Government and Politics

Yvonne Starks Wilson Papers, 1929-2019 (KA2506)
38 cubic feet

Papers related to the life of Yvonne Wilson.

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Abortion Class Collection, 1965-1993 (S1069)
1.5 cubic feet

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The Abortion Class Records contain oral history tapes, newspaper clippings, flyers, pamphlets, handouts, and books on abortion in the state of Missouri, collected by a University of Missouri, St. Louis class on reproductive rights and abortion.

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Adult Abuse Remedies Act Records, 1978-1982 (S0359)
0.04 cubic feet, 23 folders

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The collection documents the effort by the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to promote the passage in Missouri of a law to protect battered women. The law passed in early 1980 but was found to be unconstitutional by a circuit judge later that year. The Missouri Supreme court upheld the law in 1982. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, court briefs, and other materials relating to the lobbying effort of Legal Services of Missouri between 1978 and the passage of the Adult Abuse Remedies Act in 1980.

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Alden F. Hays Photographs, 1946 (P0211)
5 photographs

Snapshots of the parade for Winston Churchill and Harry S. Truman's visit to Fulton, MO.

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"Alexander of Gallatin," Julia Jane Jenner, no date (C0123)
0.2 cubic feet

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History of Gallatin and Daviess County, MO, and biography of Joshua 'w. Alexander, a lawyer, politician, member of Congress (1907-1919), and secretary of commerce in Wilson's cabinet. Sketches of Webster Davis, A.M. Dockery, and Jesse and Frank James.

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Maynard Dale Allen Autobiography, 1963 (K1074)
0.02 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Maynard Dale Allen Autobiography consists of a single spiral bound notebook outlining the Allen family's genealogy as well as Allen's life from 1893 to 1937. Allen recalls his first interactions with automobiles and telephone service, visiting Kansas City as a teenager, moving, the Great Depression, politics, and war.

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Alternative National Party Records, 1979-1991 (R1361)
0.25 cubic foot (2 folders)

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The Alternative National Party Papers collects the writings and campaign materials of the Alternative National Party, a small conservative third party based in Steelville, Missouri. The collection includes many press releases, letters to the editor, campaign materials, and correspondence with elected representatives

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A.J. Althouse Letter, 1898 (C1782)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Political issues; president and the Cuban crisis; Republicans and the Filley letters; post office and political appointments.

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American Council on Education, War Service Opportunities Newsletters, 1942-1943 (C3115)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Information circulars stating needs of the government for wartime personnel, and giving qualifications required.

Americans for Democratic Action Records, 1948-1988 (S0045)
2 cubic feet, 55 folders

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The collection contains meeting minutes, letters, memos, periodicals, and membership information pertaining to Americans for Democratic Action, St. Louis Chapter, a political advocacy group that promotes the principles of liberals as formulated in the New Deal. The bulk of the material dates from 1959 to 1970 and 1977 to 1982, all during the administration of Jack L. Pierson. Subjects of interest include the group’s endeavors to promote progressive political candidates, as well as their involvement in anti-war protests.

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Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) Collection, 1930-2007 (K0875)
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AMIT educates and cares for Israel's youth, including the most vulnerable children in Israel. Organizational records for the Kansas City, Missouri Nitzanim chapter of the Mizrachi Women's Organization of America and its evolution into the Americans for Israel and Torah (AMIT) organization. Includes reports, manuals, newspaper clippings, programs, newsletters, booklets and pamphlets, correspondence and speeches, banners, and photographs.

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Thomas L. Anderson Speech, 1904 (C3734)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection contains a typed copy of a speech given by Anderson before the Democratic State Convention in Jefferson City on 19 July 1904, nominating Harry B. Hawes for governor of Missouri.

Thomas Lilbourne Anderson Papers, 1860-1864 (C0678)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The papers of Thomas Lilbourne Anderson, lawyer, politician, and U.S. Congressman who practiced law in St. Charles and Palmyra, Missouri contain an autobiography and three letters written to Anderson in the 1860s, one describing the Battle of Springfield in 1863.

William James Anderson, Jr. Westport Scrapbook, 1820-1960 (K0396)
0.1 c.f.

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Newspapers clippings and notes pertaining to the history of the town of Westport, MO, now part of Kansas City.

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Anti-Fascist/Anti-Communist Printed Material Collection, 1947-1953 (K0421)
0.11 cubic foot (4 folders)

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This collection contains anti-communist and anti-fascist printed materials published during the second "Red Scare" period in United States history. There is a mixture of official government reports and speeches, and privately printed articles, pamphlets, and handouts.

"Appeal to the Independent Voters of Boone County," John M. Robinson, no date (C2825)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Political article by a candidate for County Clerk of Boone County against Judge Woodson.

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Lisbon Applegate Collection, 1819-1903 (C0996)
2 cubic feet, 18 volumes

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Correspondence and business papers of Lisbon and Lewis M. Applegate of Keytesville, MO. Letters from George W. Applegate in California, 1848-1873, describing prospects for ranching, gold mining, and wine-making ventures; politics; and impact of Civil War and abolitionists. Civil War in Missouri; politics in Missouri and Chariton County; economic conditions and opportunities in Chariton County.

