Children and Youth

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4-H Clubs of Missouri Collection, 1920s-1930s (CA6133)
1 cubic foot

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The collection includes award winning blue ribbons for Buchanan County 4-H, Missouri State Fair, and MU Junior Farmer’s Day; buttons; charters; and very limited correspondence.

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Frank Ackerman Papers, 1942-1972 (C3443)
14.2 cubic feet, 2 audio discs

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The Frank Ackerman Papers contain extensive documentation of his work on behalf of the mentally retarded in Missouri. This includes his research materials on services offered to the mentally retarded nationwide and his work for various organizations in Missouri. A lesser amount of material covers his farming business in Pike County, Missouri, and the funeral of Viola Ackerman. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, printed materials, organizational records, and handwritten notes.

Originals in the Virginia State Library.

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American Field Service, Columbia, Missouri Chapter Records, 1975-2004 (C3990)
1.8 cubic feet

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Local, regional, and national newsletters, financial records, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, correspondence, and photographs of the student exchange program.

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Elijah Backus Diary, 1777 (C0214)
0.08 cubic feet (4 folders)

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Diary kept by a Yale student during 1777. Revolutionary War, rumors of battles, counterfeiters, the housing problem for students, smallpox vaccination, and General Arnold. The last third of the diary is written in Latin.

Belwood-Ezell Family Papers, 1850-1935 (C0073)
0.6 cubic feet

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Correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous items of families living in Saline and Pettis Counties, MO. Much of the correspondence pertains to news of family members and friends. Most of the letters are to and from family members, including children, of Mary Belwood Ezell and Francisco Ezell.

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Boy Scouts of America, Columbia Council Papers, 1915-1922 (C3173)
0.04 cubic feet (2 folders)

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The papers of the Columbia Council of the Boy Scouts of America contain correspondence, lists of members, a songsheet, and the constitution and by-laws.

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Boy Scouts of America Scrapbook, 1932-1933 (C1385)
0.21 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Newspaper clippings of central Missouri Boy Scout activities, 1932. Pictorial Supplement of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, January 8, 1933.

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Camp Fire Girls, Shuta Group (Columbia, Mo.) Scrapbooks, 1940-1946 (C4223)
0.25 cubic feet (6 folders)

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Two scrapbooks containing roll call lists, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, letters and photographs of the Camp Fire Girls, Shuta Group, Columbia, Missouri. The material covers various events and activities of the group from 1940-1946.

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Camp Kimtu, Camp Fire Girls of America Papers, 1932-1939 (C4237)
0.2 cubic feet (6 folders)

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The papers of Camp Kimtu contain camp logs for the years of 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937, and 1939. The camp logs contain photographs, stories about the camping trip, and names of all of the camp counselors and girls who attended each summer.

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Michael Cave Papers, 1944-1997 (C2157)
7.6 cubic feet, 21 audio cassettes, 62 audio tapes, 27 video cassettes, 1 compact disk, and 1 record

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The Michael Cave Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, business records, audiovisual material, and the compositions of Cave, a pianist and composer born in Missouri.

Citizens for Missouri's Children Records, 1983-2001 (S0861)
98 cubic feet

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Citizens for Missouri's Children is a nonprofit organization established in St. Louis in 1983 whose mission involves advocating for the rights and well-being of all Missouri children, providing information and resources on health care, education, child protection, and legal services. The materials in this collection include meeting minutes, reports, publicity materials, and newsletters.

Columbia, Missouri, Commission on Adolescent Behavior Report, 1966 (C2420)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Commission's recommendations for adolescent behavior in dating, recreation, dress, drinking, smoking, and driving, and suggestions to parents.

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Samuel Rodgers Dillman Papers, 1890-1995 (C0046)
3 cubic feet (262 folders), 2 oversize volumes

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Correspondence, bills, receipts, clippings, pamphlets, and church supply catalogues of a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Dillman held pastorates in St. Louis, where he was engaged in settlement house work; Berwyn, Nebraska; and several towns in southwest Missouri. Papers are from the St. Louis and southwest periods of his ministry.

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Benjamin Emmons Account, [1814] (C1529)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Account due Benjamin Emmons from the estate of Abraham Keathley for the board and schooling of Abraham and Sally Keathley and for aiding the settlement of the Keathley estate.

Eugene Field Foundation Minute Book, 1928-1931 (C1100)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Records of organization founded for the relief of crippled children.

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Frederick Winslow Faurot Interview, 1963 (C2607)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Personal account of life as a child and youth on farms and ranches in northern Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Discussion of a horse drive he was part of in the fall of 1887.

Joe Ford Letter, 1891 (C0991)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Letter giving custody of his son, Will Ford, to Mrs. Will Cunningham and Miss Scebie.

