Dade County Manuscript Collections

Dade County was organized in 1841. The county seat is Greenfield. These collections deal in some manner with Dade 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 Insitute of Mining Engineers, War Minerals of the Joplin-Miami District, 1917, (R0896)
1 folder
This is a booklet prepared for the Joplin-Miami portion of the annual meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, held on 11-13 October 1917. It features a narrative report on the district by Otto Ruhl, with maps and data complied by G. B. Corless.

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."

Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. Records, (R1406)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. Records contain the book Win-Win: A Information History of Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., written by Russ Holt and published in 1997.


Burnett and Denney Familes, Papers, 1864-ca. 1985, (R0353)
6 folders
This collection includes correspondence, business papers, genealogical material, and photographs of the families of Ensign Burnett (1833-1912) and Tyre Denney (1828-1873) of Dade, Linn, and Webster counties in Missouri. Included are photographs of Burnett School in Webster County, and miscellaneous items pertaining to the communities of Linneus, Lockwood, and Seymour in Missouri .


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.


Dade County Baptist Association, Booklet, 1958, (R1170)
1 folder
This booklet contains the minutes and associated data of the 68th annual session of the Dade County Baptist Association, held at Fairview Baptist Church in Dade County, Missouri, on 26-27 August 1958. Ira Fortner of Lockwood served as moderator of the session.

Daughters of Rebekah, Dadeville Lodge No. 555, Dadeville, Missouri, Membership Register, 1911-1952, (R0612)
1 volume
This is a membership register from the Rebekah lodge at Dadeville in Dade County, Missouri. It contains the names of members and the dates of active memberships, transferals, and suspensions. There is a fragmentary index at the beginning of the volume.

Downing and Whinrey Families, Papers, 1837-1929, (R0049)
11 folders, photocopies
This collection consists of receipts and correspondence of the Downing and Whinrey families of southwestern Missouri. Both families had members who went to California to mine gold in the 1850s, some of whom remained to settle in the West. Most of the collection consists of letters written to relatives in Missouri.


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.


Haley, Charles, Letter, 1847, (C0946)
1 folder
To Charles Haley, Sullivan County, MO, from Dade County, MO, Aug. 12, 1847. Tells his father about the condition of the land, and crops and timber in Dade County.

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.

Jones, Alvin R., Photographs, (P0605)
20 photographs
Photos by Alvin R. Jones of Dade County historic sites ca. 1958.


King, Thomas C., Mining Report, ca. 1951, (R0179)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection contains drill hole logs, assay reports, and a general mining history of a tract near Dadeville in Dade County, Missouri. The report was prepared by Thomas C. King in connection with a lease of the property by Hugh M. Russell.


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.


Mann, Edgar P. (1858-1953), Papers, 1884-1945, (C2462)
4 folders
Correspondence and memorandum concerning Democratic politics in Dade County, MO, and William Joel Stone's campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for U.S. congressman, 1884. Mann, a lawyer in Greenfield, was influential in gaining support for Stone in Dade County.

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.

McConnell, Jasper S., Insurance Policies, 1886-1922, (C2212)
1 folder
Tornado policy on house for Archibald McLemone with the Home Insurance Company, New York, 1886-1891. Fire and lightning insurance for Jasper S. McConnell on horses, mules, and dwelling house with the Farmer's Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Dade County, MO, 1910-1915, 1917-1922.

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.

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.

Morgan, Wick, Journal, 1854, (C3817)
1 folder
Journal of Wick Morgan describing his trip to California from Dade County, MO, with a wagon train. The notes detail the availability of food, the conditions of the roads, and the mileage traveled daily by the group.

Morris, Albert G., Papers, 1898-1903, (R1137)
1 folder
These are merchants' receipts to Albert G. Morris and his business partners, J. W. Toliver and Elmer Lindley, at Dadeville in Dade County, Missouri. Morris, Toliver, and Lindley were proprietors of a hardware, implements, and undertaking firm.


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.


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.

Stauber, Ruby Rose, Papers, (SP0015)
13.5 cubic feet (452 folders, 2 oversize)
The papers of Rose Stauber contain the personal papers of Ruby Rose Stauber. They include correspondence, genealogical research, family photographs, and material related to Rose’s 31 years of service in the Women’s Army Corp.

Strain, W.P., Letter, 1865, (C3233)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to John Strain, Greenfield, MO, from W.P. Strain, Limestone, TN, June 26, 1865, discussing the effects of the Civil War on his area, business and farming conditions, an Independence Day celebration, and family news.


U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by county.

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.

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.


Welch Family, Correspondence, 1839-1854, (R0391)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of letters to and from members of the Welch family in Pulaski and Dade counties in Missouri, and Scott County, Illinois. Topics include family news, acquaintances, health, crops, and the weather.

Wheeler, Barbary A., Deed, 1888, (C3197)
1 folder
Mortgage deed from Barbary A. Wheeler to J.M. McLemore, Greenfield, MO, 12 December 1888.

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.