Barry County was organized in 1835. The county seat is Cassville. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Barry County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.
Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.
American Insitute of Mining Engineers, War Minerals of the Joplin-Miami District, 1917, (R0896)
This is a booklet prepared for the Joplin-Miami portion of the annual meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, held on 11-13 October 1917. It features a narrative report on the district by Otto Ruhl, with maps and data complied by G. B. Corless.
American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, Record Book, 1876-1877, (R1288)
1 volume, oversize
This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps, Pulaski, Stone, and Webster counties in Missouri.
Barry County, Missouri, School District No. 3, Pleasant Dale School, Souvenir, 1904, (R1168)
This is a "souvenir" of the 1903-1904 school year at Pleasant Dale School in Barry County, Missouri. Clinton Marbut was the teacher and E. W. Walker was District Clerk.
Barry County, Missouri, School District No. 53, Swindle College School, Souvenir, (R0876)
This is a "souvenir booklet" for Swindle College School near Corsicana in Barry County, Missouri. It was presented by teacher Agnes Hazel to her pupils at the "close of school" on 19 March 1926.
Barry County, Missouri, School District No. 73, Gaddis School, Reunion booklet, 1988, (R1292)
This is a reunion booklet for Gaddis School near Cassville in Barry County, Missouri. The school operated from 1891 through 1964. The booklet, produced on the occasion of a reunion of the school's former students and teachers in 1988, includes historical information, excerpts from school records, and photographs of students and teachers.
Barry County Baptist Association, Annual Meeting Reports, 1885-1889, (C2978)
The records contain printed reports of the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th meetings of the association and include a list of delegates and membership statistics.
Barry County Baptist Association, Missouri, Minutes, 1897-1898, (R0908)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection consists 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.
Barry County Baptist Association, Missouri, Minutes, 1937-1945, (R0875)
These are published booklets containing the minutes of annual meetings of the Barry County Baptist Association, held at Cassville, Missouri, in 1937 and 1945.
Bennett, Lyman G., Collection, 1857-1865, (R0274)
These are diaries and topographic maps of a civil engineer, member of the 36th Illinois Infantry, and civilian employee of the U. S. Army. The materials concern homesteading in Minnesota in 1857; campaigning in Missouri and Arkansas with the Army of Southwest Missouri, 1861-1862; mapping in Kansas and Colorado in 1865; and the Powder River Indian Expedition in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1865.
Bradford, Moses Jasper, Letters, 1861-1865, (R0360)
1 folder, photocopies
These are printed minutes of the ninety-second annual session of the Howell County Baptist Association, a Southern Baptist organization composed of churches in Howell County, Missouri. The minutes include the constitution, by-laws, and articles of faith, reports on church programs and finances, and statistical information.
Browder, Isham, Papers, 1855-1862, (R0115)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection includes two letters to Isham Browder of Dallas, Texas, from his brother, Edward Browder, a Confederate soldier, from Flat Creek, Missouri, 1861, and Boggy Depot, Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, 1862. There are also receipts from merchants in Dallas, 1855 and 1858.
Bushnell, Douglas Ritchie, Letters, 1861-1866, (R0675)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the letters of an officer of the 13th Illinois Infantry, written during campaigns in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Bushnell was killed in action at Ringgold, Georgia, in November 1863. There are also a few letters from his wife, Emily, and other correspondents.
Cassville & Exeter Railway Company, Papers, 1909-1976, (R0421)
5 folders, photocopies
These are papers concerning a short-line railroad which connected the towns of Cassville and Exeter in Barry County, Missouri, begun as the Cassville & Western Railway in 1896 and reorganized as the C&E in 1919. The collection includes letters, documents, clippings, and photographs.
Cassville Chamber of Commerce, Cassville, Missouri, Jamboree Program, 1963, (R0780)
This is a souvenir program booklet for the "Second Annual Ozark Jamboree," held at Cassville in Barry County, Missouri, on 17-19 October 1963.
Cassville Commercial Club, Brochure, 1934, (R0814)
This brochure promotes the town of Cassville in Barry County, Missouri, as a desirable location for agriculture, industry, recreation, and residence.