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Flora Hartley Greene Papers, 1905-1931 (C0050)
2.75 cubic feet (216 folders)

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Papers of a club woman pertaining to work of Missouri Federated Clubs, Eugene Field Foundation, Missouri Society for Crippled Children, and Council for National Defense. Also includes her MA thesis submitted in 1909 at the University of Missouri.

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High Street Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri Collection, 1952 (R1232)
(1 folder)

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This is 'Youth Trail 1952', a yearbook published by the young people of the High Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri. Included are photographic portraits, snapshots, and general information about the congregation and its programs.

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"History of Barry County's Home Economics Clubs," Willa Mermoud, no date (C2128)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection contains two histories by Willa Mermoud on the 4-H and women's clubs in Barry County, Missouri. The first is titled, "History of Barry County's Home Economics Clubs," and includes information on the organization, services rendered, and a list of extension service officers, 1928-1958. The second publication is titled, "Barry County Extension Homemakers Clubs History, 1919-1969," and describes 50 years of club work in Barry County.

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J. Sam Lail Papers, 1839-1911 (C0700)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Reminiscences of Civil War days and historical sketch of the Christian Church at Liberty, MO. Lail lived in Shamrock, Callaway County, MO.

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Amadeo Martos Letter, 1911 (C0564)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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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.

Mathews-Dickey Boy's Club Records, 1960-1992 (S0189)
2 cubic feet, 24 photographs, 3 scrapbooks, 1 cassette tape, 1 roll microfilm

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The Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club was founded in Handy Park, St. Louis by two neighborhood baseball coaches, Martin Luther Mathews and the late Hubert "Dickey" Ballentine in 1960. The club's mission is to produce physically active, well-educated, and hopeful youth by stimulating the pursuit of knowledge, attainment of a healthier life, and the skills of greatness. The Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club Records primarily document the growth of the club from its incorporation to the construction of its $2.5 million sports complex. Most of the material is from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Materials include correspondence, annual banquet programs, meeting minutes, enrollment sheets, sports schedules, financial records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and photographs.

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Ann Bryan Mariano McKay Papers, c. 1892-2009 (C4009)
16.25 cubic feet, 26 audio cassettes, 1 film, 10 rolls of microfilm, 1 computer disc

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The papers of Ann Bryan Mariano McKay, a journalist and Vietnam War correspondent, consist primarily of material relating to her work on the independent newspaper, Overseas Weekly, and include newspapers, newspaper copy, photographs, correspondence, and legal materials regarding a lawsuit over distribution of the newspaper in Vietnam. Other materials in the collection document her work with Vietnamese orphanages, as well as various aspects of both her personal and professional life, including a return trip to Vietnam in 1995 with her adopted daughter.

Metropolitan Youth Commission of St. Louis and St. Louis County Records, 1956-1966 (S0387)
0.8 cubic feet, 16 folders, 24 photographs

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The records of the Metropolitan Youth Commission of St. Louis and St. Louis County contain annual correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, and subject files pertaining to the organization's mission to research, study, and coordinate juvenile agencies in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Subjects of interest include curfew laws, gangs, and police techniques with youth.

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Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America Records, 1928-1980 (C3644)
3 rolls of microfilm

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Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.

Missouri Educational Exhibit Scrapbook, 1893 (C2664)
1 volume

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Student essays in German, French, and English from Central High School, Kansas City.

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Clara Louise Myers Papers, 1911-1988 (C4012)
57 cubic feet, 2 audio cassettes, 6 audio tapes

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The papers of Clara Louise Myers consist mainly of professional material, including course materials for classes she taught at the University of Missouri's School of Social Work. The collection also documents her participation in a variety of professional and community organizations, as well as aspects of her personal life, including her graduate education in social work.

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National Liberal Orphans' Home Papers, 1882-1891 (C1733)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Constitution, amendments, letters, petitions for incorporation, and court records for the National Liberal Orphans' Home, Liberal, MO. Institution organized in 1882 by the Freethinkers of America, who also established the Free Thought University in Liberal.

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One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project Records, 2008-2018 (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 58 CDs

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Interviews with people who attended or taught at one-room schoolhouses. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews, a photograph, as well as some biographical information on the interviewees.

Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Clinton Assembly No. 10 Collection, 1956 (R1245)
(1 folder)

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This is booklet designed to introduce new members to Clinton Assembly No. 10 of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri. The chapter was sponsored by Clinton Chapter No. 73 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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Overland Diary, 1857 (C0413)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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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.

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. 

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Poplar Bluff Municipal Library Collection, no date (CG0042)

Approximately 40 Black River Land and Abstract Company abstracts of title, timebooks for Poplar Bluff businesses, and records of the Edgewood Home for Neglected Children from 1870s to 1950s.

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Provident Behavioral Health Records, 1848-2002 (S0360)
26 cubic feet, 16 microfilm rolls

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The Provident Behavioral Health Records contain annual reports, meeting minutes, press releases, scrapbooks, presentations, videotapes, relating to mental health and social services in the St. Louis Area. Found in 1860 by James Yeatman, Provident Behavioral Health's mission is mental health services to St. Louis area residents. The collection also contains the records of Provident's predecessor organizations: The Family and Children's Services of Greater St. Louis, the Family Service Society of St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Children's Aid Society.

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Homer Price Rainey Papers, 1919-1952 (C0032)
23.4 cubic feet (1,964 folders), 3 volumes, 77 audio cassettes, 1 audio disc

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The personal papers and correspondence of Rainey cover his career as an educator; his directorship of the American Youth Commission; the struggle for academic freedom at the University of Texas; his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Texas; and the administration of Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. The scrapbooks contain news clippings, articles, and family genealogy.

Madge J. Reese Papers, 1887-1962 (C2405)
1.3 cubic feet

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The papers of Madge J. Reese contain publications, reports, and statements on Reese's career with the U.S. Agricultural Extension Service, 1914-1955. The collection emphasis is on home demonstration work.

Rolla, Missouri Local Council of Girl Scouts Records, 1936-1975 (R0608)
(6 folders, 7 volumes)

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The Rolla Local Council of Girl Scouts Records includes meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, administrative papers, and a cassette tape of "Hot Line" telephone call-in KTTR radio from 1936 to 1975.

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S.W. Hurst and Company (Tipton, Mo.) Records, 1872-1905 (C4169)
0.8 cubic feet (10 folders , one oversize)

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Eight ledger books and two scrapbooks pertaining to a store in Tipton, Missouri which sold drugs, jewelry, stationery and music from approximately 1885 to 1900. Some additional materal falls before and after this time period. The scrapbooks contain colorful, old-fashioned advertisements for a variety of products including shoes, thread, coffee, medicine, etc. Numerous images of women and children, animals, birds, fruit, flowers, pastoral scenes, etc.

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Blanche Howard Stephens Papers, 1917-1919 (C0060)
1.5 cubic feet

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Papers of a Columbia, MO, woman active in World War I women's work, who served as 4th District chairman of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense. Papers pertain to Liberty Loan, Red Cross, food conservation, child welfare, patriotic education, and related work.

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Fannie Marie Tolson Papers, 1890s-2005 (C1704)
2.3 cubic feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 DVD

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Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.

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U.S. National Youth Administration in Missouri History, 1943 (C1280)
0.04 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Prepared by the War Manpower Commission of the National Youth Administration, Kansas City, MO. History of the National Youth Administration in Missouri from 1935 to 1943.

University of Missouri, Extension Service Records, 1912-1979 (C1042)
234 rolls of microfilm

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Annual reports of county and district agents of the Extension Service, 1912-1969, and annual reports of extension activities of UMC, UMKC, Lincoln University, UMR, UMSL and university-wide offices, 1960-1979.

University of Missouri, U.S. National Youth Administration Papers, 1934-1937 (C0147)
0.3 cubic feet

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Papers from the files of F.F. Stephens, director of the National Youth Administration at the University of Missouri.

University of Missouri, William Volker Prize Essays, 1913-1921 (C0185)
0.16 cubic feet (8 folders)

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Essays submitted for the William Volker Prize at the University of Missouri.

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L. Matthews Werner Papers, 1922-1981 (S0206)
0.04 cubic feet, 7 folderes, 45 photographs, 1 microfilm roll

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The papers of L. Matthews Werner document his work establishing the Sebago Club, the Sebgago School for Disturbed Children, and Campe Ironwood in Maine, and a Sebago School in Miami, Florida. The collection contains newsletters, newspaper clippings, manuals, pamphlets, and photographs.

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Cornelia C. White Papers, 1913-1931 (C2744)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Reminiscences of her early childhood in Cazenovia, NY; two letters to J.C. Bay, 1928; and photograph, articles about, and obituary of Cornelia C. White.

William Chrisman High School (Independence, Mo.) Class of 1951 Collection, 1948-2001 (C3979)
0.6 cubic feet

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Records pertaining to the class of 1951 from William Chrisman High School in Independence, MO. The bulk of the records come from the 1948-1951 time period and include such items as yearbooks, photographs, playbills, graduation announcements and commencement programs.

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YouthBridge Community Foundation Records, 1876-1991 (S0243)
9 cubic feet

The YouthBridge Community Foundation Records contain meeting minutes, ledgers, and scrapbooks pertaining to their history as an orphanage. Formerly known as the General Protestant Children's Home, the YouthBridge Community Foundation's current mission is to provide fundraising assistance to St. Louis-area non-profits specializing in children's services. 

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