Camden County Manuscript Collections

Camden County was organized in 1841. It was originally called Kinderhook County. The county seat is Camdenton. These collections deal in some manner with Camden County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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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.

Alexander, Ben W., Collection, (P0378)
1 folder
Postcards of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia MO, Chillicothe Business College, Winston Churchill Memorial Library, Missouri State Capital, Kansas City MO, Interstate 70, Windermere Baptist Assembly (Roach, MO) and Lake of the Ozarks.

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."

Anchor Milling Co., Shipping Records, 1897-1911, (R0110)
4 volumes
This collection consists of freight lists, cash book, and weekly time book of boats operated on the Osage River by the Anchor Milling Company of Tuscumbia in Miller County, Missouri. The vessels included the steamboats J. R. Wells and Dauntless, and the gasboat Ruth. The boats operated on the Osage from Tuscumbia to Linn Creek.

Atkisson, James F., Photographs, (P0364)
25 photographs
18 photographs of Lake of the Ozarks area, 7 additional photographs on various subjects


Bagnell Dam Aerial Photograph, (P0995)
1 photograph
Aerial photograph of the dam Lake of the Ozarks and the spillway

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.

Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection, (R1411)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder, 17 photographs)
The Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection contains photographs documenting the town of Barnett, Missouri and the surrounding area where the Lake of the Ozarks would be with the completion of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. Included are images of the early stages of construction on the river.


Camden County, Missouri, School District No. 2 (Green Ridge School), Records, 1892-1922, (R0650)
7 volumes
These are records of the Green Ridge School near Climax Springs in western Camden County, Missouri. Among the records are minutes of meetings, annual enumerations of students and lists of taxpayers, teachers' contracts, clerks' reports to the county, rules and regulations, class registers, and classifications of students.

Camden County Fair Association, Booklets, 1953-1956, (R0715)
1 folder
These are "premium list" booklets for the "1st Annual Camden County 4-H Club and Open Livestock Show," held on 8 August 1953, and the "Camden County 4-H Club and Open Livestock Show and Dairy Day" held on 25 August 1956 at the J Bar H Rodeo Arena in Camdenton, Missouri.

Camp Carry-on, Linn Creek, Missouri, Brochure, 1919, (R1186)
1 folder
This is a brochure for Camp Carry-on near Linn Creek in Camden County, Missouri, for the 1919 season. Located on the Big Niangua River, the camp offered "military training for girls" in three-week sessions under the direction of Natalie Wilson and Delle B. Corum.

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

Chorlton, Tom (1946-2014), Papers, (CA5803)
37.75 cubic feet, 29 video cassettes, 2 audio cassettes, 1 audio tape
Papers of an educator, political activist, and gay rights advocate. Includes correspondence, meeting and event material, clippings, and miscellaneous records and personal papers, 1960s-2010s. Also included is research material and drafts for Chorlton's book The First American Republic.


Daarud, Bertha M. Williams, Photograph Collection, (P0455)
18 photographs
Photos of Camden County, primarily the Linn Creek area, used in Daarud's book The Ozark Farmer's Daughter.

Davidson, Ernest Evans, Photograph Collection (R1320)
0.2 cubic foot (8 folders, 92 photographs)
The Ernest Evans Davidson Photograph Collection contains the personal and family photographs of Ernest Davidson of Clay County, Missouri. Images include family photographs, scenes of family vacations in Althea, Missouri, and on the North Fork of the White River.


Elgin, Robert L., Research Collection, 1960-1993, (R1261)
65 folders
These are the research files of a civil engineer, surveyor, and historian from St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The collection includes reports, scale sketches, and photographs concerning the restoration of various historic sites in Missouri, charcoal iron furnace sites in Missouri, and prehistoric petroglyph and pictograph sites in the Missouri Ozarks.


Floyd, Mrs. H.D., Postcard Collection, (P0531)
15 postcards
Postcards of Boonville area buildings, Arrow Rock Tavern, and Bagnell Dam (Lake of the Ozarks).


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.


Haarstick, R., Photographs, (P0965)
6 photographs
Aerial photos of Bagnell Dam, 1930-1931, during construction

Hoagland, Dan B., Photographs, (P0150)
0.58 linear feet
580+ photos of mid-Missouri towns, including many small and abandoned locales, and Boone County churches, ca. 1983.

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.


J-Bar-H Rodeo, Camdenton, Missouri, Papers, 1954-1964, (R0978)
1 folder
These are a "souvenir program" for the Third Annual J-Bar-H Ranch Championship Rodeo held on 7-11 July 1954, a promotional brochure for the rodeo held on 7-12 July 1958, and a "souvenir program" for the 13th annual J-Bar-H Championship Rodeo, held on 27 June-4 July 1964 at Camdenton in Camden County, Missouri.


