African American Manuscript Collections

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A.M.E. Church (Paris, Mo.) Record Books (CA6542)
0.2 cubic feet
Meeting minutes and financial records of the church, 1882-1926.

African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection (S0749)
0.25 cubic foot (5 folders, 2 cassettes)
The records of the African-American Healing Arts and Lore Collection documents methods of natural healing passed down from generation to generation through interviews and public discussions. Additionally, the collection contains correspondence, grant proposals, meeting minutes, and budget narratives. Included in this collection are two cassette tapes with audio recordings. The first recording is a group discussion and performance about the relationship between song and healing arts; the second recording is of a group interview discussing various natural remedies for common ailments.

African American Heroines of Jericho, Guiding Star Court No. 15, Joplin, Missouri, Records, 1916-1959, (R0970)
32 folders
These are the records of the African American organization of the Heroines of Jericho at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, membership records, attendance rolls, miscellaneous papers, financial records, and communications to and from the Grand Court of Missouri.

African American Pioneers In Journalism And Broadcasting, Oral History Project, (S0624)
15 Folders, Oral History Tapes And Transcriptions
"The African American Pioneers in Journalism and Broadcasting Project" document St. Louis' African Americans journalists, media and radio broadcasters.

Afro-Americans In St. Louis, Collection, 1920-1980, (S0036)
21 Folders
Histories, unpublished manuscripts, programs, directories, reports, pamphlets, and articles.

Albert Wenzlick Real Estate Co. (1910-1960), Records, 1924-1960, (S0190)
13 Microfilm Rolls
Sales statements of properties, includes prices, lot size, date of sale, insurance, buyer's name and address, contracts, and photographs. Statistical studies on population, standards of living, home ownership, building and labor costs for various types of homes in the 1950s, and a 1934 St. Louis Board of Education census of children attending public and parochial schools; illiteracy among whites, blacks and immigrants; and number of blind and crippled children.

Albert Wenzlick Real Estate Company (1910-1960), Report, 1926, (S0026)
Unpublished report proposing the erection of a building which would include a theater of 2,000 seats, a dance hall, five stores, a bowling alley, pool hall, and 28 efficiency apartments for "the colored people of St. Louis."

Alley-Brewer Family Letters, 1857-1866, (C0196)
8 folders
Letters to Margaret E. Brewer Alley and her husband, Hadley Alley, Mercer County Missouri, from her brother James L. Brewer, a Civil War soldier with the 28th Illinois Volunteer Infantry; from George W. and John W. Deen who address her as sister and from other brothers and sisters.
Comments on army matters and family business. Written from Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, and other places where James S. Brewer served.

Allison, James, "The Historical Background of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1881, (C2796)
1 volume
The papers of James Allison contain an article by James Allison for Evansville, Indiana, Journal discussing the historical background of Uncle Tom's Cabin in Kennedy plantation, Garrard County, Kentucky. Also includes an interview with former mistress of Lewis George Clark (George Harris).

Allison, Young Ewing, (1853-1932), "Cradle of Uncle Tom's Cabin," 1881, (C2795)
1 volume
The papers of Young Ewing Allison contain a history of the Thomas Kennedy plantation in Kentucky and its inhabitants as the factual basis for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Background on writing of book and history of Lewis Clarke, a former slave on the Kennedy plantation who told the stories of his experiences there to H.B. Stowe. Appeared in Louisville Courier-Journal, May 16, 1881.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, Career Achievements Among Black Women In St. Louis, Mo., Collection, 1975, (S0101)
1 Folder
Biographies and photos of 23 prominent St. Louis black women used in a 1974-1975 Black Heritage Activities display. Includes 20 photographs.

Ambrose, Henrietta, Papers, 1887-1999, (S0698)
166 Folders, 673 Photographs
The Henrietta Ambrose Papers includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards, memorial service programs, scrapbook, graduation programs, meeting minutes, and photographs. Together they chronicle Henrietta Ambrose's interest in the public life of Webster Groves, Missouri.

Anniversary Club (1892- ) Records, 1915-1978, (S0388)
1 Box
The Anniversary Club is the oldest continuing black men's social organization in St. Louis. Members, who are from business and theprofessions, meet once a month to socialize and to hear talks on issues of concern to Afro-Americans. Two attendance books, 1915-1978; minutes, 1944-1947, 1973-1978; and bylaws, 1956.

Antioch Baptist Church (1878- ), Souvenir Program, 1979, (S0418)
70 Pages
100th anniversary history of black church.

Appleby, John (1814-1852), Letter, 1848, (C0498)
1 folder
To his parents, Berlin, TN, from Dade County, MO, January 2, 1848. Local prices of land, Negroes, stock, and grain; national and local politics. Sketch of Appleby by his great-nephew, A.B. Appleby. Typed from a copy in the possession of L. Grimes.

Armstrong, William, Sworn Testimony, 1825, (R0732)
1 folder
This is a holograph transcript of sworn testimony by William Armstrong in a civil suit in St. Francois County, Missouri, between John McKee, plaintiff, and William Alexander, defendant, concerning the condition of a female slave and her child.

"As I Recall" Oral History Project, Records, 2006, (C4280)
0.2 cubic feet, 11 CDs, 13 audio cassettes, 1 c.d.
The "As I Recall" Oral History Project records contain audio recordings and some transcripts from a collaborative project between KBIA-FM and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Most oral histories in this collection were conducted by Gary Kremer, Director of the State Historical Society, in 2006.

Auroran Club, Phyllis Wheatley Branch, YWCA (1940-), Scrapbooks, 1958-1981, (S0391)
4 Volumes
Scrapbooks of programs, histories, photographs, newsclippings, and invitations of the employed Black Women's Club of the Phyllis Wheatley branch of the YWCA. The third volume includes the memorial program for Mrs. Percy R. Gentry, principal fund raiser for the YWCA.


Bailey, Charles, "Symbolic Emergence Of Community In An Historic Black Neighborhood: The Case Of The Ville," 1975, (S0005)
22 Pages
Unpublished paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in Chicago, April 9-12, 1975.

Barker, John T., (1877-1958), Letter, 1951, (C1589)
1 item
John Barker’s letter to William E. Kemp, Democratic Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, gives Kemp advice on what he would need to do if he ran for U.S. Senator from Missouri and who else might run for the seat.

Barnes, Charles Merlin (1873-1966), Papers, 1892-1965, (C2802)
8 linear feet
The Charles M. Barnes Papers consist of the diaries, correspondence, photographs, financial records, and miscellaneous material of a Marston, Missouri, businessman and University of Missouri graduate. The Barnes family owned and operated a series of successful business enterprises in southeastern Missouri during the early twentieth century.

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

Bell, John B., Record Book, 1860-1875, (R0119)
1 volume
This is a record book kept by John B. Bell, a physician at Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. Bell was a medical examiner of Enrolled Missouri Militia and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, and of pension applicants after the war. The entries include the results of examinations and descriptions of disabilities. The pension examinations are indexed.

Benson II, Arthur A. (1944- ) Papers, ca. 1975-1986, (K0250)
593 cubic feet
Legal records, documents and working papers related to the plaintive' s case in the Kansas City Desegregation case, Chinyere Jenkins v. Kansas City Missouri School District.

Benecke Family Papers, 1816-1989, n.d., (C3825)
90.8 linear feet, 62 volumes, 3 audio tapes, 3 records, 413 glass plate negatives
Correspondence, business and law firm records, civic, political, legislative, and personal papers of a German American family of Brunswick, Missouri.

Bethune, Mary McLeod, (1875-1955), Draft Statements, (S0079)
18 Pages, Annotated
Typescript drafts of statement Bethune made at the end of World War II. Written for a national conference of black organizations, the statements demand "the eradication of all handicaps upon their (Negroes) political, social, and economic life."

Blair, Henry William, (1834-1920), Papers, 1876-1894, (C2224)
33 folders
The papers contain correspondence and other papers of a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from New Hampshire. Arranged chronologically.

Black History Photograph Collection 1895-1983, (S0336)
665 Photographs
Irene Cortinovis, associate director of WHMC-St. Louis received funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Monsanto Company in February 1980 for a one year project entitled "Sources of Black History in St. Louis City and County." The project identified and collected records, correspondence, photographs and publications documenting the history of blacks in St. Louis. It surveyed historical source material held by black organizations and individuals and acquired or copied these collections for retention at WHMC-St. Louis. It also taped interviews with black St. Louisans who played significant roles in the history and development of the city and county.

Black Jack, Missouri, Housing Controversy Collection, 1973-1976, (S0007)
13 Folders
Includes court documents, memoranda and newsclippings.

Black Jack Project Records, 1968-1970, (SA1206)
1 box
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Black Pages, (1984- ), Collection, 1984-, (S0578)
9 Volumes
Publisher Melvin Jones began Black Pages, a telephone directory of African American businesses in St. Louis, in 1984. Published annually.

Blind Boone Heritage Foundation Collection, (CA6088)
2.9 linear feet, 1 audio disc, 1 audio tape, 2 jpgs
Materials pertaining to musicians John W. “Blind” Boone and “Blind” Thomas Green Wiggins Bethune. Includes biographical material, publicity items, contracts, correspondence, clippings, programs, royalty statements, photographs, piano rolls, sheet music, and audio recordings. Also contains material on the foundation’s Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, including grant material.

Blind Boone Memorial Foundation, Inc., Papers, 1886-1976, (C3664)
0.4 linear feet
Included in this collection are some of the compositions of John William "Blind" Boone, a musician and composer of classical and ragtime music. Also included are orchestrations and choral arrangements of Boone's music, correspondence, programs, and posters from a memorial concert in 1961. Correspondence concerning recovery of Boone's piano, and posters and tickets from some of Boone’s concerts are also part of the collection.

Blize, Abner, Bond of Arbitration, 1830, (R0579)
1 folder
This is an agreement between Abner Blize and Nathaniel Bacon of St. Louis County, Missouri, regarding the ownership of a slave in the estate of John Bacon. Both parties bonded themselves to abide by the ruling of arbitrators selected in the case.

Bond, Anita Lyons, Papers, 1964-1995, (S0656)
4 Folders
This collection documents Mrs. Anita L. Bond's educational career, her political involvement on a local and national level, and her presidential appointment to the Missouri Citizens Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. It also documents Mrs. Bond's speeches, writings, correspondence, news clippings, pamphlets, her involvement and service on St. Louis' community boards and organizations.

Book Lovers' Club Records, (K0901)
2.25 cubic feet (63 folders, 4 oversize folders, 320 photographs, 44 negatives, 3 VHS tapes)
This collection consists of the organizational records of the Book Lover’s Club of Greater Kansas City. Records include club history, constitution and bylaws, membership information, minutes, financial information, yearbooks, correspondence, event information, reading lists, photographs of club members and events, and video tapes of events held by the club.

Boone, W[illiam] C., Letter, 1841, (C2209)
1 folder
To William Carson, from Fayette, MO, Aug. 12, 1841. Informs Carson that Claiborne Fox Jackson wants to hire Ben for two months at $12.50 per month, and Jackson will provide clothes.

Boone County, Missouri, Black Archives, Collection, (C4057)
0.6 linear feet, 1 video cassette, 4 compact discs, 1 computer disc, 1 DVD
The Boone County Black Archives Collection is an artificial collection documenting the lives of Blacks living in Boone County, Missouri. The items include photographs, memoirs, scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, and other ephemera.

Boone, John William "Blind" and Wesley, Papers, n.d., (C2883)
1 folder
Publicity poster announcing the appearance of Blind Boone in Columbia, MO. Program of piano concert of Little Blind Wesley, nephew of Blind Boone.

Boone, John William "Blind" (1864-1927), Piano Roll, (CA5843)
Performance by Blind Boone of "Nearer My God to Thee," published by the QRS Company, c. 1920.

Bootheel Project, Records, 1993-1997, (C3928)
3.2 linear feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 records, 2 video cassettes
The records of the Bootheel Project document the art, culture and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers’ notes, and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.

Botts-Lewis Family, Letters, 1837-1877, (C0213)
3 folders
Letters from the Botts and Lewis families in Virginia to the Peyton and James Botts families in Missouri. Farm crops, operations, land conditions, prayer meetings, collection of debts, slave prices, family matters, and other miscellaneous topics.

Bradley, T. T., Letter, 1859, (C2388)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to the parents of a Negro slave on behalf of their son; letter to the parents about their son; and letter to Bradley's cousins describing his return trip from Missouri to Texas after purchasing slaves.

Bradshaw, Doris Crump, Papers, 1930-1962 (C3303)
3 linear feet
The civic, professional, and social organization papers of Doris Crump Bradshaw include: League of Women Voters, Missouri Library Association, Fortnightly Club, Columbia Garden Club, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Active in American Association of University Women, Mrs. Bradshaw served as state legislative chairman, 1945-1949, and state social studies chairman, 1950-1951.

