Hickory County Manuscript Collections

Hickory County, named in honor of President Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson, was organized in 1845. The county seat is Hermitage. These collections deal in some manner with Hickory 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."

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.

Atteberry, John, Papers, 1902-1934, (C2061)
1 folder
The Report card and teaching certificates.


Briggs, J. E., Jr., Photograph Collection, (P0633)
9 photographs
Copy photos of Wheatland area, Hickory County. Photos are also included in donor's book ""Dawn of Wheatland"".

Butts, Opal S., "Bushwhacking Days in Hickory County," 1968, (C2590)
1 folder
An account of the murder of the Reverend Thomas Glanville in 1883.


Civil War Regimental Histories, Missouri, n.d., (C3500)
1 folder
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.

Cole, Abraham, Muster Roll and Report, 1864, (C2136)
1 folder
Muster role of Captain Cole's vigilante company that patrolled Hickory and St. Clair Counties during the Civil War. The company was composed of St. Clair County citizens. Report by Cole to the commander at Warrensburg about the Citizen Guards and their efforts to combat bushwhackers.


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.


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.

Harryman, Eugene, Weaubleau Christian College and Weaubleau Christian Congregational Church, 1867-1960, (C3501)
1 folder
History of Weaubleau Congregational Christian Church and Weaubleau Christian College, 1867-1960, in Weaubleau, MO.

Hickory County Mutual Benefit Association, Bylaws, 1928, (R0786)
1 folder
The Hickory County Mutual Benefit Association provided death, permanent total disability, and blindness benefits to its membership. The Association kept its "principal office" at Hermitage, Missouri, and adopted these bylaws on 1 October 1928.

Howard, Guy, “Walkin´ Preacher of the Ozark Mountains,” 1940 (C0120)
0.2 linear feet
Original draft of autobiography of a rural preacher and teacher of southern Missouri. Describes family and social life of the hill people, rural churches and communities, and a transient camp near Branson, Missouri.


Jenkins, William M., Record Book, 1874-1963, (R0685)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the record book of William M. Jenkins, a Baptist minister, road overseer, and justice of the peace at Cross Timbers in Hickory County, Missouri. Included are records of Hickory County Road District No. 2, 1885-1889; records of marriages, 1874-1899; and Jenkins family genealogical data, ca. 1900s-1963.

Jinkens, Nannie, Photograph Collection, (P0634)
11 photographs
Photos of Hickory County area buildings and monuments.


Lawrence County Historical Society, Missouri, Baptist association minutes, 1882-1933, (R0644)
15 folders
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of Primitive Baptist associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.

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.


Mansfield, Margaret Marston, Scrapbook, (SP0037)
0..25 cubic foot (2 folders, 6 photographs)
The Margaret Marston Mansfield Scrapbook collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Margaret Marston Mansfield. It contains newspaper articles she found interesting or relevant to her life, including information about her brother, Charles E. Marston, one of the first deans of what is now Missouri State University.

Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts.

Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, Records, 1957-1967, (C2583)
1.8 linear feet
The records of the Missouri Rural Area Development Committee are organized into four sections: organization, policy, projects, and progress reports. The Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was designed to coordinate efforts to revitalize agricultural and natural resources in the rural areas.

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.


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.

Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
1 volume
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.


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.

Preston, William, Photograph Collection, (P0173)
30 photographs
30 images, largely 8x10 or smaller, of Sally Rand, as a performer, actress and in her personal life as child in Hickory County, Missouri. Also includes a scrapbook on Harry S Truman.


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.


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.

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.


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.

Weaubleau Christian College, Catalog, 1902, (R0993)
1 folder
This is a "Biennial Catalog" for 1902-1903 for Weaubleau Christian College at Weaubleau in Hickory County, Missouri. John Whitaker was president of the school, which was operated under the auspices of the Christian Church.