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American Sunday-School Union Records, 1917-1930 (R0565)
6 folders

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These are records of field work by F. L. Spindler and J. S. Wallace, missionaries for the
American Sunday-School Union, in Christian, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Texas, Webster, and
Wright counties in Missouri. The records include a daily log of missionary activities, lists of
churches, Sunday schools, and superintendents visited, and accounts of periodicals sold.

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Battle of Wilson's Creek Memoir, 1934 (C0757)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

 Digitized Materials

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Memoir of the battle (1861) as told by Mrs. J.J. Bruton of Ozark, MO, to Katherine Brown in 1934.

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Billings, Missouri Fair Collection, 1906-1966 (R0717)
(1 folder)

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These are eight program booklets for annual street fairs and livestock/agricultural shows at Billings, Christian County, Missouri.

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Cassinda Bolin Papers, 1872-1896 (R1388)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Cassinda Bolin Papers contains photocopies of correspondence and inscriptions found in the personal Bible of Cassinda Bolin.

Brandt and Grant Family Papers, 1933-2000 (SP0042)
4 cubic feet (74 folders, 208 photographs)

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The Brandt and Grant Family Papers contains 35 diaries written by Lena K. Grant from 1933 to 1976. They document the travels of her family during her husband’s many deployments, to places like the Philippines, Korea, and Crown Point, Indiana. The collection also contains clippings, pamphlets, a baby book, photographs and other mementos from the family’s life.      

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Camp Fire Girls Council of the Ozarks Camp Shawio Collection, 1956 (R0867)
(1 folder)

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This is an informational booklet for the 1856 season at Camp Shawio, a resident and day camping gacility near Linden in Christian County, Missouri. The camp was owned and operated by the Camp Fire Girls Council of the Ozarks. Shawio stands for Share With Others.

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Christian County Baptist Association Records, 1913 (R0922)
(1 folder)

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This is a published minute book of the 54th annual session of the Christian County Baptist Association of Missouri. The meeting was held with Smyrna Baptist Church on August 12-14, 1913. D. T. Baucom of Highlandville served as moderator.

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Cummins Family Photographs, 1850-1934 (SP0006)
.5 cubic feet (20 folders)

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The Cummins Family Photographs consist of multiple portraits of adults, children, and candid shots of the family. Also included is some family correspondence, created from 1910 to 1934.   

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William Newton Deatherage Photograph Album, c. 1920s (CA6464)
1 folder

Photograph album created by the superintendent of Fractional School District No. 1 contains photographs of school buildings and their outhouses and water facilities in Christian County, Missouri. Includes names of teachers and their salaries.

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Finley Building and Loan Association Records, 1899-1920 (R1007)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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These are the minute books and a cash received ledger of the Finley Building and Loan Association at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri. The records begin with the organization of the association in 1899 and continue through its entry into receivership in 1916 and dissolution in 1920.

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Nixa Lodge No. 561 Records, 1898-1909 (R0602)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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These are records of the Odd Fellows lodge at Nixa in Christian County, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings beginning with the organization of the lodge on October 1, 1898 and continuing through February 13, 1909, and reports by the lodge to the Grand Lodge of Missouri. Reports include statistical data on membership, reports on degree wrok by members, financial recors, and records of relief and sick benefits paid out. Reports are complete through 30 June 1908.

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ozark, Missouri Records, 1869-1931 (R0601)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Ozark, Missouri Records include microfilm copies of membership registers, roll of officers, and official reports to the state lodge from 1869 to 1931 for the Finley Lodge No. 206.

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Keystone View Company Photograph Collection, circa 1914 (R1099)
(1 folder)

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This is a stereoscopic photographic view of apple harvesting in the Ozark region of Missouri published by the Keystone View Company of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

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Liberty School Christian County, Missouri Records, 1896-1920 (R1005)
(1 roll of mircrofilm)

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This is the district clerk's record book of Christian County School District No. 10 (originally District No. 1). The record book contains minutes of annual and speical meetings of the district and meetings of the school board, circa June 1896 - October 5, 1920, annual enumerations 1900-1918, and records of warrants issued.

