a bulletin for the services on Sunday, January 11, 1914, at the First Congregational Church at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The pastor was the Reverend John Allen Schmink. The bulletin includes an announcement of forthcoming services by the Reverend John B. Gonzales of St. Louis.

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Harold Linden Forester Papers, 1925-2007 (S0265)
2.5 cubic feet

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The Harold Linden Forester Papers contain identification and travel documents, maps, illustrations, pamphlets, newsletters, postcards, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, academic materials, and military records. The materials date from 1925-2008 and pertain to Forester’s military service during World War II, his undergraduate years at the University of Southern California, his numerous jobs, his world travels, and his lifelong medical problems stemming from a wartime injury. The papers also contain information about the Forester family and Lawrence County, Missouri. Materials of interest include wartime letters from Forester to family members and friends, firsthand recollections of the Battle of Peleliu, and a scrapbook featuring photographs of the Forester family in Lawrence County, Missouri.

Fred G. Mieswinkel Photograph Collection, 1925-1960 (P0729)
4 photographs

Photos of Marionville and Lawrence county, MO, 1925 and ca. 1960.

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Gay and Skinner Records, 1879-1885 (R0345)
9 volumes microfilmed

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These are standard accounting volumes for the firm of Gay & Skinner, a general merchandise
establishment in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are ledgers, journals, and a
combination journal/daybook. The firm's principals have not been positively identified, but may
have been T. K. Gay and J. M. Skinner.

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Historical Committee of the Verona Centennial Collection, 1968 (R0942)
(1 folder)

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This is a booklet produced for the centennial celebration of Verona in Lawrence County, Missouri, on August 2-4, 1968. Included are brief illustrated histories of the town of Verona and its businesses, schools, churches, and government.

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Home Culture Club, Mount Vernon, Missouri Collection, 1906-1928 (R0722)
(1 folder)

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This collection includes photocopies of a banquet invitation and three yearbooks of the Home Culture Club in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri.

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Hunter Family Papers, 1864-1880 (R0469)
(1 folder)

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This is correspondence of the Hunter and Hagler families of Jasper, Lawrence, and Polk Counties in Missouri. The letters were written by Elizabeth Hunter and her daughters, Priscilla A. Hunter and Charlotte Elizabeth (Hunter) Hagler, and were addressed to another daughter, Margaret (Hunter) Newberry. Topics include news of family and friends, turmoil during the Civil War, farm life, and religious matters.

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Mount Vernon Lodge No. 151 Records, 1865-1974 (R0689)
(4 rolls of microfilm)

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These are the records of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 151 in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, rolls of officers, reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, membership records, and miscellaneous papers.

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Sarcoxie Encampment No. 98, Pierce City, Missouri Records, 1951-1974 (R0712)
(1 roll of microfilm, 1 folder)

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These are records of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at the Sarcoxie Encampment No. 98 in Pierce City, Missouri, containing minutes of meetings, reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, correspondence, membership applications, and financial papers. Included are minutes of the Aurora Encampment, 1966-1968.

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J. Pitts Elmore Photograph Collection, 1890-1976 (P0415)
11 photographs

Photos, bulk ca. 1976, and postcards of Monett, Monark Springs, Seneca Women's Social Club, and Fairview.

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Larry James Papers, no date (SP0038)

Negatives and photographs from a professional Ozark's photographer and researcher.

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Frank W. Jones Collection, 1920 (R1224)
(1 folder)

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This is a political campaign card for Frank W. Jones of Stotts City, Missouri, who was the Democratic candidate for State Representative from Lawrence County in 1920.

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Mona Darlene Jones Collection, 1969-2011 (R1343)
3 cubic feet (35 folders, 1 DVD, 14 audio tapes, 8 vinyl records)

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This collection contains awards, plaques and certificates; playbills, fliers, programs, magazine and newspaper articles; photographs including pictures of featured performers, bands on stage, of the crowd, and of impromptu jam sessions; 17 photo albums; audio recordings on reel-to-reel, vinyl, and a 90 minute DVD, "Dixon Bluegrass Festival; Bluegrass Picking' Time: Through All These Years," 2012, by Mona Jones.

