Johnson County Manuscript Collections

Johnson County was organized in 1834. The county seat is Warrensburg. These collections deal in some manner with Johnson 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."

American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Missouri, Papers, 1973-1977, (C4259)
0.4 cubic feet (19 folders)
The papers contain letters, notes, scrapbooks, programs, events and some photographs which focused on the American Bicentennial, which was celebrated by a number of Missouri counties in 1976.


Beveridge, John L., Special Orders, 1865, (C2197)
1 folder
The collection contains positive photostats of Special Orders No. 144 to investigate complaints of Dresden, Pettis County, MO, citizens against Captain Devohue and the Pettis County Volunteers Militia for alleged interference with citizens (rebels who had taken the oath) and their property.

Blue River Baptist Association Record Book, 1834-1850, (C1303)
1 volume
Records of the Blue River Baptist Association of Jackson, Johnson, and Lafayette Counties, MO, with abstract of principles, form of government, rules of decorum, and minutes of meetings of the association, including statistical records of members, evangelists' reports, and executive committee minutes.

Bradshaw, James Daniels, Papers, 1904-1946, (C3225)
1 cubic foot
Ledgers, daybooks and inventory lists from the Bradshaw and Proctor Company, Barnett, MO, and the Leeton Lumber and Hardware Company, Leeton, MO. James Bradshaw was a partner in both firms. Other items are deposit slips, freight bills, and miscellaneous correspondence.


Carr, Will D., Scrapbooks, 1886-1889, (C1388)
2 volumes
Newspaper clippings of the writings of Will Carr, including DIVORCED BY DEATH; PEN PICTURES of the members and actions of the Missouri 34th and 35th general assemblies by Will Yum.

Cockrell, F.M., Letter, 1889, (R1367)
1 folder
The F.M. Cockrell letter is a photocopy and typescript of a letter sent by Francis Marion Cockrell to N.B. Allen in 1889. The letter discusses a claim for reimbursement for property taken by the Union army during the Civil War.

Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.

Cowan, Nancy, Photograph Collection, (P0274)
6 postcards
Six postcards from 1916 showing images of the British Remount Depot in Lathrop, Missouri.


Davis, William Hornbuckle (1805-1882) Papers, 1839 (K0537)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a land purchase certificate issued to William H. Davis.

Day, Joseph M., Loyalty Oath, 1866, (C1618)
1 folder
The records contain Joseph M. Day's loyalty oath as Second Lieutenant, Company F, Seventy-seventh Regiment, Missouri Militia, Cornelia, Johnson County, Missouri, December 13, 1866. Signed by Lieutenant W. E. Chester, Enrolling officer.

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.


Fike, Ellie, (1861-1950), Diaries, 1879-1892, (C2216)
3 volumes, 3 folders
The papers contain diaries written by Ellie Fike while a student at the State Normal School at Warrensburg, Missouri, and during her post-graduate life at home and at work.

Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.

Flanery-Gillum-Lawson Family, Papers, 1862-2005, (C4142)
2 folders
The papers of the Flanery-Gillum-Lawson family, which include correspondence, family and cemetery photographs, and a copy of Paint Lick Reflections, a genealogical publication, Paint Lick, Kentucky, Summer, 2005.


Gallaher Family, Papers, (CA6484)
0.6 cubic feet
Photographs, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers of the Gallaher family, largely of the Warrensburg, Missouri, area, 1880s-1960s. Contains material pertaining to related Bullion and Crawford families.

Goff, William A. Papers, (K0043)
12 cubic feet
The papers of William A. Goff include incoming and outgoing correspondence files, research materials and drafts of several of his written pieces, files on consultations he provided to other historians and historical groups, and files on various organizations in which he held membership and/or office.

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.


House, W.B., Photographs, (P0392)
2 photographs
Photos of Dunksburg, MO, ca. July 1991.


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.

Johnston, Louisa Poteet (1890-1979) Papers, ca. 1850s-ca. 2000s (K0650)
9 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, printed materials, news articles, research files and writings, ephemera and artifacts relating to: the Alexander Majors Home; the Russell, Majors, and Waddell Freighting company; the Pony Express; and the Johnston, Simpson and Majors families. Johnston was the great-granddaughter of Alexander Majors.