Brander, Griffin (1814-1888), Papers, 1801-1988, (S0355)
32 Folders, 1 Tape
The Griffin Brander Papers contain the personal papers of a free black man born in Virginia in 1814. He migrated to Missouri in the 1840s. The papers reflect Brander's efforts to maximize his freedom while living in the Antebellum South and post-Civil War St. Louis, Missouri. The collection consists of photocopied documents. The originals remain with the family. Two series comprise the collection.

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.

Brockman, Alice Bishop, Papers, (CA6367)
0.2 cubic feet, 1 computer disc
The papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism include correspondence, memoirs, photographs, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks include articles and letters from readers while working at the Galesburg Register-Mail, 1973-1974. Also included in the papers is material concerning her time covering the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) for The Maneater in 1962-1963.

Brookfield, Dutton (1917-1979), Papers, 1844-1979, (C2732)
72.4 linear feet and 5 audio cassettes
The papers of Dutton Brookfield contain the business, political and personal papers and photographs of a Kansas City, MO, community leader. Brookfield was President of Unitog Company (1953-1979), a mayoral candidate (1963, 1971), and on boards of numerous corporations and educational and civic organizations. Family papers include letters from the Civil War, World War I and II, and Vietnam.

Brown, James, Papers, 1856-1866, (C0231)
1 folder, typed copies; 1 roll of microfilm of originals
Letter from H.C.N. Brown, Front Royal, 1856, concerning the hire of Henry and his wife Catherine, probably slaves. Poem. Death of Virginius Brown in the Civil War. Political conditions, 1866, money, crops, and desertion of slaves.

Brush Creek Community Partners Records, ca. 1995-2014 (K1323)
20 cubic feet
Organizational records of a community-based nonprofit organization whose work centered on urban core redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization along the Brush Creek Corridor of Kansas City, Missouri, from 1995-2014. The records include Board of Directors notebooks, meeting minutes, news clippings, financial statements, the organizational plan, corridor reference materials, correspondence, and photographs. Also included are materials relating to FOCUS KC.

Bryant, Girard Thompson (1905-1993) Papers, ca. 1954-1980, (K0036)
0.3 cubic foot
Two scrapbooks which include a series of book reviews and letters to the editor which Bryant, and African-American educator and civic leader, wrote and published in Kansas City newspapers. Also included are materials related to Dr. Bryant's year in Thailand and his travels in Europe.

Buckner, John (1891-1977) , Addenda, nd, 1891-1995, (S1114)
279 folders, 135 photographs
This collection includes three distinct series: Series 1 - John Buckner, Series 2 - Julia Davis; and Series 3 - the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Buckner, John Davis (1922-1977), Papers, 1875-1981, (S0468)
121 folders
The John Davis Buckner Papers, 1875-1981, document his activities as a community leader in St. Louis. Three series comprise the collection: 1) Personal Papers, 1875-1981; 2) Annie Malone Children's Home Records, 1962-1978; and 3) Photographs and Artifacts, 1954-1975.

Burckhartt, George H., Letter, 1886, (C1516)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter enclosing a petition to Governor Marmaduke from citizens of Columbia recommending the pardon of George Davis, colored, who was convicted of grand larceny and imprisoned in 1885. Davis' character "as good as the average colored man in this state."

Burt, Franklin (1809-1873), Papers, 1843-1905, (C0228)
5 folders, 3 volumes
Land records, miscellaneous papers, tax assessment book, and diary of Callaway County, Missouri, farmer. Diary (1859-1872) includes brief daily entries on weather, wind direction, farming and family activities, and visitors.

Bush Sr., James T., Real Estate Records, 1909-1966, (S0658)
102 Folders, One Oversize
James T. Bush Sr. Real Estate Records, document real estate holdings in St. Louis City from 1909 to 1966. Mr. Bush maintained records pertaining to the St. Louis' landlord investment properties. This includes copies of sales contracts; certificates of title; and deeds of trust; business ledgers; tenant leases; and historical information about the investors and real estate businesses.


Callahan, Dennis, Bill of Sale, 1819, (C1841)
1 folder
The collection contains a record of the sale of Isaac, a mulatto slave boy, to William Callahan by Dennis Callahan for $600 in Bath County, VA.

Calloway, DeVerne (1916-1993), Papers, 1956-1983, (S0012)
80 Folders, 2 Tapes
The DeVerne Calloway papers of 1956 to 1983 primarily document her work as a legislator. The only campaign literature included with the collection is from her first campaign in 1962, although congratulatory correspondence from other campaigns are included.

Calloway, DeVerne (1916-1993), Addenda, 1929-1989, (S0551)
2 Oversize Boxes, 1 Oversize Package, 2 Book And Magazine Boxes
This addenda adds a great deal to the original collection of DeVerne Calloway's papers (S0012). In addition to containing more autobiographical material, including educational records from grade school to college, the addenda has a large subject file that Ms. Calloway collected on topics, causes, organizations and people. It also includes family letters, primarily between Ms. Calloway, her mother and her sister (additional correspondence between DevErne Calloway and her mother appears in the series 5 scrapbooks, volumes 2 and 3), and correspondence with inmates in the Missouri prison system that Ms. Calloway maintained as part of her work investigating poor prison conditions on the House State Institutions and Properties Committee. The addenda also contains five personal scrapbooks and three scrapbooks of local political newspapers and publications, including copies of New Citizen and campaign newspapers from campaigns in the 4th, 18th and 26th Wards. The scrapbooks appear after the addenda's photographs series, which documents all facets of Ms. Calloway's life, and include photographs of her work with the American Red Cross in India and Burma from 1944 to 1947. Oversize material documenting local political campaigns and the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter appears at the end of the collection, followed by a collection of books and magazines kept by Ms. Calloway. The oversize material and the books and magazines series have not been microfilmed.

Calloway, Ernest (1909-1989), Addenda, 1932-1989, (S0540)
686 Folders, 666 Photographs
The Ernest Calloway addenda contains a great deal more material than the original collection (S0011). It documents his education and his various careers as a labor organizer, politician, civil rights worker, journalist and teacher. It includes articles by and about Calloway, complete runs of newspapers he published, studies, reports and article he compiled, material from his tenure as St. Louis NAACP president and his political campaigns. It also includes college notes and texts, church programs, plaques and certificates. The Ernest Calloway addenda also contains many photographs, from his personal collection and that of newspapers he edited. The bulk of the material dates from 1932 but two church programs collected by Calloway date from 1921 and 1927 (see series 8).

Calloway, Ernest (1909-1989), Addenda, 1948-1984, (S0550)
59 Folders, 8 Tapes
Divided into three series: 1. Correspondence, 1949-1984, folders 1-26; 2. Projects Files, 1948-1984, folder 27-59; 3. Tapes, 1959 (T550.1-T550.8).

Calloway, Ernest (1909-1989), Papers, 1937-1983, (S0011)
78 Folders, 2 Tapes, 1 Bound Volume
The Ernest Calloway papers of 1937 to 1980 document Calloway's activities as president of the St. Louis NAACP, political analyst for Teamsters' Local 688, political activist in St. Louis and a lecturer on urban problems for St. Louis University.

Campbell, Sanford Brunson, Letters, 1947, (C3204)
1 folder
Letters to Floyd C. Shoemaker, Columbia, MO, from Venice, CA, about jazz musician Scott Joplin. Includes some printed brochures regarding ragtime, jazz, and Scott Joplin.

Cansler, Loman D. (1924-1992) and Laura M. (1931-2007), Collection, 1820-2005, (C4018)
10.5 linear feet, 203 audio tapes, 41 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 35 audio discs
The Loman and Laura Cansler Collection represents a lifetime of collecting on Missouri's folk song and folklore tradition. Cansler recorded and collected folk songs, proverbs, jokes, and home remedies, primarily in Missouri, but also in Kansas and Illinois. In addition to this large body of folk song and folklore material, the collection includes information on Cansler's early life in Dallas County, Missouri, his WWII service, and his career as a school counselor at the Fayette and North Kansas City High Schools. The collection also includes slides and prints of Laura Cansler's abstract expressionist artwork.

Carper Casket Company (1932- ), St. Louis, Missouri, History, 1975, (S0027)
2 Pages
Handwritten account of black St. Louis firm founded by George A. Carper.

Carvill, George W., Letters, 1834-1868, (C2697)
8 folders
Letters written by Carvill, his wife Kate and daughter Eliza, living in the United States and Canada, to his sister Eliza and, later, brother-in-law William Boyle in England. The letters discuss family and political matters and economic problems.

Chatman, Eugene Payne (1902-1984) Records, 1932-1948, (K0318)
0.07 cubic feet
The records contain a delivery room record book documenting deliveries performed by Dr. Eugene Payne Chatman.

Chuck Berry Project, Research Papers 1958-1987, (S0196)
8 Folders, 2 Audio Tapes, 2 Microfilm Rolls
The project collected oral histories, articles, and documents concerning Berry's life and career. The papers contain articles, interview features and newsclippings on Berry (including an index to other newsclippings in the morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from 1958-1983), the transcript of Berry's trial for a 1959 arrest on a morals charge, two papers written by George Lipsitz in 1982 and 1983 and an article on Berry written by Kenn Thomas and published in St. Louis Magazine in 1982.

Clark, Thomas D., Article, 1936, (C2792)
1 folder
The papers of Thomas D. Clark contain a reprint from The Filson Club History Quarterly, 10 (January 1936). Article concerning the slavery background of Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home."

Clarke, Giles T., Broadside, 1855, (C2716)
1 folder
The papers contain one advertisement for sale of real estate and slaves from the estate of Hiram L. Sloan, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Coalition For Information On School Desegregation (1981-1984), Records, 1954-1984, (S0448)
325 Folders
The Coalition for Information on School Desegregation Records, 1954-1984, document the organization's activities from 1981-1984. The collection includes three series: 1) Legal Documents, 1980-1984; 2) Coalition Records, 1954-1984; 3) Newsclippings, 1981-1984.

Coggswell, Gladys, Papers, (CA6083)
2.3 linear feet, 52 audio cassettes, 21 video cassettes, 5 CDs
Papers of storyteller, educator, folklorist, and singer Gladys Coggswell of Frankford, Missouri. Includes correspondence, miscellaneous papers, newspaper clippings, photographs, folklore stories and other materials, audio and videocassettes of Coggswell performances.

Collier, Samuel B., Receipt, 1851, (C1552)
1 folder
Receipt for $63.50 to Thomas Boles for the purchase of a sixty-year-old female slave from the Thomas W. Collier estate.

Columbia Council on Religion and Race, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1963-1970, (C3841)
0.4 linear feet
These records were maintained by a Columbia Council on Religion and Race, Housing Committee member and are not the official records of the council. They consist of minutes, committee reports, correspondence, conference materials and housing surveys. The major emphasis is on racial discrimination in housing within Columbia, Missouri, but also includes information on the entire state. There is an extensive clipping file.

Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), Columbia, Missouri, Papers, 1959-1964, (C2508)
0.5 linear feet
The Congress of Racial Equality Papers contain constitutions of the national and local C.O.R.E., minutes, membership lists, clippings, and correspondence. There is also information on integration in Columbia, the arrest of John D. Schopp, and projects sponsored by the national organization.

Conley-Miller Family, Papers, 1792-1967, (C3693)
5.2 linear feet, 3 oversize volumes
Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, account books, ledgers, financial and personal rec-ords, genealogical materials, photographs, and miscellaneous items of the Conleys and Millers, prominent Boone County, Missouri, families.

Conyers, Thomas W. (1795-1879), Papers, 1817-1903, (C0755)
0.2 linear feet, 1 oversize volume
The papers of a Monroe County, Missouri, landowner, merchant, soldier, and politician include diaries, an account book, genealogical materials on the Conyers family, and miscellany regarding the daily activities of the Conyers family and their slaves. Particular emphasis is given to everyday farming operations and accounts.

Cook, Christopher Columbus, Slave Bill of Sale, 1860, (R0317)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an agreement for the sale of two slave children, by Christopher C. Cook to George N. Cook, 21 July 1860, probably in Crawford County, Missouri. Appended are biographical notes by William P. Elmer of Salem, Missouri, 1955.

Cook, Fannie, "Mothers," 1946, (C0249)
1 folder
Manuscript of a short story about two mothers, one white and one Negro, with sons in the army.

Corby Family, Papers, 1804-1905 (C0086)
0.8 linear feet
Papers of a pioneer St. Joseph, MO, family: deeds, bills of sale for slaves, tax receipts, legal papers, stock certificates, Pony Express bills; and material on early St. Louis area. Record book of the Mercantile Company, 1856; bank book, 1861-1869; volume of clippings concerning St. Joseph, 1881-1903.

