Henry County Manuscript Collections

Henry County, named for the patriot Patrick Henry, was organized in 1834. The county seat is Clinton. These collections deal in some manner with Henry County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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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."

Army Corps of Engineers, Photographs, (P0098)
0.2 linear feet
Photographs of historic sites and construction sites, 1956 and 1978-1979. Includes images of bridges, dams, roadways, churches, businesses, and other buildings.

Avery, James H., Letter, 1915, (C2054)
1 folder
Enclosing picture of their grandfather's house.


Brinkerhoff-Faris Trust & Savings Company, Letter, 1911, (R1077)
1 folder
This is a "Special Offer" form letter, dated 8 May 1911, from the Brinkerhoff-Faris Trust & Savings Company at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri, "To our many customers." Signed by Secretary and Treasurer H. P. Faris, the letter offered investments in deed of trust loans at a favorable rate of interest.

Bronaugh, James Henderson, Books, 1868-1914, (C1377)
17 volumes
The papers of James Henderson Bronaugh contain journals and day books of a Calhoun, Missouri, doctor. No volume for 1872.


Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, 1916, (R0815)
1 folder
This is A Good Dairy Country: Central Missouri, Along Rock Island Lines, a booklet published by the "Rock Island" railroad to promote dairy farming and other agricultural pursuits along its route between Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri.

Clinton & Great Western Nurseries, Clinton, Missouri, Business Card, n.d., (R0626)
1 folder
This is a business card from the Clinton & Great Western Nurseries. The firm was located in Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, and had a branch in Kansas City. J. Barnhart & Son were the proprietors. E. A. Barnhart managed the Clinton operation, and J. Barnhart handled the Kansas City branch.

Clinton High School, Clinton, Missouri, Football Program, 1945, (R1250)
1 folder
This is a program for a football game between the Clinton High School Cardinals and Bolivar High School, played at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri, on 21 September 1945.

Collins, A. Loyd, History of Henry County, Missouri, (C2086)
1 folder
The papers contain an unpublished manuscript of Henry County history within the broader context of Missouri and American history. Biographies of outstanding residents and an historical calendar to county events from pioneer settlement to 1937.

Collins, A. Loyd, "Mt. Olivet Church, A Century Old this Year," 1944, (C1313)
1 folder
The collection contains a historical sketch of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Henry County, Missouri.

Collins, A. Loyd, Scrapbook, 1938-1939, (C1391)
1 volume
Newspaper clippings on the history of Missouri, including activities of Spanish explorers, Civil War, temperance movement, George Caleb Bingham, growth of churches, Pony Express, Charles E. Kearney, James brothers, and educational institutions.

Collins, A. Loyd, Scrapbook, 1939, (C1394)
1 volume
Newspaper clippings, pamphlets, printed material, and U.S. Work Projects Administration Historical Records Survey of Missouri Baptists and the Baptists of Henry County.

Collins, A. Loyd, Undolpha Sarah Phillips and Aletrice Rutherford, "Centennial History of Henry County, Missouri," 1936, (C2087)
1 folder
The papers contain a collection of twelve essays covering various events in the history of the area.

Commonwealth Land Company, Letter, 1906, (R0790)
1 folder
This is a letter dated 1 October 1906 from J. P. Allen in Muskogee, Indian Territory (soon to be Oklahoma), to J. C. Smock & Co. in Eufaula, I.T. Allen was president of The Commonwealth Land Company, whose "home office" was at Windsor in Henry County, Missouri.


Duncan, Herbert E., Architectural Records, (K0722)
31.18 cubic feet (276 rolled items)
The architectural records of Herbert E. Duncan consist of 276 architectural drawings drafted between 1937 and 1992. These buildings were primarily built in Kansas and Missouri and were designed and constructed by Herbert E. Duncan. The bulk of the collection consists of residential buildings.


Edwards & Knisely, Correspondence, 1895, (R0948)
1 folder
These are two items from Edwards & Knisely, "dealers in staple and fancy groceries," at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri, to A. J. Stillwell in Hannibal, Missouri. They concern the purchase of smoked and salted meat, and lard.

Erwin, Ada King, Letter, 1943, (C1972)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Helen Johnson, Osceola, MO, from Urich, MO, Jan. 1943, concerning Mrs. Erwin's family and reminiscences of her childhood.


