Dent County Manuscript Collections

Dent County was organized in 1851. The county seat is Salem. These collections deal in some manner with Dent County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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Adelmann, Franz, Ledger, 1873-1875, (R0207)
1 volume
This is an account ledger of a general store operated by Franz Adelmann at Salem in Dent County, Missouri. Adelmann, a native of Bavaria, came to Salem in 1862 and engaged in the mercantile business until his death in 1875. The ledger is indexed.

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."

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.

Ault, John S., Journal, 1883-1887, (R0367)
1 volume
This is the journal of John S. Ault, collector and city marshal of Salem in Dent County, Missouri. The entries concern the collection of fees for business licenses and fines for violations, citations for public nuisances, and arrests for disorderly behavior and public intoxication.


Bank of Lenox, Records, 1911-1939, (R0342)
2 volumes
These volumes are a shareholders' ledger, 1911-1939, and daily statements, 1936-1939, of the Bank of Lenox in Dent County, Missouri. The bank opened in 1912 and closed in 1939.

Barnitz, Franklin Hoke, Papers, 1860-1894, (R0164)
5 folders, 2 volumes
This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Franklin H. Barnitz of Lake Spring, Dent County, Missouri. He was a native of Pennsylvania and freighter who operated from the railhead of the Southwest Branch of the Pacific Railroad in Phelps County before moving to Lake Spring. The collection includes letters from his family in York, Pennsylvania, and from friends and business associates in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.

Birch, Emma Lawrence Sankey, Scrapbook, 1987, (R0351)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a scrapbook regarding Emma Lawrence Sankey Birch and her family. Birch was a native of Salem, Dent County, Missouri, and composer of the march, "The Missouri Girl." The scrapbook includes photographs and miscellaneous biographical material on Birch and her family, and a copy of the sheet music and an audio cassette recording of "The Missouri Girl."

Bradford, Louise, Collection, 1919-1985, (R0468)
28 folders
This collection includes correspondence, printed material, and ephemera collected by Louise Bradford (1898-1986), and Eva Ann Bradford (1900-1966), during their careers as teachers in Missouri schools. Included are letters from former pupils, and printed materials from education and teachers associations, schools in Berkeley, Rolla, St. James, Salem, and Sullivan, Missouri, and women's clubs and service organizations in Dent and Phelps counties.

Broadfoot, Lennis Leonard, Collection, 1909-2005, (R1277)
20 folders, 1 ledger, 1 ovversize scrapbook
This collection consists of correspondence, personal and legal papers, ledger book, scrapbook and ephemera of artist Lennis Leonard Broadfoot. The collection predominately focuses on his artwork and publications, as well as his promotion of the Ozarks region in Dent and Shannon Counties through the creation of a national park, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and the promotion of the arts in general.

Brown, Joseph, Records of Marriages, 1886-1920, (R0168)
1 folder, photocopies
These are records of marriages performed by an itinerant Baptist minister. Most of the marriages recorded took place at Newburg in Phelps County, Missouri, and involved residents of Phelps, Pulaski, and Dent counties.

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.

Bushnell, Douglas Ritchie, Letters, 1861-1866, (R0675)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the letters of an officer of the 13th Illinois Infantry, written during campaigns in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Bushnell was killed in action at Ringgold, Georgia, in November 1863. There are also a few letters from his wife, Emily, and other correspondents.


Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, Minutes, 1859-1996, (R0599)
40 volumes
These are minutes of the annual meetings of the Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, beginning with the organizational meeting in 1859. The Association consists of churches in southeastern Missouri, primarily in the counties of Dent, Iron, Reynolds, and Washington.

Central Ozark Aberdeen-Angus Breeders Association, Booklet, 1961, (R1206)
1 folder
This is a booklet published for the Central Ozark Aberdeen-Angus Breeders Association's "15th Consignment Show and Sale," held near Salem in Dent County, Missouri, on 13 March 1961. Forty-one head of registered cattle were offered at the event. The auctioneer was Wes Hays and the show judge was Vic Gray.

Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.), Company 1730, Bunker, Missouri, Newsletter, 1939, (R1143)
1 folder
This is a copy of Company Attention (Vol. IV, No. 24, September 1939), the newsletter of Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1730, located at Forest Service Camp F-MO-7 near Bunker in Dent County, Missouri. Laval H. Andre was the Company Commander and Fred M. Gannon was Superintendent of Forestry.

Condray, Deleta, Letter, 1933, (R1094)
1 folder
This is a letter dated 27 March 1933 from Deleta Condray of Bangert in Dent County, Missouri, to the Directors of the Adams School District in Phelps County, Missouri. In the letter Condray applies for a teaching job at the school.

Cook, Christopher Columbus, Slave Bill of Sale, 1860, (R0317)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an agreement for the sale of two slave children, by Christopher C. Cook to George N. Cook, 21 July 1860, probably in Crawford County, Missouri. Appended are biographical notes by William P. Elmer of Salem, Missouri, 1955.

Cree, Alfred B., Letters, 1862-1863, (R0301)
2 folders
These are Civil War letters of Capt. Alfred B. Cree of Co. F., 22nd Iowa Infantry. Cree wrote of family matters, camp life, and regimental politics from Benton Barracks at St. Louis, and from camps at Rolla, Salem, Iron Mountain and Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.


Dobkins, William Devol, Photograph Collection, ca. 1879-1968, (R1279)
92 images
This collection contains ninety-two photographs, consisting primarily of contact prints from the original glass-plate negatives. Of these, at least eighty are attributed to William Devol "Will" Dobkins. The majority of these images were shot between 1892 and 1920. They show outdoor views of life in and around Crawford County, Missouri. The collection includes portraits of families and their homes, school or church groups outside of community buildings, individuals riding horses or mules, farm scenes showing animal-drawn and steam-powered equipment, threshing, wagons with jerkline team hitches, charcoal production, and the Cherry Valley Railroad and Mine. A few images are studio shots.

Draper-McClurg Family, Papers, 1838-2009, (C3069)
3.9 linear feet; folders 1-134 also available on 5 rolls of microfilm
The Draper-McClurg family papers are comprised of correspondence, photographs, Civil War diaries and records, and other personal papers of the families of Philander Draper and Joseph W. McClurg. The papers document the families' involvement in politics, farming and orchards, lead mining and smelting, the Civil War, and frontier life in Missouri, the Dakota Territory, and several western states.

Dry Fork Regular Baptist Church, Lake Spring, Missouri, Records, 1834-1903, (R0406)
1 volume, 1 folder, typescripts
These are a record book and papers of the Dry Fork Regular Baptist Church in the Lake Spring community of Dent County, Missouri. The volume includes the rules of decorum, articles of faith, membership records, and minutes of church business meetings, 1834-1879. The papers include letters of dismission and church correspondence.

Dry Fork Church of Primitive Baptists, Lake Spring, Missouri, Records, 1898-1966, (C3053)
1 volume
The records contain membership records and minutes of a Regular Primitive Baptist church founded in August 1898 and dissolved in February 1966. Included are the Articles of Faith and the Rules of Decorum. Membership information relates date and means of entry into the church and birth and death dates. The minutes record business matters, sermon topics, songs, attendance, and officers.


Elgin, Robert L., "History of the Nova Scotia Iron Company," n.d., (R0660)
1 folder
This is a history of the Nova Scotia Iron Company, 1880-1893, which operated mines and a hot blast furnace in Dent County, Missouri. The furnace operated only intermittently from 1881 to 1884.

Elgin, Robert L., Research Collection, 1960-1993, (R1261)
65 folders
These are the research files of a civil engineer, surveyor, and historian from St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The collection includes reports, scale sketches, and photographs concerning the restoration of various historic sites in Missouri, charcoal iron furnace sites in Missouri, and prehistoric petroglyph and pictograph sites in the Missouri Ozarks.

