Cole County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Jefferson City, Missouri's state capitol. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Cole 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.
Alexander, Ben W., Collection, (P0378)
Postcards of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia MO, Chillicothe Business College, Winston Churchill Memorial Library, Missouri State Capital, Kansas City MO, Interstate 70, Windermere Baptist Assembly (Roach, MO) and Lake of the Ozarks.
Allbritain, Caddie Bolton, Reminiscences, (C2090)
The papers contain an article about the William Bolton family of Jefferson City, Missouri, submitted to the Missouri Historical Review for publication.
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."
Anderson, Thomas L., Speech, 1904, (C3734)
The collection contains a typed copy of a speech given by Anderson before the Democratic State Convention in Jefferson City on 19 July 1904, nominating Harry B. Hawes for governor of Missouri.
Arbor Day Program, 1912, (C2382)
Program, April 5, 1912, issued by Department of Education, Jefferson City, MO. Herbert S. Hadley was governor.
Association of Records Managers and Administrators Columbia/Jefferson City Central Missouri Chapter, Records, (CA5540)
2 linear feet
Records of a chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. Includes by-laws, constitution, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership and financial records, newsletters, workshop and training materials, photographs, and miscellaneous.
Association of Records Managers and Administrators Columbia/Jefferson City Central Missouri Chapter, Records, (CA5589)
2.7 linear feet
Addition of financial records, administrative files, newsletters, photographs of the organization, and seminar information, 1990s-2000s.
Bailey, Elizabeth, Photograph Collection, (P0379)
Postcard of Missouri United Methodist Church (Columbia), photographs of Mary K. Dains retirement reception (8-8-1991), Ronald Reagan visit to Columbia (1987), and the Missouri State Archives (1991).
Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.
Bass, Peter, Papers, 1825, (C1894)
The papers of Peter Bass contain a deed of Peter Bass transferring a tract of land in Jefferson City to Azariah Kennedy. The collection includes a lace cutout, possibly part of the decorations at the governor's ball celebrating the formal opening of the state capitol.
Berthoud, A. N., Papers, 1850-1851, (C1464)
The papers contain a letter to John Johnson, 1850, about winter coal mine operations and delivery of coal to the statehouse in Jefferson City. Account for coal delivered to the statehouse.
Boggs, Lilburn W., Invitation, 1838, (C1756)
Invitation issued to Judge Dunnica and Lady, February 15, 1838, to attend a reception at the governor's mansion.
Boggs, Lilburn W., (1792-1860), Letter, 1837, (C1465)
The papers contain one letter to [William Learned Marcy], from Lilburn Boggs, City of Jefferson, Missouri, April 18, 1837. Governor Boggs of Missouri notified Governor Marcy that Henry W. Bamman, charged with forgery in New York, was committed to the Cole County jail and was available for immediate extradition.
Bollinger, George Frederick, Letter, 1839, (C2956)
To Charles Welling, Jackson, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, Dec. 20, 1838. Concerns the purchase of pork, election of officers in the Missouri legislature, and the Mormon War.
Bond, Christopher and Linda, Photograph Collection, (P0091)
10 b/w photos of the Capitol (completed in 1917) while under construction; 6 views of previous Capitol (completed in 1840) and 1 photo of Missouri River bluff; photographic copy of litho of Jefferson City in mid-1850s and 1 photo of temporary Capitol building.
Boone County and Jefferson City Railroad Company Petition, 1866, (C1472)
The collection consists of a petition for condemning land which James E. Johnson refused to convey to the railroad. Petition to G.H. Burckhartt, Judge of the Boone County Circuit Court, and summons to James E. Johnson to appear at the Columbia Courthouse.
Breckenridge, William Clark (1862-1927), Papers, 1752-1927, (C1036)
4.75 linear feet, 21 volumes, 3 rolls of microfilm
The papers of the St. Louis businessman, writer, and historian contain correspondence, scrapbooks, book sale announcements, and miscellaneous materials, with an emphasis on St. Louis and Missouri history.
