Columbia Manuscript Collections

Collection Number Title Collection Dates Description Finding Aid
C0401 Elizabeth Seifert Papers 1944

Manuscript of DOCTOR WOODWARD'S AMBITION (originally called "The Hospital"), published by Dodd, Mead & Company in 1945. Also notes, clippings, and two letters from the publishers.

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C0402 James Shannon Papers 1832-1857

Store accounts, correspondence and church papers of James Shannon, president of the University of Missouri. Also a letter to Henry A. Wise requesting him to print Shannon's address on slavery.

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C0403 Edward C. Sammons Papers 1918-1919

Two letters written by E.C. Sammons to Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Cortelyou, Kansas City, MO, describing his activities in World War I; two postcards; and two clippings giving a history of Sammons' military career.

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C0404 John C. Shackelford Family Papers 1847-1911

Clippings, poems of Civil War and Confederacy, and correspondence. Letter from Warrensburg, August 25, 1861, mentions early Civil War events in Missouri.

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C0405 David A. Lockmiller Papers 1880-1964

The papers of the biographer of General Enoch H. Crowder, administrator of the Selective Service during World War I and ambassador to Cuba, primarily consist of correspondence from the 1940s and 1950s pertaining to the biography. The papers also include correspondence written to Crowder from prominent political and military figures, publicity materials, book reviews, and miscellaneous records. See also C1046, the Enoch H. Crowder Papers.

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C0406 Mrs. Frank Sosey Collection 1822-1865

Three letters: A Confederate soldier to his sister; to William D. Bates concerning lead deposits around Hannibal; and to "Sarah" from J.W. Thompson, 1865.

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C0407 F.M. Symmes Sermons 1857-1888

Series of sermons begun in 1857, with revisions, dates, and occasions of use.

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C0408 George Clinton Swallow Papers 1839-1909

Letters to Mr. And Mrs. Swallow on their 50th wedding anniversary. Clippings. Diary, 1839-1899, recording positions offered and held, move to Columbia, and association with University and Geological Survey of Missouri.

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C0409 "America," Samuel Francis Smith 1892

Autographed copy of poem.

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C0410 Theilman Family Papers 1881-1928

Letters written by four brothers and a sister, Emil, Robert, Louis, G.A., and Bertha Theilman of Kingston, MO. Comments on events at the University of Missouri, book business, family history, loaning money, and land values in southern Missouri and Dakota Territory. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, some written by Laura M. Theilman about her family and friends, trips taken, and education, and memorabilia.

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C0411 Harry Thomas Letters 1884

Love letters written by a sergeant in Troop K, First Cavalry, U.S. Army, stationed in Montana, to Kathleen Lyons. Sgt. Thomas and Miss Lyons had never met.

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C0412 U.S. Presidents Portraits no date

Collotype reproductions of presidential portraits from George Washington to John F. Kennedy.

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C0413 Overland Diary 1857

Personal diary kept by an unidentified girl as she and her family left Canada, Kentucky, in October 1857 and traveled by covered wagon to a place near Brunswick, Missouri. Describes traveling conditions, roads, bridges, the land, the people they met, and the fun they had. Describes coal mines in Illinois, the Hoosier country of Indiana, and crossing the Mississippi.

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C0414 Vanmeter Family Papers 1836-1948

Business papers, tax receipts, real estate documents, and World War I letters of a Saline County, MO, family.
Farm record books kept by A.J. Vanmeter, 1859-1871; bank checkbook; and travel diary of a motor trip from Missouri to California and back in 1922.

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C0415 Benjamin Franklin Letter 1789

Letter-press copy of letter to George Washington, New York, NY, from Philadelphia, PA, Sept. 16, 1789. Letter congratulates Washington on his recovery of health and on his administration. Comments on Franklin's own poor health and his esteem for Washington. Original in George Washington Papers at Library of Congress.

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C0416 William Wymore Papers 1864

Letters by Wymore to his wife and children from camp at Bridgeport, AL, and to Wymore from his wife, probably from Brazil, IN.