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Joy L. Brown Photograph Collection, 1897-1960 (P0728)
6 photographs

Copy photos of Pierce City and Lawrence County, MO, early 1900s.

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Junior Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon, Missouri Minstrel Collection, 1955 (R0744)
(1 folder)

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This is a program for the Jaycee 'Dixieland Minstrel' presented at the high school auditorium in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri, on April 25-26, 1955.

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Kellogg and Whaley Records, 1870-1879 (R0332)
_ rolls (19 volumes)

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These are daybooks (1870, 1872-1879), journals (1872-1879), and ledgers of a general merchandise
establishment owned by James Madison Kellogg and William W. Whaley. The store was
located on the courthouse square in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri.

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Klingsporn Family Papers, 1855-1865 (R1383)
0.02 cubic foot (2 folders)

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The Klingsporn Family Papers contain Lutheran devotional booklets, notes on scriptures, poems, and birthday notes mostly written to William/Wilhelm Klingsporn. The Klingsporn family lived in the Freistatt, Lawrence County, Missouri.

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Karl L. Koelker Papers, 1896-1948 (R0011)
2 cubic feet (52 oversize folders)

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The Karl L. Koelker Papers contain the negative photocopies of the mining pages form the Sunday issues of the Joplin Daily Globe (later the Joplin Globe), dated from 1896 to 1948. They contain news and production figures for the lead and zinc mining region in southwestern Missouri.

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Ladies Saturday Club, Aurora, Missouri Collection, 1911-1912 (R1021)
(1 folder)

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These are three annual program schedule and membership booklets for the Ladies Saturday Club at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The booklets are for 1911 to 1914. They include the names of officers, chairwomen, and members.

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Richard Hundley Landrum, "The Immigrant's Guide", 1882 (R0374)
1 folder

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This is a promotional newspaper published by R. H. Landrum and Euphrates Boucher at Mount
Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The publication contains articles promoting agriculture and
stock-raising in southwestern Missouri and the opportunities for immigrants to Lawrence County.

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Richard Hundley Landrum Papers, 1865-1929 (R1328)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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These are letters written to Richard H. Landrum of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, Missouri, from family and friends in Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, and Texas. They touch on politics, land, crops, Civil War and family matters.

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Lawrence County Bank Records, circa 1880-1896 (R0980)
(2 oversize volumes, 1 folder)

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These are records of the Lawrence County Bank in Pierce City, Missouri. Included are an account book, ca.1880-1896; an Exchange Register, 1891-1893; and a few miscellaneous papers, 1881.

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Lawrence County Bank Records, 1873-1924 (R0543)
2 volumes, 1 folder MICROFILM

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This collection consists of two corporate minute books (1873-1903 and 1903-1913) and miscellaneous
correspondence (1920-1924) of the Lawrence County Bank in Peirce (now Pierce)
City in Lawrence County, Missouri. The bank was, for the most part, owned and managed by
Lewis L. L. Allen and his son, L. L. Allen.

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Lawrence County Historical Society Baptist Association Records, 1882-1933 (R0644)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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These are printed minutes of annual meetings of Primitive Baptist Associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.

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Lawrence County, Missouri Mercantile Records, 1852-1872 (R0315)
0.3 cubic foot (3 rolls of microfilm)

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These are ledgers, journals, and daybooks from mercantile establishments located in or near Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are records attributed to stores operated by "B. & O. Stone," "Whaley & George," Samuel Stone, "Haley & McCanse," "Gay, Allen & Co.," Nancy Stone, and "Kellogg & Whaley."

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Marionville, Missouri Promotional Booklet Collection, 1968 (R1441)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Marionville, Missouri Promotional Booklet contains information about the city of Marionville, Missouri.

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Mark Twain National Forest Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s (R0471)
(4 rolls of mircofilm)

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This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with older members of the community and Forest Service retirees.