Founded in 1844, Kemper Military School in Boonville was once the oldest military school west of the Mississippi River. The last graduating class held its commencement ceremony in spring 2002, when the school closed because of financial difficulties. The State Historical Society of Missouri acquired over 100 linear feet of records that document the academy's rich history. The material was a gift from the City of Boonville, which purchased the campus and its contents after the school's closing, and the Friends of Kemper Foundation Trust, the designated successor to the school.
A motion presented at a Boonville City Council meeting in November 2005 stated, “The records have historical and personal value to the Kemper alumni, Boonville area residents and teachers.” Although the files were in good condition when we obtained them, they must be arranged for easier access, and some need basic conservation work. Anyone with an interest in Kemper, especially former students needing access to their files, will benefit by having the collection stored in a controlled environment where it will be preserved for future generations. The records will become a treasure trove for genealogists wanting to learn about ancestors who attended the historic school.
Access to student records is restricted due to privacy laws. Third party requests for student records will not be granted unless the student is deceased. Access to deceased student's records will be granted upon receipt of an obituary notice or death certificate. Student records shall not be accessible for 72 years from the date of creation, except for the following circumstances:
Students wanting a copy of their transcript must submit a hand-signed transcript request form.
The papers of Kemper Military School, the oldest military school west of the Mississippi River, include student records and transcripts, applications, commencement material, diplomas, grade cards, and miscellaneous material.
The Kemper Military School Records were donated to the State Historical Society of Missouri by Danielle A. Blanck, Mayor of the city of Boonville, and Stephen Read, Trust Donor and Chairman, Friends of Kemper Foundation Trust, on 18 January 2006 (Accession No. 6100). An addition to the collection was made on 25 January 2006.
Consult the reference staff about the restriction on this collection.
Kemper Military School and College was founded as the Kemper Family School in 1844. It was the oldest military school west of the Mississippi. The school was founded by Frederick Thomas Kemper (1816-1881) as an all-male school to educate the sons of the early frontier families. From 1845 through 1856 it was known variously as the New Boonville Academy, the Boonville Boarding School and Teacher's Seminary, and the Male Collegiate Institute.
The school was temporarily closed in 1856 and reopened in 1861, allowing female students to attend. This was discontinued at the close of the Civil War. Around 1871, to differentiate Kemper students from the local population, Kemper placed his students in military uniform. Following his death, Colonel Thomas A. Johnston became President (1881-1928). Johnston added the military training program and structure and changed the school's name to Kemper Military School in 1899.
From the 1900s up to the 1950s, the school saw an increase in the growth of both its physical structure and student population. In addition, classes and programs were added and improved. Kemper Military School saw a marked decline in cadet enrollment beginning in the 1970s, which in turn created financial difficulties. In 2002, Kemper Military School closed its doors.
The Kemper Military School Records are arranged into three series:
The Student Records series are arranged alphabetically by the student's last name, for the most part, although later boxes are not necessarily in alphabetical order. The records consist of applications, transcripts, grade reports, grade cards, disciplinary action reports, instructor comments, and in some cases, transcript request correspondence along with previous school records, medical reports, and test results.
This material will prove useful to researchers interested in studying grading systems of secondary schools. It will also be of interest to genealogists wanting to know about the educational history of a family member or relative. For example, many of the earlier student files contain detailed comments made by instructors regarding the student, some of which refer to observed personality traits.
|Box 6||Missing Vault Records "B," Babb-Bishop|
|Box 20||Missing Vault Records "C," Ahmed-Curry|
|Box 37||Eastlack-El Bayomi|
|Box 40||Missing Vault Records, "F," Faaaoga-Ferer|
|Box 72||Krejci-La Tour|
|Box 78||Files Missing in the Mac's and Mc's-Lunsford-McClure|
|Box 84||de la Macorra-McWilliams|
|Box 92||Files Missing in "Os," Norman-O'Rourke|
|Box 104||Ritz, R.-Rocoberto|
|Box 108||Sanders, G.-Schembs|
|Box 110||Schulz, D.-Shwartz|
|Box 113||Simmons, B.-Smart|
|Box 114||Smauder-Smith, R.H.|
|Box 115||Smith, R.M.-Speer|
|Box 119||Strong-Switzer, R.|
|Box 120||Switzer, W.-Tayrien|
|Box 124||Tuer-Uzcategui Ovalles|
|Box 125||File Folders Missing From "V's"-Vacha-Vernon|
|Box 130||Wenban-White, J.R.|
|Box 131||White, J.W.-Wiley|
|Box 133||Williamson-Wise, J.R.|
|Box 134||Wise,W.A.-Wootten, H.H.|
|Box 135||Wootten, J.B.-Yoder, F.D.|
|Box 136||Yoder, H.R.-Zytkowicz|
|Box 137||Student Applications/School Literature- Abdelfattah-Wynkoop|
|Box 138||Student Applications- Belshe-Zimmermann|
|Box 139||Student Applications- Advincula-Jones|
|Box 140||Student Applications- Barnes-Youssef|
|Box 143||Student Applications- AbdelRehim-Zafiropoulos|
|Box 145||Acosta-Zimmerman, N.|
|Box 147||Alaita-Williams, S.|
|Box 148||Student Applications- Abed-Zamor|
|Box 149||Student Applications- Adegbile-Zornada|
|Box 150||Student Applications- Albert-Yarnell, C.|
|Box 151||Grade Books, Spring 2000-2001-Student Files, Ball-Zamor|
|Box 152||Student Applications- Jones-Sallo|
|Box 153||Student Applications/Files- Fayed-Zachary|
|Box 154||Student Applications/Files- AbdElnaz-Oda|
|Box 156||Student Applications/Files- Dall-Yorman|
The Commencement Material series consists of programs, graduate and honor lists, class officers, academic, athletic, and military achievements. Also included in this series are student diplomas which were never issued. The series is fairly well dated, though many of the files are not in chronological order.