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C0417 Paul Schweitzer Papers 1893-1902

Papers of a professor of chemistry at the University of Missouri. Early letters mention the agricultural experiment station and its problems. Correspondence from 1895 to 1902 is with the Armour Packing Company and discusses problems in the manufacture of oleomargarine.

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C0418 Lloyd E. Worner Jr. Papers 1943

Letters to Worner in response to his inquiries about state and national politics ca. 1920 from Arthur M. Hyde, Charles M. Hay, and E. Mont. Reily.

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C0419 Willis Family Papers 1843-1908

Correspondence between A.F. Willis on a trip to the West and his wife in Fayette, MO. He spent several years in California, working in the gold fields and other jobs. Also letters from A.J.'s brother, W.F. Willis, from Alabama and miscellaneous letters and papers.

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C0420 John Warnock Papers 1846-1850

Letter to John Warnock, Columbia, MO, from his brother, describing New York City. Two letters from Warnock to his wife in Columbia while en route to California in 1850 describing conditions of road, water, grain, number of miles traveled, and Indians.

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C0421 Gene Ray Wallace Letters 1946-1947

Written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawman Wallace, Bogard, MO. By a platoon sergeant in Tokyo, Japan. The letters tell of his activities as a military policeman attached to the war criminals trials. Mention of Tojo.

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C0422 Glenn A. Williams Papers 1945-1947

Papers pertaining to assignment with the Associated Press in London, England. Newspaper work in England, visit to parliament, and opinions of some of the cabinet members.

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C0423 Walker Family Papers 1782-1883

Wills, tax receipts, letters of character, 1782 bond for service, letters and portraits of a family from North Carolina who moved to Tennessee, then to New Madrid County, MO, and later to the Boone's Lick Country. Also an address given by Nannie Jane Walker Lenoir at Christian College, 1883.

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C0424 Epler-Gillhour-Morrison Family Papers 1835-1886

General store account of Jacob Epler, 1836; affidavit of men of Company D, 101st Illinois Volunteer Infantry; letters and papers concerning Springfield, MO, land manipulations and transfers; letter describing Civil War military service of J.E. Gillhour.

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C0425 James A. Gaines Papers 1842-1876

Letters to Lou Bell and Jennie Bell Gaines from relatives and Confederate prisoner at Johnson's Island, OH, describing St. Louis, freed Negroes, and cholera epidemic; U.S. ARMY ARGUS-EXTRA with Price-Fremont letters on exchange of prisoners and protection of civilians; biography of Mortimer Gaines. Microfilm has over 300 receipts of Dr. Gaines, 1850s and 1860s.

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C0426 Joseph Morris Family Letters 1840-1908

Letters from Joseph Morris and daughter, Sara Morris Mottram, from England to relatives in Tennessee. Political affairs in England, and general family news.

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C0427 Page Family Papers 1854-1887

Letters from the Thomas D. Page family and descendants, who moved from Kentucky to St. Joseph and Windsor, MO. Discuss churches, growth of St. Joseph, trades, schools, and family matters. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folder.

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C0428 Milton Shaw Papers 1824-1921

Letters from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri discussing slaves; farm crops, implements, and stock; property indentures; church membership; trade; schools; and teaching. Genealogical materials on the Denton family. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

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C0429 Sheppard Family Papers 1844-1877

Miscellaneous letters from Philadelphia; Tennessee; Cincinnati; Springfield and St. Louis, MO; and England. A letter from Paris, TN, describes local preaching techniques.

Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

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C0430 F.B. Green Collection 1832-1897

Account books of L.A. Snider and Company, Pike Creek, MO. Census record of Carter Township, Carter County, MO, 1860. Interspersed through account books are tax registers, notes on the weather, marriage records, estate records, medical accounts, and a personal diary.