Cox, Henley Lafayette (1880-1947) Papers, 1906-1925 (K0579)
0.06 cubic feet
The papers contain diplomas received by African American educator Henley L. Cox and his wife Mayme (née Gatewood) Cox.

Crawford, Curtis C. (1921- ), Papers, 1964-1985, (S0484)
7 Folders, 11 Photographs
The Collection documents Crawford's political campaigns and federal appointments.

Cresswell, George, Letters, 1823-1860, (C3269)
1 folder
Letters from England to George Cresswell of Pennsylvania and Washington County, MO, regarding economic conditions in England and slavery.

Crighton, John C., Collection, (CA2812)
18 linear feet
Papers of a Stephens College professor consisting primarily of research notes, with other research materials, for historical publications on Columbia and Boone County, MO, Stephens College, and health services in Missouri.

Crisis Magazine, Collection, 1969-2000, (S0678)
9 Folders
The Crisis Magazine collection documents publication years 1969 to 2000. The collection also contains copies of Black Enterprise, 1989; Black Scholar, 1991; Catalyst, 1988-1994; and Sage, 1985-1991.


Dagen, Margaret And Irvin History Of St. Louis Core, Collection, 1941-2000, (S0661)
3 Boxes, 35 Folders, Photographs, Oral History Tapes
This collection documents CORE's history, political activities, and service to the community. The records include correspondence, transcripts, oral history tapes, and photographs.

Damel Family Photographs, (P0865)
1 folder
Photographs of members of the Damel family, an African American family that came to settle in Jefferson City.

Darigo, Dolly, Papers, 1949-1994, (S0689)
69 Folders, 11 Photographs
The Dolly Darigo Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, flyers, newsletters, and photographs. Together they chronicle the interests of Dolly Darigo from 1949-1994.

Davis, George, Family, Papers, 1856-1997, (S0606)
16 Folders
The Davis family has resided in Kirkwood, Missouri for nine generations. Papers include emancipation and Civil War papers; a letter from Thomas Hart Benton Jr.; license and information about the city of Kirkwood, Missouri, Booker T. Washington School, Olive Chapel AME, Unity Baptist church, baseball player Al Smith, and the James A. Mitchell family. All documents are photocopies.

Davis, Julia and Price, Birdie, "Down Memory Lane," 1959, (S0020)
36 Pages
50th Anniversary Celebration History of the Charles Sumner high School 1909 graduating class, St. Louis, Missouri.

Davis, Julia, Papers (S0142)
0.05 cubic feet (20 folders)
The Julia Davis Papers are a research collection compiled by African-American educator and activist Julia Davis, documenting the educational and cultural activities of the black community in St. Louis between 1917 and 1988. The papers include articles, reports, lesson plans, programs, and literature from black educational institutions, as well as biographical material and tributes to black educators.

Dreer, Herman (1889-1981), Papers 1933-1976, (S0167)
19 Folders, 1 Microfilm Roll
Includes the research, writings, and correspondence of an African American scholar and teacher at Sumner High School and Harris-Stowe College in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dreer, Herman, Addenda, 1925-1977, (S0666)
15 folders

Drey, Kay (1933- ), Civil Rights Subject File, 1960-2000, (S0840)
44 Folders

Drey, Kay (1933- ), Papers, 1965-1983, (S0241)
124 Folders, 1 Oral History Interview In Cassette
The Kay Drey Papers document Kay Drey's work with the University City Residential Service and County Open Housing and her involvement with public issues important to University City. The collection includes housing listings, correspondence, board meeting minutes and literature from both COH and UCRS. It also contains notes, newsclippings, and correspondence on controversies surrounding Black Jack, Malcolm Terrace and the St. Louis County General Land Use Plan. The papers also include notes and correspondence on the abortion clinic in University City and Kay Drey's involvement with University City schools. The papers do not contain any material on Kay Drey's activities as an opponent of nuclear power. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject categories. Some of the collection is separated by form, including conference materials, some correspondence, newsclippings and notes.

Drey, Kay, University City Home Rental Trust, (SA1031)
3 Boxes
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Dunbar, Hugh, Deed of Emancipation, 1846, (C0513)
1 folder
Statement freeing his Negro slave Charlotte for the sum of one dollar.


E. R. Morris Funeral Chapel Programs, 1985-2008 (K1344)
1 cubic foot
Programs for funerals arranged by E. R. Morris Funeral Chapel in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eastern Star Of Missouri, History, 1976, (S0103)
30 Page Typescript
Includes history of the St. Louis Jurisdiction, a black masonic order.

Edwards, James, Civil War Discharge, 1865, (C3375)
1 folder
Civil War discharge of a Negro private in the 3rd Regiment of the U.S. Colored Artillery.

Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1769)
1 folder
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.

Eldridge, Vera Haworth (Mrs. William) (1910-1988) Collection, 1825-1920, (K0053)
4 folders
Photocopies of materials collected and loaned by local historians Mr. and Mrs. William Eldridge relating to Clay County, MO, historical research. Included are documents on Calvin Smith, Dan Carpenter, and Mrs. O.P. Moss, the former Caroline Marjory Thornton. Also "Colored Marriages [Clay County], 1861-1891".

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Clippings, 1967, (C4232)
0.5 cubic feet (9 folders)
The papers consist of newspaper clippings documenting the civil rights movement in 1967. Most of the clippings originated in St. Louis newspapers. They document race relations and racial disturbances in the United States.

Erwin, John, Papers, 1870, (C0934)
1 folder
Appointment to voter registration board of the 9th Senatorial District of Missouri and instructions to law officers on procedure to follow in registering white and colored voters in 1870, with emphasis on allowing colored persons to register if qualified.


Fambrough Sr., William L. (1916-1983) Photograph Collection, ca. 1940-1970s, (K0642)
2 cubic feet
Negatives and prints recording events and people taken by Fambrough, a Kansas City African-American professional photographer.

Farmer, Oscar, Papers (1948-2005), Scrapbook, (S0737)
1 Box, 8 Folders, 23 Photographs
Mr. Oscar Farmer Papers document his career at the St. Louis Police Department, newsclippings, and photographs.

Father Dickson Cemetery (1903-), Burial Books, 1904-1983, (S0337)
3 Volumes On 3 Microfilm
Founded in 1903 by the Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor, a black philanthropic organization. The 13 acre cemetery served African Americans from Webster Groves and Kirkwood. It fell into disrepair in the 1960s. The Friends of Father Dickson Cemetery organized in 1988 to restore the cemetery and promote its heritage.

Fern Leaf Study Club, St. Louis, Missouri (1914- ), History, 1976, (S0104)
1 Page Typescript
History of Fern Leaf Study Club, a member of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, by Lillie Robinson, club secretary.

Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.

Filley, Chauncey I., Letter, 1915, (C1881)
1 folder
The papers contain one letter to Krekel Dillon Wilbanks, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, from St. Louis, Missouri, January 13, 1915. The letter is about an article in the St. Louis Republic on Filley's reminiscences of emancipation in Missouri. Article contained several errors of fact on the Missouri Convention of 1861-1863, which Wilbanks points out.

First African Baptist Church (1927- ), St. Louis, Missouri, History, 1974, (S0006)
4 Pages Typescript
Missouri, History, 1974. 4 pp. typescript Includes biographical sketch of first pastor, John Berry Meachum.

Ford, Alfred J., Papers, 1945-1980, (S0659)
7 Folders
The collection documents Mr. Alfred J. Ford's career as a civic leader. It includes pamphlets, programs, meeting minutes of businesses, boards, and organizations to which he belonged.

Ford, Frank Stephen (1857-1912) Photograph Collection, 1896-1912, (K0712)
2 cubic feet
Negatives taken by Ford, a talented amateur photographer. His subjects included outdoor pastoral scenes, streams and rivers, including a number of views of the Missouri River east of the ASB Bridge. Also portraits of family and friends, interiors of his home at 29th and Flora and other houses and buildings, and of a black servant (including some of his home) who worked for Ford's family.

Forrest and Maples Bill of Sale, 1855, (C2017)
1 folder
The collection contains a photostat of a bill of sale for a slave.

Foster, Emory S., Letter, 1864, (C3192)
1 folder
The collection contains an extract of a letter to Gov. Fletcher, from St. Louis, MO, Jan. 12, 1864, concerning the movement to allow African American suffrage. Also included is a penciled note on the back of the letter relating to the Dyer resolution concerning a change in the basis of representation.

Freedman's Savings and Trust Company, St. Louis, Missouri, Depositers' Signatures, 1869, (C2984)
1 reel of microfilm
The collection contains signatures and personal identification data about depositors in the St. Louis branch of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company. Includes accounts 223-366, dated 6 April-8 October 1869.

Freedmen's Aid Society, Methodist Episcopal Church, Illiteracy Chart, 1880, (C2838)
1 folder
Chart showing illiteracy, public school expenses, school property, and taxable property in the United States, compiled from the census of 1880 by George W. Gray and published by the Freedman's Aid Society.

Freedom Of Residence, Greater St. Louis Committee (1961- ), Addenda, 1957-1988, (S0509)
924 Folders
The Freedom of Residence, Greater St. Louis Committee Addenda, 1957-88, documents the committee's activities in integrating housing in the metropolitan St. Louis area. The addenda contains a variety of documents--flyers, correspondence, grant proposals, pamphlets, case filed, advertising material, research material, radio spots, photographs, information on Congressmen, mailing lists, educational brochures, and housing lists.

Freedom Of Residence, Greater St. Louis Committee (1961- ), Records, 1962-1969, (S0438)
28 Folders
The Freedom of Residence, Greater St. Louis Committee Records, 1967-1969, document the committee's activities in integrating housing in metropolitan St. Louis. The collection includes newsclippings on the June 1968 landmark fair housing suit, Jones vs. Mayer Realty Co., in which the Supreme Court ruled discrimination in all housing sales and rentals to be illegal.

Frost, Anita (1931- ), Papers, 1953-1984, (S0154)
1 Folder
Photographs and military history of first St. Louis black woman in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. She joined the St. Louis Marine Reserves on July 17, 1953, was discharged a year later and re-enlisted into the regular Marine Corps on September 17, 1954. She retired July 31, 1975 as a gunnery sergeant (E-7).


Gaffee Family, Papers, 1857-1923 (C0202)
Slave bill of sale; will of Mary Ann Dupuy, Shelby County, Kentucky; Hackney family genealogy; and reminiscences of plantation life in Gossyppia, Louisiana.

Gaines, James A., Papers, 1842-1876 (C0425)
3 folders, typed copies; 1 roll of microfilm
Letters to Lou Bell and Jennie Bell Gaines from relatives and Confederate prisoner at Johnson's Island, Ohio, describing St. Louis, freed Negroes, and cholera epidemic; U.S Army Argus-Extra with Price-Fremont letters on exchange of prisoners and protection of civilians; biography of Mortimer Gaines. Microfilm has over 300 receipts of Dr. Gaines, 1850s and 1860s.

Garfield School, Mexico, Missouri, Records, 1910-1975, (C3925)
60 volumes on 4 rolls of microfilm
Student attendance records of a black elementary and high school in Mexico, Missouri.

Gaskin, Ruth Wilson (19??-1969) Papers , 1950s-1969, (K1174)
3 folders
Gaskin (Mrs. Ide) was an African-American housekeeper for several families in Kansas City, MO. Includes photographs of Gaskin's family and friends, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

Gateway National Bank, St. Louis, Missouri, (1965-), Annual Reports, 1965-1979, (S0121)
1 Folder
Annual reports of the first bank in St. Louis organized by blacks.

Gaylord's Social Club, Central, St. Louis, Missouri(1935- ), Records, 1936-1980, (S0126)
1 Folder
Correspondence, newsclippings, constitution, rosters, and invitations of black men's social club.

Gentry, North Todd (1866-1944), Papers, 1837-1947 (C0049)
4.2 linear feet
Papers of a Columbia, Missouri, lawyer and amateur local historian. Anecdotes, articles, speeches, and biographical sketches about events, people, and places in Columbia, Boone County, and Missouri. Family papers, correspondence, and some legal and business material.

Gilliam, Maltie Thomas (1914-2007) Papers, 1976-2007, (K1056)
3 cubic feet
Gilliam was a long time resident of Kansas City, Missouri. She was a member of Centennial United Methodist Church, the Order of Eastern Star, the Order of Cyrene, Daughters of Isis, and the Order of Golden Circle. Includes personal papers relating to Gilliam's life, work and civic activities: organizational by-laws and histories, reports, correspondence, certificates, awards and plaques received by Gilliam.

