Cape Girardeau Manuscript Collections

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CG0001 The Southeast Missouri Collection 1820-2016

The Southeast Missouri Collection is a combination of small acquisitions to the State Historical Society related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

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CG0002 Counts Family Papers 1797-1983

The Counts Family Papers contain Bible records, tintypes, correspondence, and a family history book of the family that lived in Sainte Genevieve County, Missouri.

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CG0003 Southeast Missouri Medical Association Records 1877-1967

The Southeast Missouri Medical Society Records include a minute book ledger from 1877-1896, issues of the Cape County Journal, an anniversary booklet for the Southeast Missouri Hospital, advertising materials, publication n the history of medicine in Southeast Missouri, and various papers from 1877-1967.

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CG0004 Mary Jane Barnett Papers 1913-1997

The collection contains correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, business-related trade journals, a Narcotic Register, and miscellaneous papers for Mary Jane "Miss Jane" Barnett and her life and business partner, Elaine "Tommie" Davis.

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CG0005 Albert Aven Kinder Papers 1919-1967, 2012

The Albert Aven Kinder Papers contains photographs, yearbook pages, and correspondence between members of the Kinder family. There are 29 photographs of the Kinder family from 1919 to 1967, yearbook pages from The Girardot (Central High School), The Sagamore (Southeast Missouri State University), The Savitar (University of Missouri-Columbia), and correspondence to Sherrill Kinder Wright from Marcia Kinder Geer and Edna Kinder Anderson.

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CG0006 Marvin E. Proffer Scrapbooks 1941-1949

The Marvin E. Proffer Scrapbooks contain two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, postcards, and other memorabilia related to Proffer.

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CG0007 Reynolds Family Papers 1875-1997

The Reynolds Family Papers contain photographs, correspondence, reel to reel films, and other papers related to the Reynolds family of Morehouse, Missouri from 1875-1997.

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CG0008 Weldon Stein Papers 1928-2016

The papers of Weldon Stein contain v-mail correspondence, military service records, a personal diary, high school and college graduation programs, and genealogical information.

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CG0009 Warren G. Harber Photographs 1942-1946, 1992, 2011-2012

The Warren G. Harber Photographs contain 124 photographs of Warren G. Harber in Texas, Oklahoma, and Italy during his service in World War II with the 42nd Infantry Division from 1942-1946. This collection also includes photographs of Harber and his wife, Jewel, from 1992 and 2011 to 2012.

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CG0010 Oliver and Oliver Law Firm Records no date

The Oliver and Oliver Law Firm Records includes legal files of the law firm and personal correspondence, genealogy, and organizational involvement of several members of the Robert B. Oliver, Sr. family of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Also included in the legal files are non-Oliver family attorneys who were also partners in the firm.

CG0011 Betty Kennedy Sewell Genealogical Collection 1964-2016

This collection contains research and correspondence on the Kennedy, Zook, and the researcher's other family lines. Many of the family lines have been charted and are contained in ledgers with the remaining materials foldered by family name.

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CG0012 Moulder Family Papers 1873-1987

Photographs, papers, and letters from the Thomas Valentine Moulder, Wilbur J. Moulder, and Frances Valentine Moulder family from Scott County, Missouri.

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CG0013 Patricia Shively Elmore Papers 1878-2015

The papers of Patricia "Shively" Elmore contain diaries, correspondence, genealogy, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the donor's family. This collection also contains diplomas, commencement programs, military documents, photographs, souvenir postcards, films, and funeral memorabilia from the donor's husband, William "Bill" Elmore.

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CG0014 Samuel Montgomery Papers 1854-1887

This collection contains letters, military documents, family genealogy information, and copied pages from published material.

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CG0015 George W. Shinn Papers 1861

This is a collection of six letters written by Private George W. Shinn, a Union soldier in the American Civil War, which also includes transcriptions and other information gathered by the donor about Shinn.