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C0431 Henry Ackerman Smith Papers 1861-1907

Papers of a teacher and Methodist minister who lived in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and Missouri. Includes letters written to his wife, 1861-1862, while in the Union army; autobiography, genealogical information; record of marriages performed, 1884-1905; diary, 1882-1907; a newspaper article; and photographs.

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C0432 William Thompson Papers 1836

Copies of testimony given before Alfred G. Sloan and Walter H. Taler, justices of the peace of Big Creek Township in Van Buren County [Cass County], on charges against William Thompson for stealing and against James Laurance for whipping William Thompson.

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C0433 George Carlisle Shackelford Papers 1898-1902

Papers of a Glasgow, MO, lawyer, the son of Thomas Shackelford, who was proprietor, along with G.H. Bowles of St. Louis, of the Elm Grove Stock and Grain Farm in Maywood, MO. Papers primarily concern the farm.

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C0434 Daniel F. Snoddy Family Papers 1817-1861

Bills of sale; county, state, and asylum tax receipts; school tuition receipts; bill of sale for slaves; notice of public sale after death of Daniel F. Snoddy. Letter from Snoddy giving brief description of towns, crops, and trade in Missouri. Letters from relatives in the southern states.

Originals on film; typed copies in folder.

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C0435 C.T. Varnon Letter 1904

To A.W. McAlester, Columbia, MO, from Mexico, MO, Mar. 2, 1904. Requesting advice on the advisability of reopening a school that was exposed to scarlet fever without first disinfecting the building.

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C0436 Henry Voelkner Letters 1861-1862

Letters written in German by a Union soldier fighting in Missouri during the Civil War, including description of the battle of Sugar Creek. Also typed translations.

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C0437 Roy A. Wykoff Jr. Papers 1860-1955

Miscellaneous material collected by Wykoff. Missouri University, Stephens College and Christian College programs; letters of Eugene Field, Daniel Read and Homer Croy; and Civil War articles.

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C0438 Wilson Family Papers 1898-1926

Biographical sketches, 1898, of John Wilson and R.P.C. Wilson, Platte County, MO, politicians; resolution about Platte County delegates to constitutional convention; letter, 1926, with Civil War reminiscences of Confederate troops under Sterling Price.

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C0439 Mrs. R.L. West Papers 1877-1904

Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, calendar school examination certificate, and commencement announcement.

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C0440 William Waye Papers 1852-1894

Letters of a German family in both Germany and the U.S.

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C0441 Grace Wood Papers 1859-1895

Land patents and other documents.

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C0442 John G. Westover Papers no date

Notes, pictures, and clippings assembled by Westover for a master's thesis in the University of Missouri Department of History editing General M. Jeff Thompson's memoirs. Includes working drafts of memoirs.

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C0443 Cole and James Younger Papers 1885-1897

Letters from Cole Younger in the Stillwater, MN, prison to his aunt and to W.C. Bronaugh. Letters from Missouri officials, 1897, and a petition signed by members of the 39th General Assembly to the Minnesota Board of Pardons asking for the Youngers' release.

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C0444 C.W. Young Papers 1918-1923

Letters and shares of stock in Perfection Tire and Rubber Company (1918); Detrich Oil Company (1919); Living Springs Oil and Gas Company (1920); and Eurekero and Refining Company (1920). Abstract of title to lot in Shelbina, MO (1923), dating back to 1838.

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C0445 U.S. Military Government, Detachment B-5 Diary 1944-1945

Diary kept by a Military Government Detachment unit sent to Okinawa. All activities are recorded en route to Okinawa, and duties of the organization are described in detail. Also a short history of Okinawa and descriptions of the cultural exhibit, historic spots, and burial customs.

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C0446 Woman's Christian Temperance Union (Auxvasse, Mo.) Records 1907-1920

Minutes, letters, and handbook.

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C0447 Athenaean Literary Society Records 1842-1925

Minutes and records of the organization, constitutions, membership lists, censors' reports, a history, and scrapbook.