Bridges, Mrs. Homer L., Postcard Collection, (P0377)
Postcards of University of Missouri Columbia, the Missouri State Capitol, St. Louis, Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), Uniontown, and Ellington, MO
Brouster, George Washington, (1830-1887), Letters, 1850-1851, (C1832)
Letters written by Brouster to his family in St. Louis County, MO, while on an overland trip to the California gold fields in 1850 and while mining for gold in various parts of California.
Brown, B. Gratz (1826-1885), Letter, 1872, (C1480)
The collection consists of a letter to Elliott Danforth, Middleburg, NY, from Jefferson City, MO, May 13, 1872. Brown, Republican Governor of Missouri and vice-presidential nominee on the 1872 Liberal Republican ticket, wrote that the West and Southwest favored endorsement of the regular party ticket. Brown feared a third party attempt.
Brown, Dwight H. (1887-1944), Papers, 1928-1944, (C2529)
9.8 linear feet
The collection contains the papers of Dwight H. Brown, Missouri secretary of state, 1932-1944. The papers are arranged alphabetically by topics.
Cabinet Cards, Collection, c. 1890s, (CA6343)
0.2 cubic feet
Collection of largely unidentified cabinet cards from the Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri, areas, circa 1890s. It is unclear if this is a family photograph album or was compiled by a photographer. Only two baby photographs have been identified, those of Daniel Gundelfinger and Harold Singer.
Capitol Brewery Company, Jefferson City, Missouri, Records, (CA6144)
0.1 cubic feet 1 volume
Business ledger of the Capitol Brewery Company of Jefferson City, Missouri, founded in 1898 by the Moerschel family of St. Charles and Jefferson City. Also includes Moerschel family postcards.
Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Inauguration Program, 1929, (C2383)
The collection contains a program from inaugural ceremonies for Governor Henry Caulfield, January 14, 1929, Jefferson City, MO.
Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Papers, 1878-1966, (C2409)
2.1 linear feet
The papers of Henry S. Caulfield contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, reports, speeches, and miscellaneous material. Caulfield was a Republican governor of Missouri (1929-1933) and St. Louis official.
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.
Cowan, Donna, Scrapbooks, 1957, (C4277)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The Donna Cowan collection includes two scrapbooks - one on conservation in Missouri, and one on Missouri Girls State, 1957. The Missouri Girls State was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Missouri, which provided Missouri girls citizenship training in order for them to better understand and participate in the functioning of the government. 1957.
Crittenden, Thomas Theodore (1832-1909), Calling Card, 1882, (C1592)
Calling card of governor of Missouri.
Dalton, John M. (1900-1972), Prayer Breakfast Program, 1961, (C2387)
The collection contains a program for a breakfast honoring Governor Dalton in Jefferson City, sponsored by a local citizens' committee.
Dalton, Walter William (1908-1982), Papers, 1939-1979, (C4314)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders)
The papers of Walter William Dalton contain correspondence, miscellaneous papers and newspaper clippings regarding Dalton, an Air Force Reserve officer, and attorney and civic leader.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Jane Randolph Jefferson Chapter, Scrapbooks, 1947-1949, (C2662)
Scrapbooks containing clippings, programs, and reports on activities of the chapter.
Davidson, William Lusk, Papers, 1854-2005, (C4124)
1 cubic foot
The William Lusk Davidson papers contain records regarding Davidson's education, including primary, military academy, and college, as well as papers regarding his career as a civil engineer with the railroad. There are several records pertaining to Davidson genealogy and business information, as well as papers concerning the John Wilbourn Hobbs and Myrene Houchin Hobbs Civic Award.
Dockery, Alexander Monroe, (1845-1926), Letter, 1902, (C2062)
To J.H. Frame, Kansas City, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, 1902. Thanking Frame for withdrawing from race for election commissioner
Donnell, Forrest C. (1884-1980), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1941, (C2385)
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Forrest C. Donnell, February 26, 1941.
Donnelly, Phil M. (1891-1961), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1953, (C2386)
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Phil M. Donnelly, January 12, 1953.