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Lucile Anderson Photograph Collection, 1960 (P0479)
6 photographs

Photos of Christian County monuments and sites.

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William Henry Lynch Papers, 1859-1905 (R0202)
16 volumes, 8 folders microfilmed

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These are diaries and miscellaneous papers of an educator in southern Missouri. Lynch was a
native of Houston in Texas County, Missouri. He served in the 32nd Missouri Infantry during the
Civil War, and was principal of schools in Steelville, St. James, Salem, West Plains, and Mountain
Grove, Missouri, following the war.

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Mark Twain National Forest Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s (R0471)
(4 rolls of mircofilm)

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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.

Missouri Baptist Associations Records, 1912-1980 (R0394)
17 folders microfilmed

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This collection consists largely of printed minutes of annual meetings of United or Missionary
Baptist associations in southern Missouri. The minutes include the records of annual sessions,
committee reports, and statistical information on the associations and their constituent churches.
Also included are a few miscellaneous Baptist publications.

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Missouri Department of Resources, "The White River Country", no date (R0324)
(1 folder)

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This is a map of the White River watershed encompassing all or parts of eleven counties in southern Missouri. Topographic features and recreational sites are shown, as are mills, mines, bridges, fords, schools, and churches.

Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, Sixth District Records, 1932-1943 (R1175)
(1 volume)

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These are the secretary's minutes of the annual meetings of the Sixth District, Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs. The record book includes minutes of the twenty-ninth through fortieth annual meetings, 1932-1943.

Missouri. Infantry, 21st Regiment, Volunteers Papers, 1861-1969 (C4255)
0.5 cubic feet (17 folders)

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The papers contain copies of pension records, military records, and memoirs of members of the Missouri Infantry, 21st Regiment, Volunteers, and other material pertaining to Civil War soldiers.

Modern Woodmen of America, Ozark Camp No. 5111, Ozark, Missouri Records, 1913-1920 (R1002)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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This is the record book of the Modern Woodmen of America camp at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri. The volume includes minutes of meetings, 1913-1919, and a record of benefit certificates issued to members.

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Lynn Morrow Papers, 1804-2015 (R1000)
23 cubic feet (964 folders, 4 oversize folders)

The papers of Lynn Morrow 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.

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"Northeast and East," and "Seven Hundred Twenty-five Plus," T. Thistle McKinney, 1928-1929 (C4263)
0.04 cubic feet (2 folders)

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The records of T. Thistle McKinney contain two travel logs, one of an automobile trip taken in 1928 through the northeastern states, Canada, and the eastern states. The other was made in 1929, through parts of northeast Missouri and into some Ozark counties.

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"The Old Springfield Road," J.V. Cooper, 1962 (C2130)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection contains a description of the history and importance of the Old Springfield Road in southwest Missouri.

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Ozark Area Amateur Film Collection, 1957-1964 (SP0021)
0.5 cubic foot (14 reels)

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The Ozarks Area Amateur Film Collection contains fourteen reels of home movie footage featuring the Ozarks including Springfield, Nixa, Table Rock Dam, and St. John’s School of Nursing. 

Ozark Playgrounds Association Collection, 1929-1955 (R0854)
0.2 cubic foot (2 folders)

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The Ozark Playgrounds Association Records contains booklets and pamphlets published by the Ozark Playgrounds Association to promote the "Playgrounds of the Ozarks," encompassing the Ozarks regions in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The booklets include geographical listings, maps, and lists of restaurants, hotels, and tourist attractions.

Ozark Public School Collection, 1909-1913 (R0791)
(1 folder)

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The two publications in this collection describe the course of study for the Ozark Public School at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri, for the years 1900-1910 and 1913-1914. William H. Lynch was principal in 1909 and Felix J. Appleby was superintendent in 1913.

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Ozark Reorganized School Collection, 1955 (R1127)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This is a bulletin of information for patrons, students, and faculty for the Ozark Reorganized School at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri, for the school year 1955-1956. Clyde W. McConnell was superintendent of the school district.