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C0448 University of Missouri, Union Literary Society Record Books 1842-1916

Constitution and amendments, roll of members, and proceedings of meetings.

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C0449 W.W. Cannon Diary 1886

A daily account of the work done by a Dent County farmer. The entries are written in a memorandum book advertising patent medicine.

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C0450 W.T. Foster Diary 1864-1865

Diary written during the Civil War by a Union soldier with Merrill's Cavalry. In 1864 the troops were in Arkansas pursuing Price's army, in 1865 they were in Tennessee. There are comments about officers and women.

Original in the possession of Ralph Foster.

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C0451 Austin O. Green Diaries 1862-1867

Diary of a soldier from Edwardsville, IL, who served in the 10th Illinois Infantry. Record of daily action in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, 1862; attack on Atlanta, GA; and mustering out, 1864. Miscellaneous entries and accounts, 1866-1867.

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C0452 Thomas Bryan Lester Diary 1847-1848

Diary of trip with 1st Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Fort Leavenworth to Santa Fe, NM. Served as acting assistant surgeon to the Illinois Regiment in Santa Fe during the Mexican War.

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C0453 John W. Lindsey Diary 1863-1865

Lindsey was a member of Company K, 2nd Illinois Cavalry, during the Civil War. Account of camp life in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; a few skirmishes; and his trip back to Illinois after being mustered out.

Also pictures, paper currency, and other miscellaneous items.

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C0454 O. Leslie Diary 1899-1901

Diary begins with enlistment at Parsons, KS, and continues through service in the Philippines with 40th Regiment.

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C0455 Mount Zion Association of Primitive Baptists Annual Session Minutes 1926

Printed minutes of the 85th annual session of the association held at Bethlehem Church, Cooper County, MO. Includes names of churches and their pastors in the association in addition to minutes of the meeting.

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C0456 Randolph Casey Paul Diary 1888

Diary of a farmer in Mountain Home, AR. Weather, crops, and family affairs are mentioned. Financial record at the end of the diary, and record of crops and breeding of livestock.

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C0457 Thomas D. Purdy Diary 1870

Notes of a trip from Sullivan County, MO, to Colorado, May 14-July 4, 1870.

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C0458 Salisbury Diary 1887

An eight weeks' diary kept by a sixteen-year-old boy named Salisbury on a train trip from the East to Topeka, KS. He spent most of the time visiting relatives in Salisbury, Kansas City, Glasgow, Keytesville, and St. Louis.

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C0459 John A. Stauder Diary 1850

Diary of a trip from LaGrange, MO, to the California gold fields. Route; condition of grass, water and wood; prices of articles on the way. Entries also mention number of miles traveled, streams and rivers crossed, graves, other wagon trains, weather conditions, and seeing Indians. Describes Salt Lake City.

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C0460 William Yates Diary 1859-1860

Account of a trip to Pike's Peak, 18 April to 6 July 1859; and a trip to the Cherokee country, 25 February to 12 March 1860.

Original in the possession of Mr. Yates.

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C0461 William Franklin Switzler Papers 1836-1905

Memoirs, a circular, and a typescript history of the University of Missouri. The history of the university is also available on microfilm.

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C0462 Daniel Zackman Civil War Diary 1863

Diary of a Union soldier stationed at Strafford, VA, and in skirmishes in Maryland and Pennsylvania and the battle of Gettysburg. Describes religious, recreational, and military activities of the 4th Ohio Regiment; health; weather; correspondence; a review for President Lincoln and General Hooker; and reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to the troops.

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C0463 G.S. Kunkel Autobiography 1918

Memoirs of G.S. Kunkel of Oregon, Holt County, MO. Mentions milling, Brigham Young, a trip to Pike's Peak, the Black Hills, Indian and Mormon massacres, California, Chinese inhabitants, gold mining, Virginia City, Mark Twain, patents, and his family.

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C0464 Civil War Letter 1863

To "Charles" in the East from "Kathryn," St. Louis, MO, May 24, 1863. Discussion of St. Louis and the war.

