Audrain County Manuscript Collections

Audrain County Manuscript Collections

Audrain County was organized in 1836. The county seat is Mexico. These collections deal in some manner with Audrain County, Missouri. 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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Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

American 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."

Audrain County Historical Society Photograph Collection, (P0362)
1 folder
20 color slides of interior and exterior of A.P. Green House, MO restored by Frank Kent. Additional images of Mexico, late 19th to early 20th century.


Biggs, Mary, Collection, (P0067)
0.2 linear feet
Postcards and photos of Missouri scenes, the bulk of which depict Mexico and Columbia.

Brown Family Records, 1883-1941, (C2274)
1 folder
Family papers of Brown family of Ashland, Centralia, and Hartsburg, MO, including birth, marriage, and death records. Records removed from mutilated Bible, New Liberty Baptist Church, Ashland, MO.


Capen, Lucy, Postcard Collection, (P0508)
19 postcards
Postcards of Missouri scenes: Lake of the Ozarks, Boone County, Kansas City, Hardin College, and Lebanon, MO.

Cochran, Betty Holmes, The Cecile Taylor Circle of King's Daughters, 1948-1969, 1969, (3327)
1 folder
Brief history of how the group was formed, its members, officers and projects, and creation of an offspring chapter.

Crockett, Lelah E., Collection, (CA3025)
2 linear feet
Correspondence, documents, photographs, newspaper clippings and other genealogical research materials concerning the Crockett, Carter, Mallory, and Pool families of Audrain County, Missouri, and other related families.


Daughters of the American Revolution, Mexico Chapter, Records, (CA5073)
2.5 linear feet
Minute books, treasurer’s records, membership records, lineage materials, and chapter yearbooks of the Mexico, Missouri, chapter.

Douglass Family, Collection, 1838-1990, (C3978)
1.4 linear feet, 13 audio cassettes
The Douglass Family Collection consists of land deeds, personal and business correspondence, oral history transcripts, photographs, volumes, and other miscellaneous items dealing with farm life and agriculture in McBaine, Missouri. There are also records dealing with a flourmill belonging to Northcutt & Brothers in Mexico, Missouri, and an account book for the Oakdale Graveyard in Shelby County, Missouri.


Ferris, G.D., Contract, 1884, (C3182)
1 folder
The collection contains an indenture signed by G.D. Ferris, Mexico, MO, giving J.C. Huff and G.L. Ferris the right to manufacture a threshing machine for which he holds the patent. Letterhead shows Jefferson Street, Mexico, MO.


Gentry, Pleasant Tilman (1813-1897), Diary, 1876-1896, (CA6453)
2 folders
Diary of a Baptist minister from Audrain County, Missouri, includes farm and livestock records, as well as records of marriages performed in Audrain, Boone, Monroe, Randolph, and Howard Counties. Also includes transcription with biographical information.

Green, A.P. (1875-1956), Letter, 1917, (C3589)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Joseph A. Glandon, Mexico, MO, from Green in Miami, FL, Feb. 20, 1917, discussing business and expansion plans of the A.P. Green Fire Brick Company in Mexico, MO.

Green, A.P. (1875-1956), Letters, 1941-1942, (C3103)
1 folder
The collection contains correspondence of a Mexico, MO, fire brick manufacturer with Forrest C. Donnell, Hugh Stephens, vice-chairman of Missouri State Council of Defense, and Keith Martin, discussing industrial camouflage program of Missouri Council of Defense. Green resigned from the Council shortly after his appointment.

Green, Robert S., Photograph Collection, (P0446)
4 photographs
Photographs of the A.P. Green home, Mexico, MO

Green-Bond Family, Papers, (CA6191)
5.8 linear feet, 2 volumes, 1 audio cassette, 1 card file
Papers of Green and Bond families of Mexico, Missouri. Correspondence, journals, photographs and personal files of A.P. and Josephine Green. Scholastic materials, clippings, cards, photographs and files of Christopher S. ""Kit"" and Carolyn Bond. Photo albums document the 1973 Missouri gubernatorial inauguration and national governors' conferences, 1973-1975.

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

Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.


