Chariton County Manuscript Collections

Chariton County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Keytesville. These collections deal in some manner with Chariton 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.

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."

Applegate, Lisbon (1803-1875), Collection, 1819-1903, (C0996)
2 linear feet, 18 volumes
Correspondence and business papers of Lisbon and Lewis M. Applegate of Keytesville, Missouri. Letters from George W. Applegate in California, 1848-1873, describing prospects for ranching, gold mining, and wine-making ventures; politics; and impact of Civil War and abolitionists. Civil War in Missouri; politics in Missouri and Chariton County; economic conditions and opportunities in Chariton County.


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.

Benecke Family, Papers, (CA5893)
44.9 cubic feet, 2 oversize volumes, oversize material
Addition of Benecke family materials. Includes professional and personal correspondence, photographs, glass plate negatives, cartes-de-visite, stereograph cards, diaries, clippings, volumes, periodicals, scrapbooks, Grand Army of the Republic materials, Missouri Constitutional Convention materials, genealogical data, ephemera, and miscellaneous material. Includes Magruder, Sasse, Zillman, and other related families.

Bentley Family Collection, 1818-1980, (C3042)
73 folders, 1 volume
Correspondence of Nancy V. Bentley, Jordan R. Bentley, and J. Marshall Bentley. Reminiscences of Jordan R. Bentley and material pertaining to Bentley and other allied families. Material on the Civil War in Chariton, Howard, and Cooper Counties, family and social life in the 1880s and 1890s and Chariton County history.

Bentley Family, Collection, (CA2968)
0.6 cubic feet, 1 oversize item
Addition of financial and legal papers of Reverend Thomas Fristoe of Chariton County, Missouri; slave bills of sale, land deeds, correspondence, clippings, genealogical materials, miscellaneous legal papers, and biography of Jordan Ruthven Bentley (1897-1981); and land patent issued to James Bentley of Chariton County, 1843.

Benton, Mrs. J. William, Photograph Collection, (P0480)
19 photographs
Photos of the William E. Hill home and monument in Keytesville, and John B. Wornall home in Kansas City.

Bill, Florence Harrison, Genealogical Pamphlet, 1950, (C0758)
1 folder
As I Recall, Stories of and for the Family by Florence Harrison Bill, containing unusual stories of Columbia, Glasgow, and Fayette, MO.

Bowen Institute of Pharmacy, Extension Course Lessons, n.d., (C3842)
7 folders, 1 oversize item
The records contain extension course lessons in botany, chemistry, medicine, and pharmacology through the Bowen Institute of Pharmacy in Brunswick, Missouri. Dr. Cyrus W. Bowen began the pharmacy school in 1910. The course lessons of the Bowen Institute were donated as part of the Benecke Family Papers. It was decided to make the lessons a separate collection.

Brandt, Bill, Photograph Collection, (P0481)
28 photographs
Copy photos of the Cutoff Club, near Dalton, Missouri, 1930s-1950s

Brunswick, Missouri, Fire Department, Records, 1894-1939, (C3061)
1 volume on microfilm
The records of the Brunswick Fire Department contain meeting minutes, election of officers, lists of members, financial records, and lists of fires, dating from organization in November 1894, through January 1939.


Caldwell, J.C., Photographs, (P0426)
0.21 linear feet
Photos of Boone County: Gordon Manor, Maplewood, M.K.T. Railroad Tunnel, Schaefer's Shoes, St. George's Church. Also, photos of Chariton County historic buildings.

Civil War Regimental Histories, Missouri, n.d., (C3500)
1 folder
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.

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.

Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.

Couch, May Bartee, Collection, (CA6422)
27 cubic feet
Collection of family research files and obituaries of a professional genealogist from Marceline, Missouri, largely concerns Chariton, Linn, and surrounding counties.


Field, Gabriel, Journal, 1819, (C1891)
1 folder
The papers contain a journal of a trip from Camp Missouri to Chariton kept by Gabriel Field from October 31 to November 27, 1819, for Colonel H. Atkinson. Journal includes detailed directions and observations of the area. Two maps of route.

Fort D'Orleans, Photographs, 1933, (C0786)
1 folder
Annotated stereoscope photos of the probable site of Fort D'Orleans. Four photos with duplicates.


Gant, Raymond, Photograph Collection, (P0486)
6 photographs
Photos of the Cutoff Club, near Dalton, MO, ca. 1940s.

Glasgow, [Missouri] Merchant's Ledger, 1895-1897, (C2325)
1 volume
Ledger of an unidentified Glasgow, MO, mercantile company.

Glasgow Savings Bank Books, 1865-1920, (C2554)
106 volumes
Records of an early Missouri bank.

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.


Hardin, I., Veteran's Records, 1823-1857, (C2400)
1 folder
Application for transfer of pension funds and original claim of Thomas Hardin, Howard County, MO, veteran of the Revolutionary War, who served in a Virginia regiment and Virginia militia, 1776-1800; also pension application papers of heirs of John Long, who served in the North Carolina militia.

Harrison, Marr & Co., Books, 1867-1869, (C2323)
2 volumes
Ledgers kept by a flour manufacturing business. John Harrison was president and Thomas H. Marr was secretary.

Hill, William E. and Bettie Redding, Letters, 1851, 1865-1866, (C3831)
0.2 linear feet
The papers contain correspondence between husband and wife concerning Civil War ravages of home and property in Keytesville, Chariton County, Missouri. Hill, a Southern sympathizer, returned to Keytesville to locate and rescue his property, but decided to reopen his mercantile establishment and bring his family home. Relates hazards, sectional animosity, loss of property, Reconstruction politics, friends and neighbors.

