Bollinger County Manuscript Collections

Bollinger County was organized in 1851. The county seat is Marble Hill. These collections deal in some manner with Bollinger 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."


Bess, Jacob, 1830-1908, Journal, 1864-1865, (R1330)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
This is a typescript of a journal by Bollinger County, Missouri native Jacob Bess during service with the 7th Missouri Cavalry (Confederate), September 26, 1864—June 22, 1865. Brief daily entries note the succession of camps in Arkansas and Louisiana, acquiring horses, and personal expenses.

Bollinger County, Missouri, School Records, 1889-1929, (R0072)
1 folder, photocopies
These are school records from two rural school districts in Bollinger County, Missouri. In volumes prescribed by the state, local officials entered minutes of meetings, school censuses, and other data in specified categories.

Bollinger-Dolle mill and store, Records, 1867-1935, (R0092)
11 volumes, 1 folder
These are journals, ledgers, and miscellaneous material from the Bollinger-Dolle mill and store on the Big Whitewater River near Sedgewickville, Missouri. The mill was built in the early 1800s and operated until the 1930s.


Caby and Hahn families, Papers, 1856-1960, (R1305)
2 folders
This is the Robert W. Beiriger collection of family records of the Caby and Hahn families in Bollinger County, Missouri. The collection includes a land record, military pension papers, birth and marriage records, and five photographs of some of the individuals noted in the documents.

Cane Creek Baptist Association, Minutes, 1904-1992, (R0235)
1 folder
These are booklets containing the proceedings of the 42nd (1904), 91st (1953) and 130th (1992) annual meetings of the Cane Creek Baptist Association. Included are the articles of faith and constitution, minutes, committee reports, and directories of churches and staff. The booklet for 1953 is a photocopy of the original. Organized in 1857, the Association includes congregations in a wide area of southeastern Missouri.


Denny, Franklin Spilman, Papers, 1853-1917, (R0548)
3 folders, photocopies, typescripts
This collection contains family correspondence, a Civil War diary, and military service and pension records of Franklin S. Denny of Company C, 1st Missouri Cavalry. The correspondence includes letters from relatives in California, Nevada, and Wisconsin, 1853-1874. The Civil War diary covers operations around Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, 1862-1864.

Devitt, Linda S., Photographs, (CG0020)
0.01 cubic feet (1 folder)
Ruth K. Hammersmith taught school at Lutesville, Missouri, (Bollinger County) in the 1940s. There are four photographs of 7th and 8th grade classes at the Lutesville school from 1939- 1941. Hammersmith was a cousin to donor Linda S. Devitt.


Eaker, Lorena Shell Genealogical Papers, (CG0024)
0.2 cubic feet (5 folders)
Lorena Shell Eaker transcribed family Bible records provided to her by several families in southeast Missouri and North Carolina. These records were used to compile her two-volume work The Shoe Cobbler’s Kin, A Genealogy of the Peter (Ecker) Eaker, Sr. Family (1701-1976). These papers include both hand-written transcriptions and photocopies of the original Bible records. Also included is the marriage record and sermon notes for Presbyterian minister William G. Peyton of Piedmont, Missouri.


Fletcher, Alma, "Library History of Iron County," 1957, (R0150)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a history of library service in Iron County, Missouri, from private libraries through the establishment of a free public library in 1947 and the Ozark Regional Library in 1948.


Galilee Association of General Baptists, proceedings, 1913-1980, (R0077)
66 volumes
These are proceedings of the annual sessions of this organization of General Baptist congregations in southeastern Missouri. Also included are Old Liberty Association proceedings (1913), Liberty Association proceedings (1916), and a reprinted sermon of Benoni Stinson (1858).

Grand Army of the Republic, Lutesville, Missouri, Record Book, 1883-1889, (R0064)
1 volume, photocopies
This is the record book of the Grand Army of the Republic's post at Lutesville in Bollinger County, Missouri. The volume includes minutes of meetings, 4 August 1883--10 July 1889, treasurer's reports, and communications addressed to the post.