Hoover, J. Edgar (1895-1972), Letter, 1950, (C3586)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to L.M. White, Mexico, MO, from Hoover, Washington, D.C., Apr. 11, 1950. The letter is an acknowledgment and thank you for copies of the MEXICO EVENING LEDGER story on Assistant Chief of Police William Sullivan.

Houston, William N., Receipts, 1858-1870, (C2034)
1 folder
The papers contain tax receipts from Monroe and Audrain Counties, Missouri, and from U.S. Express Company.


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.


Keeton, Henry R., (1812-1890?), Memoir, 1880, (C2684)
1 folder
Recounts his religious experiences and association with Methodist churches of Audrain County, and Mexico, MO. Describes Civil War split in church.

King's Daughters and Sons, Missouri Branch, Records, 1890-1979, (C4254)
2.4 cubic feet (33 folders), 7 oversize items
The records of the King's Daughters and Sons, Missouri Branch, contain scrapbooks of the Missouri branch of the International Order of King's Daughters and Sons. They also have the records of the Missouri Branch's retirement home in Mexico, Missouri, including scrapbooks, applications, minute books of meetings for building expansion, and financial records.

Kutzner, Edwin A., Special Order, 1863. To Captain John D. Meredith, Mexico, Missouri, from Headquarters, Second Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia, Hannibal, [Missouri] August 30, 1863, (C1508)
1 folder
Special Order No. 42 to discharge William O. Bartrum, a private in Company A, 2nd Provisional Regiment, E.M.M., by order of Col. Kutzner, Commander.


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.


Maurer, Joe and Dodie, "Frank James and the Battle of Centralia," 1966, (C3102)
1 folder
The collection contains an account of the Battle of Centralia, 1862, with reminiscences of Edgar B. Rodemyer, then editor of the CENTRALIA FIRESIDE GUARD and of Frank James thirty years after the incident.

Mexico-Audrain County Library, Photographs, (P0401)
1 folder
Photos of historic buildings associated with the 1990 move of the Mexico-Audrain County Library, including Carnegie Library building.

Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America, Records, 1928-1980, (C3644)
4 reels (2 folders, 3 volumes, 16 scrapbooks), 1 filmstrip
Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.

Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts.

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 Lives, Oral History Project, Records, 2014-, (C4249)
0.1 cubic feet, 13 CDs, 1 DVD
The collection consists of interviews with a wide array of Missourians who have had an interesting personal history and life. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, transcripts, and ephemera.

Missouri Military Academy, Photographs, (P0445)
3 photographs
Photographs of the Missouri Military Academy, ca. 1988

Missouri Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
6.0 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.

Missouri, Centralia, Centennial Celebration, 1957, (C3162)
6 folders
Research notes and typed drafts of histories of many of Centralia's clubs, businesses, institutions, and prominent citizens, compiled for the city's centennial celebration in 1957.

Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.

Morrow, Lynn, 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.

Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Records, 1870-1905, (C1356)
1 volume
The records contain minutes of sessions; statistical report to presbytery; registers of adult and infant baptisms; records of marriages and deaths; lists of pastors, elders, and deacons; and communicant roll of members.


New Hope Baptist Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Record Book, 1869-1924, (C3075)
1 volume on microfilm
The collection contains minutes of the church which is located in Wilson Township. It was organized on Monday, 23 August 1869, and was a member of the Little Bonne Femme Association.

Newkirk, Coleman Shelton, Travel Account, n.d., (C3166)
1 folder
The collection contains an account of the Newkirk family who moved from Mexico, MO, to the Sacramento River in California in 1862, and eighteen years later moved from Scott's Valley, CA, to Dayton, WA.


Pearson, Richmond and Elizabeth A., Warranty Deed, 1873, (C1577)
1 folder
The collection contains a warranty deed to land in Audrain County sold to Amos Ladd, Audrain County, MO, for $15,000.

Pomeroy, E.W., Letter, 1847, (C2042)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Robert Aull, Mexico, MO, from E.W. Pomeroy, Santa Fe, May 29, 1847. The letter discusses Doniphan's expedition and Santa Fe trade.