Goode, Malvin R. (1908-1995), Papers, 1911-2001, (C1706)
8 linear feet, 277 audio cassettes, 88 audio tapes, 11 video cassettes, 6 film reels
Malvin Russell Goode, Sr. was the first African-American broadcast journalist at ABC News. The collection consists of letters, speeches, photographs, audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, awards, and other miscellaneous items documenting his life, career, and African-American culture.

Grant, David M. (1903-1985), Papers, 1917-1986, (S0552)
18 Folders, 7 Photographs
The David M. Grant papers document David Grant's career as a civil rights leader; a lawyer; and a politician. The papers include personal material pertaining to his family history; speeches and articles from 1961-1975; and correspondence from 1936-1956.

Grant, Louise Elizabeth, "The Saint Louis Unit Of The March On Washington Movement: A Study In Sociology Of Conflict," 1944, (S0170)
144 Pages
M.A. thesis, Department of Sociology, Fisk University.

Grant, Milissa, Civil Rights Oral History Collection, 1983-1998, (S1072)
1 folder, 19 tapes
Oral history cassettes and transcripts of interviews with African American civil rights leaders.

Green Impact Zone Records, 2009-2011, (K1330)
0.5 cubic feet
The records include annual reports, meeting minutes, director’s files, publications, and reports relating to this Kansas City, Missouri, community-based organization focused on urban core revitalization and environmental improvements.

Greene, Lorenzo and Thomasina Talley Papers, (CA5520)
28.05 cubic feet, audiovisual material, 5 oversize items
Research files, personal papers, and family materials of a professional historian who taught at Lincoln University from 1933-1972. Includes materials of his son, Tommy Greene, and his son's family.

Greenwood Cemetery Records, 1904-1996, (S0577)
9 Folders, 3 Audiocassettes, 1 Roll Microfilm
This collection contains copies of existing burial records and minutes of the board of directors, newspaper clippings and legal documents discussing the property transfer, and research materials added by individuals who participated in the efforts to preserve the property. Collection includes two oral histories with individuals who observed burials at Greenwood.

Greenwood Cemetery (1874- ), Addenda, 1864-2002, (S1077)
5 boxes, 52 folders
The Greenwood Cemetery Addenda has many documents connected to the restoration and cleanup led by the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery Association, who undertook the goal of preserving this African American cemetery. The addendum contains documents, research papers, legal documents, photographs and video tapes about the efforts to preserve this historic site in St. Louis County.

Groom, William B., Papers, 1843-1872, (C0321)
1 folder
Papers of a California, MO, resident. Two notices of the sale of Negro children; promissory notes.

Guitar, Odon (1825-1908), Collection, 1836-1906, (C1007)
0.4 linear feet and 13 oversize volumes
The Guitar collection comprises correspondence, military papers, accounts books and ledgers, and a scrapbook of Union Army General Odon Guitar.


Hamilton, Frederick A., Papers, (C2026)
1 folder
Declaration of trust given by Hamilton to B.F. Sharp and Beston Callahan, pledging three slaves as security for notes. Bill of sale for slaves.

Hardy, David R. (1917-1976) Papers, 1965-1976, (K0319)
1 cubic foot
Hardy served as chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Civil Disorder, appointed by Mayor Ilus Davis to study the city's disturbances of 1968. includes correspondence, reports, interviews and statements, clippings, and printed and published materials, the final report and recommendations.

Harris Family, Photographs, c. 1880s-1960s, (C2415)
1 cubic foot
Photographs of family, friends, employers, church, and schools collected by Julia Warren Harris. Two folders contain postcards, a few letters, and announcements. The collection is a vivid portrait of black family and social life in Boone County, MO.

Harris, Althea M., Papers, (CA5252)
0.25 linear feet
Scrapbook kept by a University of Missouri-Columbia student during the 1960s and 1970s. Photographs, histories, correspondence, and memorabilia, primarily relating to the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Harvey Family, Papers, 1834-1873, (C0338)
2 folders
The collection contains negative photostats of correspondence and estate papers of the Thomas H. Harvey family of Saline County, Missouri. Letters describe the area, give prices for land, slaves, and products, and mention family news. Estate records include a will and an estate inventory, 1852. Collection is arranged chronologically.

Hayes, Bernard (1935- ), Papers, 1961-1989, (S0480)
16 Folders, 2 Audio Tapes
The Bernard Hayes papers primarily document Bernie Hayes' career as a radio broadcaster from 1961-1988, although four photographs date from the 1950s. The collection includes photocopies of scrapbooks containing publicity literature and photographs reflecting Hayes' radio work in Chicago, Louisiana, New York and San Francisco from the early to mid-1960s. The papers also contain memoranda and newsclippings pertaining to Hayes' involvement in lawsuits and pickets against KWK in 1972 (f. 5,6,7) and KKSS in 1977 (f. 3, 7, 9.) One scrapbook includes copy photographs of Bernie Hayes from childhood (f. 12), in high school in 1952 (f.10), and in the Armed Forces (f. 12.) Other photographs include images of local radio personalities, civic leaders, rhythm and blues and soul musicians, and record company personnel. Some copy photographs taken from Instamatic prints appear unclear. The collection also contains an oral history with Bernie Hayes and a cassette tape of records he produced or recorded, 1966-1989.

Health And Welfare Council Of Metropolitan St. Louis (1911-1975), Records, 1911-1977, (S0434)
308 Folders
The bulk of the collection contains reports, studies, and statistical data developed and collected by HWC to provide member agencies with information on health, social service and recreational needs of the community. These include reports on child and family welfare, chronic disease, community organization, crime, education, employment, integration, problems of the handicapped, health care, immigration, institutional care, juvenile delinquency, neighborhoods, population, public housing, recreation facilities, religion, social research, senior citizens, transportation and veterans. This material contains early studies of charitable work, illegitimacy, immigration and other social concerns in St. Louis from the 1920's and 1930's. Reports on the Pruitt-Igoe housing project from the late 1960's and reports on other St. Louis neighborhoods are also included.

Heaney Desegregation Collection, (SA0899)
9 Boxes
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Henderson, Gina L., "The Civil Rights Movement In St. Louis, 1954-1970: A Socio-Historical Perspective," 1980, (S0187)
83 Pages
Unpublished senior thesis, Department of History, Washington University.

Henderson, Morris (1926-1982), Newsclippings Scrapbooks, 1955-1968, 1982, (S0641)
4 Volumes, 1 Folder
Srapbooks of prominent civil rights leader and president of the St. Louis county chapter of the NAACP (1955-59; 1963-64) and director of the Peoples' Hospital, 1960-64.

Henderson, Morris, Papers, 1943-1978, (SA0641)
1 box
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Herndon, Archelaus, Record Book, 1830-1859, (C0876)
1 folder
Records of the Baptist Missionary Society of Goochland, VA. Genealogy of Archie Perkins family, beginning in 1760. List of Negroes belonging to James Herndon. Archelaus Herndon lived in Carrollton, MO.

Heroines Of Jericho, St. Louis, Missouri, History And Proceedings, 1891, 1903, (S0105)
Heroines of Jericho was a black women's masonic organization. Collection contains History of St. Mary's Court No.1 Heroines of Jericho, 1863-1902; and official proceedings of the Grand Court of the Heroines of Jericho, 1891.

Hickman-Bryan Papers, 1796-1920, (C0045)
2.8 linear feet
This collection contains the papers of two families named Hickman, one of Boone County, Missouri, and the other of Alexandria, Louisiana. Related by marriage, the families had business dealings in slaves, agriculture, and livestock. The papers of the Bryan family, related to the Boone County Hickmans by marriage are also in this collection.

Guitar, Odon (1825-1908), Papers, 1832-1865, (C0882)
2 folders
Correspondence of Odon Guitar, including love letters to Kate Leonard in 1865; letters from his mother, Emily Guitar, while Odon was in the Army; correspondence of John and Emily Guitar, 1832-1846, and letter from Odon to his parents from Fort Leavenworth, 1843. Also copy of letter of J.H. Ellis criticizing Odon's conduct as provost in St. Joseph, 1863.

Holman, John H., ( -1883), Papers, 1861-1876, (C0334)
2 folders
Papers and letters of Brig. Gen. John H. Holman. Holman was a colonel during the Civil War, and was one of the first men to command colored troops in the war. In 1865 he was promoted to the rank of Brig. Gen of Volunteers. Papers include correspondence regarding his command; a map of the “Seat of War”; two Sam Grant letters; one John C. Fremont letter; official documents: discharges, promotions, and ordinance reports; and personal letters.

Hopkins, John and Phoebe, Bill of Sale, 1862, (C1768)
1 folder
The collection contains a copy of a bill of sale for a slave.

Hudson, John G., Papers, 1850-1867, (C3553)
0.6 linear feet on 2 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, official reports, and personal papers of a Civil War officer stationed in Arkansas with the 60th U.S. Colored Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 7th A.C.

Hunter, David and Nancy, Papers, 1832-1842, (C1962)
1 folder
Two deeds of sale of Negro slaves to David Hunter, 1832. Will deeding slaves to Nancy Hunter from her mother, Elizabeth Phillips, 1842.


Jackson, Claiborne Fox, (1806-1862), Letter, 1861, (C1786)
1 folder
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, Sarah Belle (1928-1999), Papers, 1942-1999, (C4103)
0.5 cubic feet
The papers of Sarah Belle Jackson contain high school and college diplomas, extensive documentation on Sarah Belle's role as a community leader within Columbia, Missouri, and many church programs, songs, and choir booklets. The papers also contain news articles regarding the racial tensions in Columbia, including police reports and social response to the Kimberly Linzie case in 1985.

Jacobs, George Rodney, (1802-1877), Account Book, 1853-1877, (C2218)
1 volume
The records contain accounts due, personal notes, inventories of land held in Boone and contiguous counties, rents received for slaves hired out, salaries paid out, lists of production of tobacco by slaves for two years, and personal letters to family and friends.

James, Ivan C. (1916- ), Papers, 1928-1981, (S0144)
37 Folders, 2 Microfilm Rolls
The papers include histories, correspondence, reports, newsletters, souvenir programs, meeting minutes, literature and announcements from tenant management corporations of St. Louis housing developments, black fraternal and social organizations, Poro College and area black churches. Arranged chronologically.

James, Lucy Wortham, Collection, 1801-1895, (C0001)
23 linear feet, 234 oversize volumes (volumes also available on 58 rolls of microfilm)
The records of the Maramec Iron Works in St. James, Missouri, and the papers of the James family, who owned the iron works, includes financial records, correspondence, and account books. The correspondence discusses the hiring of slaves, prices, banking and financial conditions, transportation costs and railroads, political conditions, immigration, and the Civil War.

Jenkins, Kamau Agyei a/k/a Carroll L. (1927-1986) Collection, 1986, (K1023)
1 folder
Kamau Agyei was a musician, as secretary-treasurer the Musicians Protective Union Local No. 627 and president of the Mutual Musicians Foundation as well as other organizations. Includes photocopies of articles about him.

Johnson, Eddie (1912-1995), Scrapbook, 1930-1970 , (S0322)
1 Microfilm Roll
Scrapbook of a Jazz musician and pianist. Eddie Johnson, a piano player on the riverboat Idlewyld, took over a jazz orchestra from Oliver Cobb when Cobb died in 1931. The new band, the Crackerjacks, played St. Louis and toured nationally until it disbanded in 1931. The Crackerjacks recorded its most popular song, "Ya Yas," for the Victor label. The band included saxaphonists Tab Smith and Ernest Franklin, and trumpeter Harold Baker. The scrapbooks contain playbills and newsclippings.

Johnson, Herman A. (1916-2004) Papers, 1971, (K0962)
1 folder
Architectural drawings of Johnson's residence at 2632 West Paseo Blvd., Kansas City, MO.


Kansas City Federation of Musicians Local 34-627 Records, 1889-1983, (K0431)
45 cubic feet
Administrative records of two Musicians Unions in Kansas City: Local 34 and Local 627 (African-American), before and after their merger in 1970. Includes correspondence, financial and membership records, biographical information, case files, court cases, materials on wage and employment disputes, public relations files, and newspaper clippings.

Kansas City Jazz Oral History Collection, 1977-1980, (K0012)
3 cubic feet
The collection contains audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with jazz musicians who played in Kansas City during the “Golden Age of Jazz.” In addition, there are interviews with individuals familiar with Kansas City’s jazz scene from 1924 to 1942. Some of those interviewed include Count Basie, Orville “Piggy” Minor, Myra Taylor, and Druie Bess.

Kansas City Monarchs Oral History Collection, 1978-1981, (K0047)
0.4 cubic feet
This collection contains oral history interviews and correspondence with eighteen individuals who played with or were associated with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National League.

Kansas City (MO) School District Desegregation Clippings, 1961-1999, (K1024)
1 cubic foot
Newspaper clippings from Kansas City area newspapers concerning the Kansas City School District desegregation efforts.

