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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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Charles C. Roberts Photograph Collection, 1988 (P0693)
1 folder

Photos of the Frisco House and Wright County Historical Society members.

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"Education in Mountain Grove, Missouri, 1835-1913," Paul McDonald Robinett, no date (C2930)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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The collection contains a history of the town of Mountain Grove, MO, and its academy, 1835-1913, including brief biographies of superintendents and principals.

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Fletcher-Brill Family Papers, 1915-2019 (CA6560)
0.2 cubic feet

Genealogical material, photographs, and miscellaneous family material of the Fletcher, Brill and related families of Wright County, Missouri.

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John Calvin Hughes Papers, 1827-1863 (R0309)
0.04 cubic foot (2 folders)

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These are typescripts of the Civil War letters of John C. Hughes, a native of Washington
County, Missouri, and member of Co. I, 33rd Missouri Infantry. He wrote to his wife from camps at
St. Louis, Rolla, Salem, Houston, and Hartville, Missouri, Columbus, Kentucky, and Helena,
Arkansas. Folder 2 contains genealogical data and copies of military service and pension papers
from the National Archives.

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Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company Collection, circa 1890s (R1071)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This collections contains "Snap Shots in South Missouri," a promotional booklet to encourage land sales along the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis, and Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railroads in Missouri. The area is presented as ideal for fruit-culture and raising livestock. Booklet includes vies along the railroad lines in Missouri and Arkansas.

Kesler and Lytle Families Papers, 1861-1869 (R0448)
(2 folders)

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These are papers of the Kesler and Lytle families of Champaign, Illinois. The collection consists primarily of the Civil War letters of William H. Kesler, written during his service in the 3rd Missouri Cavalry, January 13, 1862 – June 12, 1865. There are also four letters from the papers of Alexander M. Lytle, September 10, 1861 – April 10, 1869. Genealogical information on the Kesler and Lytle families is included.

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Kiwanis Club, Mountain Grove, Missouri Collection, 1935 (R1075)
(1 folder)

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This is a program for "Hail, Messiah!," a Christmas cantata by Ira B. Wilson sponsored by the Kiwanis club and presented at Trinity Methodist Church at Mountain Grove in Wright County, Missouri, on Sunday evening, December 22, 1935.

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Isom P. Langley Collection, no date (R1205)
(1 folder)

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This is an undated campaign card for Isom P. Langley, Republican candidate for Missouri's 16th district seat in the United States House of Representatives. Langley was from Mountain Gove in Wright County, Missouri.

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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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Mansfield Mining and Development Company Collection, 1918 (R1122)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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This is certificate number 31, dated March 7, 1918, for twenty shares of stock in the Mansfield Mining and Development Company of Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. The firm owned mining leases and contracts near Mansfield in Wright County, Missouri. The shares were sold to L. F. Livingston and the certificate was signed by N. Rosenberg, president, and C. O. Storm, secretary.

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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 Forestry Records, 1929-1994 (R1341)
2.25 cubic feet (53 folders)

The records of Missouri Forestry contain materials from the administration of directors George O. White, Osal B. Capps, and Jerry Presley. This includes materials related to Smokey Bear, fire safety, and the promotion of science, practice, and standards of forestry.

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

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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.

Mountain Grove Academy Collection, 1889-1896 (R0800)
(1 folder)

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This collection includes programs for literary exercises in 1889 and commencement exercises in 1890, 1891, 1894, and 1896, and an undated advertisement card for the Mountain Grove Academy at Mountain Grove in Wright County, Missouri.

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Mountain Grove Choral Society Collection, 1936 (R1074)
(1 folder)

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This is a program for a performance of Handel's "The Messiah", presented by the Mountain Grove Choral Society at Mountain Grove in Wright County, Missouri, on Sunday evening, December 20, 1936. Maurice L. Cater was the conductor and Margaret Fuerst was the pianist.

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Mountain Grove High School Collection, 1936 (R1076)
(1 folder)

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These are programs for a musical entertainment and the Senior Class play performed by students at Mountain Grove High School at Mountain Grove in Wright County, Missouri. Maurice Cater and Maude Williams were the faculty directors.

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Thomas Murray Papers, 1862-1867 (R0522)
2 folders

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These are letters addressed to Thomas Murray of Davenport, Iowa, by relatives serving in the
Union army during the Civil War. Included are letters from a brother, William Murray, and a
cousin, Thomas Murray, both of whom served in Company C of the 20th Iowa Infantry in Missouri
and Arkansas. There are also postwar letters regarding the grave of William Murray, who was killed
at Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

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Norwood, Missouri Centennial Collection, 1981 (R1140)
(1 folder)

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This is 'Norwood Centennial, 1881-1981', an illustrated booklet compiled to celebrate the centennial of Norwood in Wright County, Missouri.

