Cooper County Manuscript Collections

Cooper County was organized in 1818. The county seat is Boonville. These collections deal in some manner with Cooper County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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A.B. Hirsch Drug Store, Boonville, Missouri, Records, 1904-1963, n.d., (C4032)
3.4 linear feet
The collection contains a sampling of prescription records from the A.B. Hirsch Drug Store located in Boonville, Missouri. Also included are papers pertaining to Vico Salve, which was developed and sold by Asbury B. Hirsch.

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."

Ashley, William Henry, Letter, 1837, (C2541)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter concerning the purchase of a residence in Virginia for Ashley's sister and purchase by Chouteau and Ashley of land between Arrow Rock and Boonville, Missouri.


Baker, J.H.P. ( -1913), Civil War Diary, 1864-1865, (C1449)
1 volume
The diary of J.H.P. Baker, dated October 16, 1864-June 17, 1865, discusses the war in Missouri, Price's retreat, the Southern cause, Lee, Johnston, Beauregard, Price, Shelby, Sherman, guerrillas, Lee's surrender, Lincoln's assassination, and Johnson's inauguration. Baker, a doctor with General Shelby, was in charge of a Texas Confederate hospital.

Barile, Mary, Photograph Collection, (P0878)
4 photographs
Late 19th century studio portraits from Boonville, MO

Bell Family, Papers, 1868-1891, (C2389)
1 folder
The collection contains memorabilia of the J.W. Bell family of Boonville, MO, during the 1800s.

Bell Family Papers, 1875-1969, (C3045)
1 reel
Papers of a Boonville, MO, family containing genealogical material, correspondence, memoirs, clippings, photographs, and Marie Bell McCoy's manuscripts.

Bell, Charles C., Photograph Collection, (P0657)
14 photographs
Photos of Charles C. Bell of Boonville, the Firmin Desloge family, engravings of notable Missourians, and composite of Missouri National Guard, Veteran Company A, 3rd Infantry.

Bell, Charles, C. (1848-1931), Residence, Architectural Drawings, n.d., (C2397)
1 folder
The papers contain plans, elevations, and sections of a Boonville, Missouri, residence. Architects are C.W. Keiser and Llew Epperson.

Benedict, H.B., Proclamation, 1853, (C2829)
1 folder
Proclamation issued by H.B. Benedict, Mayor of Boonville, MO, July 16, 1853, forbidding the riotous and unlawful assemblies arising from the lectures of Billy Ross. Printed on cloth.

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.

Blackstone, R. D., Papers, 1857-1858, (C1462)
1 folder
The papers contain invoices of household goods purchased by Blackstone from J.T. Johnson and Company and from Orrick, Brent, and Thompson, both Boonville, Missouri, firms.

Boonville Presbyterian Church, Boonville, Missouri, Records, 1838-1947, (C2981)
6 volumes on 2 reels of microfilm
The records of the Boonville Presbyterian Church contain minutes of session meetings of ruling elders and membership and financial information of the Old School Presbyterian Church of Boonville. The collection includes lists of ministers, elders, deacons, clerks of session, members, communicants, and baptisms.

Boonville Steam Ferry Company Distance Table, n.d., (C2882)
1 folder, oversize
Table of distances between towns visited by the Boonville steam ferry BIRDIE BRENT.

Boonville Women's Club, Oral History Project, Collection, 2007-2008, (CA6351)
1 folder, 20 audio cassettes, 20 CDs
The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by Meredith Ludwig for the Boonville Women's Club. Ludwig compiled many of the interviews into a 2008 readers' theatre production, "Women's Words: Memories of Boonslick," and supporting material relating to the stage production is included.

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.

Brick Extension Club, Otterville, Missouri, (CA6233)
0.4 linear feet
Yearbooks, newsletters, and other records of the Brick Extension Club, Otterville, Missouri, a member of the Missouri Extension Homemakers Association.

Brouster, George Washington, (1830-1887), Letters, 1850-1851, (C1832)
1 folder
Letters written by Brouster to his family in St. Louis County, MO, while on an overland trip to the California gold fields in 1850 and while mining for gold in various parts of California.

Bundy, S.G. (1836-1917), Autobiography, 1912, (C2985)
1 reel of microfilm
The collection contains an autobiography of a farmer, pioneer, rural school teacher, Union soldier, and Methodist missionary and minister.


Carter, R.C., A Short Sketch of My Experiences During the First Stages of the Civil War, (C2911)
1 folder
The collection contains a memoir describing experiences of a Confederate lieutenant. He includes the battles of the Hemp Bales, Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Boonville in his reminiscences.

Certain, Mrs. Henry, Collection, (P0526)
1 folder
Postcards of Cooper County schools, including Kemper Military School, and Kansas City. Photographic postcard of Conley & Myers Bank, Columbia. Photo of the Parade of Masons in Carthage.

Chase, George W., Letters, 1841-1843 (C0260)
1 folder
Business letters and letter from Boonville mentioning completion of survey and social life.

Chilton, Octavia Blackwell, Letter, 1842, (C2059)
1 folder
To Betsey Blackwell, Warrenton, VA, from Boonville, MO, Nov. 3, 1842. Letter to mother giving family news and greetings and discussing merits of life in Missouri.

City Hotel (Boonville, Mo.) Register, (CA6546)
1 folder
Addition of hotel register listing names of guests, their residence, destination, and remarks, 1851-1852.

Civil War Letter, 1862, (C1835)
1 folder
To his wife from "Thomas" Nov. 14, 1862. Discusses guerrilla activities, bushwhacking, and the possibility of enlisting in the Missouri Militia, as well as family affairs and future prospects.

Cochran Construction Company, Boonville, Missouri, Records, (CA4344)
48 linear feet, 12 volumes
Correspondence, project files, financial records and blueprints of construction firm.

Cochran Construction Company, Boonville, Missouri, Records, (CA5108)
1 folder, 6 audio cassettes
An addition of oral histories by Jesse Cochran. Includes information about the company, Boonville, and various buildings. Addition of day book, 1870s-1880s, and financial notebook, 1880s-1890s.

Cochran-Jeffress Family, Papers, (CA6348)
0.1 cubic feet
Family genealogy of the Cochran-Jeffress family of Cooper County, Missouri. Included are pages from the Jeffress family Bible and Cochran family photographs.

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.

Cox, Mrs. William P., Collection, (P0528)
5 postcards
Postcards of Odessa Public School ca. 1908, Warrensburg Mo ca 1911, and Excelsior Springs. Photo of girls who attended school in Warrensburg in 1888.


Democratic Central Committee, Cooper County, Missouri, Records, 1884-1890, (C3737)
2 folders
The collection contains clippings of the proceedings of the Democratic County Committee, official returns of the Democratic primary elections, Democratic party tickets, correspondence and miscellany.


Eichhorn, Albert A. Papers, (CA6508)
0.4 cubic feet
World War II letters of a serviceman from Cooper County, Missouri, to his parents and brother back home, 1942-1946. Eichhorn served in support roles in California, North Carolina, and New Jersey, as well as in the Azores. The collection includes a handful of newsletters created by APO #100, 1945.


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.


Harlan, Dorothy Cochran (1924-2015), Photograph Collection, ca. 1898-1902, (P0138)
28 photographs
28 b/w photos of Missouri Training School for Boys in Boonville, Cooper Co., ca. 1900. Exterior and interior views of various buildings on campus, baseball team, school room, brick yard, dormitories, laundry and bath house, and bakery.

Harper, H.W., Chemists' and Druggists' Diary, 1876, (C4241)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
A Chemists' and Druggists' Diary, 1876, which includes notations on weather, social life, and business in Boonville, Missouri.

Hays Winterbower & Co. ledger (C4286)
1 volume
The ledger of Hays Winterbower & Co. contains listings of purchases and purchasers at a general store in Cooper County.

Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
1 folder
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.

Hedlund, Dr. Laurence, Photographs, (P0510)
18 photographs
Photos of Boone, Cole, Cooper, and Osage counties, ca. 1975.