Prairie View Presbyterian Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Records, 1881-1921, (C1361)
1 volume
The records of the Prairie View Presbyterian Church contain organizational meeting, 1881; minutes of sessions, 1882-1917; record of congregational meetings; membership records; record of infant baptisms; and petition to be dissolved, 1921.

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.

Prewitt, Reuben C. (1915-1958), World War II Notes, 1945, (C3326)
1 folder
Notes on Air Force experiences. Cross-country trip to Seattle and description of voyage from Seattle to Iwo Jima and situation at Iwo Jima.


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.

Roemer, Charles, Collection, (P0447)
1 folder
Postcards of Missouri scenes in Audrain and Boone Counties. Photographs of returned WWI Soldiers luncheon, Columbia.

Rogers, Nelson F., Papers (R1318)
1.75 cubic feet (79 folders, 9 volumes, 231 photographs)
The Nelson F. Rogers Papers contain the professional papers of Nelson F. Rogers, a forester with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Research Center. He conducted research at the Sinkin Experimental Forest and Central States Forest Experiment Station, studying reforestation of strip-mined areas and experiments involving the cultivation of shortleaf pine. The collection also includes personal papers and Rogers family genealogical material.


Schewe, Elenore, Collection, 1920-2002, (C4266)
1. 8 cubic feet (39 folders), 3 audio cassettes, 5 oversize items
The collection of Elenore Schewe contains material of her research into refractory companies in Missouri, including both institutional records of the companies themselves and the personal papers and records of various important figures in the refractory companies. This collection was created as part of Schewe's work assisting in the research for the book Refractories: the Hidden Industry by Corinne Azen Krause.

Skelly, James W[illiam], Papers, 1919, (C2379)
4 folders
Pamphlets, blueprints, photographs, reports, correspondence and notes concerning Rhine River installations. Major Skelly, a native of Mexico, MO, served in World War I with the 12th Engineers, American Expeditionary Force.

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

Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.

St. Paul's and St. Matthew's Parish, History, 1960, (C3170)
1 folder
The collection contains a supplement to "St. Paul's and St. Matthew's" a history of the parish. Supplement covers period 1959-1960.

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.


The Missouri Collection (C3982)
17.9 cubic feet, 9 audio cassettes, 3 audio discs, 9 CDs, 1 computer disc, 1 film, 6 film strips, 3 DVDs, 2 video cassettes (791 folders, 21 oversize ite The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Theater, Mexico, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1902-1924, (C4253)
3 volumes
Three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from the Mexico Ledger, Mexico, Missouri, about shows and performances in that town from 1902-1924.

Tuck, Anna Bell, Papers, "Colonel Joseph Crockett, "n.d., (C3321)
1 folder
Genealogy of the Colonel Joseph Crockett family beginning in France in the 1600s when the family name was DeCrocketagni, and continuing into post-Revolutionary War period in America. Several sketches of individual family members.

Tucker, Pearl, Diploma, 1887, (C3368)
1 folder
The collection contains a diploma from Hardin College, Mexico, MO.


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.


Vanarsdale, Susan D. (1824-1856), Diary, 1847-1855, (C1283)
1 volume
Written in Mexico, MO, and various locations in Illinois and Indiana about family and personal affairs; local people; religious activities; and her own writing efforts, some of which she sold to newspapers. No information is available about the location of the original of the diary.


White, L. M., Photograph Collection, (P0068)
22 photographs
Photos of Mexico, MO including the Mexico Ledger & Simmons Stables, St. Paul's Episcopal, Green, Newton and Robinson homes, Missouri Military Academy, Audrain Co. High School. Photos of Tom Bass, Daniel Fitzpatrick, and James and Clarence Robinson. Additional images of horses, including Rex McDonald at the Mexico Fairgrounds and a photo of Rex's tombstone.

Wright, Robert, Photograph, (P0011)
0.125 linear feet
Collection of images focused on Audrain County and Mexico, MO. Includes some train accident photo postcards and images of steamboats.

White, Robert M., II, Papers, (CA2725)
77 cubic feet
Correspondence, speeches, China trip materials, budgets, New York Herald information, and miscellany of owner of the Mexico Ledger, Mexico, Missouri.