Clayton Abbott Collection, circa 1958-1976 (R0581)
0.25 cubic foot (20 folders)
These are research materials on Cedar County, Missouri, compiled by Clayton Abbott, a local historian and author from Stockton. The material, arranged topically, includes newspaper clippings, transcripts of letters and documents, and drafts of Abbott's writings. The topics include early settlement, churches, schools, the history of El Dorado Springs, stories of the Gold Rush and the Civil War, post offices, and driving tours of Cedar County.
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.
American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers/records of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events, awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "centennial farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."
Baptist Association Annual Meeting Records, 1882-1933 (R0644)
(1 roll of microfilm)
The Baptist Association Annual Meeting Records contain microfilm copies of annual meeting minutes of Primitive Baptist associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.
These are booklets containing the proceedings of the 42nd (1904), 91st (1953) and 130th (1992)
annual meetings of the Cane Creek Baptist Association. Included are the articles of faith and
constitution, minutes, committee reports, and directories of churches and staff. The booklet for 1953
is a photocopy of the original. Organized in 1857, the Association includes congregations in a wide
area of southeastern Missouri.
Cedar County, Missouri Photograph Collection, circa 1890-1910 (R0282)
0.05 cubic foot (1 folder, 5 photographs)
These are photographs of the Messick and H. W. Evans general stores, the Cedar Springs Band, and a picnic of Camp 171 of the Woodmen of The World at Cedar Springs, and a view of the Balm baseball team. The views have been copied on 35mm slides.
Cedar County, Missouri, Assessment Lists, 1861-1864 (C1070)
0.15 cubic feet (3 volumes)
Lists consist of property, slaves, cash, and notes held by those assessed.
An artificial collection of photographs, primarily copy photos, of Cedar County, Missouri.
Dennis Harper Connaway Papers, 1858-1888 (C0248)
0.2 cubic feet (10 folders)
Correspondence, Civil War papers, and miscellaneous papers. County collector book of Cedar County.
Donna Kay Cowan Papers, 1855-2013 (SP0007)
.5 cubic feet (10 folders)
The Cowan Family Papers are composed of pamphlets, programs, photographs, and materials relating to the history of the Golden City High School, which Frank Cowan attended in the class of 1933 and his daughter, Donna Cowan, in the class of 1958.
Edward H. Price Photograph Collection, no date (P0496)
Copy photos of Charley Paynter Store and Bear Creek High School, Bear Creek.
These are two promotional pamphlets for El Dorado Springs in Cedar County, Missouri. Included are descriptions of the town and its medicinal springs, with chemical analyses of the waters. The pamphlets are undated, but appear to be from the 1920s.
These are printed minutes of the second and thirteenth annual meetings of the Eleven Points
River Baptist Association, 1890 and 1901. Founded as the Elevenpoint River Association of Missionary
Baptists, the association included churches in Carter, Howell, Oregon, and Ripley counties in
Sarah Guitar Collection, no date (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet (5 card files); also available on 2 rolls of microfilm
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.
This is "Herriman Chapel Camp: 60 Years of Vision," an illustrated history of a religious campground in Cedar County, Missouri, affiliated with the Church of God (Holiness). Hazel Messick conducted the historical research and Art Witt provided the photographic restoration and layout for the booklet.
These are three letters from W.D. Hoff, an attorney at Stockton in Cedar County, Missouri, to D. C. Entrekin at Independence in Jackson County, Missouri. They concern back taxes on land in Cedar County owned by the estate of Entrekin's late son, Torbert.
Claud Hoffman Papers, 1976-2018 (SP0063)
1 cubic foot (22 folders)
The Claud M. Hoffman Collection contains booklets compiled by Claud Hoffman concerning his life, military career, family genealogy, and local history topics. The booklets include copies of photographs, maps, historic documents, and additional information written by Hoffman.
O. Y. Jackson Collection, 1918 (R1176)
This is a campaign card for O.Y. Jackson, Democratic candidate for collector of Cedar County, Missouri, in the fall election of 1918. Jackson was a resident of Eldorado Springs.
James D. Attebery Photographs, 1878-1963 (P0095)
Images of Benton, Cedar, Vernon, and St. Clair County historic sites and buildings, mainly from ca. 1951-1960.
David A. James Papers, 1790-2008 (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor, whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.
Frank Kern Letters, 1930-1940 (C0959)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Letters pertain to the renting and selling of land in the Missouri Ozarks during the Great Depression years.
Knights of Pythias, Bear Creek, Missouri Records, 1894-1912 (R0343)
(1 roll of microfilm)
This is a record book of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Bear Creek in Cedar County, Missouri.
The records concern the induction of members and election of officers, purchase of a meeting hall,
and distribution of medical benefits.
Mark Twain National Forest Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s (R0471)
(4 rolls of mircofilm)
This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with older members of the community and Forest Service retirees.
Mark Twain National Forest Photograph Collection, circa 1900-1985 (R0485)
0.05 cubic foot (2 folders, 719 negatives)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.
Midco Mercantile Company Records, circa 1920 (R0306)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
This is an unused coupon book from the general store at Midco, two miles north of Fremont in
Carter County, Missouri. The business was owned by the Mid-Continent Iron Company, which operated
an iron furnace and chemical plant at Midco until 1921.
The Missouri Collection, 1771-2021 (C3982)
18.2 cubic feet (817 folders, 808 photographs), 26 oversize items, 9 audio cassettes, 7 audio discs, 9 CDs, 1 computer disc, 1 film, 6 film strips, 5 DVDs, 2 video cassettes
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.
