Columbia Manuscript Collections

Collection Number Title Collection Dates Description Finding Aid
C0501 John H. Fresh Letter 1851

To Mary Fresh, Hannibal, MO, from Chastey Valley, CA, July 6, 1851.

Letter to his wife discussing lack of success in the gold fields and plans to get a job before moving elsewhere.

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C0502 Mary and Eliza Thompson Quietus for Delinquent Taxes 1852

Receipt for taxes paid from the Randolph County register of lands office for a 39-acre tract of land granted for $9.16 to Mary and Eliza Thompson.

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C0503 Charles Younger Will 1852

Last will and testament made out February 26, 1852, in Jackson County, Missouri, by Charles Younger.

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C0504 Robert B. Seymour Military Land Grant 1853

Grant of 40 acres of land near Fayette, Missouri, by order of Franklin Pierce.

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C0505 Tootle and Armstrong (St. Joseph, Mo.) Memorandum 1855

Copy of legal instrument authorizing collection of notes for Tootle and Armstrong, a mercantile firm in St. Joseph, by Joseph Murphy.

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C0506 Everts, Wilson and Company Letter 1857

To H.C. Lennox from St. Louis, MO, Jan. 25, 1857.

Concerning deposit of funds with Everts, Wilson and Company by R.P. Knapp in his own name for Frank M. Hathorn, claims on funds by Knapp's creditors, and request for money from Hathorn.

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C0507 Martha Allen Letter 1857

Letter to her aunt and uncle from Ray County, Missouri, March 15, 1857. Description of the weather, comments about crops, and family news. An added note by a sister, Lucinda.

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C0508 John B. Collier Letter 1858

To his family in Virginia from northern Missouri, Feb. 28, 1858. Comments on Indian problems, educational facilities in Missouri, family matters, and mention of the "Mormon or Utah war."

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C0509 Dennis Tucker Deeds 1860-1864

For Knox County, MO, land, originally in the possession of Eber H. Tucker and sold at auction by Amos Poe to D. Tucker and Zachariah Lear, 27 October 1860.

For Knox County, MO, land sold by Tucker to Zachariah Lear, 25 February 1864.

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C0510 H.M. Sumner Letter 1862

To [Benjamin F.] Loan, Lexington, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, Oct. 29, 1862. Reporting succession speech of Sample Orr and requesting approval of Sumner's action in restricting Orr to Jefferson City.

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C0511 Civil War Letter 1862

To mother and father from Camp Muligan, Lexington, MO, Nov. 21, 1862. Tells of scouting trips, daily activities, and the election in Pleasant Hill.

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C0512 H.D. Palmer Letter 1862

To Isaac Feback from Independence, MO, Dec. 20, 1862. Letter from a Unionist telling of the distrust between North and South.

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C0513 Hugh Dunbar Deed of Emancipation 1846

Statement freeing his Negro slave Charlotte for the sum of one dollar.

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C0514 W.R. Dyer Letter 1866

To Freeman Hall, Matinicus, ME, from St. Louis, MO, Sept. 9, 1866.

Describes St. Louis in 1866-working conditions, climate, farming, and arrival of President Johnson, Seward, Wells, Grant, and Farragut. Comments on Johnson's administration.

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C0515 Missouri Library Association Records 1900-1994

Organizational records of the MLA consisting of by-laws and constitutions, correspondence, financial and membership records including account books, journals and ledgers, handbooks, miscellaneous newsletters and other publications, minutes and reports, newspaper clippings, promotional materials, programs, resolutions, photographs, and scrapbooks.

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C0516 John Brooks Henderson Letter 1870

To John T. Hoffman, Albany, NY, from St. Louis, MO, Sept. 17, 1870.

Request for appointment as delegate to convention to be held in Cincinnati. Also a photograph of Henderson.

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C0517 Winchester Davis Deed 1871

Howard County land deeded to Winchester Davis by his parents, Joseph and Sarah E. Davis.

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C0518 "Memorandum on Provisions Relating to Railroads in the Constitution of Missouri of 1875," Lester G. Seacat no date

A brief statement of the circumstances leading up to the adoption of the provisions relating to railroads in the constitution of 1875 by the assistant counsel, Missouri Public Service Commission. Written in the early 1940s for the Constitutional Convention.