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C0465 Civil War Letter 1863

To "Hattie," from Charleston, SC, Sept. 3, 1863.

Written by a Civil War soldier to his wife, the letter mentions lack of anything to do and seeing the MONITOR and IRONSIDE in the bay. Unidentified photo of a soldier.

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C0466 Confederate States of America Money 1864

Twenty-dollar bill.

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C0467 Jesse Everhart Letter 1864, 1913

Written by a Confederate soldier during Sherman's March to the Sea, to his sister in Williamsburg, MO. Also included is a 1913 letter to Jesse Maughs of Fulton, MO, enclosing Everhart's letter.

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C0468 William T. Gore Letters 1861

Written by a Union soldier during the Civil War to his wife and children, the letters comment on his activities and describe fighting in Missouri.

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C0469 Charles G. Hendrix Letter 1862

Tells his wife about fighting at Manassas and the march through Leesburg to the Potomac.

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C0470 Nathaniel Lyon Letter 1861

To Col. Sigel, from Huffman's Crossing of the Osage River, July 10, 1861.

Discussion of the military strategy in southern Missouri in chasing Jackson.

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C0471 William Fitzhugh Lee Papers 1861-1863

From Edwin J. Lee, aide-de-camp of Stonewall Jackson, to his aunt, November 1861. Description of the Battle of Manassas, Wm. F. Lee being wounded, and his subsequent death.

From J.E.B. Stuart, to Wm. F. Lee's widow, 1863. Expresses friendship, concern for her welfare, and confidence in a confederate victory.

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C0472 John A. Minter Papers 1864-1871

Commission as colonel from the Confederate States of America War Department and notice of ordination as minister by Corinth United Baptist Church, Lewis County, Missouri.

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C0473 Jane Bridgewater Oath of Allegiance 1863

A test oath sworn before C.S. Moore, 22 May 1863.

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C0474 David Straub Certificates 1890

Certificates of Civil War service in the Missouri State Militia Cavalry, 6th Regiment, and Volunteer Cavalry, 13th Regiment, 1861-1866.

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C0475 Thomas A. Scott Prisoner of War Discharge 1864

Discharge from Rock Island Barracks, Illinois, for a private in the 45th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry.

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C0476 J.E.B. Stuart Letter 1860

To [William Fitzhugh] Lee, from camp 10 miles above Bent's Fort, July 16, 1860.

Account of raid on small band of Indians in which warriors were killed and a number of squaws, children and pack animals were captured and several soldiers were wounded with arrows.

Rumors of other army skirmishes with the Kiowas and Comanches. Cheyennes and Arapahoes very friendly.

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C0477 John Tyler Jr. Letter 1862

To William L. Yancey, Montgomery, AL, from Holly Springs, MS, Oct. 15, 1862.

Describes battles of Corinth and Hatchee River. Written by a Confederate major, the son of President Tyler, who served as an aide-de-camp on the staff of General Sterling Price.

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C0478 J.E. Whitehorne Letter 1862

To his sister, from Cockado Barracks, Mar. 10, 1862.

Relates witnessing the naval battle at Newport News, VA, between the MERIMAC and the Union steamers CUMBERLAND, CONGRESS, MONTICELLO, and PATRICK HENRY. Describes the damage to the vessels, and casualties.

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C0479 Robert Edwards Letters 1902

Letters to Flora Hixon, Webb City, Missouri, from a private stationed in the Philippines with the cavalry. Comments on his activities and descriptions of trips to old forts on the islands. Comments on marriage.

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C0480 Harry Craghead Letter 1918

To Mrs. Harris Wells, Bachelor, MO, from France, Oct. 20, 1918.

Written to his cousin by an infantryman during World War I, the letter describes one of his battle experiences.

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C0481 W.A. Clay Papers 1917-1926

Letter to his daughter Grace enclosing an earlier letter from Theodore Roosevelt regarding the dismissal of his volunteer forces.

