Harrison County Manuscript Collections

Harrison County was organized in 1845. The county seat is Bethany. These collections deal in some manner with Harrison County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.

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Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

American Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."


Crouch, Ben G., Photographs, (P0630)
3 photographs
Photos of Bethany, MO: Fairview Church, Hubbard home, John S. Allen memorial.


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.


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, P.S. and Luther, Letter, 1836, (C0536)
1 folder
To James Jones Family, High Hill, MO, from Moons Bluff, MS, Mar. 24, 1836. Discuss living conditions, weather, and local gossip.


Keller Studio, Photographs, (P0631)
2 photographs
Photos of the Aseph McAllister Butler and Thomas Grant homes, Harrison County.


Leazenby, Grant, "A Story of an Emigrant People," n.d., (C0747)
1 folder
Reminiscences of the author's boyhood in Cainsville, Harrison County, MO. Recounts the lives of prominent Czechoslovakian immigrants in the community, describing their history as a people, their country, and the area they finally settled in.

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.


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.


Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Harrison County, Missouri, Records, 1857-1920, (C3059)
3 volumes
Records of a church organized in May 1857. Volumes one and two contain church history, covenant, business meeting minutes, and membership lists dating from 1874-1916. Volume three contains Sunday school records for 1894 to 1898. Elder John H. Hardin was the first pastor and meetings were initially held in the home of Adam Miller. Some early church records were destroyed by a fire in 1859.

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.


Skelton, S. W., "A Brief History of Lincoln Township, Harrison County, Missouri," 1962, (C2123)
1 folder
The papers contain a history of the settlement of Lincoln Township, growth of Hatfield, settlers, property owners, outstanding citizens, educational facilities, businesses, churches. Sketches of Hatfield in 1894, 1910, and 1962.

Soetaert, Opal, Photograph Collection, (P0632)
3 photographs
Photos of Harrison County: Burlington Stage Coach relay station, Edson family cabin, and Brooklyn, MO.

Soetaert, Opal, "The Pioneer Edson School," n.d., (C2190)
1 folder
The papers contain a history of education and the Edson School, Harrison County, Missouri and genealogy of Edson and Needham families.

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.


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.


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.