Lewis County Manuscript Collections

Lewis County was organized in 1833. The county seat is Monticello. These collections deal in some manner with Lewis 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.


Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.

Bayne, Martha Jane Memory Book, (CA6507)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Memory book kept by a student at Canton High School in Canton, Missouri, 1917.


Culver-Stockton College, Photographs, (P0732)
2 photographs
Photos of Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO


DeKay Family Papers, 1873-1889, (C1938)
1 folder
Papers concerning investment in bonds of LaGrange Iron and Steel Rolling Mill Company, LaGrange, MO.

Drake, Joseph, Letter, 1844, (C1525)
1 folder
To Margaret P. Jackman, Rocheport, MO, from Monticello, MO, May 19 1844. Drake wrote his niece about health and fortune of family, condition of crops, weather, hard times. Hoped Henry Clay's election would improve crop and stock prices.


Fretwell, Shela S., Genealogical Collection, (CA5886)
1.6 cubic feet, 1 CD, 3 computer discs
Correspondence and other genealogical research material related to the Fretwell family.


Green, James Stephen, (1817-1870), Letter, 1858, (C1544)
1 folder
Letter to secretary of the Navy from a senator from Missouri recommending James Harding for appointment to a naval pursership.

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.


Harrington Family, Scrapbook, 1898-1907, (C4331)
1 oversize scrapbook
The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, recipes, greeting cards, programs, newspaper and postcard photographs, and other miscellaneous material pertaining to Kirksville and Lewis County, Missouri, as well as Versailles, Kentucky.


Immanuel United Methodist Church, Canton, Missouri, Records, 1853-1939, 1985, (C4326)
1.5 cubic feet
The records of the Immanuel United Methodist Church, Canton, Missouri, contain quarterly conference minute books, Sunday school records, and Epworth League minute books, some of the volumes are written in German.


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.


Kemendo, Frances Cook, Photograph Collection, (P0104)
0.42 linear feet
3 mounted photos related to St. Theresa's Church of the Little Flower, Kansas City; 88 b/w photos of people and places in and around Adair, Lewis and Knox counties, ca. 1900


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.


McRoberts, A.V., Photographs, (P0733)
23 photographs
Photos of Lewis County historic sites, particulary houses, churches, mills, and monuments, ca. 1959

Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America, Records, 1928-1980, (C3644)
4 reels (2 folders, 3 volumes, 16 scrapbooks), 1 filmstrip
Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.

Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1997-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource professionals and other individuals related to the environment in Missouri. The records include audio cassettes, CDs, audio logs, and transcripts.

Missouri. General Assembly, 23rd, House Bill 720, 1865, (C3380)
1 folder
Act amendatory to an act entitled "An Act to Incorporate the Alexandria, Canton, Lagrange, and West Quincy Railroad," approved 18 February 1865.

Missouri, Lewis County, Tax Books, 1850-1851, (C2500)
2 volumes
The records contain Lewis County tax records.

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.


Northeast Missouri State University, Collection, (P0695)
22 photographs
Photos of bandstands, pavilions, and similar park structures in Ironton, St. Louis, Lewiston, and Hermann.

Nunn, John Gatewood (1800-1893), Ledger, 1832-1883, (C1194)
1 volume
Ledger of owner of grist, flour and saw mill on the Fabius River in Lewis County, MO. Includes an itemized account of expenditures for erecting the mill, 1832-1834."


Ott, Mary Jane Pinson, Photograph Collection, (P0731)
0.23 linear feet
Copy negatives of La Belle, MO, from La Belle's Historical Collection by Mary Jane Pinson Ott.


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.


Schofield, Marion Kaylor, Papers, 1915-1918, (C3753)
1 oversize folder
The papers of Marion Kaylor Schofield contain a high school diploma from LaBelle, MO, and a commission as first lieutenant in the Home Guard.

Shannon Family, Papers, (CA6031)
1 folder
Reminiscences of Cornelia Belmont Shannon White recounting her childhood in Columbia and Canton, Missouri. Also includes photographs of miniatures done of her parents. She was the daughter of James Shannon, the former president of the University of Missouri.

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.


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.


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.