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"A Check List of Missouri Baptist Imprints, 1817-1850," Dayton W. Canaday, 1817-1850 (C2178)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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History of Missouri Baptist and early newspapers. Short biographies of Joseph Charless, Joshua Norvell, Duff Green, and Nathaniel Patten, Jr. Bibliography of Missouri Baptist imprints.

A.M.E. Church (Paris, Mo.) Record Books, 1882-1926 (CA6542)
0.2 cubic feet

Meeting minutes and financial records of the church, 1882-1926.

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Clayton Abbott Collection, circa 1958-1976 (R0581)
0.25 cubic foot (20 folders)

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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.

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Muriel E. Furry Akers, "Caledonia Methodist Heritage", 1984 (R0379)
1 folder

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This is an historical pageant written by Muriel E. Akers for the United Methodist Church at
Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri. The pageant celebrated the bicentennial of Metho-dism in
America, 1984.

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Akinsville Baptist Church (Morgan County, Mo.) Records, 1884-1897 (C1295)
0.02 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Meeting held at the McDaniel schoolhouse, May 3, 1884, when an independent Baptist church was formed. List of members listed in the record book for the period between May 3, 1884, and 1897.

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Jamon Aldrich Letter, 1838 (C1446)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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A Mormon immigrant wrote his brother about Missouri. Geographical location of his homestead, fertility of land, crops, prices, wages, Indians, U.S. military forts and troops, anti-Mormon sentiment, Joseph Smith, and news of family and friends.

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Allen Chapel AME Collection, 1959-1982 (K0820)
3 c.f.

Hazel Browne Williams' files relating to her service as a board member of the African-American church in Kansas City, MO. Includes correspondence, board and financial reports newsletters, conference information, newspaper clippings, board minutes.

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Clarence W. and Idress Head Alvord Collection, 1759-1962 (C0970)
21.2 cubic feet, 1 oversize volume

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Correspondence, writings, and collected materials of Alvord, professor of history at the universities of Illinois and Minnesota; and his wife, writer and former curator of the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis. The collection includes territorial documents and Ste. Genevieve records; LIBERTY TRIBUNE papers; Missouri state and county records; and Civil War and military papers.

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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Amish Scrapbooks, 1989-1999 (SP0022)
1 cubic foot (56 folders)

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The Amish Scrapbooks collection consists of the writings of Noah Gingerich about the lives of his family and friends. The bulk of his work was created for Budget newspaper, a paper specializing in reporting the experiences of Amish and Mennonite community members in Sugarcreek, Ohio, and across the nation.    

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Joseph Anderson Family Letters, 1873-1908 (C0199)
0.12 cubic feet (6 folders)

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Letters in Swedish to an immigrant who settled in Buffalo, MO, with his brother. The letters are from relatives in Sweden and from a brother in Hermitage, Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan, giving early wages, positions, settlements, prices of voyages, crops, and farm animals. Also included is a Lutheran catechism and biblical reference sheet.

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"Apple Creek Presbyterian Memorial Association," Allen L. Oliver, 1964 (C2913)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Address delivered 24 May 1964 at the site of the church and cemetery, giving the history of Apple Creek Church and cemetery.

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Arcola Christian Church (Arcola, Mo.) History, 1982 (C0928)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Printed history of church located in Dade County, MO, compiled at time of the centennial celebration. Includes lists of members, ministers, and elders and deacons. Also contains photographs and reminiscences of church events by members.

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O.K. Armstrong Papers, 1912-1987 (C4056)
150.75 cubic feet, 2 audio discs, 1 film strip, 9 oversize items

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The papers of O.K. Armstrong, a journalist, author, and politician from Springfield, Missouri, contain correspondence, manuscript drafts, subject files, speech material, research notes, and political material.

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Frank Ely Atwood Papers, 1888-1943 (C3131)
21 cubic feet

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Correspondence, reports, case records, judicial opinions, speeches, articles, news clippings, pamphlets and books covering Atwood's professional and political careers and his work as an active layman in the Southern Baptist Church.

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Aulsbury Chapel Free Will Baptist Church (Bonne Terre, Mo.) Records, 1889-1944 (C2977)
1 roll of microfilm

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Record book of a church organized in 1889 in St. Francois County, by John Wood and W.R. Aulsbury. Record book contains membership lists, often including dates of baptism, death, or dismissal, and meeting minutes (1890-1933) dealing with the running of the church.

R.A. Austin Papers, 1846-1897 (C2118)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Autobiography of the Reverend R.A. Austin, a Missouri Methodist minister and circuit rider. The Austin family's migration from Kentucky to Missouri, education, conversion, Civil War, Indians, trip West from Chillicothe, MO, to Montana, activities of Montana circuit ministers. Seven letters from Austin to his wife, 1859-1866.