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Ozarks Steam Engine Association Collection, 1964-1974 (R0795)
(1 folder)

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These are souvenir program booklets from the Ozarks Steam Engine Association's annual reunions near Billings, Missouri. These events featured working live steam tractors and other agricultural steam engines.

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John Smith Phelps Receipt, 1864 (R0562)
1 folder

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This is a receipt given by John S. Phelps at Ozark, Christian County, Missouri, to Jesse Jennings,
administrator of the estate of George Yocum, deceased. The receipt was for a retainer paid
to Phelps for legal services involving the Yocum estate.

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Roller Family Papers, 1866-1871 (R0310)
(1 folder)

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These are papers, mostly correspondence, of the Roller family of Christian and Douglas Counties in Missouri and Scott County, Virginia. With one exception the letters are addressed to Jacob Roller, in Virginia, from his relatives in Missouri. The exception is a letter from General R. Johnson, an in-law to the Rollers, of Douglas County, to his mother, Sarah (Bowen) Johnson.

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Edward Martin Shepard Lantern Slide Collection, no date (R1184)
0.25 cubic foot (41 lantern slides)

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These are lantern slides showing springs, natural bridges, and caves in the Ozarks region of Missouri. They were produced for teaching purposes by Edward M. Shepard, a professor of geology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.

Southwest Bethel Association of Missionary Baptists Records, 1880-1885 (R0519)
1 folder

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These are printed minutes of the annual meetings of the Southwest Bethel Association of
Missionary Baptists, which was composed of churches in Christian, Stone, and Taney counties in
Missouri. The minutes include lists of affiliated churches, membership statistics, minutes of sessions,
and the articles of faith. Prior to 1885, the organization was known as the Southwest Bethel
Association of United Baptists.

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Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Records, 1964-2011 (SP0009)
28 cubic feet

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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. 

Springfield-Branson, Missouri, Metropolitan Area, Photograph Collection, 1884-1965 (P1109)

An artificial collection of photographs of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, Stone, and Taney Counties.

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St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Promotional Booklet Collection, 1925 (R0816)
(1 folder)

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These are "Dairying in the Ozarks" and "Fruit Growing in the Ozarks of Missouri and Arkansas along the Frisco Lines", published by the St. Louis-San Francisco "Frisco" Railway company to promote economic development along its routes in southern Missouri and northern Arknasas.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Records, 1859-1980 (R0362)
(178 cubic feet)

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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.

Lon Vest Stephens Papers, 1897 (C1725)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Five letters and petitions to the governor of Missouri from T.J. Delaney, Judge W.D. Hubbard, members of the Springfield bar, and citizens of Christian County, MO, asking for commutation of the sentences of Amos Jones and William Stanley, convicted bald knobbers.

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Rosa Schaefer Sutter Diaries, 1875-1920 (C0843)
0.17 cubic feet (8 folders)

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The collection contains a series of diaries written by a housewife near Billings, Missouri, about home activities and family affairs; notes kept on correspondence from 1885 to 1920; and recipe book giving recipes for cakes and pies, and remedies for illnesses and rheumatism.

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The Southwest Missouri Tourism Collection, no date (SP0043)
1 cubic foot (2 folders, 2 oversize)

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The Southwest Missouri Tourism Collection contains 18 menus and pamphlets from tourist attractions located across Missouri. They were collected by an unknown Ozarks family during the 1950s and 1960s.        

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United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records, 1915-1996 (R1321)
17 cubic feet (372 folders, 4 maps, 3,238 photographs, 68 negatives, 936 slides, 3 volumes)

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The United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records contain the records of the Bureau of Mines office and research facility established in Rolla, Missouri in 1915. The records include correspondence, operational reports, project reports, photographs, newspaper articles, program materials, and maps.

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William L. Vandeventer Papers, 1883-1890 (R1428)
0.2 cubic foot (3 folders)

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The William L. Vandeventer Papers contain the unpublished manuscript Justice in the Rough on the Bald Knobbers written in 1937. The collection contains the typed manuscript and accompanying photographs.