Lake of the Ozarks Association, Brochure and Booklet, undated and 1956, (R1086)
1 folder
These are a brochure and a booklet published by the Lake of the Ozarks Association, Inc., at Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri, to promote tourism and recreation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Lamine River Baptist Association, Minutes, 1845-1882, (R0284)
7 folders
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of the Lamine River Association, 1845-1859 and 1877-1882. Known first as the Lamine River Regular Baptist Association, the organization was composed of churches in Bates, Camden, Cooper, Jackson, Johnson, Miller, Morgan, and Pettis counties in Missouri.

Lauck, Jesse F., Architectural Records, (K0730)
18.37 cubic feet (6 folders, 158 rolled items)
The Jesse F. Lauck Architectural Records consists of correspondence, site surveys, specifications, microwave relay tower information, floor plans for the Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California, and test data on the First Baptist Church in Richmond, Missouri. The collection also contains 158 sets of architectural drawings, primarily designed by Lauck and his firm, of buildings located in the Kansas City metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest region of the United States. These drawings date from 1919 to 1971.

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.

Linn Creek Community Club, Pamphlet, 1926, (R1059)
1 folder
This is a promotional pamphlet issued by the Linn Creek Community Club to encourage economic development in Linn Creek and Camden County, Missouri.

Linn Creek Methodist Church, Camden County, Missouri, Historical Booklet, 1964, (R0428)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "The History of 90 Years of Linn Creek Methodist Church, from 1874 to 1964," compiled by Mrs. F. L. Ridenour. The congregation was formed in 1874 and officially organized in 1882. In 1930 the church moved to higher ground as a result of the construction of Lake of the Ozarks.

Little Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
90 folders
These are minutes of annual meetings of the Little Piney Association, which was composed of churches in Camden, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, and Texas counties in Missouri. At various times, the organization had also been titled a "United" and "Primitive" Baptist association.


Manning, C. A., Letter, 1902, (R1207)
1 folder
This is a letter dated 26 September 1902 from C. A. "Chess" Manning of Bagnell in Miller County, Missouri, to James E. Millstead at Montreal in Camden County, Missouri. There is an accompanying letter from "Mollie" to "Josie," presumably the wives of Manning and Millstead. The letters concern sowing forage seed and household matters.

McCall, Edith, Postcard Collection, (P0460)
1 folder
Photographic postcards of Camden County, with a particular focus on waterways, dams, and bridges.

McConn, Charles A., Photograph Collection, (P0945)
4 photographs
Photos of McConn ancestors, the Osage River Swinging Bridge, and Dr. J.P. Fruit

Methodist Episcopal Church, Wet Glaize Class, Camden County, Missouri, 1889-1921, (R0757)
1 folder
This is a record book of the "Wet Glaize Class" (presumably a Sunday School) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The class probably met in Camden County, Missouri.

Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1997-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource professionals and other individuals related to the environment in Missouri. The records include audio cassettes, CDs, audio logs, and transcripts.

Missouri Forestry, Records, 1929-1994, (R1341)
2.25 cubic feet (53 folders)
The records of Missouri Forestry contain materials from the administration of directors George O. White (1938-1960), Osal B. Capps (1960-1977), and Jerry Presley (1977-1986). This includes materials related to Smokey Bear, fire safety, and the promotion of science, practice, and standards of forestry.

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.

Moreland, Fern, Photograph Collection, (P0461)
23 photographs
Copy photos of Hahatonka, Camden County

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.

Moulder, Nellie, Collection, (P0685)
3 photographs
Postcards of Ha Ha Tonka. Photograph of Wet Auglaize Camp Ground Church.


Newell, Mary Dalton, Collection, (P0131)
0.25 linear feet
Items from Mary Dalton Newell's scrapbook, including photos of the Dalton and and Denman families, ca. 1923-1978, the Osage and Niangua rivers, Ha Ha Tonka, Camden County, Lake Taneycomo, Cape Girardeau, and Bennett Springs. Photos of Columbia and the University of Missouri, ca. 1918-1930, include images of May Day, the Farmer's Fair, football, and the Columns. Postcard of bridges, steamboats, and from travels out-of-state.

Nelson Family, Collection, 1879-1973, (R0252)
5 volumes, 8 folders, 104 photographs
These are scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers, and photographs of the Nelson family of Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. Absolom, Arthur T., and Frank R. Nelson operated a commercial apple orchard and a tavern and motel along U.S. Highway 66. Arthur T. Nelson served on various Missouri state commissions and boards. The photographs in the collection have been copied on 35mm negatives and slides.