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Bacon Chapel (Shelby County, Mo.) Account Book, 1870 (C3372)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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The collection contains an account book of money collected by Bacon Chapel church subscription and kept by William O. Lowman. The subscription was for a new building.

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Ray Baird Papers, 1897-1985 (C0749)
0.6 cubic feet

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Papers of a Missouri professional youth work director, 1925-1956; businessman, 1956-1974; and amateur band leader, 1974-1982. Includes personal papers, genealogical materials on the Baird family, diaries, correspondence, poetry, award presentations, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Barker Chapel Methodist Church (Benton County, Mo.) Records, 1893-1968 (C3717)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)

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Includes four Sunday school record books for a church near Windsor. The dates for these books are 3 December 1893-27 August 1897, 24 October 1915-30 December 1917, 3 November 1935-28 July 1940, and 3 May-20 September 1942. Also includes photograph of Southwest Missouri Conference Methodist Episcopal Church South delegates, Warrensburg, MO, 1908, and brief church history written in 1968.

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William Fletcher Barnds Papers, 1900-1920 (C3444)
0.2 cubic feet

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The Barnds papers consist of an undated memoir and a scrapbook of a farmer who lived in St. Charles and Saline counties, MO. Barnds writes about early Methodism, his family before and after marriage, and the hardships of farm life.

Amanda Bingham Barnes Will, 1900 (C2052)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Will exhorting children to live Christian lives and disposing of 120 acres of land originally granted to Henry V. Bingham.

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Jesse William Barrett Papers, 1905-1953 (C0009)
21.75 cubic feet (1,902 folders), 11 volumes, 2 card files

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The papers of a St. Louis lawyer and politician; attorney general of Missouri, 1921-1925; Republican candidate for governor in 1936; commander of the Missouri Department of the American Legion, 1932-1933; and president of the Missouri Bar Association, 1933-1934. The collection includes material about the American Legion, Methodist Episcopal Church, Culver-Stockton College, Barrett’s St. Louis law practice, term as attorney general, Missouri Bar Association, business and family, and Republican Party campaigns and elections.

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Barry County (Mo.) Baptist Association Annual Meeting Reports, 1885-1889 (C2978)
1 roll of microfilm

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Printed reports of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th meetings of the association. List of delegates, and membership statistics.

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Barry County Baptist Association Records, 1937-1945 (R0875)
(1 folder)

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These are published booklets containing the minutes of annual meetings of the Barry County Baptist Association, held at Cassville, Missouri, in 1937 and 1945.

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Barry County Baptist Association Records, 1897-1898 (R0908)
(1 folder)

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This collection consists of photocopies of published booklets of the minutes of two consecutive annual meetings (1897 and 1898) of the Barry County Baptist Association in Missouri. Included are minutes of sessions, reports of committees, ministerial rosters, and statistical reports.

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Basye Family Papers, 1812-1960 (C2505)
3.9 cubic feet

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Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, account books, scrapbooks, photographs, Bible records, and papers collected to establish the Basye family genealogy. Included are Bowling Green Methodist Episcopal Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church registers, and early letters describing activities and family life in Missouri and other states, notably California and Wisconsin. Mining, the California gold rush, and the Civil War are also described. Numerous correspondents are women.

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Beaver Creek United Baptist Church Records, 1866-1888 (R0219)
2 volumes microfilmed

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These are minutes of meetings and membership records of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in
Phelps County, Missouri. The church was founded in 1866 as Willow Spring Baptist Church, and
was relocated and renamed in 1874.

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"The Beginning of Protestantism in Trans-Missouri," Don Wendell Holter, 1934 (C1120)
0.08 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Ph.D. dissertation prepared at the University of Chicago in the Department of Church History.

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Belchamber Family Papers, 1892-1993 (CG0041)
3.2 c. f.

The Belchamber family papers contain photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks from the Belchamber family and its various branches. This collection also includes photographs and memorabilia relating to Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill, the Iron Mountain Railroad, and regional buildings and environs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

John W. Bell Record Book, 1820-1870 (C0232)
1 roll of microfilm

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List of books, including prayer book, Bible, theological works, grammars, foreign language dictionaries, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, the classics, and poetry; prices of books, clothing, and goods in the 1820s; tuition payments; allowances to children for furniture and sundries; and cash, 1832-1847.

Ovid H. Bell Collection, 1824-1950 (C3805)
0.2 cubic feet (10 folders)

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Papers of and materials collected by a Fulton, MO, resident relating to the history and residents of Callaway County. Comprises correspondence, copies of speeches and lectures given by Bell, and documents including a typescript 1849 diary, tax rolls, Callaway County Agricultural and Mechanical Society membership lists, and a regimental history and troop roster of Company B, 1st Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A.