Elmer, William P., Photograph Collection, (P0602)
7 photographs
Photographic postcards of Salem, MO (Dent County), ca. 1928


Flanner, Henry Beeson, Collection, 1856-ca. 1936, (R0139)
2 folders, photocopies
This is a typescript of a diary by Henry Beeson Flanner describing his travels between Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and Lake Spring in Dent County, Missouri, where he purchased land. There is also a pamphlet, ca. 1936, by Anna Flanner Buchanan concerning the Flanner family.

Fogle, Daniel, Letters, 1867, (C2613)
1 folder
The papers contain six letters from Daniel Fogle to his wife while he was on an exploratory expedition to western Missouri and Kansas.


Green Oak Farms, Maples, Missouri, Booklet, 1961, (R1208)
1 folder
This is a booklet for a registered Angus cattle sale at Green Oak Farms near Maples in Texas County, Missouri, on 7 October 1961. Fifty-three cattle, plus five "calves at foot" were to be sold by proprietor E. E. Martin and "guest consigner" Paul Woods.

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.


Harrison, Samuel A., Genealogical Records, n.d., (R0078)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "Samuel Aaron Harrison, 1842-1940; His Ancestors and Descendants," by S[amuel] Claude Null. Null was a grandson of Samuel Aaron Harrison. It is an account of the life of Harrison, with detailed genealogical information. Included is an "Insert on the Ancestry of Presidents Harrison," and a general history of the surname of Harrison.

Hall, Leonard, Papers, 1946-1983, (R0408)
47 folders
These are papers of a conservationist, newspaper columnist, author, and lecturer. Prominent topics include the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, and wilderness areas. There are texts and notes for many of his articles, books, and lectures, as well as scripts for several nature films.

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.

Hughes, John Calvin, Papers, 1862-1863, (R0309)
2 folders, photocopies
These are typescripts of the Civil War letters of John C. Hughes, a native of Washington County, Missouri, and member of Co. I, 33rd Missouri Infantry. He wrote to his wife from camps at St. Louis, Rolla, Salem, Houston, and Hartville, Missouri, Columbus, Kentucky, and Helena, Arkansas. Folder 2 contains genealogical data and copies of military service and pension papers from the National Archives.

Hyer and Fyan Families Papers (R1426)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)
The collection contains letters written by John Hyer and Robert W. Fyan to various friends, family and colleagues in the Hyer and Bowles family.


Ingram, Edd, Photographs (P0279)
1.71 cubic feet (396 glass plate negatives, 13 photographs)
Photographs by Edd Ingram of Edgar Springs, Missouri, primarily in glass plate negative format. Ingram captured early twentieth-century individual and group portraits, school portraits, and images of rural activities, industries, and agriculture. Identified locations pictured are in south central Missouri and cover portions of Phelps, Pulaski, Dent, Texas, and Crawford counties.


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.

Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert, "A Trip Down the River," n.d., (C2184)
1 folder
The papers contain a history of Montauk Springs and the Current River by the former caretakers of the Montauk State Park.


Kullman, Frederick A., Papers, 1855-1980, (R0120)
3 folders, photocopies
These are miscellaneous papers and a Civil War diary of Frederick A. Kullman, a resident of Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri, and a soldier in the 13th Missouri Cavalry. His papers include confirmation and emigration certificates from Bavaria, military service records, correspondence, photographs, and genealogical information on the Kullman family. The wartime diary covers service at Rolla and Licking, Missouri, in 1865.


Lake Spring Cemetery Association, Records, 1878-1945, (R0128)
1 volume
Included in this collection are minutes of meetings of the trustees, cash accounts, and miscellaneous records of the Lake Spring Cemetery Association at Lake Spring in Dent County, Missouri.