Henderson, William B., Letters, 1900-1912, (C1765)
1 folder
The papers contain correspondence, bills and papers of Judge William B. Henderson, Cooper County and Columbia, Missouri.

Higbie, James, Photograph Collection, (P0106)
32 photographs
4 b/w photos of Boonville Homes: Judge Roy D. Williams and James Higbie. 23 b/w photos of Boonville locals, especially Roy D. Williams and Family, ca. 1880s-1961. Additional unidentified portraits, 4 depicting children in the 1860s-1880s; 2 of women in 1877 and 1890.

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.

Holmes, Patricia, Photograph Collection, (P0371)
1 folder
Photographs of Sam Brown, hung in Greenville, MO in the early 1900s; High Street, Miami, MO; Helen steam ferry on Missouri River; University of Missouri Arts & Sciences faculty (1948-1949), Redding-Hill House, and Cooper county historic houses and markers.

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.

Jolly, James, G., "Jesse James Paid in Gold," n.d., (C3088)
1 folder
The papers contain an account of the night of the Missouri Pacific mail train robbery, 7 July 1876, when Jesse James forced postmaster Charlie Steinbach and his family in Florence, Missouri, to feed and lodge his gang, then paid them $90.00 in gold.


Keeton, Henry R., (1812-1890?), Memoir, 1880, (C2684)
1 folder
Recounts his religious experiences and association with Methodist churches of Audrain County, and Mexico, MO. Describes Civil War split in church.

Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri, Collection, 1920-1947, (C4174)
5 folders, 4 oversize photographs
This artificial collection of Kemper Military School material combines several small acquisitions from various individuals. Included are photographs, a yearbook, and miscellaneous papers. For the school's official records, please see C4005.

Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri, Records, c.1910-2001, (C4005)
225 linear feet, 1 videocassette
The papers of Kemper Military School, the oldest military school west of the Mississippi River, include student records and transcripts, applications, commencement material, diplomas, grade cards, and miscellaneous material.

Kingsbury, Lilburn A. (1884-1983), Collection, 1816-1983, (C3724)
9.2 linear feet; 16 oversize volumes, 6 card files
The personal papers and collected materials of Lilburn A. Kingsbury of Howard County, Missouri. Kingsbury was an insurance agent, farmer, orchardist, bank clerk, local historian, writer, genealogist, musician, and antique collector.


Lamine School and Community Club Records, (CA6438)
0.6 cubic feet, 3 volumes
Records of the Lamine School in Cooper and Pettis Counties. The school was consolidated into the Smithton School District in 1952, at which point the community purchased the building and it became a community center. The records include minutes of the Lamine Community Club.

Langkop, Walter T, Papers (CA6527)
0.9 cubic feet
Photographs and material related to the death of a World War I soldier from Cooper County, Missouri. Includes a larged framed portrait of Langkop and a copy of List of Mothers and Widows of American Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Entitled to Make a Pilgramage to the War Cemeteries in Europe.

Laurie, Joseph N., Collection, 1837-1862, (C2663)
3 volumes
Saline County treasurer's book, 1848; Laurie's store accounts from Boonville, MO, 1837-1838; Saline County probate court records, 1858-1862.

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.


McDaniel Family Diaries, 1836-1843, (C2628)
1 folder
Reuben E. McDaniel diary of a trip from Virginia to St. Louis, MO, 1836. Delia Richerson McDaniel diary of a trip from Caroline County, VA, to Boonville, MO, 1841. Also her diary of a trip from Boonville to Virginia in 1843.

McDaniel, Samuel John, Papers, (K0626)
0.75 cubic foot
The collection contains genealogical papers related to the Samuel McDaniel family. Included are five volumes of family history written by Samuel McDaniel and photocopies of obituaries, land records, and muster rolls for various members of the McDaniel family. In addition, there is one volume of religious musings by Samuel McDaniel written during his time as a minister.

Missouri Central Railroad Company, Resolutions, 1869, (C1718)
1 folder
Resolutions to dissolve the Missouri Central Railroad Company, adopted by the stockholders. Company organized to build a railroad from Boonville to Arrow Rock. Cooper and Saline Counties and Arrow Rock failed to cooperate.

Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts.

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 Extension Homemakers Association, Sharing Rich Lives, Records, (CA5320)
1 linear feet
Addition of records from the Jefferson Community Club of Cooper County. Includes annual records, minutes, scrapbooks and related materials from 1929-1993.

Missouri Female College Certificate, n.d., (C2955)
1 folder
Blank certificate for stock in college.

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 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 State Agricultural Society, Fair Program, 1853, (C2816)
1 folder
Program of the first Missouri State Agricultural Society fair held on the Boonville, MO, fairgrounds in October 1853.

Missouri, Boonville. Mayor's Court, Records, 1840-1848, (C2980)
1 volume on microfilm
The records of the Boonville Mayor's Court contain civil cases tried before the mayor and brought to court by the city or the council. Cases involve assault and battery, disturbing the peace, slaughter house operations, market practices, food quality, street improvements, slave offenses, and general safety. The record shows the defendant, the charge, case disposition, sentence, and court costs.

Missouri, Boonville. Scrip, 1842, (C1479)
1 folder
The collection consists blank scrip issued by the city. One sheet containing two one-dollar certificates, one two-dollar certificate, and one three-dollar certificate.

Missouri, Cooper County. Administration Meeting Proceedings, 1828, (C2851)
1 folder
Report of an administration meeting held in Boonville, MO, 22 February 1828. Resolutions supporting John Quincy Adams and a foreign tariff.

Missouri, Cooper County, Assessment Lists, 1859, (C1376)
4 volumes
The records contain assessment lists for districts no. 1, 4, 5, and 6.

Missouri, Cooper County. Circuit Court Records, 1876-1884, (C1564)
1 folder
Indictments and endorsements against Frank and Jesse James, Charles Pitts, and Cole and Robert Younger for robbery and obstructing the railroad, Cooper County Circuit Court, November term, 1876. Warrants for Frank James' arrest, April 2, 1884. Petition for writ of habeas corpus and bonds, April 28, 1884.

Missouri, Cooper County, Papers, 1837-1983 (C3051)
History of Cooper County, its churches and cemeteries, schools, domestic architecture, miscellaneous buildings, and architectural structures; material on Cooper County and Howard County individuals and families; maps; clippings; and photographs.

Missouri, Cooper County. Tax Book, 1835, (C1211)
1 volume
Resident tax book of Cooper County, MO. Jno. H. Hutchison, collector; Robert P. Clark, clerk, county court.

Missouri, General Assembly, 10th Board of Commissioners to Select a Site for the University, Minutes, 1839, (C1658)
1 folder
Minutes, 6 May-22 June 1839. Organization of board, members, examination, description and evaluation of prospective sites: Boonville, Cooper County; Fayette, Howard County; Columbia, Boone County; Fulton, Callaway County; and Jefferson City, Cole County.

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.

Montgomery, Christine, Photographs, (P0144)
0.08 linear feet
Photographs of Walnut Grove, Sappington, and Bellefontaine Cemeteries, the 1993 Missouri River flood near Boonville, New Franklin area, Soulard Farmer's Market 1999, Johnson's Shut-ins 1994, Saline County Courthouse 1998, Jesse Hall 1997 restoration, 2002 Olympic Parade in Columbia, and Ste. Genevieve.

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.


National Park Service, Missouri Historic Sites, Photographs, (P0214)
0.16 linear feet
Photos of historic sites and properties in Missouri, especially St. Joseph.


O'Bryan, Jordan, Letter, 1854, (C3286)
1 folder
The collection contains a copy of a letter to John G. Miller from O'Bryan in Boonville, MO, Feb. 6, 1854, regarding the position of slavery in Missouri and Miller's political strength in Boonville.

Otterville College, Otterville, Missouri, Records, 1885-1908, 1967, (C3066)
0.1 linear feet
The records of Otterville College contain a minute book, catalogs, receipts, and miscellaneous material.


Perry Family Letters, 1837-1872, (C3323)
1 folder
Personal letters mentioning deaths, marriages, religious conversions, slave auctions, and events of local interest. Letters originate in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, or Missouri.

Phipps Photograph Album, (P0563)
1 folder
Cartes des visite and tintype portraits from photo album, of people from Cooper and Moniteau counties.

Pigott, H. H., Scrapbooks, n.d., (C2476)
2 volumes
The papers contain scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from the 1880s: poems, jokes, stories, and truisms. Vol. 1 is a ledger from a Boonville general store, of which about 25 pages are free of clippings. Vol. 2 seems to be a lawyer's notes on land transferals in the 1860s, mostly without clippings.

Powell, Mrs. Earl, Collection, n.d., (C1845)
2 folders
The collection contains letters, receipts, and army passes from the Civil War, and miscellaneous material, 1853-1896, of the Gregory, Wood, and Haley families of Sullivan County, MO, including letters from California, an obituary of Elijah M. Gregory, pictures and history of Boonville, a description of Locust Street in Boonville about 1840; and undated genealogies of Wood, Gregory, and Haley families.

Prairie Lick Presbyterian Church, Prairie Lick, Missouri, Records, 1885-1901, (C3028)
1 roll of microfilm
The Prairie Lick Presbyterian Church was organized out of the Boonville Presbyterian Church in April 1885 by Reverend W. D. Morton. Members held monthly services at the Grange Hall, which they later purchased and repaired for use as a church. On 29 August 1886, the building was consecrated and William H. Cochran was elected ruling elder.
Records of the church were kept sporadically and contain mostly lists of new members received into the church.

Prairie Point Baptist Church, Cooper County, Missouri, Records, 1842-1897, 1913-1949, (C3281)
2 folders
The records contain the original church record book of the Prairie Point Baptist Church, dating from 1842 to 1897. Includes the articles of faith, rules of decorum, covenant, monthly business meetings, subscription pledges, and current members. Renamed three times--Pleasant Grove, Ebenezer, and Blackwater Baptist Church. Miscellaneous items from 1913 to 1949.

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.

Renfrow, Gordon, Photograph Collection, (P0412)
3 photographs
Copy photos of successful bass fishermen (Lake of the Ozarks) and goose hunters (Boonville, MO), 1938.

Rice, Herbert Francis (1901-1963), Papers, 1944-1963, (C2903)
5 folders
The papers of Herbert Francis Rice contain personal correspondence with friends and business associates, largely concerning the Civil War in Missouri; manuscripts of articles by Rice on various Missouri history subjects; newspaper clippings from the Kansas City Times; Rice's obituary; and miscellaneous handbills and programs.

Russell, Thomas T., Letter, 1845, (C1639)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to John Huey, Huntsville, AL, from Boonville, MO, Oct. 20, 1845. Russell, a young doctor from St. Louis, wrote Huey about moving to Alabama and establishing a medical practice. The letter discusses Russell's education and medical practice in St. Louis.


Schmidt, Maximilian E. (1865-1932), Photographs, ca. 1895-1930, (P0001)
950 photographs (716 glass plate negatives, 234 film negatives and prints)
A Boonville photographer, Maximilian Schmidt's photographs consist of glass plate negatives and prints from ca. 1895-1932. Schmidt captured his family, and Boonville inhabitants and their environs including early Missouri River floods, steamboats and ferries, views of Boonville streets and the riverfront area, Chouteau Springs, and the Kemper Family School buildings and students.

Smith, George W., Autobiography, n.d., (C3085)
1 folder
The papers contain the autobiography of George W. Smith, born in Albemarle County, Virginia, and settled in Cooper County, Missouri, ca. 1837.

Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

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, J.L., et al., Subpoena, 1877, (C1573)
1 folder
The subpoena commands Andrew B. Moore, Thomas Argenbright, Felix Crockett, and J.L. Stephens to appear before T.M. Rice to testify for the plaintiff in the case of Thomas W. Norris against Charles F. Moore, Cooper County Circuit Court, Boonville, MO.

