Holt County Manuscript Collections

Holt County was organized in 1841. The county seat is Oregon. These collections deal in some manner with Holt 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."

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.


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.



Dankers, Lloyd A., Collection, (P0637)
2 photographs
Images of Oregon, MO: photo of Banks house and postcard depicting Holt county courthouse.


Griffith, Mrs. E.K., Photograph Collection, (P0638)
5 photographs
Photos of Mound City, MO, including the Hiatt and Browning homes, Big Lake State Park ca. 1915, and soldiers returning from WWI ca. 1918.

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.


Holzhauser, Al N., Photograph Collection, (P0639)
8 photographs
Copy photos of William Banks Trading Post in rural Holt County.


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.


Kimsey, Warren, Papers, 1915-1934, (C3747)
5 folders
The papers of Warren Kimsey contain correspondence, stories, press releases, and histories of a Missouri-born short story writer.


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.


McGee College, College Mound, Missouri, Minutes, 1867-1870, (C3263)
4 folders
The collection contains photocopies of minutes of the proceedings of the faculty of McGee College, September 1867-June 1870.

Milne, Mrs. Irene, Photograph Collection, (P0640)
3 photographs
Photos related to Jesse Carroll, Richville, Holt County.

Missouri, Holt County, Papers, 1862-1893, (C2894)
1 folder
The papers of Holt County Missouri contain four oaths of loyalty to the United States and the State of Missouri, by Daniel Ganghan, George P. Hedrick, and Phillip W. Shambaugh, in the presence of the Holt County clerk in 1862. Also included is a ferryman's bond giving Olney Graham authority to keep a ferry across the Missouri River at Boswell, NE, 1893.

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.

Morgan, T. Clifford, Collection, 1853-1983, (C4338)
0.25 cubic feet (six folders)
The papers of T. Clifford Morgan contain documents, books, and ledgers collected for research of his wife's family.


Oaths of Loyalty, 1861-1862, (C1958)
1 folder
Loyalty oaths of James M. Collins, 1861, Robert Wilson, 1862, and James M. Parsons, 1861, Holt County, MO.


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.


Sanborn, John A., Diaries, 1899-1908, (C1242)
10 volumes
The collection contains the diaries of a Mound City, Missouri, farmer who sold his farm and moved to Corning, Kansas, in 1902. He sold his Kansas farm and moved to Macon, Missouri, in 1903. Diaries include cash accounts and memoranda for the ten-year period 1899-1908.

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.

Thompson, Meriwether Jeff (1826-1876), Bulletin, 1857, (C3208)
1 folder
Bulletin listing city and county property that M. Jeff Thompson, general land agent at St. Joseph, MO, will sell or trade, 1 April 1857.


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.


Wilson, Thomas Earl (1889-1964), Papers, 1928-1965, (C4164)
0.2 cubic feet, 4 folders
Journal of a Holt County, Missouri, farmer spanning the years 1928-1965. Entries detail family life and farm operation. Includes two photographs and a preface written by his grandson, Thomas Soapes, in 2012.