First Baptist Church, Clinton, Missouri, Centennial Booklet, 1966, (R0762)
1 folder
This is a booklet published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the First Baptist Church in Clinton in Henry County, Missouri.

First Baptist Church, Clinton, Missouri, Woman's Foreign Missionary Society Minutes, 1895-1909, (C1308)
1 volume
Constitution; minutes of meetings, 1859-1909; clippings; lists of members; and financial records of the Society, first organized in 1875.

Funeral Notices, 1883, (C2284)
1 folder
Printed notices of funerals of James Brannum and William S. Stone.


Golden Valley Horse Show, Program Booklet, 1945, (R0943)
1 folder
This is a program booklet for the Golden Valley Horse Show, held on 11-12 September 1945 at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri. The Clinton Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event, which was held at Artesian Park Stadium.

Grand Army of the Republic, Leesville, Missouri, "Black List," 1887, (R0375)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a "Black List" of the McCook post at Leesville, Henry County, Missouri, containing the names of two individuals rejected for membership in the GAR. There is also General Orders No. 2 from Department of Missouri headquarters, announcing the rejections and containing news of other Missouri posts.

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.


Harry S Truman Reservoir Architectural Survey, Records, 1975-1976, (C3758)
4.4 linear feet
Maps, site survey sheets, and photographs of vernacular architecture in Benton, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair counties. The images include barns, bridges, cabins, chicken coops, churches, corncribs, garages, granaries, houses, outhouses, post offices, root cellars, schools, sheds, silos, stores, wells, and windmills.

Henry County, Missouri, Justice of the Peace Records, 1849-1858, (R0229)
1 volume
These are records of cases heard by William B. Means, Justice of the Peace at Clinton, Henry County, Missouri. Civil and criminal cases are included from 27 March 1849 through 12 April 1858. An index is available.

Henry County, Missouri, Richland Rural School, Souvenir, 1906, (R1223)
1 folder
This is a "souvenir" for the students at Richland Rural School for the term 1905-1906. Listed are the names of the teacher (Frank O. Denney), the school board (J. F. Boyd, president), and the names of the pupils. The surnames Lile, Duckworth, Boyd, Knisely, Dody, and Wood were common among the students.

Henry County Fair Association, Booklet, 1963, (R1142)
1 folder
These are Premium Books for the Henry County Fair and Horse Show, held at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri, 3-7 August 1952 and 25-27 July 1963. Included are schedules of events, categories and regulations for exhibits, and many advertisements for area businesses.

Henry County Historical Society, Photograph Collection, (P0205)
2 photographs
Copy photos of the Henry County Courthouse and a fox hunt in Henry County.

Henry County Veterans' Association, Program, 1890, (R0223)
1 folder, photocopy
This is a printed program of the second annual meeting of the Henry County Veterans' Association. Union and Confederate veterans participated in the meeting at Clinton, Missouri, 30 September--2 October 1890.

Hoover, Joe S., Photograph Collection, (P0488)
6 photographs
Photo postcards of Garden City and Urich.


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.


Kansas City, Clinton & Springfield Railway Co., Records, 1892-1918, (R0091)
2 volumes
These volumes are a cash book (1892-1899) and a journal (1916-1918) of the Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway Company, an independent line with close ties to the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis system. The "Clinton" line came under control of the St. Louis and San Francisco ("Frisco") Railroad Company in 1898.

Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company, Booklet, ca. 1890s, (R1071)
1 folder
This is Snap Shots in South Missouri, a promotional booklet to encourage land sales along the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis, and Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield railroads in Missouri. The area is presented as ideal for fruit-culture and raising livestock.


Ladies of the G.A.R., Clinton, Missouri, Records, 1924-1932, (R0224)
5 volumes, 2 folders
These are records of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic's chapter at Clinton, Henry County, Missouri. The materials include the ritual, secretary's records, reports on the state conventions in 1927 and 1928, and miscellaneous papers.

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.

Love, Asa A. and Opal, Papers, (CA6048)
3.25 linear feet
Financial papers, correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous personal papers of a farm family in Windsor, Missouri.


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, Henry County. Council for Civilian Defense, Minutes, 1941-1943, (C3690)
2 folders
The collection contains minutes of meetings of the Henry County branch of the Missouri Council for Defense, set up to prepare citizens for emergency situations.

Missouri, Henry County. Court, County, Bond, 1905, (C2057)
1 folder
Refunding bond for $1000.