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Arbor Day Program, 1912 (C2382)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Program, April 5, 1912, issued by Department of Education, Jefferson City, MO. Herbert S. Hadley was governor.

O.K. Armstrong Papers, 1912-1987 (C4056)
150.75 cubic feet, 2 audio discs, 1 film strip, 9 oversize items

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The papers of O.K. Armstrong, a journalist, author, and politician from Springfield, Missouri, contain correspondence, manuscript drafts, subject files, speech material, research notes, and political material.

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Wat Arnold Papers, 1947-1948 (C0070)
0.3 cubic feet

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Remarks by Arnold printed in the Congressional Record, material for a weekly newsletter printed in local newspapers, and script for a weekly radio broadcast to the people in his district.

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Arrow Rock, Missouri, Town Records, 1840-1887 (C1091)
0.2 cubic feet (3 volumes)

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Includes proceedings of the Board of Trustees, 1840-1875, poll records, accounts, assessment of real estate, and expenditures.

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Arrow Rock, Missouri, Town Records, 1827-1887 (C2659)
3 volumes

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Records of town meetings, ordinances, financial transactions, and elections.

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"As I Recall" Oral History Project Records, 2006 (C4280)
0.2 cubic feet, 11 CDs, 13 audio cassettes, 1 computer disc

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The "As I Recall" Oral History Project records contain audio recordings and some transcripts from a collaborative project between KBIA-FM and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Most oral histories in this collection were conducted by Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society, in 2006.

Arthur E. Asel Papers, 1971-1992 (K0885)
1 c.f.

Asel was a Kansas City, MO Councilman for the Sixth District and chaired several committees. Includes his district news releases, news articles and letters to the Kansas City Star, and other organizational materials.

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Association of Young Republicans of Missouri Collection, 1926, 1935 (R1035)
(1 folder)

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These are program booklets for the Association of Young Republicans of Missouri's annual Lincoln Day Banquets, held on February 12, 1926 and February 12, 1935 at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield in Greene County, Missouri. Governor Sam A. Baker and Senator George H. Williams were featured speakers in 1926, while United States Representative Hamilton E. Fish and Dewey J. Short headlined the event in 1935.

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David Rice Atchison Biographical Sketch, no date (C2107)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Manuscript submitted to MISSOURI HISTORICAL REVIEW. A short biography of Atchison, emphasizing his family background, education, law and political career in Kentucky, and service as a U.S. Senator from Missouri. Author unknown.

David Rice Atchison Papers, 1837-1953 (C0071)
0.4 cubic feet, 5 oversize volumes, 1 roll of microfilm

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Correspondence and diaries of U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison. Correspondents include A.E. Hannegan, C.F. Jackson, James H. Birch, Jefferson Davis, Stephen W. Kearney, and J.W. Denver. Politics, including the slavery issue and Thomas Hart Benton; personal and family correspondence. Diaries concerning weather and farming are on microfilm.

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Frank Ely Atwood Papers, 1888-1943 (C3131)
21 cubic feet

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Correspondence, reports, case records, judicial opinions, speeches, articles, news clippings, pamphlets and books covering Atwood's professional and political careers and his work as an active layman in the Southern Baptist Church.

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John S. Ault Papers, 1883-1887 (R0367)
1 volume

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This is the journal of John S. Ault, collector and city marshal of Salem in Dent County, Missouri.
The entries concern the collection of fees for business licenses and fines for violations, citations
for public nuisances, and arrests for disorderly behavior and public intoxication.

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Frank Harold Backstrom Papers, 1923-1984 (K0140)
1 MR

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Scrapbook of clippings, campaign literature, and other memorabilia related to Backstrom's career on the Kansas City City Council during the reform movement of the 1930s-1940s.

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Lawrence Dudley Bailey Collection, 1855-1881 (K0125)
1 MR

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Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, correspondence and some personal manuscripts of Lawrence D. Bailey, a Kansas Politian active in Kansas agricultural circles and served as president of the State Agricultural Society. The majority of the clippings relate to the monetary questions of the 1870's.

Thomas Frazier Baker III Papers, 1959-1967 (C2465)
8.4 cubic feet (716 folders, 8 volumes)

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Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.

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Claude I. Bakewell Papers, 1946-1952 (C2346)
1.6 cubic feet

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Correspondence and congressional material of a Republican representative from Missouri's 11th congressional district to the 80th and 82nd Congresses.

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Abraham Baldwin Papers, 1805-1807 (C1842)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The papers of Abraham Baldwin contain handwritten copies of letters from Obadiah Crawford, Jared Mansfield (1759-1830), and Samuel Hammond (1757-1842) to Abraham Baldwin, U.S. Senator from Georgia. The letters discuss the situation in the Louisiana Purchase territory. Originals are in possession of the University of Georgia. Copies were made by Dorothy B. Dorsey.