Lynn Morrow Papers, 1804-2015 (R1000)
24 cubic feet (1051 folders, 5 oversize folders, 11,170 photographs, 852 negatives)
The Lynn Morrow papers contain correspondence and research papers, with an additional significant collection of late twentieth-century promotional and advertising items. The papers reflect major areas of Morrow’s research on the southwest Missouri region; Iron, Shannon, and Washington counties; Theodore Pease Russell and his writings; and the writings of Silas C. Turnbo. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.
This is an illustrated pamphlet published by the Munger Securities Company, promoting real
estate offerings in southern Missouri. The tracts were primarily in Carter County, but extended into
portions of Butler, Reynolds, and Ripley counties. The local offices were in Hunter, Missouri.
Jason C. Ottinger Papers, 1905-1908 (R1461)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Jason C. Ottinger Papers consists of documents related to Jason C. Ottinger's personal papers. He resided in Milford, Missouri, in the early twentieth century. This collection includes tax receipts, a bill of sale, deed inquiries, and a certificate of membership for the National Co-Operative Burial Association.
Garrott Philpott Papers, 1825-1913 (R0924)
(1 roll of microfilm)
These are the papers of Garrott Philpott of Henry County, Virginia, and Cedar County, Missouri, including promissory notes, tax receipts, and business papers. There are also papers from the estates of the related families of Hezekiah Perkinson and William H. clark, and the correspondence and papers of Thomas W. M. Montgomery.
Zula R. Price, "Bear Creek Community" Collection, 1980 (R0024)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The collection contains a typescript of Zula R. Price's, "Bear Creek Community." The reminiscence and history of Bear Creek, Cedar County, Missouri. The village was originally named Paynterville.
C. A. Ragland Papers, 1890 (R1017)
This is an autograph letter dated September 10, 1890 from C. A. Ragland at Stockton in Cedar County, Missouri to T. L. Smith at Whitehall, Illinois. The letter concerns taxes on the estate of James W. Gregory.
Ramsay Place Names File, 1928-1945 (C2366)
6 cubic feet, 4 rolls of microfilm
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English. Cards are in alphabetical order by place name.
George P. Ryan Papers, 1908 (R1172)
This is a letter dated December 17, 1908 from George P. Ryan, principal of Jerico Springs High School in Cedar County, Missouri, to Carola C. Ward of El Dorado Springs, Missouri. The letter concerns Ward's application for a position in the Cedar County schools.
Dan Saults Papers, 1937-1985 (R0403)
2 cubic feet (44 folders)
These are papers of a conservationist and outdoor journalist, including material on the Outdoor
Writers Association of America, wilderness areas, the "Irish Wilderness" of Oregon County,
Missouri, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, and the Ozarks region. There are a typescript of Saults's unpublished
novel and copies of many of his articles and speeches.
Robert L. Snell Collection, 1870-1966 (C3488)
1.2 cubic feet, 1 oversize volume
Collection of American Legion records, World War II letters and miscellaneous items concerning residents of the El Dorado Springs, MO, area. World War II veteran Snell, an officer of Koca-Reeder-Giddens Post No. 233, was in charge of securing financial aid for veterans and their families.
The records consist of the financial documents, correspondence, project notes and publications pertaining to the operation of the non-profit environmental organization known as Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development.
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Records, 1859-1980 (R0362)
(178 cubic feet)
These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980. Also of note are four architectural drawing boxes that include the blueprints for structures along the St. Louis-San Francisco Line. A detailed inventory of the drawings is included in each of the four boxes.
Aquilla Standifird Papers, 1862-1865 (R0458)
0.04 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Aquilla Standifird Papers contain the Civil War diary of a sergeant and, later, lieutenant of Co. D, 23rd Iowa Infantry. The diary covers duty in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, 26 July 1862 -- ca. 15 April 1865. Included are descriptions of service in the Army of Southeastern Missouri, the Vicksburg Campaign, including the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge, and Milliken's Bend, and furlough and medical leave in Iowa.
This is an invitation to commencement week exercises at Stockton High School at Stockton in Cedar County, Missouri, for May 1924. Included are a class roll and a schedule of events.
This is a program for baccalaureate and commencement exercises of Stockton High School at Stockton in Cedar County, Missouri on May 3 and May 7, 1942.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey of Missouri, 1935-1942 (C3551)
302 cubic feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.
These are two map brochures published by the Western Missouri Land-O-Lakes Association, to promote tourism in the area including the "Upper Arm" of the Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre Lake, and the planned Stockton Lake and Kaysinger Bluff (later Harry S. Truman) Reservoir.
Wilber Miller Photograph Collection, 1850-1958 (P0494)
0.16 linear feet
Copy photographs of Stockton, MO
Paul A. Wobus Papers, 1918-1989 (R0008)
2.5 cubic feet (58 folders, 89 notebooks, 79 photographs)
The Paul A. Wobus Papers contain the personal and professional papers of Reverend Paul A. Wobus of Manchester, Missouri. The papers include Wobus’s uncompleted and unpublished memoirs, photographs, correspondence, materials concerning Mount Zion Community Church and the Ozark Community Council, historical notes concerning Wobus’s avocational interest in the mills and railroads in the regions, miscellaneous newspaper clippings and other printed materials, narrative accounts of many of his trips into the Ozarks. Also included are 89 small notebooks, dated from 1938-1972, in which he kept records of his mileage, routes, schedules, expenses, and places and person visited.