|Box 157||Commencement Material, 1978-1992|
|Box 158||Commencement Material, 1923-1977, Kemperite newsletter, Winter, 2001, School Advertisements, Kemper Military School videocassette, "A Disciplined Approach to Learning and Life"|
|Box 159||Diplomas- Ash, Matthew W.-Vanzant, Patrick Lorenzo, 1962-1998|
|Box 160||Diplomas- Bowers, Guierrica T.-Small, Sidney Erroll, 1986-1999|
|Box 161||Diplomas- Aders, Corey A.-Turner, Andrew L., 1986-1998|
The Miscellaneous Material series consists of dance cards for the annual military ball, school and course brochures, school advertisements, and a copy of the Kemperite, Kemper's alumni magazine, Winter, 2001. Also included is a copy of the Kemper Literary Review, which was created by Kemper students, and a copy of the Ceremony of the Standard of Honor.
There is some correspondence from 1992 from Jim Gatewood, Director of Development and Public Affairs, to Walter Bixby of the J.B. Reynolds Foundation, regarding a request for funds to pay for a computer system that would track student records and perform other computer needs in the Registrar's Office, and letters to and from Susan Moellinger, Registrar, regarding course descriptions for transfer to different schools and programs.
Also included are forms for submitting names for diplomas, along with some actual diplomas, student application files, and grade cards, listing name of cadet, year, age, class, date entered, previous school attended, subjects listed, semester taken, grade, semester average, and units/hours earned. The grade cards for those students who dropped out are also included, giving the date the student dropped out. On some cards, grade point averages are shown. Up until 1962 cards also list one of the parents and the address of the previous school attended. The grade cards are dated from 1957 to 1990.
|Box 162||Grade Cards- 1957-1958, A-Z; 1958-1959, A-R; 1989-1990, A-Z; 1990, A-W|
|Box 163||Student Applications- Lertwatanasivalee, Pisan-Williams, Matthew|
|Box 164||Student Applications- Copeland, Earnest-Galdeano, Philip|
|Box 165||Grade Cards- 1958-1959, S-Z; 1975-1976, A-Z; 1976-1977, A-Z; 1977-1978, A-L; 1985-1986, A-Z; 1986-1987, A-Z|
|Box 166||Student Applications- Lauth, John-McCormick, Theodor|
|Box 167||Student Applications- Stanley, Todd-Varner, Jason|
|Box 168||Student Applications- AbedShafei, Mahmed-Moore, Jeffery|
|Box 169||Student Applications- Acevedo, Andres-Reynolds, James|
|Box 170||Student Applications- AbdelGawad, Ahmed-Zahn, Heather|
|Box 171||Student Applications- Bailey, Dwayne-Vargas, Jasmira|
|Box 172||Grade Cards- 1971-1972, A-H, J-Z; 1972-1973, A-Z; 1973-1974, A-H, J-Y; 1974, A-W; 1974-1975, A-H, J-W; 1975, A-F; 1977-1978, M-Y; 1978-1979, A-Y|
|Box 173||Grade Cards- 1967-1968, A-V; 1979-1980, A-Y; 1980-1981, A-Y; 1981-1982, A-Y|
|Box 174||Grade Cards- 1966, A-Z; 1967, A-T; 1966-1967, U-Z|
|Box 175||Grade Cards- 1982, A-Y; 1983, A-Y; 1984, A-Z|
|Box 176||Grade Cards- 1955, A-Z; 1956, A-Z, 1959, A-R|
|Box 177||Grade Cards- 1959, S-Z; 1960, A-Z; 1961, A-H, J-Z; 1962, A-H|
|Box 178||Grade Cards- 1962, J-Z; 1963, A-H, L-T, V-Z; 1964, A-H, J-S|
|Box 179||Grade Cards- 1964, S-Z; 1968-1969, T-Z; 1970, A-Z; 1971, A-Z; 1987, A, C-E, H-N|
|Box 180||Grade Cards- 1967-1968, W; 1968-1969, A-S; 1987, O-Z, 1988, A-Z; 1988 Summer, B-W; 1989 Summer, B-Z|
These index terms are the subjects, people, places, etc. under which this collection is listed in all available indexes at The State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia. If you are interested in a specific index term, please contact the reference staff
|Education, Secondary||Box 1-180|
|Grading and marking (Students)||Box 151, 162, 165, 172-180|
|Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri||v.t. 1 (pictorial material)|
|Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri||Box 1-180|
|Military education||v.t. 1 (pictorial material)|
|Military education||Box 1-180|
|Students||v.t. 1 (pictorial material)|