Christian County Manuscript Collections

Christian County, in 1859, was one of the last counties in Missouri to be organized. The county seat is Ozark. These collections deal in some manner with Christian 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."

American Sunday-School Union, Field Workers' Record Books, 1917-1930, (R0565)
6 folders, photocopies
These are records of field work by F. L. Spindler and J. S. Wallace, missionaries for the American Sunday-School Union, in Christian, Douglas, Howell, Ozark, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties in Missouri. The records include a daily log of missionary activities, lists of churches, Sunday schools, and superintendents visited, and accounts of periodicals sold.

Anderson, Lucile, Photograph Collection, (P0479)
6 photographs
Photos of Christian County monuments and sites.

Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, Record Book, 1876-1877, (R1288)
1 volume, oversize
This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps, Pulaski, Stone, and Webster counties in Missouri.


Billings, Missouri, Fair Programs, 1906-1966, (R0717)
1 folder
These are eight program booklets for annual street fairs and livestock/agricultural shows at Billings in Christian County, Missouri. Included are booklets for 1906, 1910, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1939, and 1966.

Bolin, Cassinda Bolin Papers (R1388)
0.01 cubic feet (1 folder)
The Cassinda Bolin Papers contains photocopies of correspondence and inscriptions found in the personal Bible of Cassinda Bolin.

Boxley, Joe, Wilson Creek Battle Account, 1905, (C2390)
1 folder
The collection contains an account of the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield, MO, 1861, and events leading up to it, as told by Joe Boxley to William E. Connelley. According to Connelley's interview, Boxley was a Negro slave whose master insisted Joe ride with him to General Price's camp and fight the Yankees.

Brandt and Grant Family Papers (SP0042)
4 cubic feet (70 folders)
The collection contains 35 diaries written by Lena K. Grant. They document the travels of her family during her husband's many deployments, in places like the Philippines, Korea, and Crown Point, Indiana. The collection also contains clippings, pamphlets, a baby book, and other mementos from the family's life.

Buegel, John T., Civil War Diary, 1861-1864, (C1844)
3 folders
The collection contains a diary, in German, with translation by William G. Bek, 1945. The diary documents Buegel's career as a soldier in Company F, 3rd Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, including battles of Camp Jackson, Wilson's Creek and Springfield, and Sherman's march to the sea.


Camp Fire Girls Council of the Ozarks, Camp Shawio, Booklet, 1956, (R0867)
1 folder
This is an informational booklet for the 1956 season at Camp Shawio, a resident and day camping facility near Linden in Christian County, Missouri. The camp was owned and operated by the Camp Fire Girls Council of the Ozarks.

Christian County, Missouri, School District No. 10 (Liberty School), Record Book, 1896-1920, (R1005)
1 volume
This is the district clerk's record book of Christian County School District No. 10 (originally District No. 1). The record book contains minutes of annual and special meetings of the district and meetings of the school board, ca. June 1896—5 October 1920, annual enumerations 1900-1918, and records of warrants issued.

Christian County Baptist Association, Minutes, 1913, (R0922)
1 folder
This is a published minute book of the 54th annual session of the Christian County Baptist Association of Missouri. The meeting was held with Smyrna Baptist Church on 12-14 August 1913. D. T. Baucom of Highlandville served as moderator.

Christian County Stock and Agricultural Show and Home Coming Association, Fair Program, 1920, (R0716)
1 booklet
This is a booklet containing rules, program, advertisements, and other information concerning the "Christian County Stock & Agricultural Show & Home Coming," held at Ozark, Missouri, from 29 September through 2 October 1920.

Cooper, J.V., The Old Springfield Road, 1962, (C2130)
1 folder
The collection contains a description of the history and importance of the Old Springfield Road in southwest Missouri.

Crain, Ada E. (1904-2003), Papers, c. 1860-2003, (C3067)
1.3 linear feet
The papers of Ada Crain, a schoolteacher, consist of correspondence, genealogical materials, photographs, yearbooks, an 1878 diary, and a manuscript written by Crain. The materials detail the first half of Ada Crain's life while living and teaching in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Michigan.