Lake Spring Mercantile, Records, 1866-1941, (R0171)
7 volumes
These are account ledgers and daybooks of a general store at Lake Spring in the northwestern corner of Dent County, Missouri. The business was operated, first, by John Hyer and John R. Flora, and, then, by Alexander C. Donnan.

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.

Lecoma Mill Company, Records, 1882, (R0129)
1 volume
These are individual accounts and records of cash received by the Lecoma Mill Company at Lecoma in Dent County, Missouri, ca. January-April 1882. The Dent County section of Goodspeed's history identifies Elbert C. Comstock (b. 1852) as co-owner, with J. M. Lenox, and proprietor of Lecoma Mill, 1882-1885. Comstock assumed sole ownership in 1885.

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.

Lexington Business Records, Lexington, Missouri, 1831-1869, (C4311)
2.0 cubic feet (12 folders), 1 oversize volume
The records of banks and other businesses in Lexington, Missouri, contain Account Books, Day Books, Letter Books, Statement Books, Protest of Payment Books, Copy Books, Minute Books, and Bills of Lading.

Little Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
90 folders
These are minutes of annual meetings of the Little Piney Association, which was composed of churches in Camden, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, and Texas counties in Missouri. At various times, the organization had also been titled a "United" and "Primitive" Baptist association.

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.


Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), Cemetery Records, 1942-1949, (C2667)
0.1 linear feet
Tombstone inscriptions compiled by Clair V. Mann from cemeteries in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties in Missouri.

Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.

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.

Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri, Salem Ranger District, Photographs, ca. , (R0921)
4 folders
These are photographic prints of Civilian Conservation Corps and U.S. Forest Service projects in what was then the Clark National Forest. Included are views from Centerville in Reynolds County, Loggers Lake in Shannon County, and Little Scotia Pond in Dent County, Missouri.

Martin Family Papers, (R1472)
0.02 cubic foot (2 folders)
The Martin Family Papers contain an autobiographical account of Paris Clark Martin’s life. The autobiographical stories include events leading up to and after the Civil War, information about southeastern Missouri, and Tom How’s (Howe’s) Mill. The collection also includes the memoirs of Paris Clark Martin’s son, William Lawrence Martin, which discusses his father. 

Martin Family Photographs, (P0050)
32 photographs
Photographs of the Martin family of Salem, MO, and several relatives from extended family

Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Historic Site Surveys, 1980-1989, (R0454)
8 boxes
These are historic site surveys, with accompanying photographs and research materials, for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade (southern portion only), Maries, Phelps, and Washington counties in Missouri. Included are houses, churches, schools, bridges, businesses, and other structures.

Minneapolis, Little Rock and Gulf Railway Company, Map, 1902, (R0849)
1 item
This is a "Map of Part of Dent County, Mo. showing route adopted by the Minneapolis, Little Rock and Gulf Railway Co., 27 August 1902." Lewis S. Reed was president of the company; Wellington B. Johnson was chief engineer.

Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1997-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource professionals and other individuals related to the environment in Missouri. The records include audio cassettes, CDs, audio logs, and transcripts.

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 Forestry, Records, 1929-1994, (R1341)
2.25 cubic feet (53 folders)
The records of Missouri Forestry contain materials from the administration of directors George O. White (1938-1960), Osal B. Capps (1960-1977), and Jerry Presley (1977-1986). This includes materials related to Smokey Bear, fire safety, and the promotion of science, practice, and standards of forestry.

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, Inland and Southern Railway Company, Maps, 1910, (R0850)
2 items
These are route and profile maps for the Missouri, Inland and Southern Railway Company in Dent County, Missouri. The company was a short-lived organization formed to build an electric railway southward from Rolla, Missouri.

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.


Phelps County, Missouri, Booklet, 1925, (R0678)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "A Message to the Homeseeker," advertising the towns and principal businesses of Newburg, Rolla, and Saint James in Phelps County, and Salem in Dent County, Missouri. The booklet contains brief descriptions of businesses and illustrations of commercial establishments and public buildings.