Kay Norton / Marian Peterson Papers, 1984-1995, (K0382)
2 cubic feet
Norton and Peterson were professors in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. Includes newspaper clippings, reports, scripts, correspondence and other miscellaneous items relating to research project, particularly African American musicians and related programs

Kiefner, John, Collection, 1819-1912, (C0352)
5 folders
The collection contains photostats of a miscellany of Perry County documents; legal papers concerning real estate; training and apprehension of slaves, taxes, Civil War, loyalty of public officials; politics, 1850, 1896-1912; Missouri military orders during the Civil War.

King, George, Family, Papers, 1778-1924, n.d. (C0125)
5 folders
The papers of a Boone County, Missouri family contain genealogy, correspondence, legal papers, and a newspaper, The Connecticut Courant, from 1778.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., Memorial, 1968, (C2552)
1 folder
Instruction sheet distributed to participants in memorial march for Dr. King in Columbia, MO.

Kingsbury, Lilburn A. (1884-1983), Collection, 1816-1983, (C3724)
9.2 linear feet; 16 oversize volumes, 6 card files
The personal papers and collected materials of Lilburn A. Kingsbury of Howard County, Missouri. Kingsbury was an insurance agent, farmer, orchardist, bank clerk, local historian, writer, genealogist, musician, and antique collector.

Kinloch School Desegregation, Collection, 1972-1989, 1972-1989, (S0707)
29 Folders
The collection is divided into two series: 1. Newsclippings, 1962-1975, folders 1-25; and 2. Reports, 1974-1989, folders 26-29. Both series have a chronological arrangement.


Lail, Elijah, Papers, 1854-1857, (C0357)
1 folder
Letter to Lail from Adniram Allen, Bourbon County, KY; deposition of John Wells; and bill of sale to Lail from Decatur H. Harris for a Negro girl.

Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Columbia, Missouri, Papers, 1860s-1962, (C3877)
0.4 linear feet
Minutes, resolutions, maps, reports, and legal documents concerning the urban redevelopment project in Columbia, Missouri, for the area known as Flat Branch and/or the Douglass School Urban Renewal Area.

Lanos, Chyrel, Papers, (CA5160)
0.1 linear feet
Papers relating to the Big Eight Conference on Black Student Government and the University of Missouri Legion of Black Collegians, 1977-1978.

Lawrence, Josephine R. (1929-1992), Collection, 1844-1986, (C3792)
0.4 linear feet, photocopies
Papers of the Jackson and Lawrence families of Pennytown and Marshall, Missouri. The papers include newspaper clippings and unpublished manuscripts on the history of Pennytown, a black community near Marshall. There are also funeral cards, copies of legal documents, church and school records, and photographs of Pennytown and its residents.

Lax, Moses, Service Record, 1866, (R0023)
1 page
This is a photocopy of the service record of Moses Lax, 62nd Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops. This regiment was organized in December 1863 as the 1st Missouri Colored Infantry.

League Of Women Voters Of St. Louis, Addenda, 1916-1977 , (S0530)
143 boxes, 1,744 folders, 289 photographs, 4 film strips
9 audio tapes, 3 16mm films, 6 phonograph records
The collection contains a wide variety of materials including publications, correspondence, newsclippings, artifacts, photographs, films, tapes and records. In processing the records the original categorization used by the League was maintained. One of the most interesting aspects of the collection revolves around the Leagues habit of collecting information on both sides of a issue even if the material was unflattering to the organization or its position. In addition to records relating to the St. Louis area, the collection also contains a series on the Missouri League of Women Voters and the National League of Women Voters. These series contain communications between the St. Louis League and the state and national offices. It should be noted that information on a given subject may be found in several different series, thus an extensive index has been included.

Leonard Pryor Photograph Collection, (P0576)
1 folder
Copy prints of photos of Lake Placid, Missouri, used in a 2000 Review article by Gary Kremer.

Leonard, Abiel (1797-1863), Papers, 1782-1932, n.d., (C1013)
16.4 linear feet
Abiel Leonard of Fayette, Missouri, was a lawyer, landowner, and prominent Whig, who began his law practice in Missouri in 1819 and served on the Missouri Supreme Court in the 1850s. His papers consist of personal and business correspondence of the Leonard family, as well as deeds, contracts, wills, depositions, bills, receipts, account books, some military documents, photo-graphs, maps, and miscellaneous material.

Leonard, George, Draft Notice, 1864, (C1928)
1 folder
The collection contains an order to George Leonard, "colored" to report for military service.

Leven, Charles L., Desegregation Collection, 1969-1988, (SA0920)
1 box
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Lewis, Nina P., Collection, 1894-1926, (S0099)
1 Folder
Annual statement from St. Louis Colored Orphans' Home, 1894;bylaws, constitution and rituals of St. Louis black lodges; business cards; and the August 1909 Negro Educational Review.

Lincoln University Photographs, ca. 1903, (P1096)
10 photographs
Ten photographs of the Lincoln University campus, ca. 1903.

Lift Every Voice And Sing Oral History Project, (S0609)
100 Folders, Oral History Tapes, Transcriptions And Photographs
The exhibit text and photographs comprised components of the documentary exhibit and book, Lift Every Voice and Sing: St. Louis African Americans in the Twentieth Century.

Lift Every Voice And Sing Research File, 1999, (S0760)
47 Folders, 4 Tapes
Doris Wesley gathered the information in this subject file as part of Lift Every Voice an Sing, a collection of oral histories with St. Louis area African Americans published in 1999. In addition to containing information on various St. Louis African Americans, the collection includes an evaluation and the mailing list for the project.

Lowe Family Papers, 1922-1970, (S0123)
2 Folders
Born in St. Louis, Walter Lowe, Sr. attended Sumner High School and was a 1909 graduate. He was the second African-American to serve on the St. Louis Board of Aldermen in 1945 (19th ward). A veteran of World War I, he continued to serve his community, state and nation by serving as Past Commander of Tom Powell Post of the American Legion (all black post named after a WWI veteran from St. Louis), and as Past Vice-Commander of the Missouri Department.

Lowry, Willie Mae, "Gracy" (1916-2003), Scrapbook, 1957-1958, (S0719)
Willie Mae "Gracy" Lowry, a pioneer African-American female radio announcer and community servant. Gracy Lowery was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on April 28, 1916. She was the first female African-American radio announcer in St. Louis, and was a regular radio announcer at KATZ Radio Station for twenty-five years until her retirement. Gracy was an authority on popular music and the Blues.

Lyman, Abel, Letter, 1843, (C1859)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to L.S. Goodno, Braintree, VT, from Rocheport, MO, Nov. 12, 1843, describing Lyman's activities in Missouri and discussing the slavery question.


Machir, John, Papers, 1791-1899, (C2893)
0.6 linear feet
The papers of John Machir, a businessman and landowner who lived in St. Louis and Co-lumbia, Missouri, consist of the legal papers of his father, Henry Machir, business correspond-ence, slave bills of sale, deeds, tax bills, surveys, personal correspondence, and account books.

Magic Show Announcement, n.d., (C2835)
1 folder
Broadside announcing the appearance of S. Watts; ventriloquist; E.D. Greer, magician; puppet show; and Negro concert.

Malone, Ora Lee, Papers, 1972-1977, (S0383)
1 Folder, 1 Oral History
Personal papers of a St. Louis black woman which reflect her employment as a union business representative and her involvement in labor and civil rights organizations.

Malone, Ora Lee (1918- ), Research Papers 1940-1990, (S0670)
4 Boxes, 15 Folders
This collection documents Ora Lee Malone's interest and involvement in labor unions and South African apartheid. It contains newsclippings, pamphlets and correspondence.

Marcus, Irene Whitley (1919- ) Collection, 1920's-1999, (K0452)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers and collected items of historian of the African-American community in Kansas City

Marshall Family, Papers, 1852-1909 (C0204)
5 folders
Land deeds and family letters of the Joseph Marshall family and Lynch family, Saline County, Missouri, from Fayette, Fulton, Glasgow, Pettis County, Howard County, and Blue Lick, and from Lynch sisters at Oxford Female College, Cooper Female Seminary, and Minnesota with mention of family members, schools, slaves, California, and crops.

Martin, Dwayne R. (1951- ) Papers, 1870-1890, (K0517)
1 cubic foot
Research notes, computer printouts, and drafts of Martin's UMKC MA Thesis, "the Hidden Community: The Black Community of Kansas City, Missouri, During the 1870s and 1880s."

Maston, George A. Papers, (CA6509)
0.1 cubic feet, 1 roll of microfilm
Diaries and scrapbooks of a teacher and minister from Union, Missouri, and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Mathews-Dickey Boys' Club (1960- ), Records, 1957-1984, (S0189)
49 Folders, 1 Microfilm Roll, 1 Tape
The Mathews-Dickey Boys Club Records, 1957-1984, primarily document the growth of the club from its incorporation to the construction of its $2.5 million sports complex. Most of the material is from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. One newsclipping from 1957 appears in the first volume of the scrapbook series. Only the club's certificate of incorporation dates from 1962. One annual banquet program dates from 1965 and some correspondence and newsclippings are from the mid-1960s.

Mathews-Dickey Boys' Club (1960- ), Addenda, 1984-1992, (S0581)
20 Folders
Athletic club founded for north side African-American children in 1960 (see collection S0189). Addenda documents programs and actvities of the club, including a 1992 visit by US vice president Dan Quayle.

McCanse, William A., Papers, 1856, 1868, (C1290)
1 folder
The William A. McCanse Papers consist of two items: an agreement for the “valuation and division…of negroes,” 1856, and a letter from Jeremiah McKanse, a former slave, of Olathe, Kansas, to William McCanse, 1868.

McCormack, Mason, Bill of Sale, 1842, (C1588)
1 folder
The records contain a bill of sale for a Negro slave, sold to John M[arshall] Yates, [Randolph County, MO], May 24, 1842. Witnessed by C.F. Burckhartt and R.G. Gilman. Also a biographical sketch of John Marshall Yates (1795-1872).

McMillian, Theodore, (SA0932)
1 box
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

McNeal, Theodore D. (1906-1982), Scrapbook, 1941-1943, (S0321)
2 Microfilm Rolls
Theodore McNeal became Missouri' s first black senator in 1961. The scrapbooks, however, document his activities as president of the St. Louis branch of the March on Washington Movement (MOWM), 1942-1944.

Meissner, Edwin, B. Jr., Papers, 1944-1998, (S0933)
19 folders, 1 videotape
The Edwin B. Meissner Records contain books, pamphlets, documents, and a video tape that focus on the history of race relations in St. Louis from 1944 to 1998. The majority of the documents focus on Meissner's efforts to improve race relations in St. Louis. As the chairperson of the St. Louis Race Relations Commission beginning in 1948, Meissner was instrumental

Meredith, Judge James H., (SA0934)
56 boxes
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Meredith, James H. (1914-1988), Scrapbooks, 1961-1987, (S0472)
7 Volumes
U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Between 1972-1981, Meredith oversaw the legal battle to desegregate the St. Louis Public Schools. He ruled in 1979 that the Board of Education did not hold the responsibility for racial imbalance in city schools. When the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his ruling, Meredith became committed to voluntary desegregation. Includes seven scrapbooks containing newsclippings, memorabilia and photographs.

Minority Aging Project, 1987-1990, Collection, 1987-1990, (S0492)
45 Tapes
The Minority Aging Project Collection, 1987-1990, includes microcassettes, cassettes, transcripts and summaries produced by Sociology 470 students for Assistant Professor Steve Wallace from 1987 to 1990. Tapes were made for each interview but not all were transcribed. Summaries were written by the students in lieu of transcribing. Oral history consent forms for each interviewee are included in the folder containing the tape and transcript/summary for that interviewee.

Missouri Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Records, 1932-1986, (C3801)
0.6 linear feet
The records of the state organization and member clubs of an association to improve the status of black women in the home and community include correspondence, financial records, conference files and programs, and information on the history of the organization and member clubs.

Missouri Commission on Human Rights, Papers, 1958-1968, (C4193)
0.8 cubic feet
Conferences, a legal brief, reports and publications used for research by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Missouri Desegregation and Civil Rights Oral History Project, Records, 2013-, (C4116)
0.2 cubic feet, 35 CDs, 1 computer disc
The collection consists of interviews with people who attended Douglass and/or Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, audio logs, and photographs. The collection is ongoing and open to interviews concerning any school and/or civil rights topic in Missouri.

Missouri Legacy Radio Program, Records, (CA6268)
0.2 cubic foot, 50 audio cassettes, 16 audio tapes
Audio recordings and related material of a 1980s radio program featuring "profiles of traditional artists representing the diverse cultural heritage of Missouri." The series was produced by Susan Newstead and KOPN-FM, with support of the Missouri Cultural Heritage Center.