Cummins Family Photographs, (SP0006)
0.5 cubic feet (20 folders, approximately 210 photographs)
The Cummins Family Photographs consist of multiple portraits of adults, children, and candid shots of the family. Also included is some family correspondence, in the form of a letter and postcards, created from 1910 to 1934.

Deatherage, William Newton, Photograph Album, c. 1920s, (CA6464)
1 folder
Photograph album created by the superintendent of Fractional School District No. 1 contains photographs of school buildings and their outhouses and water facilities in Christian County, Missouri. Includes names of teachers and their salaries.


Finley Building and Loan Association, Records, 1899-1920, (R1007)
3 volumes
These are the minute books and a cash received ledger of the Finley Building and Loan Association at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri. The records begin with the organization of the association in 1899 and continue through its entry into receivership in 1916 and dissolution in 1920.

Freemasons, Republic Lodge No. 570, Republic, Missouri, register and bylaws, 1914, (R1276)
1 folder
This is a booklet containing the "Register and By-Laws of Republic Lodge, No. 570, A.F. & A.M. Republic, Missouri, 30 June 1914." The "Republic Monitor Print" of Republic, Missouri published the twenty-one page booklet for the lodge on 30 June 1914.


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.


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.


Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Finley Lodge No. 206, Ozark, Missouri, Records, 1869-1931, (R0601)
5 volumes
These are the records of the Odd Fellows lodge at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri. Included are membership registers, rolls of officers, and official reports to the state lodge.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Nixa Lodge No. 561, Nixa, Missouri, Records, 1898-1909, (R0602)
4 volumes
These are records of the Odd Fellows lodge at Nixa in Christian County, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings beginning with the organization of the lodge on 1 October 1898 and continuing through 13 February 1909, and reports by the lodge to the Grand Lodge of Missouri.


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.


Laramore, Edmond, collector, Baptist Associations Minutes, 1912-1980, (R0394)
17 folders
This collection consists largely of printed minutes of annual meetings of United or Missionary Baptist associations in southern Missouri. The minutes include the records of annual sessions, committee reports, and statistical information on the associations and their constituent churches. Also included are a few miscellaneous Baptist publications.

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.

Lynch, William Henry, Papers, 1859-1905, (R0202)
16 volumes, 8 folders
These are diaries and miscellaneous papers of an educator in southern Missouri. Lynch was a native of Houston in Texas County, Missouri. He served in the 32nd Missouri Infantry during the Civil War, and was principal of schools in Steelville, St. James, Salem, West Plains, and Mountain Grove, Missouri, following the war.


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.

Missouri Dept. of Resources, "The White River Country," n.d., (R0324)
1 folder
This is a map of the White River watershed encompassing all or parts of eleven counties in southern Missouri. Topographic features and recreational sites are shown, as are mills, mines, bridges, fords, schools, and churches.

Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, Sixth District, Secretary's Record Book, 1932-1943, (R1175)
1 volume
These are the secretary's minutes of the annual meetings of the Sixth District, Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs. The record book includes minutes of the twenty-ninth through fortieth annual meetings, 1932-1943.

Missouri History, Scrapbook, 1896, (C1416)
1 volume
The scrapbook consists of newspaper clippings of miscellaneous early Missouri history and other material.

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.

Modern Woodmen of America, Ozark Camp No. 5111, Ozark, Missouri, Record Book, 1913-1920, (R1002)
1 volume
This is the record book of the Modern Woodmen of America camp at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri. The volume includes minutes of meetings, 1913-1919, and a record of benefit certificates issued to members.

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.


Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
1 volume
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.

Ozark Public School, Course of Study, 1909-1913, (R0791)
1 folder
The two publications in this collection describe the "Course of Study" for the Ozark Public School at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri, for the years 1909-1910 and 1913-1914. William H. Lynch was Principal in 1909 and Felix J. Appleby was Superintendent in 1913.

Ozark Reorganized School, Booklet, 1955, (R1127)
1 folder
This is a Bulletin of Information for Patrons, Students, Faculty for the Ozark Reorganized School at Ozark in Christian County, Missouri, for the school year 1955-1956. Clyde W. McConnell was Superintendent of the school district.