John E. Ballard Papers, 1965-2005 (CA6135)
31 cubic feet, 7 videocassettes

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A local government specialist for 21 years for the University of Missouri Extension, Ballard earned a Master's degree in Community Development from the University of Missouri. Papers include personal research, records from his private consulting business, political newsletters, and other miscellaneous files.

Parke M. Banta Papers, 1918-1970 (C3844)
1.2 cubic feet (75 folders), 2 card files, 6 oversize items

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Papers of a Republican U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1947-1949, and general counsel for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1953-1961. The papers consist of correspondence, subject files, and miscellaneous materials.

Thomas Swain Barclay Papers, 1912-1935 (C3938)
3 cubic feet (69 folders)

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Papers of Thomas Swain Barclay, a member of the American Red Cross during World War I, and member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the University of Missouri. Personal and professional correspondence, wartime diary, overseas duty related papers, newsletters and programs, photographs, and miscellaneous material collected from his various associations. Also research material on Champ Clark.

John T. Barker Letter, 1951 (C1589)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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John Barker's letter to William E. Kemp, Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, MO, gives Kemp advice on what he would need to do if he ran for U.S. Senator from Missouri and who else might run for the seat.

John T. Barker Papers, 1912-1958 (C0002)
2 rolls of microfilm

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Correspondence, 1944-1958, consists primarily of letters of congratulation on speeches and on MISSOURI LAWYER, Barker's autobiography. Reviews of the book. Letters from Harry S. Truman concerning politics. Scrapbooks of clippings about Barker's early career.

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Francis M. Barnes III Papers, 1940s, 1970s-1990s (CA5837)
7 cubic feet, 1 volume

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Papers of a Missouri state representative and attorney include subject files, legislative files, historical research material, newspaper clippings, photographs, campaign material, and memorabilia, and other miscellaneous personal items.

J.W. Barrett Papers, 1855-1950 (C1896)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The papers of J.W. Barrett contain a receipt to J.W. Barrett for $500 from John T. Robinson, April 3, 1855; a letter from Barrett to George W. McClellan, Second Assistant Postmaster-General, regarding mail service from Palmyra to Keokuk, March 1, 1864; a proof of publication for tax suit, 1879; miscellaneous membership cards and passes; and a letter from Jesse W. Barrett to F.C. Shoemaker explaining the material.

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Jesse William Barrett Papers, 1905-1953 (C0009)
21.75 cubic feet (1,902 folders), 11 volumes, 2 card files

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The papers of a St. Louis lawyer and politician; attorney general of Missouri, 1921-1925; Republican candidate for governor in 1936; commander of the Missouri Department of the American Legion, 1932-1933; and president of the Missouri Bar Association, 1933-1934. The collection includes material about the American Legion, Methodist Episcopal Church, Culver-Stockton College, Barrett’s St. Louis law practice, term as attorney general, Missouri Bar Association, business and family, and Republican Party campaigns and elections.

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Harold Roe Bartle Papers, 1937-1974 (K0154)
20 c.f.

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Papers of a scout executive, civic leader, public speaker, church leader, educator, and mayor of Kansas City, Missouri.

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David Barton Letter, 1837 (C2211)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Barton writes that he is unable to "go to Fayette, St. Louis or Kaskaskia" since he wishes "to visit in a S.W. direction." He also writes that he is "willing to resume [Alcorn] or Hickman," at Hayden's option. Barton was one of the first U.S. senators from Missouri, serving from 1821 to 1831.

David Barton Speeches, 1830 (C2944)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Senate speeches, February 9, 1830, on Foot and Woodburg amendments and civil discord; March 6, 1830, on the appropriations bill in reply to White of Tennessee; March 17, 1830, about presidential power to remove federal officers in reply to members of majority.

Peter Bass Papers, 1825 (C1894)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The papers of Peter Bass contain a deed of Peter Bass transferring a tract of land in Jefferson City to Azariah Kennedy. The collection includes a lace cutout, possibly part of the decorations at the governor's ball celebrating the formal opening of the state capitol.

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Edward Bates Autograph, no date (C1452)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Autograph of Edward Bates, Missouri Whig Party leader, state legislator, senator, attorney general, member of Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1820, U.S. congressman and senator, and attorney general in Lincoln's first cabinet.

Frederick Bates Minute Book, 1812-1814 (C1094)
0.05 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Minutes of the recorder of land titles. Frederick Bates served as recorder until his election as governor of Missouri, 1824. Copied from original book obtained from St. Louis city hall.

Russell S. Bauder Papers, 1910-1971 (C3347)
24.7 cubic feet

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Papers of a University of Missouri professor, economist, and arbitrator. Arbitration cases and labor agreements, 1929-1971; U.S. Employment Service papers, 1935-1939; U.S. National War Labor Board, Wage Stabilization, 1942-1952; speeches and articles, 1932-1943; and miscellaneous materials.

Richard F. Baynes Papers, 1938-1940 (C4192)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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The papers of a New Madrid, Missouri, attorney who worked for Democratic Party candidates for the governor's office. The papers consist of correspondence, a list of judges, and notarized affidavits regarding voting procedures, violation of rights, and corruption.

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