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 Valley Series Papers, 1962-1965, (K0241)
0.05 cubic feet
The collection contains research papers on the history of the Greater Kansas City area written by graduate students and local historians in response to a prize offered by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.

Missouri, Cass County, Documents, 1836-1884, (C0936)
5 folders
The records contain bills of sale for property, cattle and slaves, tax receipts, court proceedings, bonds, and court testimony.

Missouri, Cedar County. Assessment Lists, 1861-1864, (C1070)
3 volumes
Lists consist of property, slaves, cash, and notes held by those assessed.

Missouri, Clay County, Freed Negroes Register, 1836-1856, (C1079)
1 volume
List of Clay County, MO, Negroes freed during the period 8 February 1836 to 7 January 1856.

Missouri, Columbia, Social and Economic Census of the Colored Population, 1901, (C1082)
0.4 linear feet; also available on 1 roll of microfilm
Family reports listing name, age, occupation, weekly earnings and color of husband, wife, children, married children at home, and others living with the family. Reverse side lists date and/or age at marriage, deaths within the year, property owned, amount owed, housing and sanitary conditions, education, family expenditures, and previous residence. Most questions were answered in full. Arranged alphabetically by family name.

Missouri, Columbia. Black Community Photographs, c. 1958-1963, (C3902)
2 folders
Photographs picturing black businesses and residential communities in Columbia, Missouri, c. 1958-1963.

Missouri, Greene County. Consolidated School District Number 2, Records, 1907-1935, (C0056)
2.7 linear feet
Records of rural schools in a 34 square-mile area around Strafford, Missouri. Information pertains to Lamb, Potter, Flint Hill, Strafford, Danforth, and a black school (primary grades) and Strafford High School. Includes school board minutes, financial records, voter lists, election tallies, correspondence, teacher applications and contracts, and pupil records.

Missouri, Howard County, Freed Negroes Register, 1836-1861, (C1123)
1 volume
The collection contains a list of Negroes set free during the period 26 January 1836-1 April 1861 in Howard County, Missouri.

Missouri, Marion County. Tax Lists, 1827-1828, (C3018)
3 oversize volumes
Resident tax lists listing taxable property and valuation.

Missouri, Ste. Genevieve. Archives, 1756-1930, (C3636)
1474 folders on 78 rolls of microfilm
French colonial, and territorial records of the District of Ste. Genevieve. Ste. Genevieve County records and court records. A third of the documents are dated 1756-1804; the remainder date from 1805 to 1930. Original documents are in the possession of the Ste. Genevieve County Court.

Mongold, Jeanne, "Vespers And Vacant Lots: The Early Years Of The St. Louis Phyllis Wheatly Branch, YWCA," 1979, (S0345)
27 Pages
Unpublished paper concerning the beginnings of the African American branch of the YWCA in St. Louis, Missouri.

Moore Family Photographs, (P0857)
21 photographs
Copy photos of Moore family members, an African-American family from Kansas City, 1880-1920.

Mumpower, Daniel L. (1882-1969) and Edith B. (1889-1977), Papers, 1913-1971, (C3900)
0.8 linear feet
Correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous papers of Methodist missionaries to the Belgian Congo. The Mumpower family along with two other couples were the first white missionaries to the Otetela village of Wembo-Nyama in the central region of the Belgian Congo, now Zaire.


Napton, W. B., Letter, 1857, (C1879)
1 folder
The papers contain one letter to C.F. Jackson on October 3, 1857. The letter discusses at length the necessity of salaries to attract good Missouri Supreme Court judges; combating the growing discussion of emancipation of the slaves; Missouri politics; and the completion of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad.

Nathan Boone Homestead Committee, Booklet, 2003, (R0951)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet for "The 20th Annual Nathan Boone Homestead Days Festival," held on 19-21 September 2003 at Ash Grove in Greene County, Missouri. Tom Miller served as president of the Nathan Boone Homestead Committee, sponsors of the festival.

National Alliance Against Racist And Political Repression, St. Louis Branch (1973- ), Records, 1973-1986, (S0582)
85 Folders
The St. Louis branch of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression records include organizational flyers, posters, and handbills as well as newsletters and other publications of the group, much of it from the national alliance. It also contains meeting minutes and by-laws of the St. Louis branch, its executive board, and task forces that it chartered. Arranged alphabetically.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People re: Craton Liddell, et al., v. the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, et al., Records, (CA5263)
101 linear feet
Records associated with the educational desegregation case from the 1970s-1990s.

National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People, Collection, 1930-1964, (S0389)
1 Roll Microfilm, 1 Folder
The St. Louis office of the NAACP donated materials and made others available to WHMC for microfilming in 1979.

National Association Of Negro Musicians, Inc., Programs, 1979, (S0378)
1 Folder
Programs for the 60th annual convention held in St. Louis in August 1979.

Negro Celebration, Poster and Program, 1895, (C2844)
1 folder
Poster and program of a celebration by the colored population of Clinton, Missouri, on 3 August 1895.

New Age Savings And Loan Association St. Louis, Missouri (1915- ), Records, 1915-1967, (S0053)
14 Volume, 1 Folder, 3 Rolls Microfilm
The New Age Federal Savings and Loan Association records include correspondence, minutes, reports, newsletters, and programs.

Nolen, Rose M. (1935-2015), Papers, 1873-2004, (C4227)
1 cubic foot (41 folders)
The papers of Rose Nolen contain clippings, research materials, and manuscript drafts of a Sedalia, Missouri, journalist. Topics include the Katy Depot in Sedalia, the Methodist Inner City Church in Kansas City, Black Panthers and the Black Power Movement, Bothwell Regional Medical Center, and Sedalia history.

Northside Preservation Commission, (SA0952)
16 boxes
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.


O'Bryan, Jordan, Letter, 1854, (C3286)
1 folder
The collection contains a copy of a letter to John G. Miller from O'Bryan in Boonville, MO, Feb. 6, 1854, regarding the position of slavery in Missouri and Miller's political strength in Boonville.

O'Dell, Charles, Research Materials, (CA4293)
2 folders
Research materials on Homer Croy. Some correspondence with Mrs. Croy.

Oglesby, Richard James, (1824-1899), Letter, 1858, (C2774)
1 folder
Letter to a friend describing opposition to Judge Douglas; candidacy and loss in Missouri 7th district congressional race, 1858; slavery; and mutual acquaintances.

Ohman, Marian, Papers, (CA5134)
8 cubic feet, 1 reel of film, 1 video cassette
Research files on Missouri courthouses and churches, including photographs. Also contains information about the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year; the Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney art collection; architects Morris Frederick Bell, Edmund J. Eckel, and Harvey Ellis; and African-American musician and composer, Major N. Clark Smith.

Oldham, Charles and Marian O’Fallon, Papers (S1112)
2 cubic feet (38 folders, 179 photographs, 10 oversize items, 2 cassette tapes) 
his collection contains correspondence, photographs, court transcripts, and newspaper clippings pertaining to the lives of Civil Rights activists Charles and Marian Oldham. Charles Oldham was instrumental in organizing picket lines and demonstrations that helped open college admission for African Americans at Washington University in St. Louis in 1948. The Oldhams were also active members of the St. Louis chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and participated in the Jefferson Bank protests in 1963. Other subjects of interest include Marian O’Fallon Oldham’s tenure as a member of the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators and Charles Oldham’s time as the National Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality. The materials in this collection date from 1913 to 2004.


Parberry, Henry E., Papers, 1829-1865, (C3147)
1 folder
The papers of Henry E. Parberry contain copies of a receipt for sale of an African American slave and child to James Parberry, 1829; Civil War letters concerning conditions in prison camps in New York and Maryland; and other miscellaneous letters and letter fragments.

Pawley, Thomas D., III (1917-2016), Papers, (CA5546)
35 cubic feet
Papers of a professor of speech and theater at Lincoln University, poet, and playwright; member of Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Humanities Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and other organizations. Includes manuscripts, correspondence, organizational records, teaching materials and miscellaneous.

Payne-Broadwell Family, Papers, 1803-1903, (C0983)
4.8 linear feet, 11 volumes
The Payne-Broadwell Family papers contain the business, personal, and legal papers of Moses U. Payne and his nephew Moses M. Broadwell. Moses U. Payne resided in Boone County, MO, from 1823 to 1895. Moses M. Broadwell's papers contain significant family letters and revealing correspondence from the Civil War and from the Reconstruction era. Also present are miscellaneous papers of the Oliver C. Roby family.

People's Art Center (1942-1963), Records, 1942-1963, (S0612)
11 Folders
Founded in 1942 with the help of a WPA grant the People's Art Center was the first integrated community arts center in St. Louis. Contains a history of the center, 1942-1955; articles of incorporation, 1943; bylaws, 1961; and correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports on leadership dispute in 1963.

Peoples, Maggie (1908-1972), Papers, 1963-1971, (S0215)
4 Folders
Papers of St. Louis civil rights leader. Includes material from the National Council of Negro Women, Women in Community Service, St. Louis Bicentennial Committee, and photograph and interview with Mrs. Peoples.

Peter Tamony Memorial Lecture, Collection, 1986-2003, (C3944)
0.3 linear feet, 20 audio cassettes
The collection contains audio cassettes and transcripts of speeches, photographs, and advertisements documenting the Peter Tamony Memorial Lecture series at the University of Missouri.

Phillips Family, Papers, 1853-1942, (C4008)
0.3 linear feet
This collection consists of papers of the Bryan and Phillips families of New Madrid, Missouri. The papers include various wills, deeds, accounts, genealogy, miscellaneous material, and photographs.

Pittman, Ann (1908-), Missouri Folklore Project, 1997, (S0598)
7 Folders, 11 Tapes
Oral history project documenting the life of Ann Washington Pittman, African American song folklorist and singer.

Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, St. Louis, Missouri, (1866-), Programs, 1975-1980, (S0120)
2 Folders
109th anniversary program and history of one of the oldest black churches in St. Louis.

Poultry Production Notes, 1903, (C0938)
1 volume
The collection contains notes on poultry production, probably from an agriculture course.

Powers Museum, Carthage, Missouri, Collection, 1836-1916, (C3052)
39 folders
Collected papers of the Powers Museum. Principally Wright family genealogical research done by Curtis Wright of Carthage and Wright family correspondence. Also includes Captain George W. Roby, U.S. Army Commissary of Subsistence documents, 1864-1865; and manumission documents from St. Louis, MO, 1836-1854.

Pritchard, Gloria (1911- 2002), Papers, 1910-1983, (S0150)
23 Folders, 169 Photographs
Papers of an African American teacher and activist in St. Louis, Missouri, including correspondence, personal writings, and photographs.

Pritchett Family, Papers, 1753-1984, (C4013)
0.6 linear feet
The Pritchett Family Papers consist of correspondence, published volumes, genealogical information, legal documents, and various miscellaneous materials of Carr Waller Pritchett, Henry Smith Pritchett, and Ida Pritchett.

Proud Magazine (1970- ), Collection, 1971-1981, (S0356)
26 Folders
The collection contains issues of Proud from 1970-1981. However, the issues do not comprise a complete set. Washington University holds copies to all back issues. Topics discussed include: black history, urban careers, religion, education, politics, housing, black community leaders, health, community organizations, music, and sports.

Pruitt-Igoe Action Program Final Report, 1972, (S0409)
73 Pages
Summary and conclusions of Pruitt-Igoe Action Program, Phase I and II, April 3, 1972, prepared for the Mayor's Task Force on the Redevelopment of Pruitt-Igoe.


Radford, Edward Luckey, "Implementing Court Ordered Desegregation For The Ferguson Reorganized School District R2: A Case Study," 1979, (S0186)
627 Pages
Single manuscript collection. Unpublished Ph.D dissertation, Graduate School of St. louis University.

Rainbow Diamond Optimist Club, Records, (CA5388)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, membership roster, and miscellaneous material.

Ralph, Beulah, Photograph Collection, (P0516)
10 photographs
Copy photos of Boone County, with focus on the African American community, including images of Douglass School and early black police officers.

Randolph, Vance (1892-1980), Ozark Folksongs, Collection, 1919-1957, (C3774)
3.1 linear feet
The Ozark Folksongs Collection contains the original typescript of the four volume work as published by the State Historical Society of Missouri between 1946 and 1950. The manu-script was purchased for $1000 and prepared for publication by Frances Guthrie Emberson apparently in consultation with, or at least with encouragement from, Henry M. Belden, professor of English at the University of Missouri and founder of the Missouri Folk-Lore Society. Photographs from the book are included, as is a typescript of Chapter XIV, "Unprint-able Songs" which was left out of the four volume work. In addition, there are two volumes entitled "'Unprintable' Songs From the Ozarks" sold to the Society in 1956 for $50. These "unprintable" songs appear to be copies of those for which Randolph sold publication rights to Gershon Legman.