Cassville Garden Club, Booklet, 1947, (R1040)
This is an annual program booklet for a woman's garden club at Cassville in Barry County, Missouri. Covering the calendar year 1947, it includes meeting schedules and topics, lists of state and local officers, a roster of members with local telephone numbers, and a list of past presidents.
Civil War Documents, 1861-1865, (C4274)
0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
Photocopies of miscellaneous papers including discharges, enlistments, Confederate bills and notes, stamps, insignia, orders, mustering out papers of soldiers, including officers, mostly from Missouri.
Cook, Warren, Collection, 1782-1978, (R0043)
These are photocopies of papers of the Smith, Havins, Roseberry, and Cook families of southwestern Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. The collection includes correspondence, estate papers, and genealogical records. There are also two farm diaries, 1875-1876.
Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.
Cullimore Family, Collection, 1973-1992, (R1090)
These are papers of the Cullimore family of journalists and outdoor writers. The collection consists of correspondence between Donald B. "Rocky" Cullimore and Dan Saults, and a compilation of Saults's articles in Branson and Springfield, Missouri, newspapers.
Daughters of Rebekah, Fiftieth District (Missouri), Booklet, 1910, (R1237)
This is the "Programme" booklet for the second annual meeting of the Fiftieth District of the Daughters of Rebekah, held at Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri, on 22 February 1910. Mollie Clutter of Monett served as President.
Election Returns, 1840, (C1736)
Missouri presidential election returns for Barry, Boone, Rives, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren and Wayne Counties. Returns for state senator in Wayne County and circuit attorney in Rives and St. Louis Counties.
First Baptist Church, Purdy, Missouri, Papers, 1981, (R1130)
This collection includes a centennial booklet, 1881-1981: Our First One-Hundred Years, and a centennial revival program, 27 September – 4 October 1981, for the First Baptist Church at Purdy in Barry County, Missouri. The founding pastor was J. K. Northcutt and the current pastor was Ben J. Dobbs.
Frisco Heights Townsite Company, Receipt, 1911, (R1110)
This is a receipt dated 13 March 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.
Gillioz, M. E., Collection, 1926-1994, (R0575)
4 folders, photocopies
This is a collection of printed material and newspaper clippings concerning the life and career of M. E. Gillioz, a construction contractor and businessman from Monett, Barry County, Missouri. Included are biographical materials, a program on the opening of the Gillioz Bank & Trust Co., the Gillioz memorial edition of the Monett Times, material on the construction of the Gillioz Theater in Springfield, Missouri, in 1926, and stories on the plans for its restoration in the 1990s.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet, 5 card boxes
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.
How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.
Lawrence County Historical Society, Missouri, Baptist association minutes, 1882-1933, (R0644)
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of Primitive Baptist associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.
Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.
James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.
James, Larry A., Photograph Collection, (P0240)
Copy photos of Pioneer, Newtonia and Stark City, Missouri. Also, copy photo of J.M. Ritchie and an original photo of the Purcell family on steps of home, circa 1910.
Mann, Henry Perrin Civil War Diaries, 1862-1865, (R0455)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of the Civil War diaries of Henry P. Mann, Co. B Cavalry, 36th Illinois Infantry. The company was later assigned to the 15th Illinois Cavalry as Co. K. The diaries cover the Pea Ridge campaign in Missouri and Arkansas, the occupation of Corinth, Mississippi, the battle of Chickamauga, the siege of Chattanooga, and the Atlanta campaign. The entries for 1865 concern personal business and finances.
Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.
Mark Twain National Forest, Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s, (R0471)
This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with "old-timers" and Forest Service retirees.
Mermoud, Willa, "Educational Institutions," n.d., (C2131)
The collection contains a history of teachers institutes, normal schools, and summer schools in Barry County, MO, 1870-1910, and a list of administrators and teachers who attended the sessions.
Mermoud, Willa, "History of Barry County's Home Economics Clubs," n.d., (C2128)
The collection contains a brief history of 4-H and women's clubs in Barry County, MO, 1914-1958, including organization, services rendered, and a list of extension service officers, 1928-1958.
Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.
Missouri Dept. of Resources, "The White River Country," n.d., (R0324)
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 Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.
Monett, Missouri, Centennial Recording, 1987, (R0802)
1 audio cassette
This is "The Foggy River Boys Present: A Sentimental Journey," recorded in celebration of the centennial of Monett in Barry County, Missouri. Included are performances by Jack Frost and the Men of Note, and the Monett High School Band and Chorus.
Monett Chamber of Commerce, Monett, Missouri, Dairy Show Booklet, 1950, (R0911)
This is a booklet for the Lawrence and Barry Counties Second Annual Dairy Show, held at Monett in Barry County, Missouri, on 15-16 September 1950. Included are names of officers, the schedule, rules and regulations, and a list of premiums.
Monett Chamber of Commerce, Monett, Missouri, Publications, 1960, (R0787)
This collection includes a booklet, Monett, the Big "M" in Southwest Missouri, and the pro-gram for the "annual dinner" of the Monett Chamber of Commerce, held on 15 February 1960 at Monett in Barry County, Missouri.
Morrow, Lynn, Collection, 1982-ca. 2010, (R1000)
296 folders, 7 cubic feet
These are the correspondence and research files of a Missouri historian. Topics include history, personages, architecture, culture, and folklore, particularly of the Ozarks region of Missouri, but also areas in the central and northern parts of the state. The papers include wide-ranging correspondence concerning research into and publication of the 19th century historical writings of Theodore P. Russell of Iron County and Silas C. Turnbo of southwest Missouri. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.
Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.
Ozark Playgrounds Association, Booklets and Pamphlets, 1929-1955, (R0854)
These are three booklets and three pamphlets published by the Ozark Playgrounds Association promoting "Playgrounds of the Ozarks," in an area encompassing parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Included in the booklets are geographical listings, while two of the pamphlets contain highway maps and listings of member hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, and tourist attractions, while another contains more general information.
Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
2.2 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.
Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.
Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.
Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.
Rock Springs Baptist Church, Barry County, Missouri, Records, 1888-1890, (R0397)
These are records of the Rock Springs Baptist Church, a United Baptist congregation near Washburn in the southwestern quarter of Barry County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, membership records, and statistical information.
Shelton, T. J., Southwestern Miner, 1892, (R0873)
These are four issues from June, August, and October 1892 of the Southwestern Miner, a newsletter "devoted exclusively to the Lead and Zinc mines of Missouri and Kansas." Published every week at Carterville, Missouri, by "Campbell & Shelton" and managed by T. J. Shelton, the journal included production statistics and mining news items from southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas, and particularly from Jasper County, Missouri.
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, Records, 1859-1980, (R0362)
635 items in 56 cartons
These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.
State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.
State of Missouri Collection, (P0018)
Over 400 original photos created for the 1904 publication on Missouri at the time of the World's Fair by Walter Williams; shows all aspects and counties in Missouri.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Tri-County Burial Association, Certificates, 1935, (R1177)
These are Certificates of Membership in the Tri-County Burial Association of Wheaton in Barry County, Missouri, for Floyd Roller and Lela Roller of Purdy. The Association provided burial benefits for members in Barry, McDonald, and Newton counties in southwestern Missouri.
U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by county.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.
Upton, Lucile Morris (1898-1992), Papers, 1855-1986, (C3869)
1 linear foot; 25 rolls of microfilm; 1 video cassette
The personal and professional papers of a Springfield, Missouri, journalist and writer consisting of newspaper clippings, correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs and scrapbooks. The papers are especially strong in the history of Springfield and the Ozarks region, and in Ozark folklore.
Wheaton Fruit-Growers Association, Booklet, n.d., (R1155)
This is a small booklet containing the constitution and by-laws of the Wheaton Fruit-Growers Association at Wheaton in Barry County, Missouri. L. W. Gardner was president and A. C. Johnson was secretary-treasurer of the Association.
Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.
Wold, Grace E., Papers, 1889, 1944, (C3767)
Quitclaim deed and warranty deed for land in Barry County, MO.
World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.