Grand Army of the Republic, Zalma, Missouri, Records, 1865-1913, (R0225)
3 volumes, 12 folders
These are minutes, membership records, and miscellaneous papers of the Grand Army of the Republic's post at Zalma in Bollinger County, Missouri. The collection also includes general orders and circulars from the Department of Missouri, and programs and proceedings of the annual state encampments.

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.


Hahn, Mary L., Photograph Collection, (P0443)
2 photographs
Copy photos of the Bollinger County Courthouse in Marble Hill, 1890 and 1970.

How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.


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.


Kiefner, Charles E., Papers, 1925-1931, (R0189)
160 folders
These are papers of a U.S. Representative from Perryville, Missouri. He represented the 13th District (Bollinger, Carter, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Perry, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, and Wayne counties) in the 69th (1925-1927) and 71st (1929-1931) Congresses. Included are general subject files, post office files, and veterans' pension files.


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.

Little River Valley Land Company, Booklet, ca. 1908, (R0946)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a promotional booklet for the Little River Valley Land Company, which marketed land made available by the drainage of the swamps in southeastern Missouri. A. L. Harty served as president and W. F. Smith served as secretary of the firm, which was based at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

Logan Club, Marble Hill, Missouri, Account Book, 1888, (R0065)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the financial record of a political club in Marble Hill, Bollinger County, Missouri, which supported the Benjamin Harrison-Levi P. Morton national Republican ticket in the presidential election of 1888.


Mabrey Family Papers, (SP0018)
0.4 cubic feet (69 folders, 2 photographs)
The Mabrey family papers consist of the diaries and letters of Henry Yeakley Mabrey and his son, George Henry Mabrey.

Marble Hill bands, Marble Hill, Missouri, Records, 1875-1902, (R0067)
1 folder, photocopies
These are two record books of the community bands of Marble Hill in Bollinger County, Missouri. The records include constitutions, membership lists, minutes of meetings, and financial accounts of the Quartette String Band (1875), the Marble Hill Cornet Band (1876-1878), and the Marble Hill Silver Cornet Band (1887-1902). Although this collection was acquired from two separate donors, the combined material forms a unified history of the Marble Hill bands. The long association of Dr. August Sander with the bands explains the continuity of the records.

Mark Twain National Forest, Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s, (R0471)
109 files
This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with "old-timers" and Forest Service retirees.

McGee Family, Papers, 1838-2000, (C4271)
3.0 cubic feet (60 folders), 6 oversize items, 15 film reels, 1 video tape
Genealogical material in the form of correspondence, notes, photographs, slides, obituaries, histories, marriages, and funerals of the McGee and other related family members. Also includes Civil War muster rolls.

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.


Palmore Chapel, Bollinger County, Missouri, Records, 1894-1976, (R0066)
1 folder, typescripts
These records include lists of pastors, members, baptisms, marriages, and deaths at Palmore Chapel in Bollinger County, Missouri. Hallie Shell, a member of the church, compiled the records. The congregation at Palmore Chapel was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, from 1893 to 1931, and with the General Baptist Church after 1951.

Perkins, Adam (1834-1891), Journal, 1861-1871, (R1335)
1 folder
The typescript copy of Adam Perkins' journal, a farmer from Bollinger County, Missouri, is dated from January 1861 through December 1871. The journal was discovered in 1990 in Plainfield, Illinois. It was then transcribed by Jean Scott of Orlando, Florida and sent to Lorena S. Eaker of Bollinger, Missouri for editing.

Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
2.2 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.

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

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


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

Ramsay, Robert L. (1880-1953), Papers, 1918-1953, (C3230)
2.5 linear feet
The Robert Ramsay Papers includes correspondence, 1918-1953; notes, rough drafts, revisions, and proof sheets for the Place Name series, with emphasis upon the Missouri Place Names; newspaper clippings about Ramsay and newspaper clippings of the Place Name articles. Small volumes of notes and a variety of prints pertaining to his academic classes are included as well as sample themes and bibliographies submitted by his students.