Randolph, Vance, Letter, 1934, (C2049)
1 folder
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.

Rawick, George P. (1929-1990) Papers, 1841-1988, (S0630)
250 Folders
The Rawick papers include Correspondence, Publications, The writings of Dr. Rawick and many of his contemporaries and students. The collection also contains a large part of the papers of Terrence Powderly an official with the Knights of Labor. The Powderly papers cover a period from 1864 to 1937. Also included in the collection are the transcripts of many of the slave narratives collected by the Writers Project of the W.P.A. in 1936 and 1937. Several of Dr. Rawick's lectures as well as an oral interview with him are on audio tapes in the collection as well as a small number of family photographs (most unidentified).

Reed-Carter Family Papers, 1966-1980, (S0134)
1 Folder
Histories, newsclippings, maps, family documents, of first black family in Breckenridge, Missouri.

Rehkop, Leonard D. and Marie H., Collection of Algert T. Peterson Photographs, (C3888)
40.4 cubic feet, 18 rolls of microfilm (8670 glass plate negatives, 95 film negatives, 63 photographic prints. Access copies on 18 rolls of microfilm)
The Rehkop/Peterson Collection consists of studio portraits of groups, families, and individuals; and scenes of the Higginsville and Concordia areas in western Missouri. The negatives date from the 1860s to the 1930s.

Ribeau Family, Collection, 1870-1982, (R0101)
5 folders, photocopies
This collection consists of correspondence, tax receipts, and miscellaneous material of an African-American family in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. They lived in a historic poteaux-en-terre house built in 1778.

Robinson II, Marvin S. (1957- ) Papers, 1970s-1990s, (K1070)
30 cubic feet
Robinson is a community activist with interests in local government, politics, social, health and cultural issues, and the establishment of the Quindaro Ruins in Kansas City, KS as an historical site. Includes personal journals and writings, correspondence, newsletters, news articles, and reference files maintained by Robinson. Concerning his efforts to save Quindaro, and other activism in the African-American community

Rodgers, Bennie G., Photograph Collection, (S0629)
833 Photographs
This collection documents St. Louis' African Americans photographs and their history.

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.

Roy Wenzlick Real Estate Co., Records, 1868-1970, (S0450)
37 Folders, 296 Microfilm Rolls, 6 Volumes, 4 Oversize Volumes
The collection primarily consists of microfilm rolls of the Wenzlick company's real estate appraisals in St. Louis County, 1958-1963. It also contains the real estate information maintained by the company on St. Louis and some other cities, 1868-1970. Drawings of lots in St. Louis County subdivisions and aerial photographs of St. Louis City and County subdivisions are also included.

Rutter, Edmond (1811-1891), Papers, 1853-1855, (C0394)
1 folder
Bill of sale for Negro by Betsey Rutter to her husband. Notice in regard to stray horse in Knox County, MO. Letter from General Land Office, Shelby County, MO.


Schrader, William Henry (1844-1921), Reminiscences, n.d., (C1519)
1 folder
The reminiscences describe slavery in Missouri, including treatment of slaves, punishment, education, desire for freedom, fugitives, and character sketches of individual slaves. Also described are the Kansas-Missouri border conflicts, the Civil War in Missouri, bushwhackers, Claiborne Fox Jackson, the 1856 and 1860 presidential campaigns, German immigrants, Missouri Republicans, and Linneus and Brunswick, MO.

Schroeder, Adolf E. (1916- ) and Rebecca B. (1921- ), Folk Song and Folklore Collection, 1957-1987, (C3826)
0.2 linear feet, 184 audio cassettes, 2 records, 23 audio tapes, 2 video cassettes
Recordings and related material of Missouri and Ozark folk musicians and folklorists; primarily Max Hunter, Loman Cansler, and R.P. Christeson. The recordings include songs and discussions on many aspects of folk song collecting and folklore.

Scott, James T. Memorial, Collection, 2010-2011 (C4072)
0.1 linear feet, 9 CDs, 3 DVDs, 1 computer disc
The collection contains audio, video, and images related to the James T. Scott Monument Committee in Columbia, Missouri. The committee was created to raise funds to purchase a new headstone for lynching victim James T. Scott's burial site in Columbia Cemetery.

Second Baptist Church, Neosho, Missouri, Centennial Booklet, 1976, (R0821)
1 folder
This is We've Come This Far by Faith, a "Centennial Anniversary" booklet for the Second Baptist Church of Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. The African American congregation was founded in 1876.

Serrano, Peg, (SA1062)
1 box
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Settoon Family, Papers, 1838-1896, (C0980)
3 folders
Letters to and from the Settoon family of the Louisiana delta country concerning family and financial matters. The documents relate to property matters, including slaves.

Shaw, Elijah J., Scrapbook, 1914-1971, (S0323)
1 Microfilm Roll
"Lige" Shaw began drumming in minstrel shows at age 10 in Jackson, Tennessee. He traveled with Bowen's and Blondon's Dandy Dixie Minstrels, the Original Georgia Minstrels and other theatre and dance orchestras until he settled in St. Louis in the late 1920s. He worked as a drummer in St. Louis and served several terms as president of Musicians Local 197.

Shaw, Milton, Papers, 1824-1921 (C0428)
5 folders, typed copies; also on 1 roll of microfilm
Letters from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri discussing slaves; farm crops, implements, and stock; property indentures; church membership; trade; schools; and teaching. Genealogical materials on the Denton family. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

Sheppard Family, Papers, 1844-1887 (C0429)
6 folders, typed copies; also on 1 roll of microfilm
Miscellaneous letters from Philadelphia; Tennessee; Cincinnati; Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; and England. A letter from Paris, TN, describes local preaching techniques. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

Sikes Family, Papers, 1845-1859, (CG0019)
2 folders
The papers contain eight slave bills of sale to William Sikes of New Madrid County, Missouri. These documents reflect the names, ages, and prices of enslaved persons who became the property of Sikes. Three additional documents show land transfers and a tax assessment of personal property.

Slave Bill of Sale, 1808, (C1567)
1 folder
Bill of sale for three Negro slaves sold to Daniel Munro, Sr., Warren County, KY, November 10, 1808, by Benjamin Ray. Witnessed by John Ray, William Ray, and Daniel Munro, Jr.

Slave Bill of Sale, 1824 (C0298)
1 folder
Bill of sale for a woman and child sold for $400 by George Day of Randolph County, Illinois, to James A. James.

Smith, Mrs. Phillip M., "A Page from the Past," n.d., (C0690)
1 folder
The collection contains reminiscences of Mrs. Smith about a slave book belonging to the estate of General Thomas A. Smith. See also collection 166, volume 1.

Smith, Thomas Adams (1858-1919), Papers, 1852-1919, (C0166)
0.2 linear feet,1 oversize volume
The papers of a Saline County, Missouri, doctor and landowner include family correspondence, clippings, miscellaneous bills and papers, and a copy of a slave record book providing the births, death, and sales of slaves belonging to the estate of Thomas Adams Smith and Crawford Early Smith.

Smith-Cotton Family, Papers, 1834-1929, (C0399)
2.9 linear feet
Campaign materials from Wilson’s 1970 challenge to the 8th district’s incumbent U.S. Congressman Richard H. Ichord.

Snoddy, Daniel F., Family, Papers, 1817-1861 (C0434)
8 folders, typed copies; also on 1 roll of microfilm
Bills of sale; county, state, and asylum tax receipts; school tuition receipts; bill of sale for slaves; notice of public sale after death of Daniel F. Snoddy. Letter from Snoddy giving brief description of towns, crops, and trade in Missouri. Letters from relatives in the southern states. Originals on film; typed copies in folder.

Spengler Family, Papers, 1850-1870, (C4034)
0.25 linear feet
Correspondence to Daniel H. Spengler, of Bentonsville, Virginia, from his brothers Philip and Samuel and other relatives and friends living in Missouri and Virginia, covering the period 1856 to 1860 and 1865 to 1870. Also included are a map of New York City, a photocopy of the Warren County, Virginia census of 1850, a railroad advertisement, two train tickets, and accounts of travel expenses.

Slave Bill of Sale, 1849, (C2641)
1 folder
The papers contain a slave bill of sale for William Spradlin, September 29, 1849, and include a valuation of slaves and their disposition to various heirs.

St. Louis Association Of Colored Women's Clubs, Collection, 1901-1980 , (S0218)
9 Folders
Collection includes minutes, photographs, histories, convention programs, yearbooks, pamphlets, and publications of the Informal Dames, the Auroran Club (of the YWCA), the Prudence Crandall Club, and the association.

St. Louis' Desegregation Case, Records, 1972-1986, (S0684)
3 Boxes, 35 Folders
This collection documents St. Louis' Desegregation Court Case, including the Craton Liddell v. Board of Education City of St. Louis, Missouri from 1972-1985.

St. Louis Housewives League (1931- ), Scrapbook, 1973, (S0155)
1 Folder
Scrapbook, "The History of the St. Louis Housewives League, 1931-1973," and program for the 43rd annual meeting of the National Housewives League in St. Louis, Missouri, 1980.

Starr, Frederick, Jr. (1826-1867), Papers, 1850-1863, (C2073)
20 folders
Starr was a colonizationist, free soiler, and Presbyterian clergyman in Weston, MO, 1852-1855. The collection contains correspondence, broadsides, pamphlets, and clippings on settlement of the Kansas-Nebraska Territories, border conflicts, abolitionism vs. slavery, local politics, Indian affairs, public land sales, claims, and prices, popular sovereignty, squatters’ rights, and religion on the frontier.

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.

Stephens, Margaret Nelson (1862-1929), Papers, 1823-1927, (C0311)
0.8 linear feet
The diaries of Margaret Nelson Stephens, the wife of Missouri Governor Lon V. Stephens, 1897-1901, document her daily life from 1876 to 1927. Genealogy notes describe Margaret’s ancestry and other documents cover a wide range of topics pertaining to relatives through her sister Nadine’s marriage to Charles E. Leonard. Most deal with Charles E. Leonard himself, and his brothers Leverett and Abiel. Two Missouri Militia muster rolls, 1862-1863, and a bill of sale for slaves, 1849, are most notable.

Stevens, George E., "History Of Central Baptist Church," 1846-1926," 1927, (S0028)
104 Pages
Written by pastor to commemorate 80th anniversary of this black church.

Stratton, Pauline H., (1814-1887), Diary, 1846-1870, (C0842)
7 folders
The collection contains a diary of Mrs. Stratton's life in Virginia and Missouri. She writes of spinning, weaving, soap making, rearing her children, trouble with black servants, the Civil War, and business difficulties after her husband’s death. Also included is a letter written by her to her husband in 1841 before their marriage.

Strickland, Arvarh E. (1930-2013), Papers, (CA4995)
36.5 linear feet, 18 computer discs
Personal and professional papers of historian, educator, and University of Missouri administrator.


Tandy, Charlton H. (1836-1919), Papers, 1868-1967, (S0135)
7 Folders
Charlton H. Tandy was born to free black parents on December 16, 1836, in Lexington, Kentucky. Tandy Moved to St. Louis in 1857 and worked as a porter, coachman and waiter until the Civil War. He enlisted in Company B of the 13th regiment of the Missouri State Militia and at the end of the war, was honorably discharged as a captain In 1870 he was appointed a messenger in the U.S. Customs House, the first of eleven commissioned positions in federal, state and municipal government. Tandy was a persistent fighter for black civil rights and active in Republican politics. He helped establish Lincoln Institute (Lincoln University) in 1870, the first school of higher education for blacks in Missouri. He successufully worked to get black educators into the St. Louis public school system. In 1870 he organized a boycott against the segregated St. Louis streetcar lines and , after time in jail and litigation, integrated the streetcars. During the "Colored Exodus" from the South in 1879, he assisted 2, 000 refugees who were stranded in St. Louis. Appearing before a U.S. Congressional committee he urged Congress to provide aid for these refugees and to investigate and stop the violation of Negro rights in the South. He was known as a great orator and spoke on behalf of many white politicians. A loyal Republican he did not hesitate to criticize the party for neglecting the needs of Negroes. Tandy organized Negro political clubs to encourage Negroes to vote, run for office and become involved in political parties. He predicted the decline of Republicans in St. Louis politics if they continued to ignore Negroes. His predictions came true. Hed died in September, 1919.

Tamony, Peter (1902-1985), Collection, 1890-1985, (C3939)
877.6 linear feet
Correspondence, articles, research files, personal papers, audio tapes, and word files of a noted etymologist and neologist of San Francisco. The collection primarily relates to the study of American colloquial language and neologisms but also includes rare jazz journals and materials on sports.