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.

Levitan, Andrea (1970- ) Papers, ca. 1978-2011, (K1293)
0.25 cubic feet
The collection contains materials related to the youth, education, community leadership, and extracurricular activities of Andrea Levitan. Also includes material relating to Levitan family history.

Levitan, Norman Hadley (1969- ) Papers, 1969-2008, (K1108)
0.5 cubic foot
Personal papers of Levitan, including photographs, scrapbooks, publications and correspondence relating to his childhood, education, family and religious life, as well as his involvement in local theater.


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 Land Records, 1843-1898, (C3680)
1 folder
Abstract of title to lands in Johnson County, MO, 1898; land deeds, Henry and Johnson Counties, MO, 1843-1871.

Missouri Pacific Railway Company, Summer & Winter Health & Pleasure Resorts, 1888, (R1001)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an illustrated promotional booklet published by the passenger department of the Missouri Pacific Railway. It concerns resorts along the rail lines in the western and southwestern states, especially those in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas.

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, Kingsville, Massacre, 1865, (C3516)
1 folder, typescript
Description of robbing, killing and burning by guerrillas in the Johnson County town of Kingsville, MO, near the close of the Civil War. Author unknown.

Missouri, Warrensburg. School Board Minutes, 1866, (C3239)
1 folder
The collection contains a record of the organizational meeting of the Warrensburg school board.

Moody Family Photographs, (P0228)
10 photographs
Photographs of the family of Melville Pinkston Moody, an editor of the Johnson County Democrat. He was born and died in Warrensburg, Mo.

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.


Perry Family Letters, 1837-1872, (C3323)
1 folder
Personal letters mentioning deaths, marriages, religious conversions, slave auctions, and events of local interest. Letters originate in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, or Missouri.

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.

Red Bridge Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Congregation Records, 1879-2016, 1879-2016, (K1361)
2 cubic feet
The records contain materials documenting the history of this Kansas City, Missouri-based congregation from its early beginnings in the 1910s as Agnes Avenue Mission, to its establishment as Oak Park Christian Church in 1914, to its move and renaming as the Red Bridge Christian Church in 1960-61, and its eventual dissolution in 2015.

Repass Family Papers, 1869-1870, (C1999)
1 folder
Letters from Reuben Fleming Repass and Ellen Missouri Brown Repass, Rose, Hill, MO, to Reuben's family in Rural Retreat, VA, discussing family matters, climate, prices, and crops.


Short, David W. Collection, (K0690)
0.98 cubic foot (20 folders, 20 glass plate negatives, 3 oversize folders, 4 rolled items)
The David W. Short Collection includes correspondence, memorial cards, family and military photographs, scrapbooks, two magazine issues, glass plate negatives, a marriage certificate for Moses Wood and Rossie Bellis, election poster of Moses Wood for County Court Judge, a photograph depicting the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star, and architectural drawings of streetcar plans, railway terminals, and rail lines.

Silliman Family Letters, 1862-1865, (C1831)
1 folder
Two letters written by Mrs. Silliman to relatives from Warrensburg, MO, during the Civil War. She describes social conditions at the time and how [her son] evaded the draft.

Smiser, Mary Miller, Photograph Collection, (P0719)
12 photographs
Photographs of Warrensburg and Pertle Springs, MO.

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.

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.

University of Missouri, Agricultural Extension Service, Records, 1908-1963, (C2513)
1.5 linear feet
The records of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service contain histories, letters, reports, memoranda, speeches, maps, publications, newspaper articles, and pictures concerning Missouri Agricultural Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture policies; agricultural, home economics, and 4-H extension work; and the College of Agriculture.


Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection, (P0720)
4 photographs
Photos of Central Missouri State University and Lake Cena, Pertle Springs Park.

Whiteman Air Force Base Dedication Collection, 1955, (K0338)
0.01 cubic feet
Correspondence and clippings regarding the invitation of guests to the Whiteman Air Force Base Dedication. There are also newspaper articles referencing the event and the presence of B-47 bombers at the base at that time.

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.