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C0519 Pleasant Hill Academy (Cass County, Mo.) Papers 1883

Petition for incorporation and constitution.

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C0520 Bela M. Hughes Letter 1885

To Wells-Fargo Company, from Denver, July 1885.

Introducing George A. Hughes of Richmond, MO.

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C0521 Joseph Orville Shelby Letter 1885

To Mr. Lankford, Marshall, MO, from Audrain, Bates County, MO, Aug. 2, 1885.

Letter from a Confederate brigadier general to a friend, giving his reasons for the Civil War.

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C0522 Nelson C. Gallemore Certificate 1886

Certificate issued by the University of Missouri for completion of course in double-entry bookkeeping.

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C0523 General Election Sample Ballot 1892

Sample ballot for the Missouri general election, 1892, showing the candidates for the Democratic, Republican, Prohibition, People's and Independent parties.

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C0524 H.K. Givens Letter 1894

To Mrs. Pearson, from Fayette, MO, Nov. 29, 1894.

Short note referring to some material Mrs. Pearson sent him. Probably Mrs. Isaac Pearson, of Fayette, MO.

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C0525 William C. Lobenstine Diary 1852-1858

Photocopy of privately printed edition of diary kept while traveling to California to mine gold in 1852. Includes scattered entries for years Lobenstine was in Volcano and Camp Secco, CA, as a miner and, later, a merchant. Entries from 20 April to 1 July 1858 describe his return to the East via the Isthmus of Panama and his intent to settle in Leavenworth, KS.

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C0526 W. Bishop Letters 1896-1898

Two letters to his granddaughter, Laura Benton, telling of hard times in 1896, prices at the feed store, and members of the family.

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C0527 Thomas Todd Estate Notice 1869

Notice of public auction of miscellaneous property by Thomas Todd, signed by Samuel C. Major.

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C0528 Gayoso, Missouri, Farmers' Flood Relief Petition 1898

Petition signed by thirteen Gayoso, MO, farmers requesting supplies from Merchant's Exchange, St. Louis, MO, because of flood conditions. They suggest supplies be sent by Jasper Landers, Gayoso wharfmaster.

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C0529 Richard Henry Jesse Letter 1906

To J.C. Schuerman, Ithaca, NY, from Columbia, MO, Sept. 21, 1906.

Asks the president of Cornell University about the cost and use of the university library. Answers noted on original by G.W. Hains and returned.

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C0530 Boonville, St. Louis and Southern Railway Company Certificates of Registration 1918-1919

Two certificates registering the company in the office of the Secretary of State of State of Missouri, dated 20 July 1918 and 10 July 1919.

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C0531 S.J. Bunker Abstract of Title 1929

One abstract of title containing all the instruments of writing which affect the title of a section and a half of land in Dent County, Mo., from 1860 to 1929. Prepared by the Bennett Abstract Company, Salem, Missouri, November 15, 1929.

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C0532 Bennett Champ Clark Letter 1937

Letter from Senator Bennett Champ Clark of Washington, D.C., to Frederick G. Middlebush, President of the University of Missouri in Columbia, dated December 14, 1937.

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C0533 Anita C. Boswell Letter 1941

To John C. Westover, Columbia, MO, from Springfield, MO, April 18, 1941. Describes work being done in the gathering of data concerning M. Jeff Thompson, genealogy work of the Utah Genealogical Society, and the acquisition of a diary.

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C0534 John Phillips Letter 1793

Letter from John Phillips of Boston to Samuel Gray dated November 28, 1793. The letter concerns a deed for land purchased by Jeremiah Clark, Jr.

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C0535 David Bailey Land Grant 1804

Grant of tract of land in Botecourt County, VA, to David Bailey by John Page, governor of Virginia.

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C0536 P.S. and Luther Jones Letter 1836

To James Jones Family, High Hill, MO, from Moons Bluff, MS, Mar. 24, 1836. Discuss living conditions, weather, and local gossip.

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C0537 Stephen Ridgley Letter 1837

To Robert Ridgley, Upper Alton, IL, from Boston, Nov. 10, 1837.

