Gasconade County Manuscript Collections

Gasconade County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Hermann. These collections deal in some manner with Gasconade 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.

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.


Beard, William G., Photograph Collection, (P0590)
0.08 linear feet
Photos of Stony Hill area, Gasconade Co., MO.

Bland Commercial Bank, Bland, Missouri, Records, (CA6434)
4 cubic feet
Records of a bank in Bland, Missouri, include ledgers, journals, and a minute book, 1894-1921.

Bock, Alice Collection (CA5834)
0.1 cubic feet, 196 glass plate negatives
Glass plate negatives, scanned prints, and descriptions of scenes and residents of Hermann, MO, 1906-1913, photographed by Alice Bock. Guides to the collection are located in the Society Research Center.

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.

Burchard Family Commissions, 1825-1875, (C1488)
1 folder
The collection consists of commissions to Samuel Burchard as sheriff of Gasconade County, MO; postmaster at Delphi, MO; and justice of the Gasconade County court; as well as a commission to P.W. Burchard as notary public for Gasconade County.


Doermann/Neibruegge Family Papers (C4368)
1.9 cubic feet (60 of folders, 4 oversize items)
Papers of a German American family from Bay, Missouri, largely consisting of material concerning the Henry and Elise Neibruegge Doermann and Fred Doermann families. The collection includes photographs, correspondence, financial papers, military papers, and miscellaneous material. Related and other families represented include Poetting and Mayhew.


Eitzen, W.J., Collection, (P0558)
3 photographs
Photo of bust of Charles D. Eitzen. Copy photo of Hermann courthouse.


Gans, Conrad, Application and Petition, 1912, (C3738)
1 folder
The collection contains a booklet containing Conrad Gan's application to operate a dram shop in Hermann, MO. Includes names of petitioners.

Gasconade County Account Books, (CA6547)
0.1 cubic feet
Two account books belonging to an unknown person listing traveling expenses, purchases, and names of slaves and their values, 1820s.

German Settlement Society Notations, 1836-1839, (C0721)
1 folder
The collection contains excerpts from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, settlement society record book relative to starting new settlements in the west, particularly at Hermann, Missouri.

Gird, George, Photographs, (P0149)
208 photographs
B/w aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston from around 1955.

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.


Heckman, William L., Jr., (1869-1957) Scrapbooks, 1912-1946, (C1404)
5 volumes
Scrapbooks compiled by a steamboat pilot from Hermann, MO. Included in the volumes are clippings about steamboats, pilots, life on the river, family members, and local history; poems; a few letters and greeting cards; and photographs of family members, friends, and steamboats.

Heckmann, Alice Bock, Glass Plate Negatives, (C4384)
0.39 cubic feet (166 glass plate negatives)
Glass plate negatives of scenes and residents of Hermann, Missouri, photographed by Alice Bock Heckmann.

Hesse, Clarence and Anna, Photograph Collection, (P0055)
0.21 linear feet
Photos of Hermann, MO

Historic Hermann, Postcards, (P0613)
9 postcards
Postcards of German School and Hermann Museum in Hermann, MO

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.

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.


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.

Leimkuehler, Ricka, Papers, 1849-1966, (C2127)
3 folders, photocopies
The Leimkuehler Papers consist of the records of the Pin Oak Creek Baptist Church, Mount Sterling, Gasconade County, Missouri, 1850-1858, typescripts of those records, and articles by Leimkuehler about early German Baptists in Missouri.


James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.


Kemper, Edward J., Collection, (C4388)
0.9 cubic feet (9 folders, 4 oversize items, 207 glass plate negatives)
This collection documents the activities of Edward J. Kemper, particularly Hermann Grape Nurseries and his other business ventures, and his local German-American community in Hermann, Missouri, and surrounding Gasconade County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


McGee Family, Papers, 1838-2000, (C4271)
3.0 cubic feet (60 folders), 6 oversize items, 15 film reels, 1 video tape
Genealogical material in the form of correspondence, notes, photographs, slides, obituaries, histories, marriages, and funerals of the McGee and other related family members. Also includes Civil War muster rolls.

Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America, Records, 1928-1980, (C3644)
4 reels (2 folders, 3 volumes, 16 scrapbooks), 1 filmstrip
Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.

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 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 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, Gasconade County, Tax Lists, 1821-1828, (C3678)
1 folder
Copies of delinquent tax lists of Gasconade County for 1821 and 1828.

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.

Meyer, George E., Photograph Collection, (P0689)
10 photographs
Photos of Judge Mathias McGirk home and burial site in the Rhineland area. Additional images of Millie Finley, Jesse James (in death) Captain Callaway grave, and early drawing of Hermann.

Muehl, Siegmar, Photograph Collection, (P0620)
7 photographs
Photos of Rhineland and Hermann, MO, and the Merritt and Muehl families.


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

Northeast Missouri State University, Collection, (P0695)
22 photographs
Photos of bandstands, pavilions, and similar park structures in Ironton, St. Louis, Lewiston, and Hermann.


Pommer Family, Papers, 1831-1874, (C1852)
1 folder
The Pommer Family papers contain genealogical information, documents in German, a deed for a lot in Hermann, MO, and estate papers. The material pertains primarily to Frederick William Pommer and William Henry Pommer. The latter taught music at the University of Missouri, 1907-1922.

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.

Puchta, Randolph E. (1928-2006), Interview, 1998, (C2521)
1 folder and 3 audio cassettes
An interview with Puchta, a resident of Hermann, Missouri. In the interview Puchta discusses his early life, German ancestry, wine making, local customs and leisure activities, and transportation. Of note are his descriptions of photographs from the Edward Kemper Collection at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (Accession No. 4633).
The Puchta Interview is one of the many oral interviews done by the State Historical Society of Missouri in an ongoing effort to preserve the state of Missouri's history.


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, 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.


Shrader, Dorothy Heckmann, Papers, (CA5925)
6 linear feet
Papers of Hermann, MO, writer and descendant of steamboat captain, Bill Heckmann. Includes newspaper clippings of happenings along Missouri's waterways dating from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Also includes genealogical information on Hermann, maps of Missouri's rivers, and a few photographs of steamboats and river scenes.

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.


Tayloe Family, Papers, 1879-1942, (C2510)
4 linear feet
The papers of the Tayloe Family contain personal letters and business papers of the John R. Tayloe family of Bem and Owensville, MO. The collection includes correspondence to John R. Tayloe, his sons John L. and William L. Tayloe, and his wife Lizzie Miller Tayloe from relatives and friends concerning family affairs, farming, and teaching. Some business papers are also included.


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.


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.