Phillips, L. N., Letter, 1871, (R0863)
1 folder
This is a holograph letter dated 31 March 1871 from L. N. Phillips in Dubuque, Iowa, to D. Lansing in New York, New York. In the letter Phillips tries to interest Lansing in the St. James and Little Rock Rail Road Company and lead mining opportunities in Missouri and Iowa. Included is a hand-drawn map of existing and proposed rail lines.

Pleasant Grove United Baptist Church, Iron County, Missouri, Records, 1856-1972, (R0400)
3 volumes
These are record books of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near Viburnum in Iron County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings and membership rolls beginning with the organization of the church on 12 April 1856 and continuing through its dissolution on 15 October 1972.

Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
2.2 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.

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.

Rice, James S[taten], (1829-1915), Notebook, 1856-1875, (C2373)
1 folder
Notebook of a Baptist minister in Salem, Dent County, MO. Accounts, 1859-1876; proceedings of board of education, 1867-1870; marriage records, 1860-1875; eighteen rules of mathematics; fifteen ""rules of decorum of Baptists."" Rice organized Lost Creek Church, ten miles north of Salem.

Roberts, William George Papers (R1386)
0.25 cubic feet (11 folders, 23 photographs)
The William George Roberts Papers contain early correspondence between Sarah, Carrol, Emma, and Andrew Roberts. The collection also includes correspondence and papers involving William G. Roberts during his service in World War II. Also included are photographs from his military service and personal papers involving William G. Roberts’ life before and after the war.

Rogers, Nelson F., Papers (R1318)
1.75 cubic feet (79 folders, 9 volumes, 231 photographs)
The Nelson F. Rogers Papers contain the professional papers of Nelson F. Rogers, a forester with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Research Center. He conducted research at the Sinkin Experimental Forest and Central States Forest Experiment Station, studying reforestation of strip-mined areas and experiments involving the cultivation of shortleaf pine. The collection also includes personal papers and Rogers family genealogical material.


Salem Academy, Salem, Missouri, Booklet, 1930, (R0500)
1 folder
This is a booklet of letters by alumni of the Salem Academy at Salem in Dent County, Missouri. Compiled by John Massey, the booklet includes biographical news of former students, and reminiscences of the years 1874-1884, when the school was under the direction of Professor William H. Lynch.

Salem Associatoin of Baptists, Minutes, 1827-1934, (C1374)
2 volumes
The records contain printed minutes of meetings of the Association for 1827, 1829-1839, 1841-1860, 1866-1877, 1880, 1881, 1884-1887, 1890, 1892-1894, 1896, 1899, and 1928-1934.

Salem Association of Baptists, Minutes, 1878-1926, (C1375)
1 volume
The records contain printed minutes of meetings of the Association for 1878, 1882, 1883, 1889, 1891, 1895, 1897, 1898, 1900-1915, 1917-1922, 1924, and 1926.

Salem Public School, Salem, Missouri, school Program, 1921, (R0571)
1 folder
This is a printed program for a "Springtime Pageant" performed by the First and Second Grades of the Salem Public School, Salem, Missouri, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, on 29 April 1921. The selections and some of the performers are named.

Sitton, John James (1842-1915), Collection, 1860-1913, (R1286)
6 volumes, 2 folders
The collection consists of a three-volume journal, scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers, and photographs, 1860-1913 of a Missouri Confederate soldier and postwar resident of Oregon County, Missouri. The journal, 1860-1882, documents service in the Missouri State Guard and other Confederate units in Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi during the Civil War, wounding and capture at the Battle of Big Blue in 1864, and imprisonment at Kansas City, St. Louis, and Johnson’s Island, Ohio. Postwar entries concern teaching subscription schools, office holding and electioneering, social affairs, and church matters in Alexander County, Illinois, Boone County, Arkansas, and Oregon and Dent counties in Missouri. Three scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers and photographs, ca. 1896-1913, include newspaper clippings about the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Johnson’s Island prison, and other Civil War events, United Confederate Veterans activities, and other aspects of Sitton’s life.