Describes local conditions to his brother.

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C0538 A.D. Patchin Letter 1841

To P.H. Winchester, Carlinville, IL, from Albany, NY, Nov. 15, 1841.

Concerning the payment of a pension.

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C0539 Sam. Hoffman Letter 1849

To Edward Hoffman, St. Louis, MO, from Black Rock, NY, Feb. 26, 1849.

Letter to his son discussing construction of the Erie Canal near Buffalo, NY, and topics of general interest.

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C0540 Eliza G. Post Papers 1815-1830

Itemized expenses for move to St. Louis, MO, from New York, 1815. Diary, 1826-1830, enumerating visitors and overnight guests while family lived in Bonhomme, St. Louis County, MO. Copies of daguerreotypes of Justus and Eliza G. Post.

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C0541 Nathaniel Lyon Letter 1850

To A. Fisdale, Lockets Harbor, from Monterey, CA, Apr. 30, 1850.

Letter tells of a prospective trip to northern California and Oregon to settle Indian troubles. Mentions the slavery question and local amusements.

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C0542 William A. Carter Letter 1850

To his wife Mary, from Hangtown or Placerville, CA, Aug. 11, 1850.

Work, prices and conditions in gold fields around Placerville.

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C0543 Amos Bargdoll Letter 1851

Description of gold mining town in California, with mention of cholera, prices, and friends. Original in possession of Irene Conway, Chillicothe, MO.

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C0544 John Montgomery Letter 1851

To William Montgomery, Carrollton, MO, from Weberville, CA, Mar. 11, 1851.

Written to his brother by a young miner in the California gold fields, concerning his returning home.

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C0545 William R. Allen Letter 1851

Dr. Allen describes trip from Missouri to Oregon City: cholera plague on Great Plains, loss of possessions in blizzard, difficulty in keeping order in wagon train, and rescue by Oregon City citizens. Cost of housing, food, and farm products. Description of land, farming, gold mining, lumbering, and other industries and businesses.

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C0546 Ben F. Headen Letter 1853

To Mr. And Mrs. Winchester Payne, Cass County, MO, from Santa Clara, CA, Sept. 16, 1853.

Dr. Headen tells of crops, prices, local conditions, and family affairs. Reports what some emigrants had told him about their trips to California.

Typed from a copy in the possession of Mrs. Ida C. Bates.

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C0547 Alexander Campbell Letter 1853

"To all whom these presents may come," from Bethany, VA, Oct. 15, 1853. A recommendation of Miss Rebecca E. Jones as a teacher.

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C0548 Thomas A. Spalding Letters 1855-1858

Two letters from Thomas A. Spalding to his brother in Missouri, written from California during the gold rush.

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C0549 E.B. Mason Appointment 1861

Appointment as deputy postmaster at LaSalle, Illinois, by Abraham Lincoln.

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C0550 Thomas Mee Papers 1863-1864

The papers contain one letter from Thomas Mee to his wife. Mee was a soldier with the 2nd Regiment, East Tennessee Volunteers, stationed near Murphreesboro, Tennessee. He talks of the horrors of the battle near Murphreesboro and predicts a greater one in Chattanooga, where he expects to be sent. Also included is a certificate of service showing Mee died at Andersonville Prison in 1864.

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C0551 A.W. Howard Letter 1872

To James A. McQuitty, [MO], from Childress Store, Montgomery County, VA, Mar. 13, 1872. Description of economic conditions in Virginia.

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C0552 Charles Devins Letter 1877

To John Bruce, Montgomery, AL, from Washington, D.C., Apr. 30, 1877.

Inquiry concerning charges made by John H. Purness against U.S. Commissioner Isaac Heyman and others.

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C0553 George E. Lester Letter 1879

To Phillip Lucas, Lester, MO, from Montgomery County, VA, January 12, 1879.
Discusses settling their father's estate and includes legal procedures of the time.

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C0554 J. David Wood Letter 1883

Letter from J. D. and Kate Wood of Challis, Idaho, to his uncle and aunt, Joseph and Elizabeth Wood of Putnam County, Missouri, November 14, 1883. Discusses mining activities, living conditions, and the education of their sons.