Tebbetts, Jonas M., Emancipation Deed, 1863, (C1527)
1 folder
Emancipation deed freeing William Harris, a Negro slave, September 29, 1863.

The Eastern Missouri Collection, (S1135)
1 cubic foot (44 folders, 1 reel of 16mm film, 1 reel of microfilm, 8 oversize items)
The Eastern Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events. The Eastern Missouri Collections continues to have material added to it. New additions are added at the end of the collection. Researchers should browse the index and container lists to locate pertinent material.

The Guardians, Inc., Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1971-1985, (C3878)
0.4 linear feet
By-laws, corporation records, correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes and notices, photographs and miscellaneous records of a black men's social and service organization founded in Columbia, Missouri, in 1971.

The Kinloch History Committee, Records, 1983, (S0151)
13 Folders
Reference and subject files for and drafts of Kinloch: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, compiled by the Kinloch History Committee (John A. Wright, Ina Watson,, Luther Covington, Victoria Cothran).

The Palladium (1903-1911), Newspaper, 1903-1907, (S0576)
3 Microfilm Rolls
African American newspaper published in St. Louis in the early twentieth century. Duplicate of State Historical Society Missouri Newspaper Project holding. Includes editions from January 10, 1903-October 5, 1907.

The St. Louis American, (1928- ), Newspaper, 1949-1992, (S0325)
37 Microfilm Rolls
Weekly newspaper of the African American Community in St. Louis.

The Ville, Collection, 1975-1990, (S0497)
20 Folders, 10 Tapes
The oral histories of residents, who recall their parents' stories of the Ville, tell of the purchase of land and the building of homes by black people in the Ville before 1990.

Threatt, James Irving (1923-2005 ) Papers, 1971-1999, (K0732)
41 cubic feet
Personal files kept by Threatt concerning his many activities and interests while in public office. Topics include housing, city development, revitalization of the urban core, education, minority businesses and historical agencies. Contains correspondence, reports, photographs, clippings, books and magazines. Also his wife, Doris Elizabeth Threatt (1932-2000), professional and community activities.

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.

Townsell, Frank, "Blind Boone's Piano Music," 1998, (CA5761)
Audio recording of music composed by African-American John W. "Blind" Boone, performed by Frank Townsell.

Tranquille, Dante O. (1905-1981), Photographs, 1949, (P0148)
104 photographs
This collection consists of 104 images taken by Dante O. Tranquille, a photojournalist who worked at the Utica [New York] Observer-Dispatch in the mid-twentieth century. He visited Missouri in May 1949, likely to attend the Missouri Photo Workshop, and photographed areas in St. Louis, McBaine, and Columbia.

Troost Corridor Community Association Records, 1998-2005, (K1332), (K1332)
0.5 cubic feet
Records relating to this community-based organization in Kansas City, Missouri, that operated from 1998-2005. The records include materials that remained when the TCCA office was vacated.


U.S. Census, Cooper County, Missouri, 1850, (C1281)
2 volumes; also available on 1 roll of microfilm
Vol. 1 (Schedule 1) enumeration of free inhabitants giving age, sex, and place of birth. Vol. 2 (Schedule 2-6) slave inhabitants, including age and sex; deaths in previous year, including age, place of birth, cause of death; agricultural production; industries; and social statistics, including schools, churches, libraries, value of real and personal property.

UM-St. Louis Black History Project (1980-1983), Collection, 1895-1983, (S0201)
10 Volumes On Microfilm
Includes newsclippings about the 1976 court decision regarding parental and spousal consent, family planning, opposition to abortion and RHS, Dr. Zevallos' kidnapping in 1982, and the death of Diane Boyd in 1981.

United Brothers Of Friendship And Sisters Of The Mysterious Ten, Records, 1908, 1980, (S0127)
1 Folder
Articles of incorporation and bylaws of a fraternal, benevolent association of black men and women in Missouri and reminiscence of lodge, 1908.

United Confederate Veterans, Committee on History, Record Book, 1897, (C1277)
1 folder
Proceedings of a committee formed for "the preparation and publication of a correct history of the part borne by Missourians in the Confederate Army." Also contains copies of two stories, one attempted in black dialect.

University City Residential Trust (1968-1990), Records, 1968-1990, (S1031)
128 folders, 23 photographs
The first series contains correspondence, bank and tax records, meeting minutes, newsclippings and notes documenting the work of the UCRT. Arranged alphabetically. Series two includes certificates of legal compliance, title insurance records, general warranty deeds and salescontracts of the trust properties. Arranged alphabetically by street name.

University of Missouri, Admission of Blacks, Papers, 1952-1954, (C0977)
3 folders
Correspondence concerning the applications of blacks for admission to the University of Missouri during the years of transition from a segregated to an integrated institution.

University of Missouri, Black Theatre Workshop, Records, 1981-1993, (CA5301)
0.25 linear feet
Programs, posters, clippings, photographs, correspondence, evaluations and other materials relating to workshop performances.

University of Missouri, Legion of Black Collegians, Records, 1974-1993, (C4184)
0.4 cubic feet
The records of a black college student organization, consisting of conference material, newsletters, guides, pamphlets, newspaper articles, applications, election ballots, questionnaires, flyers, notes and artifacts.

University of Missouri, Reports to U.S. Bureau of Education, 1892-1900 (C3329)
1 folder
These records include three types of reports: 1) reports listing expenditures, number of faculty and students, value of property/equipment, and library holdings; 2) scholastic reports giving breakdown of students into various fields, kinds of degrees offered, and University’s income; and 3) supplementary statistical reports.

University of Missouri-Columbia, Black Studies Program, Records, 1860-1992, (C4125)
5 cubic feet
The papers of the Black Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia include correspondence, programs, project proposals, articles, clippings, and photographs.

University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri Folk Arts Program, Records, 1982-2012, (C4035)
32 cubic feet, (1000 folders), 2132 audio cassettes, 65 audio tapes, 83 video cassettes, 3 oversize volumes
The records of the Missouri Folk Arts Program comprise documentation of the annual work and various programming administered by the organization. The records contain fiscal information, contracts with artists, press clippings and releases, publications, exhibit documentation, correspondence, working files, and files on folk and traditional artists. The records also contain photographs, audio, and video that document folk and traditional arts, artists, and events.

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.

Urban League Of St. Louis, Inc., Collection, 1938-1982, (S0093)
5 Folders
The Urban League Collection contains annual reports; monthly and quarterly newsletters; a "fact sheet" dated 1974; a supplement to the St. Louis Sentinel of April 20, 1976; miscellaneous notices and invitations; the newspaper Urban League of St. Louis; and several informational pamphlets: What's Happening at the Urban League? (undated, 2 copies); The Negro in the St. Louis Economy (1954); and Trend of Negro Areas in St. Louis (1947, 2 copies).


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.

Vest, George Graham, (1830-1904), Letters, 1874-1896, (C1666)
1 folder
The papers contain letters to Joseph Pulitzer, giving information about a colored couple, Si and Susan Williams, 1874, and his decision to begin a senatorial campaign at the old homestead in 1896.


Walker, James Blaine, "The Unmuffled Voice in the Ozark Tourist Region," 1950, (R0929)
1 folder
This is a newsletter for two African American Methodist churches of which James Blaine Walker was the pastor. They were Mount Lebanon Methodist Church at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri, and Elkins Methodist Church at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are church calendars and news items, inspirational articles, and advertisements for local businesses.

Washington, Arthur (1917-2001), Papers, nd, 1929-1995, (S1113)
70 folders
The collection reflects Washington's heavy involvement in Sumner High School's scholastic and athletic programs. It also emphasizes his involvement in the larger African American community including the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity; the Archdiocesan Development Appeal; and the campaign to revitalize the historical African American Ville neighborhood. The papers also contain a large photograph collection.

Webster, Thomas A. (1907-1988) Papers, 1921-1988, (K1219)
9 cubic feet, 5 volumes
Webster was executive director of the Urban League of Kansas City, community activist, and chairman of the Social Science Department of Avila College. Includes files related to his research and writing: notes, clippings, preliminary and final drafts of articles, correspondence, and printed material. Also his personal and professional correspondence and scrapbooks and files of his wife, Fern Beck Webster (1911-2002), an early childhood educator and advocate.

Wenzlick Addenda, (SA1197)
35 boxes
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Wesley House, Records, 1900-, (S0675)
5 Boxes, 399 Photographs
Wesley House Records, document board minutes, budget, newsclippings, newsletters and photographs.

Western Historical Manuscript, St. Louis, Vertical File, 1968-2004, (S0694)
508 Folders
The collection documents a variety of subjects relating to St. Louis' history. It contains single files with a small amount of general information on a variety of topics. Arranged alphabetically.

Westveld, Ruthford H., (1900-1985), Papers, 1956-1965, (C2416)
2.9 linear feet
The papers contain information relating to the background, passage and enforcement of the McIntire-Stennis Act for Cooperative Forestry Research, correspondence of state forestry officials, representatives and senators, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other concerned people and agencies. Westveld was a leading advocate of forestry research.

Wheeler, Henry Winfield (C.1889-1964), Papers, 1953-1980, (S0122)
1 Folder
Correspondence, newsclippings, awards, articles of St. Louis civil rights leader, president of St. Louis NAACP in 1953 and state representative from 17th district in St. Louis, 1958-1964.

White, Dr. Park J. (1891-1987), Papers, 1911-1981, (S0461)
64 Folders
The Park J. White Papers, 1911-1981, document Dr. White's efforts to integrate medical care in St. Louis; his tenure as director of Homer G. Phillips Hospital; and his life-long hobby of writing and publishing poems.

White, Pearl Schwartz, Papers, 1915-1980, (S0133)
6 Folders
Correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, newsclippings of a St. Louis black educator. Includes material on the Missouri State Association of Negro Teachers. Statistics on negro teachers in Missouri in the 1930s.

Williams, Harriet Lamb, "Organization History Of Ferrier Harris Home," Nd., (S0411)
2 Pages
Formerly the Colored Old Folks Home, founded in 1906. History written by daughter of founder.

Williamson, Arthur Eddie (1925- ) Photograph Collection, ca. 1980-2000, (K0653)
3 cubic feet
Photographs taken by Williamson, a professional photographer in the African-American community of Kansas City.

Williams, Robert C. Collection, 1981-1984, (S0191)
1 Folder
Letters from African evangelists to Williams, a St. Louis pastor in the Church of God in Christ. The letters from Reverend Israel Eddie Wuanka in Ghana depict drought, famine and power outages. Williams' Church sent aid to African congregations.

Winston Family, Papers, 1805-1886, (C0190)
3 folders
Letters to and from various members of a North Carolina family concerning settlement of estate, governmental positions, sums of money, and family information. Bill of sale for two slaves. Letter from Francis Marion Cockrell to John H. Winston, Clay County, MO, concerning possibilities of renomination for the U.S. Senate.

Wright, Austin, Papers, nd, 1944-1963, (S1022)
3 folders
This collection contains newspapers, newpaper clippings, and photographs.

Wright, Dr. Katie H, (1923 - ), Research Papers, 1970-2000, (S0646)
7 Boxes, 67 Folders, 239 Phogtographs, Scrapbook
This collection documents Dr. Katie H. Wright's educational career, her political appointments, her awards and an accomplished historian and writer. It also documents Dr. Wright's service on many community boards and organizations in St. Louis and East St. Louis. The papers include her correspondence, awards, board meeting minutes, newsclipping, pamphlets, photographs, and articles written Wright has written for the St. Louis Argus.

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.


Yancey, Charles S. ( -1857), Letters, 1839-1865 (C0192)
8 folders
Letters of a circuit court judge from Greene County, Missouri, largely written to his wife in Springfield. Tell of the court; discusses Benton; Clay Compromise; and the slavery question. Other family letters. Originals in possession of donor.

Young Men's Christian Association, Pine Street Branch, The Pine Torch Newsletters, 1924-1948 , (S0697)
351 Issues On 3 Microfilm Rolls
The newsletters give a good account of the early years of this important YMCA branch as well as a glimpse of the African-American community of the time. Each issue has been assigned a folder number to enhance indexing. The newsletters were separated from the rest of the addenda because of their fragile condition.

Young, F. Weldon, The 30'S: Donnybrook Decage In St. Louis Public School Power Plants: A Geechee Maverick's Quest In A Jim Crow City, 1982, (S0095)
1 Volume
Unpublished manuscript by a retired black engineer on his successful effort to place black engineers in the St. Louis Negro public schools.

Young, Nathan B. (1862-1933) Autobiography, 1923-1928, (S0094)
6 Folders
Correspondence and drafts of autobiography, "The Quest and Use of an Education," by a black educator who attended Talladega College, Oberlin College, and Selma University. Young taught at Tuskegee Institute and Atlanta University, and was president of Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri.