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Ahern Real Estate Records, 1873-1928 (S1128)
0.4 cubic foot, 21 folders, 8 photographs

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The Ahern Real Estate Records contain deeds of trust, correspondence, and photographs that document the financial dealings of the Ahern family. The Ahern family lived in the city of St. Louis and county during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and engaged in real estate sales. Transactions took place with the Builder’s Investment Company, various individuals, and Washington University.

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Enoch Allred Deed, 1855 (C1882)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Deed to a tract of land in township 62 of Adair County, MO, dated November 15, 1855.

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Richard H. Angwin Papers, 1899 (R0982)
(1 folder)

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These are letters dated August 11 and 19, 1899 from R. H. Angwin at Springfield in Greene County, Missouri, to T. J. Scott & Sons at Montgomery, Alabama. The letters concern proposed real estate transactions in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.

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William Henry Ashley Letter, 1837 (C2541)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Concerns purchase of residence in Virginia for Ashley's sister and purchase by Chouteau and Ashley of land between Arrow Rock and Boonville.

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Charles E. Bradley Diary, 1869-1876, 1913 (C4328)
0.2 cubic feet (7 folders)

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The diary of a young man working in the buying and selling of real estate, and his experiences in social life, particularly as it pertains to marriage.

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C. F. Bruton, The Modern Promised Land Collection, 1919 (R0701)
(1 folder)

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This is a photocopy of a promotional booklet published by a real estate agent in Sikeston, Scott County, Missouri. It praises the agricultural opportunities in southeast Missouri generally, and the Sikeston area in particular.

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James E. Bryan Papers, 1908 (R0898)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter dated May 25, 1908 from James E. Bryan at Doniphan in Ripley County, Missouri, to M. Waddle at the Home Building and Loan Compnay in Marion, Ohio. In the letter Bryan promises to repay a loan.

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Carter Martin Buford Papers, 1925 (R1003)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter dated June 16, 1925 from C.M. Buford at Ellington in Reynolds County, Missouri, to James B. Armstrong at Mexico, Missouri. The letter concerns possible land transctions in Reynolds County.

James T. Bush Real Estate Records, 1909-1966 (S0658)
1 cubic foot, 101 folders

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The James T. Bush Sr. Real Estate Records document real estate in St. Louis City from 1909 to 1966. Bush maintained records pertaining to the St. Louis' landlord investment properties, which include copies of sales contracts, certificates of title, deeds of trust, tenant leases, and historical information about the investors and real estate businesses. The collection documents locations where St. Louis African Americans historically resided.

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Benjamin B. Cahoon Papers, 1868-1923 (R0142)
(1 folder)

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This is miscellaneous correspondence of an attorney and land agent in Fredericktown, Madison
County, Missouri. The papers concern the land business, litigation in progress, and state politics.
There are several letters from Missouri governors and officials, and Cahoon's biographical sketch of
Judge William Carter. There is also an original photograph of Cahoon, 1878.

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Carnahan Family Oral Histories, 2001-2002 (SP0050)
0.5 cubic foot (8 folders, 11 cassette tapes)

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The Carnahan Family Oral Histories consists of eleven cassette tapes featuring interviews with family members of Governor Mel Carnahan. They were interviewed by Alex Primm two to four months following the Governor’s death in a plane crash on October 16, 2000. 

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Milton Pleasant Cayce Records, circa 1870 (R1039)
(1 oversize volume)

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This is a bound volume containing information about land parcels in Madison, Reynolds, Wayne, Iron, and Sainte Genevieve Counties in Missouri, and miscellaneous clippings on such subjects as horticulture and cholera. The item has been attributed to Milton P. Cayce because his name occurs most often therein.

Cyprian Chouteau Land Deed, 1835 (K0799)
0.01 c.f.

Land registrar procurement for 80 acres in T50 R33, s.w. corner of Sect.27, dated 4 Nov. 1835.

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Columbia, Missouri Real Estate Papers, 1899-1927 (C0571)
0.1 cubic feet (5 folders)

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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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Commonwealth Land Company Collection, 1906 (R0790)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter dated October 1, 1906, from J. P. Allen in Muskogee, Indian Territory, to J. C. Smock & Co. in Eufaula, I. T. Allen was president of the Commonwealth Land Company, whose home office was in Windsor, Henry County, Missouri.

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E. C. Markham and Company Records, 1895-1900 (R0972)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)

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These are papers concerning e. C. Markham & Company, a real estate agency at West Plains in Howell County, Missouri. The firm's partners, E. C. Markham and C. P. Harper, were agents for the South Missouri Land Company, which was related to the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad Company.

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Farnsworth, Bills and Company Map, circa 1905 (R0973)
(1 oversize map)

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This is a two-sided map showing land parcels in Reynolds County, Missouri, available through Farnsworth, Bills & Company of Chicago, Illinois. On one side is a map of Missouri and Reynolds County highlighted, and on the other is a plat of 30,000 acres north and west of Ellington indicating the available parcels.

