Adair County Manuscript Collections

Adair County was organized in 1841. The county seat is Kirksville. These collections deal in some manner with Adair County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.

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American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."

Allred, Enoch, Deed, 1855, (C1882)
1 folder
The papers contain deed to a tract of land in township 62 of Adair County, Missouri, dated November 15, 1855.

Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.


Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.

Beggs, Berenice B., Scrapbook, 1935, (C3557)
1 volume
The collection contains newspaper clippings and photographs, feature stories and magazine articles on Mark Twain, compiled by a teacher in the English Department at Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville.

Bradsher, Henry S. Collection, (P0191)
97 photographs
One large photo album and several loose photo album pages; the second containing small portraits of students from North Missouri Normal School, c. 1885; larger album with larger photos of children and adults from Clifton Hall, Missouri


Civil War Relief Meeting Notice, 1864, (C2804)
1 folder
Broadside announcing mass meetings in Kirksville, county seat of Adair County, to provide widows, orphans and families of active soldiers with necessities for winter.

Collett Family, Papers, 1833-1964, (C2949)
11 folders
The papers contain genealogical material about the Collett family of Adair County, Missouri, including tax receipts, miscellaneous pamphlets and newspaper clippings, poetry and essays.

Crockett, Madeline, Photograph Collection, (P0064)
5 photographs
5 b/w photos of Sabbath Home United Methodist Church. Three exterior views of the Church, one of which shows the cemetery, and one interior view with alter. One b/w group photo of Primary Class during Vacation Church School, with individuals identified.


Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Letters, 1840-1845, (C1611)
1 folder
The collection contains Photostats of correspondence regarding the Missouri-Iowa Territory boundary difficulties; Senator Lewis F. Linn's position, and congressional actions; the definition of the northern boundary of Missouri by the Constitutional Convention and Surveyor General's Office; effects of a boundary dispute in Adair County, MO; Iowa land sales; Missouri politics and Edwards' gubernatorial policies.


Forbis, Karleen Scrapbook, (CA6501)
0.2 cubic feet
Scrapbook kept by a student at the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri, during the 1940s.


Grant, H. Roger, Postcard Collection, (P0696)
35 postcards
Photo postcards of railroads and related images, primarily in Novinger and Adair county. Additional images of Bethel Colony, railroad depots, and locomotives.

Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet, 5 card boxes
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.


Harrington Family, Scrapbook, 1898-1907, (C4331)
1 oversize scrapbook
The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, recipes, greeting cards, programs, newspaper and postcard photographs, and other miscellaneous material pertaining to Kirksville and Lewis County, Missouri, as well as Versailles, Kentucky.

Hughes, Sarah F. Hickman, Reminiscences, 1942, (C1889)
1 folder
The papers contain reminiscences of Sarah Hughes of Stahl, Missouri, regarding family history, the Civil War, and a journey west by wagon train in 1865.


James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.


Kemendo, Frances Cook, Photograph Collection, (P0104)
0.42 linear feet
3 mounted photos related to St. Theresa's Church of the Little Flower, Kansas City; 88 b/w photos of people and places in and around Adair, Lewis and Knox counties, ca. 1900

Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery, "Notes on the Journal of Osteopathy, 1894-1964." [1964], (C2177)
1 folder
History and purpose of the JOURNAL OF OSTEOPATHY.

Knight, Andrew J., Papers, 1866-1896, (C2264)
10 folders
The papers of Andrew J. Knight contain miscellaneous legal papers concerning the purchase and transfer of land in Kirksville, Adair County, MO, and Lawrence County, Dakota Territory. Also included are poems and essays.

Knobbs, Pauline, Photograph Collection, (P0061)
5 photographs
B/w photos of grave markers in Llewelyn Cemetery, Kirksville, Missouri, and of 2 historic Kirksville houses. Markers of 26 Confederate Soldiers killed at the Battle of Kirksville, 6 August 1862, and the gravestone of Jesse Kirk.


Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.


McClay, David, F., Deeds, 1868-1888, (C1884)
1 folder
The papers contain deeds to two tracts of land in township 62, Adair County, Missouri, 8 July 1868 and 20 May 1888.

Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.

