Clark County Manuscript Collections

Clark County was organized in 1836. The county seat is Kahoka. These collections deal in some manner with Clark 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."


Bedell, William (1795-1844), Day Book, 1834-1844, (C1454)
1 folder
Bedell was a Clark County, MO, farmer. Day book contains diary notes, articles of agreement, court summons, and farm and household accounts paid and received.

Boggs, Lilburn W., (1792-1860), Papers, 1838-1839, (C1753)
1 folder
Acts of the General Assembly during the administration of Governor Boggs, concerning organization and boundaries of Clark, Buchanan, Grundy and Platte Counties, declaration of Ni-chi-ne-ba-to-na River as a navigable stream; and payment for services of grand jurors.

Boggs, Lilburn W., Proclamation, 1839, (C2403)
1 folder
Relative to difficulties existing between the Territory of Iowa and the State of Missouri in relation to the boundary line between the two governments.

Breckenridge, William Clark (1862-1927), Papers, 1752-1927, (C1036)
4.75 linear feet, 21 volumes, 3 rolls of microfilm
The papers of the St. Louis businessman, writer, and historian contain correspondence, scrapbooks, book sale announcements, and miscellaneous materials, with an emphasis on St. Louis and Missouri history.

Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
51 photographs
Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.


Callison, Alberta, "History of Kahoka, Missouri", (C3532)
1 folder
The papers contain a history of settlement, early houses, businesses, schools, churches and social customs of Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri.

Campbell, Isaac R. (1798-1882), Papers, 1821-1887, (C1001)
0.4 linear feet
Business correspondence, miscellaneous accounts, receipts and legal papers of a businessman and merchant of St. Francisville, MO. Material concerning local elections and poll books. Names of electors and how they voted in the national election in 1864.

Church of God. Antioch, Missouri, Records, 1869-1908, (C2899)
1 folder
Membership roll and record of funerals. Also membership roll of the Church of God, at Mt. Nebo, MO.

Crosman, S.H., Letter, 1838, (C2436)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to J.R. Campbell, St. Francisville, MO, from Keokuk, [IA], May 26, 1838, concerning land deeds he is bringing with him to St. Louis, business, and estate of Isaac Antaga.


Dixon, Ben F. (1892-1970), Papers, 1941-1958, (C3749)
1 folder
The papers of Ben F. Dixon contain press releases detailing the events which led to the Battle of Athens, MO, on 5 August 1861; the battle itself; and the aftermath. The papers also include biographical sketches of the leaders of the opposing forces. The articles were written in the 1940s on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the battle.

Donaldson, L.W., Photographs, (P0483)
2 photographs
Photos of Clark County: Wayland Homestead and St. Francisville Baptist Church.


Greenlee, Frank E., Photographs, (P0487)
4 photographs
Photos of Clark County: Benning house, St. Francisville Baptist Church, Sickles Tavern, Maxwell house.

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.


Hiller Family Papers, 1785-1993, (C3856)
7.2 linear feet, 2 volumes
Papers of a family of farmers, lawyers, bankers, doctors, and business people of Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, genealogical records, estate records, diaries, personal account books, deeds, military records, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, manuscripts, and miscellaneous material.


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.


Kahoka Methodist Church, History, 1962, (C3377)
1 folder
History of church compiled for its 100th anniversary by Alma Bridget; fragment of copy of letter from F.F. Audsley to his wife.


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.


Maxwell, A., Record Book, 1853-1856, (C1162)
1 volume
Record of hogs purchased by A. Maxwell and Maxwell and Johnson, Alexandria, MO, 1853-1856. Includes date, number, and weight of hogs; name of seller; and price."

Maxwell and Johnson, Alexandria, Missouri, Account Book, 1861-1862, (C1163)
1 volume
Accounts of a general merchandise firm, Alexandria, MO."

McCoy, Joseph, Papers, 1815-1908, (C2144)
2 folders
Eight land deeds (3 to land in St. Louis, 1815-1820; 5 to land in Clark County, 1856-1866). Power of attorney and land purchase receipt, 1844. Daybook of McCoy's business transactions in Waterloo, MO, 1841-1842.

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, Clark County. Papers, 1842-1846, (C3543)
1 folder
The Clark County papers contain a record of names of voters and votes cast for all candidates in the August 1842 primary election in Clark County; and a muster order to the 75th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 14th Division of Clark County Militia, May 8, 1846.

Missouri. General Assembly, 23rd, House Bill 720, 1865, (C3380)
1 folder
Act amendatory to an act entitled "An Act to Incorporate the Alexandria, Canton, Lagrange, and West Quincy Railroad," approved 18 February 1865.

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.


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.

Redd-Brotemarkle Photograph Collection, (P0491)
14 photographs
Photos of Athens, Clark County

Rowley, R.R., "Nature Work In and Out of the Schoolroom," 1904, (C1638)
1 folder
The collection contains a paper on entomology read to the Clark County teachers at Kahoka, MO, 28 October 1904.


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.

Stein, George, Travel Report, 1881, (C3287)
1 folder
The collection contains an account of the George Stein family migration to America in the fall of 1881 aboard the SS NECKER, and their settlement in Clark County, MO.


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.