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C0482 N.W. Ryan Letter 1917

To Ann Ellen Smith, Cameron, MO, from Houston, TX, Dec. 19, 1917.

Discussion of morale of the soldier, and mail and packages as a morale builder. Written by a member of the field artillery stationed at Camp Logan.

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C0483 Sterling Price Papers 1861-1866

Proclamation assuring southern sympathizers in Missouri of General Price's protection. Letter from Price to his son Edwin discussing raids made on the outskirts of the colonies and comments on the Mexican government.

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C0484 "The Twenty-four Presidents," Andrew J. Wilson no date

Poem by a member of a Missouri regiment in the Civil War.

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C0485 Moses Bates Deed 1812

For land in Ste. Genevieve District, Missouri, near Mine at Breton, October 1, 1812.

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C0486 Samuel Dowell Military Land Grant 1819

Grant of 160 acres of land in Missouri, signed by James Monroe.

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C0487 Duncan-Lowman Family Papers 1847-1952

Papers of Levin O. Duncan, blacksmith and farmer, and William O. Lowman, tanner and farmer, of Shelby County, MO, and families; correspondence from family and friends in Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, and Illinois; ledgers; miscellaneous business receipts; and scrapbook of Shelby County happenings, 1902-1952. Kept by Ida Lowman.

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C0488 Clemons Family Papers 1922-1967

Papers of Clemons family of Harviell, Butler County, MO. Includes correspondence to Suzanna and Charles Clemons of Minneapolis, MN, from their relatives in Harviell. The letters describe farming and family life in the region. The papers also include a postcard, five photographs, and a menu and roster from Jefferson Barracks, MO, Army camp.

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C0489 Cooper County, Missouri Assessment Lists 1859

Certified account of Lawrence Hall, assessor from Cooper County, and the receipt for same.

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C0490 James R. McDearmon Letters 1830-1831

Letters to wife Martha in Buckingham County, VA, from St. Louis County, MO, describing trip west and conditions in the area.

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C0491 James Fresh Letters 1833

Letters from Fresh, Baltimore County, Maryland, to L. Shepherd, Palmyra, MO, about purchasing land in Lewis County, and to Urel Wright, Palmyra, MO, about a mill seat on the Bafias to be condemned.

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C0492 Adam Mase Record Book 1832

A record book of Adam Mase from Pike County, MO, captain of the 1st Company Pike Volunteers. The record book consists of letters, company orders, a company roster, a daily log, a provisions list, and receipts.

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C0493 Hezekiah Jones Land Grant 1835

Grant of 40 acres in Palmyra, Missouri, by order of Andrew Jackson.

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C0494 Julia Ann Dearing Letter 1839

To James Jones, High Hill, MO, from Ste. Genevieve, MO, Sept. 19, 1839.

Letter to her father describing river travel on a wedding trip on the Mississippi. Original in the possession of Mrs. J.D. Ebert.

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C0495 William W. Austin Letter 1844

Description of Missouri River flood at Carrollton.

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C0496 James S. Cowan Letter 1847

To John W. Ellis, Salisbury, Rowan County, VA, from St. Louis, MO, July 25, 1847. Description of St. Louis in 1847, advice, and an invitation for Ellis to come west.

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C0497 A.P. Fry Papers 1828-1883

Land grants and warranty deeds signed by Presidents Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, and Millard Fillmore.

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C0498 John Appleby Letter 1848

To his parents, Berlin, TN, from Dade County, MO, January 2, 1848. Local prices of land, Negroes, stock, and grain; national and local politics. Sketch of Appleby by his great-nephew, A.B. Appleby. Typed from a copy in the possession of L. Grimes.

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C0499 Jacob Howard Diploma 1848

Diploma issued to Howard by the University of Missouri.

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C0500 Mrs. Bright Letter 1850

To her husband, Ky., from Glendale [Mo.], Feb. 29, [1850]. Discussion of family affairs, land conditions, and the weather.

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