Reilly, Philip A., Papers, (R0084)
0.04 cubic foot (4 folders)
The Philip A. Reilly Papers contains photocopies and annotated typescripts for the Civil War letters written by Philip A. Reilly and Dr. Samuel M. McAnally. Reilly served in operations at Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, and was captured at Ringgold, Georgia. Dr. Samuel M. McAnally describes conditions in southeast Missouri in 1870.


Sander, August, Last Will and Testament, 1907, (R0063)
1 folder, photocopies
These are "Letters Testamentary granted to Charles A. Sander, estate of August Sander; dated August 15th, 1907." This is a probated copy of the last will and testament of August Sander, made 12 July 1907.

Shanks, Attie Zelpha Mitchell, Genealogical Records, 1890-1960, (R0061)
3 folders
This is a photocopy of genealogical records for southeastern Missouri compiled by Attie Zelpha Mitchell Shanks. The records cover the "Upper Hog Creek" area of eastern Bollinger and western Cape Girardeau counties. There is a partial index.

Shell, Casper, Papers, 1832-1849, (R0243)
3 folders
These are a journal and miscellaneous papers of Casper Shell (Schell), Jr., a blacksmith and justice of the peace who lived near Lutesville in what was then Cape Girardeau County, now Bollinger County, Missouri. The collection pertains to Shell's trade as a blacksmith as well as his official duties. A transcript, prepared by the donor, is available.

Southeast Missouri Medical Society, Collection, 1877-1967, (CG0003)
0.5 cubic feet (7 folders)
The Southeast Missouri Medical Society Collection consists of miscellaneous records from physicians and hospitals in the southeast region of Missouri.

St. Francois Baptist Association, Minute Books, 1918-1952, (R0812)
13 volumes
These booklets contain printed minutes of annual meetings of an association of Baptist churches in southeastern Missouri. The St. Francois Baptist Association included about twenty congregations in Madison, Bollinger, Wayne, and Iron counties.

Standifird, Aquilla, Civil War Diary, 1862-1865, (R0458)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the Civil War diary of a sergeant and, later, lieutenant of Co. D, 23rd Iowa Infantry. The diary covers duty in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, 26 July 1862 -- ca. 15 April 1865. Included are descriptions of service in the Army of Southeastern Missouri, the Vicksburg Campaign, including the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge, and Milliken's Bend, and furlough and medical leave in Iowa.

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.


Troy, Jeanie, Photographs, (P0441)
3 photographs
Photos of bas reliefs on the Will Mayfield College Arts & Sciences building.


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.

United States. Army. Illinois Artillery Reg't, 2nd, report, 1865, (R0293)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the final muster roll and service history of Battery F, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. The battery was organized at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in late 1861 and included many residents of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, and Stoddard counties in Missouri.

United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records (R1321)
17 cubic feet (372 folders, 4 maps, 3,238 photographs, 68 negatives, 936 slides, 3 volumes) 
The United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records contain the records of the Bureau of Mines office and research facility established in Rolla, Missouri, in 1915. The records include correspondence, operational reports, project reports, photographs, newspaper articles, program materials, and maps.


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.


Whybark & Fisher Store, Account Books, 1868-1870, (R0104)
3 folders, photocopies
These are financial records of a general store operated by Levi E. Whybark (ca. 1833-unknown) and Robert W. Fisher (1842-1908) at Marble Hill in Bollinger County, Missouri. Included are two ledgers, 1868-1870, and a daybook/journal, 1870.

Will Mayfield College, Yearbook, 1927, (R0950)
1 folder
This is Ozark Glory, the 1927 yearbook for Will Mayfield College at Marble Hill in Bollinger County, Missouri. The book was dedicated to the college's president, W. C. Ferguson, and contained information about the school's faculty, students, activities, and campus.

Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.