Missouri Place Names Study, 1927-1928 (C3459)
0.6 linear feet
Correspondence, term papers, and information collected by graduate students at the University of Missouri during a study of the origin and history of place names in forty-two Missouri counties.

Missouri, Adair County, Railroad Bond Election Notice, 1870, (C2877)
1 folder
Notice of election held March 29, 1870, in Adair County on bond issue to subscribe $100,000 to the capital stock of the Quincy, Missouri, and Pacific Railroad Company. OVERSIZE.

Morrow, Lynn, Papers, (R1000)
21 cubic feet (964 folders, 4 oversize)
The papers of Lynn Morrow contain correspondence and research papers, with an additional significant collection of late twentieth-century promotional and advertising items. The papers reflect major areas of Morrow’s research on the southwest Missouri region; Iron, Shannon, and Washington counties; Theodore Pease Russell and his writings; and the writings of Silas C. Turnbo. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.


Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, Photographs, (P0844)
8 photographs
Photos of Northeast Missouri State Teachers College and related people and personnel


Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.

Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.


Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.

Ratliff, Elizabeth Jones, Photograph Collection, (P0251)
94 photographs
Various images related to Macon County, specifically the town of Ethel, photos of Kirksville State Normal School, 1919-1924, including the 1924 fire and its aftermath, and portraits of identified and unidentified families and individuals.

Republican Party Posters, 1875-1884, (C2854)
1 folder
Miscellaneous broadsides on Adair County, Missouri, political matters. OVERSIZE.

Rieger, Wray M. (1902-1975), Papers, 1942-1972, (C4315)
0.4 cubic feet
The papers of a former military officer and dean emeritus of faculties and professor of chemistry at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College consist of military papers containing special orders, memos, reports, forms, separation papers, physical exams, Rieger’s Missouri National Guard service record, staff lists, and photographs of Rieger and other military officers. The other portion of the collection consists of letters of recognition upon Rieger’s retirement from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College.


Selby, P.O., "Adair County's War Record from Pioneer Days to and Including 1942," 1943, (C1251)
1 volume
Compiled by Selby for the MacDougall-Lowe Post No. 20, American Legion, Kirksville, MO.

Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.

State of Missouri Collection, (P0018)
486 photographs
Over 400 original photos created for the 1904 publication on Missouri at the time of the World's Fair by Walter Williams; shows all aspects and counties in Missouri.

Stauber, Ruby Rose, Papers, (SP0015)
13.5 cubic feet (452 folders, 2 oversize)
The papers of Rose Stauber contain the personal papers of Ruby Rose Stauber. They include correspondence, genealogical research, family photographs, and material related to Rose’s 31 years of service in the Women’s Army Corp.

Stern, Norton, Photograph Collection, (P0065)
11 photographs
3 b/w photos and 2 b/w photo postcards from the College of Osteopathy depicting students and a surgery. 3 b/w photos depicting public buildings in Kirksville, MO; the College of Osteopathy (ca. 1915), the Ward Infirmary Hospital (ca. 1915), and the County Courthouse. Also includes images of Marie Stern and Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.


Truitt, Cyrus R., Scrapbooks, 1893-1963, (C1432)
6 volumes
Scrapbooks of photographs of Novinger and Adair County, MO, 1893-1963, with explanations and captions by Truitt. Pictorial history of coal mining in western Adair County.


U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by county.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
1 volume
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.

University of Missouri, Agricultural Extension Service, Records, 1908-1963, (C2513)
1.5 linear feet
The records of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service contain histories, letters, reports, memoranda, speeches, maps, publications, newspaper articles, and pictures concerning Missouri Agricultural Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture policies; agricultural, home economics, and 4-H extension work; and the College of Agriculture.


Williams, Clarence, Photograph Collection, (P0063)
6 photographs
3 original photos of log cabin that was the birthplace of Andrew Taylor Still, one of which shows a nearby amphitheater. 2 photos of American School of Osteopathy, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. One photo of the Churchill-Truman visit to Westminster College.

Wilson, Clarence, Photographs, (P0407)
19 photographs
Photographs of Hannibal and Kirskville, Missouri, by Clarence Wilson. Also, images of the Lake of the Ozarks, a Daniel Boone Marker, and Warren County.

Wise Family Photographs, (P0874)
8 photographs
Photos of and relating to the Wise family of Kirskville, MO.

World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.