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H. N. Ferguson Collection, 1920 (R0971)
(1 folder)

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This is a real estate promotional booklet by H. N. Ferguson of Warsaw in Benton County, Missouri. Ferguson was a representative of the E. A. Strout Farm Agency. The brochure extols the virtues of Benton County's agricultural economy and describes specific farms that are for sale.

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Flat River Industrial Corporation Records, 1937-1943 (R0719)
(1 folder)

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This collection includes an original stock certificate and photocopies of supporting documents concerning the Flat River Industrial Corporation, which was formed to acquire land and build a shoe factory upon it in Flat River (now Park Hills) in Saint Francois County, Missouri.

Alfred J. Ford Papers, 1945-1980 (S0659)
0.25 cubic foot, 7 folders

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Alfred J. Ford was a well-known civic leader and entrepreneur, who owned Ford Brothers Insurance Brokers and served as vice-president of General Insurers, Inc. This collection contains pamphlets, programs, meeting of businesses, boards, and organizations to which he belonged.

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Frisco Heights Townsite Company Collection, 1911 (R1110)
(1 folder)

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This is a receipt dated March 13, 1911 from the Frisco Heights Townsite company of Sulphur in Murray County, Oklahoma to E. Jeffries of Monett in Barry County, Missouri, for $5.00 payment on lots 23-24 in block 13. The receipt is signed by J. N. Wilson, secretary-treasurer.

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Frisco-Santa Fe Land and Development Company Collection, 1906 (R1004)
(1 folder)

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This is a certificate dated September 4, 1906 for one unit interest in the lands and towns located in Montgomery County, Texas, on sale by the Frisco-Santa Fe Land and Development Company. The company was based at Springfield in Greene County, Missouri. The president was Maurice H. Meyers.

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Thomas A. Goodman, "El Jane of the Ozarks", circa 1925 (R0160)
1 folder

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This is a seven-page, illustrated pamphlet advertising the sale of the "El Jane" property in Arcadia,
Iron County, Missouri. The 500-acre estate was to have been the permanent residence of Thomas
A. Goodman of Chicago, Illinois.

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Bayard M. Grant Collection, 1915-2005 (K0892)
14.25 c.f.

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Collection consists of various business documents that Grant used as a commercial real estate agent. These include correspondence, lease agreements, legal documents, appraisals, and pamphlets. Also included in the collection are the documents from the many local and national organizations in which Grant was active. Of particular interest are the papers for Kansas City Jazz Inc., which Grant was president for several years, and the pamphlets and correspondence for Future Farmers of America (FFA).

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Greene County Abstracts of Title, 1846-1976 (SP0045)
.1 c.f.

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The Greene County Abstracts of Title collection contains abstracts of properties located in Greene County. It includes the abstract for property owned by Springfield, Missouri, attorney Henry C. Young, the abstract of a home located at 2400 S. McCann in Springfield, and a home located in the Rosewood sub division in Springfield.

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Hidden Valley Lake, Laclede County, Missouri Collection, no date (R1156)
(1 folder)

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This is a brochure for Hidden Valley Lake, a privately managed recreation site east of Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri. The proprietors were Bill and Rhea Casner.

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Himmelberger-Harrison Land Selling Company Records, 1915-1920 (R0893)
(1 folder)

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These are typescript copies of letters dated November 27, 1915 and May 27, 1920 from John H. Friant, President of the Himmelberger-Harrison Land Selling company at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau county, Missouri, to the Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber company in Cape Girardeau and A. W. Wilkey at Risco in New Madrid County, Missouri.

Holm Family Papers, 1873-1920 (R1311)
(1 folder)

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The collection consist of Anton Holm's declaration to become a United States citizen at Manitowoc County, Wisconsin in 1873, and a receipt to Holm regarding a Phelps County civil court case in 1905. There is also a letter from an attorney for the University of Missouri regarding a sale of sixty acres to the University by Anton J. Holm in 1920.

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Kansas City Realty and Insurance Publications Collection, 1925-1926 (K0438)
0.02 c. f.

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The collection contains realty and insurance publications related to Kansas City.

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Kaskaskia Commons Collection, 1911 (R1377)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

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The Kaskaskia Commons Collection contains information about the efforts of the people of Kaskaskia, Illinois to sell the commons to provide a school fund for their children. The collection contains a pamphlet detailing the history and qualities of the land as well as the plan and reasons for its sale. An abstract of title of the land is also included in the collection.

Frank Kern Letters, 1930-1940 (C0959)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Letters pertain to the renting and selling of land in the Missouri Ozarks during the Great Depression years.

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Lake St. Louis Development Records, 1961-1965 (S0740)
0.25 cubic foot, 6 folders

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In 1963, Trails Lake Development Company began construction on the $150 million permanent residence development called "Lake St. Louis." The community is located in St. Charles County, approximately 16 miles west of the Missouri River, fronting both Interstate Highway 70 and U.S. Highways 40 and 61. The development was advertised as nearly twice the size of St. Louis' Forest Park with a sizable lake for recreation activities. The formal opening of the development began April 1, 1964. The collection contains sales and financial records, as well as maps, newspaper clippings, and promotional materials.

Little River Valley Land Company Collection, circa 1908 (R0946)
(1 folder)

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This collection contains photocopies of a promotional booklet for the Little River Valley Land Company, which marketed land made available by the drainage of the swamps in southeastern Missouri. A.L. Harty served as president and W. F. Smith served as secretary of the firm, which was based at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

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Missouri Pacific Railway Company Records, circa 1911 (R0459)
(1 folder)

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These are illustrated promotional booklets advertising railroad lands for sale in northeastern and central Arkansas. The booklets include descriptions and photographs of twenty-one counties, with information on agricultural production, stock raising, and railroad connections in the region.

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Munsell and Ware Collection, 1889 (R1226)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter dated March 23, 1889 from Munsell and Ware, real estate agents at Eminence in Shannon County, Missouri, to J. W. Rulifson and Bro. of Lincoln, Nebraska. The letter concerns land for sale in Shannon County.

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Osborne Realty Company Collection, no date (R0878)
(1 folder)

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This is a promotional brochure for the Osborne Realty Company at Osceola in St. Clair County, Missouri. It extols the virtues of the land and people of the area, and offers several parcels of rural land for sale.

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Thomas Parmer Papers, 1805-1837 (C0383)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Deeds to land in [Charette] Village, District of St. Charles, to Thomas Parmer from Joseph Chartrau and Joseph Larrevy, and instruments recording the deeds, 1834. Also plan of town of Rockcastle, MO, 1837.

L. N. Phillips Papers, 1871 (R0863)
(1 folder)

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This is a holograph letter dated March 31, 1871, from L. N. Phillips in Dubuque, Iowa, to D. Lansing in New York, New York. In the letter, Phillips tries to interest Lansing in the St. James and Little Rock Railroad Company and lead mining opportunities in Missouri and Iowa. Included is a hand-drawn map of existing and proposed rail lines.

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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Justus Post Letters, 1816 (C0388)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Photostat copies of letters from St. Louis, Missouri Territory, to his brother John Post in Vermont commenting on land prices, condition and availability.

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Pulaski County, Missouri Tax Records, circa 1936-1944 (R1331)
(2 folders)

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These undated books contain data pertaining to land owners in Pulaski County. They were created by William C. White, assessor of Pulaski County, Missouri, between the years 1936-1944.

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Stephen R. Raiche Papers, 1864-1989 (S0623)
0.4 cubic foot, 10 folders

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The Stephen R. Raiche Papers contain research notes and printed material about St. Louis neighborhoods including Lafayette Park/Square, Soulard Neighborhood and Soulard Market, and an Architectural Survey of LaSalle Park Area.

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Shannon County, Missouri Records, 1958-1915 (R1415)
0.02 cubic foot (2 folders)

The collection consists of tax and deed documents for a variety of people living in Shannon County during the 19th and early 20th century, including Robert I. Davis the proprietor of the Rose Cliff Hotel which was located on the Current River.

Shepherd of the Hills Estates Brochure, no date (R0752)
(1 folder)

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This is a brochure for Shepherd of the Hills Estate, a real estate development at Forsyth in Taney County, Missouri. Although undated, it appears to be from the late 1920s.

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Spring Valley Farm (Platte County, Mo.) Lithograph, no date (C0805)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Pictorial representation of Spring Valley Farm, the residence of Thomas F. Stone, located seven miles north of Weston, Platte County, Missouri.

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Star Ranch and Land Company Records, 1919 (R0779)
(1 folder)

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This is an illustrated letter offering land for sale near Neelyville in Butler County, Missouri. The Star Ranch and Land Company offered thousands of acres on a lease with option to buy program.

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Meriwether Jeff Thompson Bulletin, 1857 (C3208)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Bulletin listing city and county property that M. Jeff Thompson, general land agent at St. Joseph, MO, will sell or trade, 1 April 1857.

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W. S. Tower Papers, 1885 (R0879)
(1 folder)

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This is a letter of July 1, 1885 from W. S. Tower of Carthage in Jasper County, Missouri, to Thomas W. Gleason in Hartford, Connecticut. It concerns the payment of interest and a possible investment in land.

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W. N. Veirs Realty Company Records, 1910 (R0737)
(1 oversize volume)

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This is a brief real estate record index kept by W. N. Beirs Realty company of Springfield, Missouri, in 1910. It includes descriptive entries for individual parcels, located mostly in Springfield.

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Austin H. Welch Papers, 1908-1927 (R0824)
(1 folder)

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These are business papers of Austin H. Welch of St. Louis, Missouri, regarding investments in Missouri and Arkansas lands through the Dorsey Corporation of Moline, Illinois. Among the papers are reports on a coal property near Bourbon in Crawford County, Missouri, and agricultural land near Texarkana in Miller County, Arkansas.