Ozarks Steam Engine Association, Souvenir Programs, 1964-1974, (R0795)
9 booklets
These are souvenir program booklets from the Ozarks Steam Engine Association's "annual reunions" near Billings, Missouri. These events featured working "live steam" tractors and other agricultural steam engines.


Phelps, John S. (1814-1886), Letter, 1876, (C1975)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to W. Halliburton, Milan, MO, from Springfield, MO, Apr. 20, 1876. The letter comments on work of the constitutional convention and ratification of new constitution, as well as asking for Halliburton's support for Phelp's candidacy for governor and for his opinion of Phelp's prospects. Also included is a negative photostat of the envelope.

Phelps, John Smith, Receipt, 1864, (R0562)
1 folder
This is a receipt given by John S. Phelps at Ozark, Christian County, Missouri, to Jesse Jennings, administrator of the estate of George Yocum, deceased. The receipt was for a retainer paid to Phelps for legal services involving the Yocum estate.

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.

Rogers, W.F., Letter, 1947, (C1856)
1 folder
The collection contains letters to Historical Society, Columbia, MO, from St. Joe, AR, Feb. 16, 1947, recalling a conversation between his father, John Wesley Rogers, and a soldier guarding the body of General Nathaniel Lyon who was killed 10 August 1861 at Wilson's Creek.

Roller Family, Papers, 1866-1871, (R0310)
1 folder, photocopies, typescripts
These are papers, mostly correspondence, of the Roller family of Christian and Douglas counties in Missouri and Scott County, Virginia. With one exception the letters are addressed to Jacob Roller, in Virginia, from his relatives in Missouri. The exception is a letter from General R. Johnson, an in-law to the Rollers, of Douglas County, to his mother, Sarah (Bowen) Johnson.


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.

Shockley, Joseph M., "Captain William Farley Carter, Model for a Monument," n.d., (C2132)
1 folder
The collection contains a biography of Carter (1843-1930) and history of the Confederate cemetery and monument at Springfield, MO.

Southwest Bethel Association of Missionary Baptists, Minutes of Annual Sessions, 1880-1885, (R0519)
1 folder, photocopies
These are printed minutes of the annual meetings of the Southwest Bethel Association of Missionary Baptists, which was composed of churches in Christian, Stone, and Taney counties in Missouri. The minutes include lists of affiliated churches, membership statistics, minutes of sessions, and the articles of faith. Prior to 1885, the organization was known as the Southwest Bethel Association of United Baptists.

Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Records, (SP0009)
28 cubic feet (851 folders, 1 oversize)
The records consist of the financial documents, correspondence, project notes and publications pertaining to the operation of the non-profit environmental organization known as Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, Records, 1859-1980, (R0362)
635 items in 56 cartons
These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.

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.

Stephens, Lon Vest, (1858-1923), Letters, 1897, (C1725)
1 folder
Five letters and petitions to the governor of Missouri from T.J. Delaney, Judge W.D. Hubbard, members of the Springfield bar, and citizens of Christian County, MO, asking for commutation of the sentences of Amos Jones and William Stanley, convicted bald knobbers.


Thompson, Elizabeth Remay Dabbs, Papers (R0671)
0.25 cubic foot (5 folders)
The Elizabeth Remay Dabbs Thompson Papers contain the personal and family papers collected by Elizabeth Remay Dabbs Thompson from 1850 to 1932. This collection includes photocopies of family correspondence, legal documents, military papers, and business papers for the Dabbs and Thompson families of Greene County, Missouri.


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 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.


Vandeventer, William L., Papers (R1428)
0.2 cubic foot (3 folders)
The William L. Vandeventer Papers contain the unpublished manuscript Justice in the Rough on the Bald Knobbers written in 1937. The collection contains the typed manuscript and accompanying photographs.


Where to go in the Ozarks Booklet (R1443)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Where to go in the Ozarks is a booklet written for tourists, published in the 1930s. It included information about the different towns and locations in the Ozarks.

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.