A seventh letter, written by Solomon Kittrell on May 19, 1861 in Butler County, Missouri, shares his current situation as a farmer, river levels, soldiers’ movements, and the transport of African Americans through the region.

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CG0016 Fruitland Grange No. 611 Record Book 1873-1876

The Fruitland Grange No. 611 record book contains detailed by-laws and minutes of the meetings held by members from 1873 to 1876. The fraternal organization focused on agriculture and local farmers. The group’s goal was to promote agriculture and provide a unifying voice to farmers against capitalism. Men and women were eligible for membership and officers were given ranks and titles to establish order and responsibilities.

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CG0017 Fairview United Methodist Church, Records, 1893-1909 1893-1909

Four volumes of quarterly conference records and one folder papers generated by the Methodist church located in Leemon, Fruitland, and Millersville, Missouri.

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CG0018 W. Robert Cope Papers 1965-1968

The papers of W. Robert Cope contain notes, outlines and final examinations produced as a student at the University of Missouri School of Law from 1965 to 1968.

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CG0019 Sikes Family Papers 1845-1859

The papers contain eight slave bills of sale to William Sikes of New Madrid County, Missouri. These documents reflect the names, ages, and prices of enslaved persons who became the property of Sikes. Three additional documents show land transfers and a tax assessment of personal property.

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CG0020 Linda S. Devitt Photographs 1939-1941

Ruth K. Hammersmith taught school at Lutesville, Missouri, (Bollinger County) in the 1940s. There are four photographs of 7th and 8th grade classes at the Lutesville school from 1939-1941.

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CG0021 Sainte Genevieve "The Way We Worked Exhibit" Oral History Records 2011

The 96 oral histories were produced by Bolduc House Museum in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri for the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "The Way We Worked". This is the local copy of the records.

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CG0022 William R. Eddleman Papers 1934-1988

Correspondence between family members of C.C. and Barbara Ann (Fulbright) Eddleman during World War II. Also includes documents relating to the death of William H. Eddleman as Japanese prisoner of war and a German prayer hymnal with genealogy information.

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CG0023 George R. Roussell Photographs 1944-1967

Photographs and awards relating to George R. Rousell during his time of service in the Navy during World War I, Korean, and Vietnam Wars.

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CG0024 Lorena Shell Eaker Genelogical Papers 1902-1905, 2002-2004

Lorena Shell Eaker transcribed family Bible records provided to her by several families in southeast Missouri and North Carolina. These records were used to compile her two-volume work The Shoe Cobbler’s Kin, A Genealogy of the Peter (Ecker) Eaker, Sr. Family (1701-1976). These papers include both hand-written transcriptions and photocopies of the original Bible records. Also included is the marriage record and sermon notes for Presbyterian minister William G. Peyton of Piedmont, Missouri. Additionally, there are reprints of photographs of the Miller, Penzel and related families.

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CG0025 Vandivort Family Papers 1910, 1939-1948, 1963-1965

This collection contains correspondence from Arthur Clayton Vandivort from 1941-1945. Work related correspondence and membership cards for Leon Vandivort from 1910 and 1943-1944. Also includes genealogical information, graduation announcements, and high school basketball tournament brackets for members of the Vandivort family.

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CG0026 Settle Family Papers 1857-2008

Correspondence and photographs of the Settle, O'Bannon, and Rhodes families of Wayne County, Missouri and Arkansas. Also includes genealogy records, Bible, and report cards for Virgil E. Settle.

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CG0027 Thad Snow Papers 1923-1955

The Thad Snow Papers include writings, correspondence, scrapbooks, memorabilia and photographs. Snow was a prolific writer during his life. He is best remembered for his column, “Letters from the People” for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch beginning in the 1930s. The topics covered in this collection include politics, foreign affairs, farming, Snow’s family, economics and human nature.

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CG0028 Debra Holley Photographs 1913, 1922

Photographs of 1922 Cape Girardeau flood and other photographs circa 1920s-1930s. Also includes certificate for Norma Etherton in 1913.