Niangua Arm Chamber of Commerce, Camdenton, Missouri, Dogwood Festival Program, 1952, (R0738)
1 booklet
This is the program booklet for the Third Annual Lake of the Ozarks Dogwood Festival, held at Camdenton in Camden County, Missouri.


One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 58 CDs
The collection consists of interviews with people who attended or taught at one-room schoolhouses. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews, photographs, textbooks, as well as some biographical information on the interviewees.

Osage River Regular Baptist Association, Minutes, 1847, (R0285)
1 folder
These are minutes of the meeting in 1847 of the Osage River Association, which was composed of Baptist churches in Benton, Camden, Polk, and Webster counties in Missouri. The minutes include lists of churches and delegates to the meeting, a summary of the association's business, and an "Abstract of Principles."

Osage River United Baptist Association, Minutes, 1849, (R0286)
1 folder
These are minutes of the fifth annual meeting of the Osage River Association, which was composed of United Baptist churches in Camden, Maries, Miller, and Morgan counties in Missouri. Included are membership statistics, a summary of the Association's business, a report on evangelical work, and a circular letter urging adequate financial support of the ministry.


Platner, Wesley and Peggy, Photographs, (P0112)
1.33 linear feet
This collection primarily consists of photographs by Wesley Platner, a professor and physiologist at the University of Missouri, and his daughter, Peggy. Photographs span from the 1940s through the 2000s and include images of Columbia, the University of Missouri, people associated with the physiology department, and travel within Missouri and beyond, to Illinois and Disneyland. Peggy participated in the Jefferson City Camera Club and tours sponsored by the City of Columbia; many photos from the 1990s and 2000s are of their expeditions.

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

Pratt, Benjamin Franklin, Letters, 1861-1862, (R0329)
1 folder, photocopies
These are Civil War letters written at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, by Benjamin F. Pratt of the 13th Illinois Infantry. Pratt commented on the march to and skirmish at Linn Creek in Camden County, camp life, rations, and sickness.

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.

Rubey, Charles W., Papers (R0200)
0.25 cubic foot (15 folders, 2 rolls of microfilm)
The Charles W. Rubey Papers contain the personal, business, and military papers of Charles W. Rubey, a businessman and militia officer from Lebanon, Missouri. Included are personal, family, and business papers, and records from militia organizations raised in Laclede County during the Civil War. The military records include correspondence, orders, equipment, and ordinance returns, certificates of enrollment and exemption, and muster rolls.


Sampson, Francis Asbury, Photographs, (CA6544)
1 folder
Six nature photographs taken in Camden and Morgan Counties of Sampson and a Mr. McCullough of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Shepard, Edward Martin, Lantern Slides, n.d., (R1184)
41 slides
These are lantern slides showing springs, natural bridges, and caves in the Ozarks region of Missouri. They were produced for teaching purposes by Edward M. Shepard, a professor of geology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.

Skyway Airlines, Timetable, 1977, (R1219)
1 folder
This is a schedule effective 24 April 1977 for Skyway Airlines, a commuter carrier that served Columbia, Fort Leonard Wood, Lake of the Ozarks, and Rolla in Missouri, with gateway connections at St. Louis and Kansas City.

Soren, Noelle Louise, Papers, (K0525)
3.84 cubic feet (260 folders, 4 rolled items)
The papers contain research notes, photographs, correspondence, architectural drawings, and other materials related to Noelle Soren's research into the theater building careers of Carl and Robert Boller, known as the Boller Brothers. The results of her research culminated into her two-volume book, Windows to Wonderland: The Cinespace Creations of the Boller Brothers, Architects.

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.


Taubert, A. G., Photograph Collection, (P0184)
1 folder
Series of four original photos showing aftermath of train wreck on Frisco Railroad, circa 1920. Additional postcards of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, and photos of Ha Ha Tonka.

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.

Trefts, Charles, Photographs, (P0034)
3126 photographs
This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.


U.S. 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 Methodist Church, Lake of the Ozarks Parish, Records, 1971-1983, (C4333)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The records of the United Methodist Church, Lake of the Ozarks Parish, contain printed material, programs, evaluations, pamphlets and miscellaneous material of an ecumenical ministry in the recreational area of Bagnell Dam.

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.

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.


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.

Wright, Clark, Papers, 1861-1863, (R0523)
2 folders
These are the Civil War papers of Clark Wright, a resident of Polk County, Missouri, and a Union cavalry officer. The collection includes an order to Wright from John M. Schofield, letters from St. Louis and Rolla to his wife, Sarah Jane Wright, newspaper clippings, rosters of the field and staff officers of the 6th Missouri Cavalry, and a list of signs and countersigns for the post at Lebanon, Missouri.