Morgan County, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1905-1943, (R0622)
2 oversize volumes
These are scrapbooks consisting of clippings of obituaries and death notices. The emphasis is on individuals from Morgan, Miller, Johnson, and Henry counties in Missouri. Most of the clippings concern residents of Versailles in Morgan County, and Chilhowee in Johnson County.

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.


Negro Celebration, Poster and Program, 1895, (C2844)
1 folder
Poster and program of a celebration by the colored population of Clinton, Missouri, on 3 August 1895.


Old Path Association of Baptist Churches, Missouri, minutes of annual meetings, 1896-1949, (R0646)
4 folders
These are minutes of annual sessions of the Old Path Association of Baptist Churches in Benton, Hickory, Polk, and St. Clair counties in Missouri. Included are minutes of the meetings, the articles of faith, rules of decorum, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, statistical information, and correspondence with other associations.

Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Clinton Assembly No. 10, Clinton, Missouri, Booklet, 1956, (R1245)
1 folder
This is a booklet designed to introduce new members to Clinton Assembly No. 10 of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri. The chapter was sponsored by Clinton Chapter No. 73 of the Order of the Eastern Star.


Peckenpaugh Family Papers, (R1460)
0.04 cubic foot (4 folders)
The Peckenbaugh Family Papers consist of personal papers for Lura and Adah Peckenbaugh, including wedding invitations, correspondence, reception cards, and pamphlets. The collection also contains newspaper clippings concerning Peckenpaugh family and photographs.

Poague, Haysler A., Photographs, (P0636)
4 photographs
Photos of the Pigg and Bronoaugh family homes, Henry County.

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.

Roberts, John M. (1833-1914), Diaries, 1878-1881, (C4341)
0.3 cubic feet (13 folders)
The papers of John M. Roberts contain transcribed diaries written from 1878- 1881. Roberts was a rural school teacher in Henry County, Missouri. The diaries describe the classes he taught, the students, the weather and health of family members. The diaries also describe his other occupations as farmer, itinerant bookseller, a reporter for local newspapers and a brief view as a partisan Democrat. There is an introduction written in 1988 by J. Merton England, who edited and transcribed the diaries, and used them as the main source for his article, “A Hard Times Chronicler-An Ohio Teacher in Western Missouri-1879-1881,” which was published in the Missouri Historical Review, Volume 83, Issue 2, January, 1989.


Sardis-Bethlehem Baptist Church, Henry County, Missouri, Records, 1839-1919, (C1322)
2 volumes
Abstract of principles, articles of faith, rules of decorum, membership materials, financial records, minutes of meetings, reports of building committee, and resolution of respect to Brother M.R. Amick.

Sargent, Lena, Postcard Collection, (P0659)
2 postcards
Two postcards of Clinton, MO and Cuba, MO.

Shakespeare Club, Clinton, Missouri, Minutes, 1892-1911, (C2477)
3 volumes
The collection contains minutes of the meetings of a ladies' cultural improvement club. Members are listed and the lesson for each meeting described.

Soren, Noelle Louise, Papers, (K0525)
3.84 cubic feet (260 folders, 4 rolled items)
The papers contain research notes, photographs, correspondence, architectural drawings, and other materials related to Noelle Soren's research into the theater building careers of Carl and Robert Boller, known as the Boller Brothers. The results of her research culminated into her two-volume book, Windows to Wonderland: The Cinespace Creations of the Boller Brothers, Architects.

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.


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.

Tourist Club, Clinton, Missouri, Booklet, 1924, (R1274)
1 folder
This is the annual booklet for 1923-1924 for the Tourist Club, a women's social group in Clinton, Henry County, Missouri. The booklet includes names of officers and members and the program for meetings 11 September 1923 through 3 June 1924.


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.

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Clinton, Missouri, Registrar's Book, 1917, (R0222)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a membership record of the United Daughters of the Confederacy's chapter at Clinton in Henry County, Missouri. The book includes information on kinship with veterans, and a list of Confederate dead buried at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton.


Withers, Ethel Massie, Scrapbook, ca. 1916, (C1440)
0.3 linear feet
The Ethel Massie Withers Scrapbook is an album of photographic copies of lantern slides used to illustrate the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution lecture, Pioneering in Missouri, 1916. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the lecture, written by Ethel Massie Withers, with explanations of the photographs. The lantern slides are located in the Editorial Department of the State Historical Society of Missouri.