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CG0029 John Elmer McKinzie Business Ledgers 1922-1940

Three business ledgers from the farming and saw mill business of John Elmer McKinzie of Marquand, Missouri, from 1922-1940.

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CG0030 Mary J. Briscoe-Riesberg Papers 1993-2015

The Mary J. Briscoe-Reisberg Papers includes papers, maps, photographs, and audio cassettes related to the Missouri Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association from 1994 to 2015.

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CG0031 Dorothy Fulbright Schaper Genealogical Papers 1905-1999

Genealogy family charts, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to the Fulbright family of Cape Girardeau County.

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CG0032 Anna Mae Armer Wallis Papers 1925-1932, 1971

This collection contains Anna Mae Armer Wallis's 1929 Charleston High School yearbook "The Blue-Jay" and scrapbook of her activities in high school.

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CG0033 Allen Britten Cooper Papers 1934-1955

527 sermon outline notes of Rev. Allen Britten Cooper from Charleston, Missouri, from 1934-1955. Also includes the published manuscript of the sermons by May Lawrence Cooper at an unknown time.

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CG0034 Quintin Papineau Photographs 1996-1998

35 photographs taken by Quintin Papineau of agriculture, buildings, springs, riverboats, and machinery several counties in southeast Missouri, Oregon County, Marion County, and cities in Illinois along the river.

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CG0035 Ashlar Masonic Lodge No. 306 Records 1868-1882, 1928, 1937

The Ashlar Lodge No. 306 Records contain photocopies of the minute book of the Masonic lodge from 1868 to 1882. Also included are two photocopies of the "History of the Ashlar Lodge No. 306" from 1928 and 1937.

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CG0036 Regenhardt Family Papers 1809-1980

The Regenhardt Family Papers include Civil War muster rolls of the 56th Enrolled Missouri Militia, McNeely family Bible records, Regenhardt Construction Company papers related to the building of Academic Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, and postcards of Academic Hall.

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CG0037 Bruhl Family Photographs 1902-1984, 1994-1996

The Bruhl Family Photographs include individual and family portraits of this family and the related families of Ritzenthaler, Caldwell, and Anderson from 1902-1984.

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CG0038 National Audubon Society Four Seasons Chapter Records 1982-2000

The Four Seasons Audubon Society was a chapter of the National Audubon Society that encompased members of southeast Missouri. The records include meeting minutes, financials, correspondence, and newsletters from 1982-2003.

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CG0039 Howard Ramon Morrow Papers 1914, 1918-1935

The Howard Ramon Morrow Papers includes World War I correspondence to and his parents in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, from 1918 to 1919. This collection also includes six issues of the 320th Infantry's newsletter "The Battalion" Review" from January to February 1919.

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CG0040 Vandeven Family Papers no date

The Vandeven Family Papers include photographs, marriage and first communion certificates for members of the Vandeven family of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

CG0041 Belchamber Family Papers 1892-1993

The Belchamber family papers contain photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks from the Belchamber family and its various branches. This collection also includes photographs and memorabilia relating to Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill, the Iron Mountain Railroad, and regional buildings and environs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

CG0042 Poplar Bluff Municipal Library Collection no date

Approximately 40 Black River Land and Abstract Company abstracts of title, timebooks for Poplar Bluff businesses, and records of the Edgewood Home for Neglected Children from 1870s to 1950s.

CG0043 Rotary International District 6060 Records no date

Rotary International District 6060 Records

CG0044 Holmes Family Papers 1919-1936

The Holmes Family Papers contain correspondence and photographs of tenant farming and farm land owned by Manfred James Holmes and his son, Parker Manfred Holmes from 1919 to 1936.

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CG0046 Betty Valle Gegg Papers 1966-2015

The Betty Valle Gegg Papers contains original and photocopied newspaper clippings of articles written by her in the Ste. Genevieve Herald from 1966 to 2015.

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