Drake, Charles D. (1811-1892), Papers, 1859-1860, (C3570)
The papers of Charles D. Drake contain a speech of Drake in the Missouri House of Representatives on a ""Sunday"" bill which he introduced; and a letter to M.C. Goodlet from Drake regarding Aikman Welch's opposition to the bill.
Dunlap, Chuck and Dianne, Postcard Collection, (P0028)
Postcards of Missouri cities, including Kansas City parks, streets, and buildings; Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, bird's-eye view of Sedalia, Cortez Motor Court in Springfield, and St. Louis: Ead's Bridge, Shaw's Garden, and Smith Bros. Cottage and Hotel.
Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1769)
The papers of John Cummins Edwards contain photostats of petitions and letters requesting pardons for George Thompson, Alanson Work, and James E. Burr, convicted of kidnapping slaves.
Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1771)
The papers of John Cummins Edwards contain Photostats of petitions and letters requesting pardons for prisoners, including a letter from James S. Rollins, a petition to correct an error in a previous pardon, and woman's petition for pardon of a Negro woman, Nelly.
Finley, E.J., Letter, 1866, (C1727)
To [Francis] Rodman, Jefferson City, MO, from Texas County, MO, Nov. 8, 1866. Finley charged violation of the registry law in Texas County, protested the election of Confederate rebels and requested a new election, criticized specific rebels, and praised radicals.
Fletcher, Thomas Clement (1827-1899), Letter, 1865, (C1533)
The collection contains a letter to [Governor of Pennsylvania], from City of Jefferson, MO, Jan. 31, 1865. Fletcher, governor of Missouri, expressed gratitude for sympathy shown Missouri "in the hour of her trial."
Gardner, Frederick D., Letter, 1917, (C2596)
To Cornelius Roach, Jefferson City, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, Oct. 17, 1917. Tells Roach he will call special session of legislature, and that a lowering of taxes is one thing it will consider
Goebel, K. Bruce, Papers, (CA6267)
43.3 cubic feet, oversize
Professional papers of a central Missouri architect, 1980s-2000s. Includes oversize drawings and corresponding job files.
Goodwin, J., Letter, 1837, (C1542)
The papers contain one letter to Charles Custer, of Madison, Indiana, from Jefferson City, Missouri, June 16, 1837. Goodwin settled in Jefferson City and opened a grocery. He wrote Custer about life in Missouri, climate, job opportunities, land prices, commodity prices, the construction of state capitol, Missouri River, soil, and his grocery business.
Greene, Lorenzo and Thomasina Talley, Papers, (CA5520)
27.5 cubic feet, audiovisual material
Research files, personal papers, and family materials of a professional historian who taught at Lincoln University from 1933-1972.
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.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.
Halliburton, Wesley (1812-1890), Letters, 1875, (C1974)
The collection contains photocopies of two letters written by a member of the 1875 Missouri Constitutional Convention to his wife. The letters include comments on the work of the convention and the constitution it drafted.
Hardeman, Leona, Poem, n.d., (C1549)
The collection contains the poem, "For Miss Hardeman's Album," signed by Eugene, Jefferson City, July 11.
Harrison, Jean Ann, "Homes Erected in Jefferson City Before 1860," n.d., (C2588)
The collection contains a photocopy of paper on early houses in Jefferson City, MO.
Hyde, Arthur M., (1877-1947), Proclamation, 1922, (C1817)
Proclamation of the governor convening the constitutional convention of 1922-1923.
Jackson, Claiborne Fox, (1806-1862), Letter, 1861, (C1786)
The collection contains a letter from Jackson, of Jefferson City, Missouri, April 9, 1861, to David Walker. Discusses Jackson's position on slavery and secession.
Jackson, Claiborne Fox, (1806-1862), Letter, 1861, (C1788)
To H.K. Craig, Washington, D.C., from Jefferson City, MO, Jan. 16 1861. Encloses a requisition for Missouri's quota of guns for that year and a carriage without a gun as a model for mounting others.
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.