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C0555 M.C. Henslee Letter 1901

Letter from M. C. Henslee of Vancouver, Washington, to John Power of Modena, Missouri, April 4, 1901, regarding family news and fruit crop conditions.

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C0556 Addie Henry Reick Diary 1910

Diary, kept 1 May-30 June 1910, of a trip from Seattle, WA, to Ophir, AK. Mrs. Reick wrote the journal for relatives and friends in Missouri.

A map showing the route is filed with the diary.

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C0557 Shake Rag Cemetery (Macon County, Mo.) Records 1985

The records of the Shake Rag Cemetery contain the names and birth and death dates from tombstones located in Shake Rag, also known as Pleasant Hill, Cemetery, in Macon County, Missouri.

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C0558 Missouri Church Records 1811-2018

Newsletters, conference proceedings, reports, directories, journals, and other publications of various religious denominations in Missouri including Methodist, Baptist, Disciples of Christ (Christian), Presbyterian, and Catholic churches.

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C0559 Elinor P. Thompson Papers 1941

Letter from Elinor P. Thompson of New Orleans, Louisiana, to John C. Westover, of Camp Clairborne, Louisiana, November 7, 1941. The letter describes the activities of M. Jeff Thompson after his settlement in New Orleans. It also provides a description of New Orleans and describes the Thompson family papers.

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C0560 Maggie Burnsides Letter 1863

Letter from Maggie Burnsides to Matilda Girdner of Alexandria, Ohio, March 21, 1863. The letter describes sugar making and raising money and provisions for Union soldiers with a "Soldier's Supper." Also describes resistance to the conscription bill.

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C0561 A.F. Davis Letter 1862

To F.D. Davis, from Pittsburgh Landing, TN, Apr. 21, 1862.

Describes the Battle of Shiloh.

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C0562 [Arthur] Campbell Letter 1808

To Francis Walker, Edinburgh, from London, England, Apr. 29, 1808. Thank you for renewal of a bill. Mentions visit to Bath and return to London for meeting of Parliament.

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C0563 Belle C. Sinclair Letter 1890

To Allie Minter, LaBelle, MO, from Avinston, Ont., Feb. 5, 1890.

Gives an account of a Scotch wedding.

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C0564 Amadeo Martos Letter 1911

To F.M. Hutchinson, Missouri City, Clay County, MO, from Spain, Dec. 3, 1911.

Written by a political prisoner from a castle fort in Alicante, Spain, requesting Hutchinson to become guardian for his daughter.

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C0565 Tojo Hideki Medical Records [1945]

Medical charts for premier of Japan for period after attempted suicide upon Japan's surrender. Photographs.

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C0566 Hopewell Sabbath School Papers 1825

Constitution of the Belleview Sunday School Society, Washington County, MO, of which the Hopewell Sabbath School was a member. List of subscribers to the school, rules and regulations, membership in each of the schools of the Belleview Society, list of books used, and attendance and achievement records of pupils.

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C0567 Star Bible Class Papers 1884-1920

Letters from church workers in Japan to the Parkville, MO, Presbyterian church class. Class record book containing minutes, roll, and accounts. Miscellaneous materials, financial statements for 1915 and 1917, tribute to class member and excerpts from ordinances of Parkville, 1884.

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C0568 Young Men's Christian Association (Independence, Mo.) Papers 1887

Charter and Constitution of the Young Men's Christian Association, Independence, Missouri, June 18, 1887.

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C0569 Two River Old School Baptist Association Minutes 1883-1892

Minutes of annual meetings of 1883, 1889, and 1892 of the association of Ralls and Shelby Counties, Missouri.

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C0570 Minerva Estes Land Titles 1854-1859

One military land grant to Minerva Estes at Jackson, Missouri, June 2, 1854, signed by Franklin Pierce; two land titles to Minerva Estes of Wayne County, Missouri, October 10, 1856 signed by Franklin Pierce and January 1, 1859 signed by James Buchanan.