Hughes Family Papers, (CA6215)
3 cubic feet
Correspondence of a family from Chariton County, Missouri, spanning the mid-1800s to the 1990s.  Includes three volumes of transcriptions and images compiled by Charles L. Hughes.  Also contains materials from Democratic Party activities and conventions in the early twentieth century.


Insurance Company of North America, Policy Register, 1882-1889, (C2319)
1 volume
Records of Glasgow, MO, agency, of which James S. Thomson was agent.


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.

Jameson, E.H.E., Letter, 1865, (C1571)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Thomas C. Fletcher, from St. Louis, July 5, 1865. The letter recommends the appointment of Thomas Allen of Brunswick, a Union man, as judge of the Chariton County court of common pleas. Endorsed by W.S. Field and A. Griffen. Returned by the governor for added recommendations.

Jones, John A., Papers, 1876-1905, (C3748)
1 folder
The papers of John A. Jones contain a rental agreement for land in Indiana; a trust deed for land in Chariton County, MO, and an order of publication for the settlement of Jone's estate.


Keyte, James, Collection, 1818-1876, (C1011)
0.8 linear feet; also available on 2 rolls of microfilm
Land records, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers of James Keyte, Missouri pioneer, founder of Brunswick and Keytesville in Chariton County, Methodist preacher, and merchant.

Keyte, Joseph T. (1838-1922), Papers, (CA6376)
1 folder
Civil War diary, memoir, and miscellaneous papers of Joseph T. Keyte of Brunswick, Missouri. A Union soldier, Keyte served with the 49th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Sketches are included in the diary.

Kinkhorst, Mrs. Ben H., Photograph Collection, (P0490)
11 photographs
Photos of Chariton County sites.


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.


Manchester, David, Letter, 1819, (C2064)
1 folder
To Lydia, Washington County, NY, from Chariton, MO, Apr. 19, 1819. Writes his sister about land and corn prices, and admission of Missouri Territory as a state.

Miller, John, Affidavit, 1828, (C3381)
1 folder
Affidavit signed by John Miller concerning presidential election returns, November 1828, from Chariton and Howard Counties.

Missouri Central Railroad Company, Articles of Association, 1868, (C1719)
1 folder
Articles of association of a railroad to run from Laclede to an intersection with the Brunswick and Chillicothe Railroad in Chariton County. Amount of capital, stock, list of directors, and stockholders.

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 German Heritage Corridor Oral History Project (C4354)
0.4 cubic feet (6 folders, 9 CDs)
The collection consists of interviews with Missourians who have lived in the German Heritage Corridor and have worked to promote and preserve its cultural institutions. The collection includes digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews.

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 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, Salisbury, Lantern Slides, 1910s, (C3868)
148 lantern slides on 1 roll of microfilm
Lantern slides of Salisbury residents taken along Salisbury streets by an unknown photographer.

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.


National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, Record Book, 1894-1902, (C2318)
1 volume
Record book of a Glasgow, MO, agency, George B. Harrison, agent.


Pearson Family, Papers, 1822-1941 (C0297)
6 folders
Papers of Isaac Pearson (1810-1895), of the mercantile firm of Boon, Pearson, and Smith of Fayette, Missouri, and miscellaneous writings of his grandson, Ben S. Pearson of St. Louis.

Pershing, John J., Teacher's Contract, 1881, (C2038)
1 folder
The collection contains a contract between Pershing and District No. 1, Township No. 56, Range No. 20, Chariton County, MO, for three months.

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.

Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Board of Trustees' Proceedings, 1868-1926, (C1209)
2 volumes
Articles of association; certificate of incorporation; charter granted by secretary of state of Missouri; by-laws; and reports of the president and treasurer and the director of Morrison Observatory, as incorporated in the minutes of the meetings of the board of trustees of the Pritchett School Institute (later Pritchett College) in Glasgow, MO.

Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Cash Book, 1868-1917, (C1207)
1 volume
Cash book of a college in Glasgow, MO.

Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Journal, 1877-1918, (C1208)
1 volume
Records of Pritchett College and Morrison Observatory. Salary, endowment, tuition, and real estate records are included.


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.

Reed, Linda, Photograph, (P0012)
1 photograph
Photo of 1925 Brunswick kindergarten class posed outside their building; individuals identified.


Sasse, David Blake, Photographs, (P0449)
1 folder
Photos of Chariton County and Boone County (Katy Trail Fun Festival), ca. 1988-1991

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.

Shackleford,Thomas, (1822-1908), Books, 1893-1902, (C2324)
4 volumes
Shackelford was a lawyer, merchant and landowner in Glasgow, MO, and president and a stockholder of the Glasgow Savings Bank.

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.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Audio Cassette Collection, 1976-2000, (C3963)
0.3 linear feet, 34 audio cassettes
The State Historical Society of Missouri Audio Cassette Collection is a collection of miscellaneous interviews, lectures, and speeches collected over the years.

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.


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.

Triplett, John E. M., Papers, 1882-1920, (C2213)
1 folder
Chattel mortgage for stock and farm machinery to Triplett of Triplett, Chariton County, MO, from Jeff Pennington, Carroll County, MO, 5 August 1899, and thirty-eight promissory notes to Triplett.


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.


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.

Vaughan, Isaac P. (1816-1895), Diploma, 1837, (C1851)
1 folder
The collection contains a diploma in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Vaughan practiced medicine in Glasgow, MO, from 1839 until 1864.


Wagner, G.O., Account Books, 1851-1860, (C1284)
2 volumes
Accounts of a Glasgow, MO, merchant.

Weston Bank of Missouri, Books, 1859-1878, (C2320)
2 volumes
Records of the Glasgow branch of Weston Bank of Missouri.