Jefferson City Women's Political Caucus, Jefferson City, Missouri, Records, 1973-1975, (CA6426)
0.3 cubic feet
Records of the organization include newsletters, correspondence, mailing lists, publicity materials, ERA material, political buttons, and miscellaneous material.
Johnson, Charles P. (1836-1920), Papers, 1871-1920, (C4229)
0.8 cubic feet (15 folders)
The papers of a criminal lawyer and lieutenant governor of Missouri, 1873-1875. Includes diaries, photographs, a scrapbook of news clippings, and miscellaneous papers.
Kilgore, Debbie, Photograph Collection, (P0155)
Approximately 52 35mm color negatives and prints showing scenes around Macon, Missouri during the mid 1990s. Additional photo album, assembled by Ken Fryer, DOT district manager, showing the 1993 Missouri River flood in Cole, Carroll, Howard, Saline, and Livingston counties.
Kirby-Ridgway-Lightholder Family, Papers, (CA6360)
2.75 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, wills, military records, leases, contracts, and miscellaneous material of the Kirby, Ridgway, Lightholder, and related families, 1860s-1930s. The papers document the lives of family members at a Quaker farming community in New Jersey and their moves westward to Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri, and later California.
Krause, Henrietta Park Collection, (P0171)
0.38 linear feet, 1 volume
A series of photographs from the daughter of Governor Guy B. Park, this collection includes numerous photographs of Gov. Park, a 1933 Century of Progress photo album featuring views of the Missouri Commission exhibit, a series of images on the Huckleberry Finn Streamliner dedication in Hannibal, National Governor's Conventions, the Missouri State Fair, Camp Clark in Nevada, MO, Church Prison Farm near Jefferson City, Governor Forrest Smith's Inaugeration, Mark Twain Memorial Bridge dedication, notable Missourians, elected officials, and state government staff.
Krebel, A., Postcard, n.d., (C1579)
The papers contain correspondence to F.S. Arnold, of Sedalia, Missouri, from Jefferson City, Missouri, regarding an inquiry about the Grosbeck and Ph. sale arrangements. Krekel will approve or reject sale.
Kroeger, Otto and Joe, Photograph Collection, (P0002)
The Kroeger collection is comprised of approx. 400 glass plate negatives, film negatives, photographs, newspaper articles and letters. Photographers were Otto and his son, Joseph Kroeger, both of Jefferson City, Missouri.
Larson, Sidney, Photograph Collection, (P0210)
A collection of photographs of and relating to the work of Sidney Larson, art curator for the State Historical Society of Missouri. 15 b/w photos, photocopied news clipping feat. Thomas Benton, artist (MO State Fair 1990). b/w photo of Truman, Benton, and Larson (artist; donor) (with negatives). 3 35mm b/w slides, State Capitol restoration. b/w of Rolla mural. b/w Shane Drawings exhibit, 1964. 2 b/w photos of paintings with notes on figures depicted. 4 colour photos of Larson's artwork shown at Columbia College, August 1999.
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.
Linnemann, Alice A., Papers, n.d., (C3270)
Notes on mural decorations and Missouri state capitol decorations, compiled by Miss Linnemann of Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO. Also her correspondence with sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman, Arthur A. Kocian, and Ben L. Emmons.
Lyon, Duane Evans (1885-1959), Scrapbooks, 1913-1958, (C4319)
2 oversize volumes
The scrapbooks of a Missouri graphic artist contain original art, programs, exhibit announcements, correspondence, photographs, clippings; American Legion convention banquet, souvenir menu art, architectural home designs, contest ribbons, and other miscellaneous artwork.
Mahan, Garland Jefferson, Diaries, 1864-1873, 1961, (C2586)
The collection contains diaries detailing a trip taken by ox train in 1864 from Cole County, MO, to Virginia City, MT. Also chronicled, although to a lesser extent, is the return trip by steamboat down the Missouri River in 1866. Diaries also include drafts of letters, notes, and lists of students. A typescript of the diaries, plus photos of some of the sites along the route taken in 1961, complete the collection.