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C0571 Columbia, Missouri Real Estate Papers 1899-1927

Plans and descriptive material pertaining to new additions for sale: Garth, 1899; Guitar, 1903; Beasely, 1904; Fyfer, 1907; Stewart, 1910; Westwood, 1916; Park Hill, 1927; and others. Financial report of Water and Light Company, 1904-1906, and a picture of John Belcher's store on Broadway in the 1880s.

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C0572 Columbia Female Academy (Columbia, Mo.) Papers 1841-1853

Includes an address delivered March 28, 1841, by the Rev. J.L. Yantis, at the examination of the pupils of Columbia Female Academy, and an 1853 catalogue.

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C0573 T.A. Johnston Speeches 1872, 1933

"The Party Spirit," given at the University of Missouri commencement, June 11, 1872. "The Church of my Childhood," given at the Presbyterian church, Boonville, MO, April 12, 1933. Johnston was on the faculty of Kemper Military School.

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C0574 St. Joseph Lead Mining Company Papers 1800, 1892

The St. Joseph Lead Mining Company Papers consist of a positive photostat of a Spanish land grant for area that was later purchased by St. Joseph Lead Mining Company. Also included is an illustrated booklet, compiled by J. Wyman Jones, detailing history of the company.

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C0575 Missouri. Council of Defense Papers 1917-1919

The papers of the Missouri State Council of Defense contain reports on the organization and activities of the Council on relief, home defense, aliens, industry, labor, engineering, publicity, and supply and conservation of food. There are copies of correspondence and bulletins published by the Council. Topics discussed are recruits, farm labor, food, Patriotic Day, crops, loans and war funds, collecting waste junk, insurance, and posters.

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C0576 Hannibal Ferry Company Papers 1858-1902

Bills of sale, deeds, and reports concerning the company; ferry operator's license; and minute book containing records of the directors' and stockholders' meetings.

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C0577 Hannibal Railway and Electric Company (Hannibal, Mo.) Records 1917-1939

Minutes of directors and stockholders meetings, 1917-1927, for an electric street railway system. Adjudged bankrupt in 1927, it operated under the Referee in Bankruptcy. The company was sold by order of the Federal Court in 1930 and ceased operation. Includes a record of loans, a scrapbook, and information on final court actions in 1931.

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C0578 Mazÿck Porcher Ravenel Papers 1884-1958

Papers of a bacteriologist and teacher, including correspondence, notes, and other material. Information on disease research, health organizations, other scientists, World War I army life, the University of Wisconsin in 1914 and effects of World War II on Columbia, MO.

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C0579 Brown Drug Store (Hannibal, Mo.) Prescription Book 1858-1860

Prescriptions, as received from doctors, filled by J.B. Brown and Company, Hannibal, MO.

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C0580 Bard Drug Store Prescription Book 1867

The records of the W. E. Bard Drug Store contain prescriptions filled over the course of one year at a Sedalia, Missouri, drugstore.

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C0581 S.E. McGraw Account Book 1874-1877

Accounts of a harness and machine repairman, probably near Clinton, MO. The name of Warren Bronaugh appears throughout the book.

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C0582 Merchant and Staples Tobacco Company Account Books 1874-1878

Account books of a Chariton County, Missouri, tobacco company, with offices at Brunswick and Triplett, giving amounts of shipments, accounts payable to tobacco growers, and financial accounts of the company.

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C0583 Rudolph and Charles Bircher Papers 1856-1924

The papers contain business records of owners of the Laclede-Bircher Hotel and farms in St. Louis, Missouri. Record of school funds, 1851-1852; account of City of St. Louis fire department, 1866-1867; account in German Savings Institution, 1891-1893; account in German American Bank, 1888-1894; and other personal records.

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C0584 Brewers, Maltsters and General Labor Departments, Local Union No. 6 Minutes 1898-1940

Roll 1 contains vol. 1, March 14, 1898-July 14, 1918, in German. Roll 2 contains vol. 2, July 28, 1918-January 1, 1940, in English. Labor-management relations, beer production prohibition, participation in politics, international union policy and relations with other trade unions; World War I, American Socialist Party, Eugene V. Debs, Tom Mooney.

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C0585 Christian Church (Fulton, Mo.) Records 1848-1888

Membership, minutes of business meetings, minutes of Board of Officers' meetings, financial records, pledges, and assessments.