Sligo Furnace Company, Plat, 1908, (R1270)
1 item, oversize
This a blueprint plat (28 inches x 56 inches) of the Sligo Furnace Company plant at Sligo in Dent County, Missouri, showing the furnace, charcoal kilns, chemical plant, and tracks of the Sligo and Eastern Railroad, 1 February 1908. The plat also shows residences, shops, and other structures in the village along with associated streets and water mains.

Sligo Furnace Company, Records, 1898-1934, (R1269)
1 volume, 24 folders
These are the time book and miscellaneous business papers of the Sligo Furnace Company in Dent County, Missouri. The time book includes the names, occupations, and wages of workers from April 1898 through March 1900. The miscellaneous papers include an inventory of the property in 1904, and papers concerning operation of the Sligo Mercantile Company stores at Sligo and East End, and the operation and abandonment of the Sligo and Eastern Railroad Company.

South-West Railroad, Papers, ca. 1914-1916, (R0516)
1 folder
These are notes, maps, and draft of a pamphlet concerning construction of a railroad from St. Louis, Missouri, to Lewisville in Lafayette County, Arkansas. Included are notes on grades, mileage, prominent individuals, and Congressional lands available along the proposed line. There are also notes on the Ozark Railroad, proposed from Liberty, Arkansas, on the White River, to St. Louis.

Southern and Central Missouri Collection (R1442)
4.5 cubic feet (194 folders, 1 VHS, 6 CDs, 1 45 record, 1 cassette)
The Southern and Central Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining acquisitions related to individuals, places, organizations, and events. The Southern and Central Missouri Collection continues to have material added. New additions are added at the end of the collection.

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.

St. Patrick Church, Rolla, Missouri, Seventy-Five Years in Rolla, 1862-1937, (R0665)
1 folder
This is a pamphlet written by Father Sidney P. Stocking and committee members of St. Patrick Catholic Church at Rolla, Missouri. It contains photographs and brief historical sketches of the parish, early pastors, nearby churches established as missions, and lists of baptisms and marriages.

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.


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.

Union Independent Academy, Records, 1856-1859, (R0127)
1 volume, typescript
Included here are minutes of meetings of the directors, a list of stockholders, and the constitution of the Union Independent Academy at Laketon (now Lake Spring) in Dent County, 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.


Vickery, Margaret, Photograph Collection, (P0610)
12 photographs
Copy photographs of Dent county homes, businesses, and buildings.

Vickery, Margaret Ray, Papers, 1887-1974, (R0366)
105 folders
These are papers of Margaret Ray Vickery, a newspaperwoman and author of Salem, Dent County, Missouri. The papers consist of clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous historical research material, most of which pertain to her award-winning weekly column, "Sugar and Spice," published by the Salem News, 1952-1971. The collection also includes papers of the Vickery and Ray families.


Walker, Charles P., Daily Express, Rolla, Missouri, 1861, (R0649)
1 folder
This is Volume 1, No. 29 of the Daily Express, published 11 December 1861 at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Charles P. Walker, editor of the weekly Rolla Express, published the daily sheet for the military market during the Civil War. It contains an address to Congress by President Lincoln, camp news, and official notices.

Watts, John J., Collection, 1874-1912, (R0038)
38 volumes
These are manuscript notebooks of genealogical records kept by a circuit-riding Baptist minister in the northern Ozarks. The records cover Phelps, Pulaski, Texas, and parts of Maries, and Dent counties in south-central Missouri. An index is included.

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.


Zumwalt Family, Papers, 1862-1992, (C4048)
0.5 linear feet
The Zumwalt family papers consist of genealogical materials, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, local church histories, and miscellaneous articles relating to a family that settled in Boone and Callaway Counties around 1800.