Marmaduke, Meredith Miles (1791-1864), Papers, n.d., 1844, (C1772)
The papers of Meredith Miles Marmaduke contain photostats of petitions to the governor requesting pardons of prisoners currently in the penitentiary. One item is from the Office of Inspectors of the Penitentiary and recommends a number of pardons.
Massie, Gerald R. (1911-1989), Photographs, (P0016)
0.83 linear feet
Photographs of scenes across Missouri, many taken as part of Massie's work as Missouri's state photographer. Events highlighted include Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Governor Hearnes' inaugural celebrations in 1965 and 1969, and the Battle of Pilot Knob Centennial commemoration in 1964. The collection includes extensive coverage of the Missouri State Capitol building. Geographically, the collection covers much of Missouri, with particular focus on tourist destinations: St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Ste. Genevieve, and the Ozarks.
McClain, Charles M., Postcard Collection, (P0539)
23 postcards of Missouri scenes, including the Ozarks, Paseo in Kansas City, Warrenton, Troy, Hannibal, St. Louis, St. Joseph, Nevada, and Russellville.
Miller, John, (1781-1846), Letter, 1831, (C1595)
To F[rances] P[reston] Blair, Washington City, from City of Jefferson, [MO], Apr. 22, 1831.
Miller-Stephens Family Papers, 1811-1960, (C3229)
0.3 cubic feet
Correspondence between members of the P.T. Miller family and the E.W. Stephens family, as well as Personal, business, and civic letters of Hugh Stephens. Several letters from 1811 to 1814, one 1839 letter, then resumes with a few Civil War letters. Traces the courtship of Nick E. Miller and Sallie ""Birdie"" Fisher until their marriage in 1874. Also includes the 1902 foreign travel letters of James H. Moss, a relative of the Stephens family.
Minor, James L., Letter, 1839, (C3203)
To Irvine O. Hockaday, Fulton, MO, from Jefferson City, Sept. 26, 1839. Minor, secretary of the senate, informs Hockaday of his appointment as curator of the University of Missouri.
Minor, James L., Letter, 1841, (C1602)
To [Roger N. Todd], Columbia, MO, from City of Jefferson, [MO], Feb. 23, 1841. Request to Boone County circuit court clerk for information about the Mormon difficulties, for state publication by secretary of state's office.
Missouri Association of Architects (MAA) Records, 1944-1954, (K0099)
0.24 cubic feet
The collection consists of materials related to the Missouri Association of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
Missouri. Commissioners of State Capitol, Papers, 1838, (C1484)
The papers consist of an authorization to pay G.A. Parsons $24.15 for hauling bricks from the penitentiary to the state house, and his receipt. Warrant authorization and receipt of John Withnell for a $300 partial payment for the capitol building contract.
Missouri. General Assembly, 10th, House, Geyer Act, 1839, (C3148)
The collection contains a facsimile of the Geyer Act, 11 April 1839.
Missouri. Lincoln University Faculty Committee Statement on Student Demands, 1969, (C3338)
Faculty committee report of attempts to reconcile student committee, faculty committee and administration regarding student demands. Also included is list of original student demands.
Missouri. Penitentiary, Receipts, 1865-1866, (C1680)
Receipts from H.A. Swift, warden, to John F. Baker, Boone County sheriff, and James Coff, St. Louis County marshal, for the delivery of prisoners. Receipts list names of prisoners, offense, place of trial, and sentence.
Missouri, General Assembly, 10th Board of Commissioners to Select a Site for the University, Minutes, 1839, (C1658)
Minutes, 6 May-22 June 1839. Organization of board, members, examination, description and evaluation of prospective sites: Boonville, Cooper County; Fayette, Howard County; Columbia, Boone County; Fulton, Callaway County; and Jefferson City, Cole County.
Missouri Capitol. Dedication Program, 1924, (C0858)
The program of the dedication of the Missouri Capitol on 6 October 1924 lists the activities and participants for the day, including the parade in the morning, the band concert, and the "dedication exercises proper" in the afternoon.
Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1998-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource protection professionals. The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Governor's Mansion Tour, 1970, (C4242)
1 16mm film
A color film showcasing the Missouri Governor's Mansion and produced by Southwestern Bell in 1970.
Missouri Governors' Proclamations, 1892-1898, (C3446)
The collection contains proclamations of Columbus Day by Governor David R. Francis; Thanksgiving Day and LaFayette Day by Governor Lon Vest Stephens, and calls for relief of flood-damaged Steelville, MO. These proclamations bear the seal of the State of Missouri.
Missouri Place Names Study, 1927-1928 (C3459)
0.6 linear feet
Correspondence, term papers, and information collected by graduate students at the University of Missouri during a study of the origin and history of place names in forty-two Missouri counties.
Missouri State Museum, Interpretation Program, Oral History Recordings, 1980-2009, (CA6218)
1.2 cubic feet, 410 audio cassettes, 78 video cassettes, 205 DVDs, 3 CDs
Oral history interviews with Missourians regarding historical events on audio cassettes, video cassettes, and DVDs. Also includes transcripts and related material such as photographs, negatives, news clippings, obituaries, correspondence, personal accounts, and ephemera.
Missouri Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
4.7 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.
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.
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.
National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Missouri, Papers, 1968-1974, (C3584)
The papers of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the State of Missouri contain a working copy of EARLY PORTRAITS IN MISSOURI, PAINTED BEFORE 1860, which provides a detailed description of portraits existing in Missouri, arranged alphabetically by location of the work. There is an index by artist, but none by portrait subject. The manuscript includes many works by George Caleb Bingham.
Parker, Lester Shepard (1860-1925), Photograph Collection, 1915-1923, (P0022)
A series of photos showing the Capitol building under construction with views of the artists working on the murals, decorations, etc. Lester Parker used these photographs as reference materials while creating his paintings of the capital building.
Peers, Edward J., Letter, 1839, (C2957)
To Lilburn W. Boggs, Jefferson City, MO, from Troy, MO, Dec. 10, 1839. Letter requesting equipage for a 200-mile march ordered of Peer's brigade by Major General D. Willock.
Platner, Wesley and Peggy, Photographs, (P0112)
1.33 linear feet
This collection primarily consists of photographs by Wesley Platner, a professor and physiologist at the University of Missouri, and his daughter, Peggy. Photographs span from the 1940s through the 2000s and include images of Columbia, the University of Missouri, people associated with the physiology department, and travel within Missouri and beyond, to Illinois and Disneyland. Peggy participated in the Jefferson City Camera Club and tours sponsored by the City of Columbia; many photos from the 1990s and 2000s are of their expeditions.
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.
Potter, Howard C. (1910-1959), Constitutional Convention Scrapbooks, 1944-1946, (C2411)
The collection contains clippings collected by a Republican delegate to the 1943 Missouri constitutional convention. They cover the convention, campaign for the approval of the proposed charter, and revision of statutes by the General Assembly to conform to the new constitution.
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.
Price, Sterling, (1809-1867), General Orders, 1861, (C1494)
General Order No. 8 from Headquarters, Missouri State Guard, for procurement of equipment for the State Guard within the individual military districts. Chart of equipment allowances. Directives about flags, drummers, and buglers.
Price, Sterling (1809-1867), Letter, 1854, (C2206)
To Secretary of War [Jefferson Davis], Washington, D.C., from Jefferson City, MO, May 15, 1854. Letter from Governor Sterling Price to Secretary of War Jefferson Davis requesting the delivery of eighty muskets and related material from the arsenal at St. Louis to Captain Madison Miller of St. Louis.
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.
Randolph, Vance, Letter, 1934, (C2049)
To Warren Douglas Meng, Jefferson City, MO, from Pittsburgh, KS, Oct. 16, 1934. Answer to letter from Meng concerning crime songs sung by Negroes in a Missouri penitentiary.