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Bellflower Presbyterian Church Records, 1901-1952 (C1343)
0.01 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Typed copy of session minutes and church register.

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H.B. Benedict Proclamation, 1853 (C2829)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)

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Proclamation issued by H.B. Benedict, Mayor of Boonville, MO, July 16, 1853, forbidding the riotous and unlawful assemblies arising from the lectures of Billy Ross. Printed on cloth.

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Bentley Family Collection, 1843-1910s, n.d. (CA2968)
1 oversize volume, 1 oversize volume, 1 oversize item

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Addition of materials concerning a family from Chariton County, Missouri. Includes material on Thomas Fristoe and Jordan R. Bentley.

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Bentley Family Collection, 1818-1980 (C3042)
5 rolls of microfilm

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Correspondence of Nancy V. Bentley, Jordan R. Bentley, and J. Marshall Bentley. Reminiscences of Jordan R. Bentley and material pertaining to Bentley and other allied families. Material on the Civil War in Chariton, Howard, and Cooper Counties, family and social life in the 1880s and 1890s and Chariton County history.

Marian F. Berkowitz Collection, 1942-1943 (K0802)
0.07 cubic foot (3 folders)

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This collection includes a memorial service booklet, armed forces prayer book, and songbook. The memorial service booklet and songbook are both from Congregation Keneseth Israel-Beth Shalom.

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Berry-Thomson-Walker Family Papers, 1830-1893 (C0074)
0.2 cubic feet

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Biography of David Thomson, founder of Georgetown and Sedalia, MO; correspondence of his son, Milton T. Thomson, in Pettis County and California gold fields; James T. Walker and Charles W.C. Walker in Boonville, KY, and North Carolina; William and Thomas Berry's California gold mining expense accounts; and miscellaneous papers.

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Bethany United Baptist Church, Madison County, Missouri Records, 1829-1992 (R0725)
(1 roll of microfilm)

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These are minute books, membership registers, and papers of Bethany United Baptist Church at Roselle in Madison County, Missouri. Records exist from the founding of Bethany Church in 1829 as an arm of Providence Church of Washington County.

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Bethel Association of Regular Baptists Records, 1851 (R0288)
(1 folder)

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These are minutes of the twenty-second annual meeting of the Bethel Association, which was composed of Regular Baptist churches in Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Union, and Williamson Counties in Illinois. The minutes include membership statistics and a summary of business taken up at the annual meeting.

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Bethel Association United Baptist Churches of Jesus Christ Records, 1816-1996 (R0598)
4 rolls (72 volumes)

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These are the minutes of the annual meetings of the Bethel United Baptist Association of southeaster Missouri, beginning with the organizational meeting in 1816. The Association consists of chruches in Crawford, Iron, Madison, St. Francois , and Wayne counties.

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Bethel Baptist Church Records, 1840-1980 (K0178)
microfiche

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Minutes of regular meetings of the Church in Cosby, Andrew County, MO, lists of members, pastors who served the Church, and other information on the activities of the Church.

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Bethel Baptist Church (Boone County, Mo.) Records, 1888-1982 (C1266)
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The records of the Bethel Baptist Church, founded in 1855, include a photocopy of the minute book, membership lists, church histories, and news clippings.

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Bethel Baptist Church (Cape Girardeau County, Mo.) Minutes, 1806-1867 (C1297)
0.09 cubic feet (2 volumes)

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Brief history of early Baptist settlers in the area, organization of the first church, constitution, rules of decorum, and record of the proceedings of the church. Two copies.

Bethel Baptist Church (Cape Girardeau County, Mo.) Minutes, 1811 (C1298)
0.01 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Excerpt from church minute book showing Baptist opposition to Freemasonry. Church member excluded for joining a Masonic lodge.

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Bethel Baptist Church (New London, Mo.) Records, 1840-1867 (C3032)
1 roll of microfilm

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Record book of Bethel Baptist Church. Contains meeting minutes and member lists.

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"Bethel Church Book: Minutes of the Proceedings of the Bethel Church, 1806-1867," U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1940 (C1300)
0.04 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Brief history of early Baptist settlers in the area, organization of the first church, constitution, rules of decorum, and record of the proceedings of the church. Church located in Cape Girardeau County, MO.

"Bethel Church Minutes," "Early Days with the Churches," and "Supplement to Bethel Church Minutes," U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1941 (C1305)
0.02 cubic feet (1 volume)

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Brief history of early Baptist churches in Missouri, after the Louisiana Purchase. Index to members and churches mentioned in Bethel Church book. List of tombstone inscriptions in Old Bethel Church cemetery. Church located in Cape Girardeau County, MO.

Bethel Presbyterian Church (Audrain County, Mo.) Records, 1868-1981 (CA5537)
0.2 cubic feet

Typed copies of the minutes of church meetings. Includes organization information, membership records, and other information.

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