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Charles O'Dell Collection, 1825-1997 (C4265)
4 cubic feet (138 folders)

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The papers of a medical librarian for the Ellis-Fischel State Cancer Center, a public school and college instructor in literature, music, and performing arts, and amateur genealogist. The papers focus on genealogical research material, correspondence, notes, publications, newsletters, newspaper clippings, family group sheets, name lists, scrapbook material, photographs, slides, and other miscellaneous genealogical material.

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William J. Orr Papers, 1899-1940 (R0857)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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These papers deal mostly with the conviction, appeal , and later the death of J. F. Kennedy, a train-robber. William J. Orr was an attorney for the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railway, and later the St. Louis-San Fransisco Railway, who prosecuted Kennedy in 1899. Also included is an obituary of Orr from the Springfield, Missouri News Leader.

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Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists Records, 1904-1941 (R0995)
(1 folder)

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These are published minutes of annual sessions of the Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists, which consisted of member congretaitions in Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, and Wright Counties in Missouri. Minutes are available for meetigns in 1904, 1906-1910, 1913-1915, 1917-1924, and 1941.

Ozark Summit Exposition Collection, 1947 (R0889)
(1 folder)

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This is a booklet for the Ozark Summit Exposition, which was held at Mansfield in Wright County, Missouri, from July 30 to August 2, 1947.

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P.M. Robinett Photograph Collection, 1901, no date (P0937)
4 photographs

Photos of James Robinett house, State Fruit Experiment Station, and Mountain Grove Academy, Wright County.

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Robert C. Brown Photograph Collection, 1900-1971 (P0004)
51 photographs

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Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.

Paul McDonald Robinett Scrapbooks, 1897-1974 (C3620)
0.8 cubic feet

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Correspondence, clippings, writings, speeches and notes pertaining to Brigadier General Robinett of Mountain Grove, MO, who, with his brother Frank, compiled material on his army career.

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James S. Rogers Papers, 1837-1864 (R0249)
0.04 cubic foot (2 folders)

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This collection includes a Civil War diary and letters of James S. Rogers, a resident of Corydon,
Iowa, and member of Co. M of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. The diary and letters cover his departure
from home, enlistment and training at Davenport, Iowa, and cavalry service in southern Missouri and
northern Arkansas.

Ryan Family Papers, 1920s-2000 (CA6428)
0.2 cubic feet

Papers of a family from Wright County, Missouri, include photographs as well as correspondence and educational, military, and political material concerning H. Eugene Ryan, a lawyer from Mountain Grove who later moved to Ohio.

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Earl Truman Sechler Collection, 1951 (R1159)
(1 folder)

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The Earl Truman Sechler Collection contains the "Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) History in Webster and Wright Counties of Missouri with Membership as Listed in 1951", describing the historic and then current congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Webster and Wright Counties in southwestern Missouri. Included are brief biographical sketches of early and influential pastors.

Shannon and Shannon Collection, circa 1925 (R1134)
(1 folder)

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This is 'South Central Missouri: The Land of Opportunity', published by the real estate firm of Shannon & Shannon at Mountain Grove in Wright County, Missouri. The booklet promoted Mountain Grove as the heart of a diversified agricultural area.

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South Central Missouri, Photograph Collection, 1880-1958 (P1125)

An artificial collection of photographs from Missouri's south central region, including Douglas, Ripley, Ozark, Wright, Texas, Howell, Shannon, Laclede, and Oregon counties.

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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. 

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.

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Texas County, Missouri Collection, 1924 (R1151)
(1 folder)

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This collection contains photocopies of 'A Message to the Homeseeker', advertising the towns and principal businesses in Texas, Wright, and Webster Counties in south-central Missouri. The booklet contains brief descriptions of businesses and illustrations of commercial establishments and public buildings.

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Charles Van Ravenswaay Papers, 1841-1990 (C3873)
21.8 cubic feet, 1 audio cassette

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Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles Van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA; and the Henry F. duPont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, DE.

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Wilder Family Photographs, 1940, no date (P0294)
2 photographs

Copy photos of Laura & Almanzo Wilder and their home in Mansfield, MO.

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Paul A. Wobus Papers, 1918-1989 (R0008)
2.5 cubic feet (58 folders, 89 notebooks, 79 photographs)

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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.

Wright County Baptist Association Records, 1931-1948 (R0233)
1 folder

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These are printed reports of the annual sessions of the Wright County Baptist Association. The
reports include minutes of meetings, statistical information on member churches, and reports on
finances, missions, and church-sponsored programs.

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Clark Wright Papers, 1861-1863 (R0523)
2 folder

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These are the Civil War papers of Clark Wright, a resident of Polk County, Missouri, and a Union
cavalry officer. The collection includes an order to Wright from John M. Schofield, letters from
St. Louis and Rolla to his wife, Sarah Jane Wright, newspaper clippings, rosters of the field and staff
officers of the 6th Missouri Cavalry, and a list of signs and countersigns for the post at Lebanon,
Missouri.