Rice, Mr. and Mrs. Harry, Postcard Collection, (P0497)
Postcards of Missouri scenes: St. Joseph, Gallatin, Lebanon, Slater, Maryville, Branson, Jefferson City, Sedalia, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
Rodman, Francis, Letter, 1866, (C1726)
To F[rancis] Rodman, Secretary of State, [Jefferson City, Missouri] from "A Union Soldier who served during the war," New Madrid, [Missouri]. Bitter protest about the 1866 election of "Rebels" in New Madrid, MO. Violations of the registry law governing election procedures. List of reliable Union supporters to verify charges.
Rollins, James H. (1940- ), Papers, 1961-1981 (C3056)
3 cubic feet
James Henry (Jimmy) Rollins was a black civil rights activist and University of Missouri law student who was convicted of dispensing marijuana in 1968, jumped bail to avoid prosecution and was subsequently caught and imprisoned in 1974 for that and other crimes. The papers consist primarily of letters from the imprisoned Rollins to one of his supporters, and of notes, newspaper clippings, case files, and other printed material related either to his case or to contemporary political and racial conditions in Columbia and at the University of Missouri.
Reynolds, Thomas (1796-1844), Papers, 1841-1842, (C1770)
The papers of Thomas Reynolds contain Photostats of petitions for prison pardons, including one letter from David Rice Atchison requesting a shorter sentence for two men and discussion of other matters.
Singleton, Vincent A., Petition, 1870, (C1773)
The collection contains a petition to Governor Joseph W. McClurg from several citizens on behalf of Vincent A. Singleton, convicted of horse stealing.
Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.
Stabler, Edward, Papers, 1839-1840, (C2111)
To Stabler from James L. Minor, R.S. Gilbert, and Thomas M. Allen concerning creation and adoption of the seal of Missouri, the secretary of state's seal, and the seal of the University. Elaborate details of the University and capitol, which were to be represented on the respective seals. Stabler made the seals and presses.
State Historical Society of Missouri, Audio Cassette Collection, 1976-2000, (C3963)
0.3 linear feet, 34 audio cassettes
The State Historical Society of Missouri Audio Cassette Collection is a collection of miscellaneous interviews, lectures, and speeches collected over the years.
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.
Stevens Family, Papers, (CA6114)
0.25 linear feet, 1 CD
Collection contains audio recordings of songs, stories, and poems compiled by storyteller Benjamin Stevens of Russellville, Missouri. Also includes photographs and a Master's thesis based on Stevens' work written by his daughter Marilewan Mahan in 1946 at Louisiana State University.
Temple Beth El, Jefferson City, Missouri, Records, (CA6474)
0.3 cubic feet
Addition of annual meeting minutes, 1986-2015; board of trustee minutes, 2010-2016; sisterhood minutes, 1935-1986; and miscellaneous material.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
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.
Trefts, Charles, Photographs, (P0034)
This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.
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.
University of Missouri School of Journalism, Scrapbook, ca. 1909-1913, (P0162)
The Journalism school scrapbooks (circa 1909-1913) contain images believed to have been taken by one of the student photographers for the University yearbook, the Savitar. In addition to showing everyday academic and student life, photos depict a tour of the state prison in Jefferson City, athletic events, fraternity hazing, the Farmers' Fair, St. Patrick's Day events and homecoming parades. Other areas covered include Christian College and Stephens College, including images of students at Lake Okoboji, Iowa.
van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.
Walsh, E.P., Letter, 1885, (C2682)
To [N.B.] Allen, Jefferson City, MO, from St. Louis, MO, Feb. 25, 1885. Request for the support of Allen, a member of the Missouri legislature, for a bill providing for collection of historical documents. Walsh was secretary for the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.
Women of the Mansion Photograph Collection, (P0536)
0.5 linear feet
Photos of Missouri first ladies, female relatives of the governer, and the governer's mansion. Many images used in their book Women of the Mansion, Missouri, 1821-1936
Zaring, John B., Papers, 1963-1964, (C1581)
The papers contain a telegram to Mrs. John F. Kennedy from the presiding judge of Boone County Court, Columbia, Missouri, conveying condolences of Boone County officials on the death of President Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy's printed card to Judge Zaring, February 19, 1964, expressing appreciation for sympathy and thoughtfulness.