Stiffler, William, Letter, 1877, (C3590)
1 folder
The collection contains a love letter to ""Miss Lou"" from Clark's Fork, MO, August 27, [18]77.

Switzler, William Franklin (1819-1906), Day Book, 1895-1898, (C1270)
1 volume
Day book of newspaper and printing business in Boonville, MO. Also Switzler's personal expenditures.


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.

Thespian Hall, Boonville, Missouri, Blueprints, 1976, (C3683)
1 folder
Blueprints done of Thespian Hall for the Historic American Buildings Survey by John A. Huffman, restoration architect. First floor, second floor and balcony plans and longitudinal sections are included.

Thompson, Carol Jo, History of Overton, Missouri, Project, 1977, 1989, (CA6370)
0.1 cubic feet
Project and paper on history of housing in Overton, Missouri, done by a University of Missouri student for a class. Also includes photographs and negatives of Overton, Missouri.

Thompson, Lizzie, Letter, 1864, (C2208)
1 folder
To Beverly [Thompson], [Arrow Rock, MO], from Boonville, [MO], Nov. 1, 1864. Horror of war in Missouri, ""a bone of contention."" Fire destroyed a block on Main Street in Boonville. General Price camped in Boonville, stripped town and country of cattle, forage, and staple goods. Best citizens have fled, friends joining both armies. Family information.

[Thurmond], Nic[holas], Letter, 1865, (C2143)
1 folder
Description of Sterling Price's engagement at Boonville, MO, October 6-7, 1864. Price's retreat from Missouri, Oct. 1864. Army camps in Arkansas, the Federals, horror and grandeur of war, news of friends. Thurmond's wounds and his position teaching school on a Choctaw Indian reservation since November 28, 1864.

Todd, Thomas M. (1917-1987), Papers, (CA2795)
1.5 linear feet
Addition of memoirs and family histories. Primarily the Britt, McCutcheon, and Todd families of Boone and Cooper Counties.

Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.

Tucker, E.W. (1899-1985), Papers, 1920-1980, (C4000)
1.2 linear feet
The papers of Colonel Eugene W. Tucker, staff member and later executive officer of Kemper Military School. The papers include lecture material, articles, speeches, correspondence, school catalogs, financial reports, and miscellaneous items.


U.S. Census, Cooper County, Missouri, 1850, (C1281)
2 volumes; also available on 1 roll of microfilm
Vol. 1 (Schedule 1) enumeration of free inhabitants giving age, sex, and place of birth. Vol. 2 (Schedule 2-6) slave inhabitants, including age and sex; deaths in previous year, including age, place of birth, cause of death; agricultural production; industries; and social statistics, including schools, churches, libraries, value of real and personal property.

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), Collection, 1820-1971, (C2668)
1.2 linear feet
Material relating to the Trigg family of Boonville, MO; the papers of Harvey Bunce, Cooper County civic leader and vice-president of the Tebo and Neosho Railroad; and Charles Van Ravenswaay's correspondence and research notes on various families, institutions, historic sites and events in Cooper and Howard Counties, and miscellaneous material related primarily to Boonville, MO.

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.

van Ravenswaay, Charles, Photograph Collection, (P0014)
0.81 cubic feet (16 folders, 3 volumes, 4 oversize photographs, 7 glass plate negatives)
Collected photographs and other visual materials, primarily documenting Boonville, Missouri, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, Photograph Collection, (P0535)
45 photographs
Copy photo of Presbyterian Church, ca. 1871, Boonville. Photos of Phelps, Franklin, Carter, Greene, and Crawford counties, focusing particularly on caves and other natural features.

Williams, Roy D. (1881-1972), Papers, 1853-1972, (C3769)
2 linear feet
Papers of Judge Roy D. Williams of Boonville, Missouri, containing speeches (primarily on local and regional history), historical notes, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellany.

Winterbower-Wooldridge Family Papers, 1836-1926, (C3046)
2 reels, 42 folders
Correspondence, legal documents, financial records, and miscellaneous items of the Winterbowers and Wooldridges, prominent Cooper County, MO, families.

World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.