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C0586 Waldo Porter Johnson Papers 1878-1884

Leases of a coal mine, the Hoover Bank, to D.W. Coonce in 1881, to Richard W. Perrin in 1884, and to James A. Paisley in 1878.

Contract for rebuilding a barn and a lease for a farm with Richard Bught. Also a list of law books ordered by Johnson in 1880.

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C0587 Sedalia Real Estate and Loan Men's Association (Sedalia, Mo.) Papers 1922-1926

The papers contain correspondence, clippings, minutes of meetings, and a city ordinance of this organization.

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C0588 U.S. Commissioner of Patents Papers 1849-1858

The papers contain letters to the U.S. Commissioner of Patents about various agricultural subjects in Missouri. Most of the letters were written by Henry Ancrum in 1849. Also includes article on grape culture in Missouri by George C. Swallow, 1857.

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C0589 John B. Helm Papers 1818-1868

Papers of a merchant, lawyer, judge, and builder in Kentucky and Hannibal, MO. Consists of correspondence relating mainly to business interests; financial and legal documents such as receipts, promissory notes, contracts and legal briefs; and account books. See also collection C3434.

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C0590 Lumber Company Price Lists 1869-1894

The collection contains price lists of G.C. Hixon & Company, of Hannibal, Missouri, 1869 and 1879; Judson Lyon, St. Joseph, Missouri, 1881; and I.M. Howell & Company, Atchison, Kansas, 1881. Also includes a statement of lumber shipments in 1894 and logging costs to various towns on the Mississippi River.

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C0591 CARROLLTON DEMOCRAT (Carrollton, Mo.) Papers 1936-1938

Telegrams to the DEMOCRAT about King Edward VIII's abdication; Franklin D. Roosevelt's recommendations to Congress, 1937; Martin Johnson's death; the wreck of Amelia Earhart's plane; and the death of Queen Marie of Romania.

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C0592 Aull Family Business Papers 1841-1843

List of merchandise bought from James Aull by Woodson Manion, 1837-1842. Article of agreement on the sale of land signed by Robert Aull, Samuel Owens, I.S. Allen, Wm. H. Russell, S.W. Waddell and Alexander M. Ramsey. I.O.U. blanks. A deed of Robert Aull, 1841.

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C0593 Old Trails Bridge Company Papers 1921-1924

Correspondence and other papers pertaining to construction of the bridge at Boonville. List of officers, subscribers, toll charges, and agreement adopted by board, July 25, 1921. T.A. Johnston was president, W.B. Nowell and John Cosgrove were vice-presidents, H.C. Neef, Secretary, and R.G. Hadelich, Treasurer.

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C0594 Columbia, Missouri Telephone Exchange Directories 1906-1909

Directories of February 1906, February 1907, October 1907, October 1908, April 1909. There is some advertising on the covers.

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C0595 Western Telephone Company Papers 1903-1907

Statements of uncollectible accounts at Brookfield, Linneus, Marceline, and Unionville, MO, and correspondence in connection with them. Also a statement of receipts and expenditures.

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C0596 Columbia, Missouri. Recreation Commission Report 1945

Annual report to the mayor, city council and citizens of Columbia on activities and needs of the commission.

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C0597 Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company (Howard County, Mo.) Papers 1893-1899

The papers contain affidavits of loss, policies, treasurer's reports, constitution and by-laws, and receipts of a Howard County, Missouri, insurance company.

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C0598 Carrollton Academy (Carrollton, Mo.) Records 1854-1869

The records contain minutes of trustees' and stockholders' meetings and business records of the Academy. Loaned for copying.

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C0599 Clay Seminary (Liberty, Mo.) Papers 1855-1864

The papers contain materials of a young ladies school, including, fifth annual catalogue, 1860; commencement exercises, 1861-1864; exhibitions of Eunomian Literary Society, 1860-1864; and advertising circulars.

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C0600 Champ Clark Papers 1898

The papers contain an address entitled "Hardin College and its Founders," delivered September 12, 1898; a letter to secretary of Pike County Historical Society regarding that society's work, and one photograph of Clark in later years.

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