Linn County Manuscript Collections

Linn County was organized in 1837. The county seat is Linneus. These collections deal in some manner with Linn 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."


Banning, Ephraim P., Letters, 1898-1899, (C3735)
2 folders
The collection contains letters from a Brookfield, MO, man who served in the 6th Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Company A, during the Spanish-American War. The letters describe army camps in Florida, Georgia, and Cuba; military training; the weather; widespread illnesses; friends with him in the service; and trips taken to Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL, and Savannah, GA.

Bishop, Rev. Maury Whipple, Photograph Collection, (P0660)
41 photographs
Photos of Bishop family members, Ben and Alice Dixon, dedication ceremonies for General Pershing's Home (1960, Laclede) and Liberty Memorial (1961, Kansas City), the 1949 Missouri State Fair, Longview Farm (Lee's Summit), and fountains in Forest Park (St. Louis). Postcards of Independence.

Brookfield College Advertisement, 1897, (C2845)
1 folder
Broadside advertising Brookfield College at Brookfield, MO. Board $2 per week. Piano or organ lessons and bookkeeping, free to all students. H.M. Reaser, president.

Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
51 photographs
Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.

Brownlee, Dr. Richard S., Photograph Collection, (P0070)
1 folder
Copy photos of Brownlee family and family home, Brownlee Banking Co, etc.


Cantwell Aircraft Company, Bucklin, Missouri, Records, 1921-1924, (C3797)
4 folders
Records of an aircraft parts distribution firm. Includes correspondence, invoices, price lists, and other materials concerning the purchase and sale of aircraft parts. Also includes publicity material and contracts pertaining to the company's involvement in staging aerobatic demonstrations. Arranged chronologically.

Center Presbyterian Church, Linn County, Missouri, Records, 1891-1914, (C1348)
1 volume
Brief history of the church, session minutes, rolls of elders and deacons, roll of members, and roll of children baptized.

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Brookfield, Missouri, Records, 1884-1940, (C4216)
0.4 cubic feet (13 folders)
Records of the freight station in Brookfield, Missouri, including train agents and conductor's records of trains on hand and trains passing through; their contents, destination, etc., 1884, 1885, 1891. Also includes the Veteran's Association Annual Reports of the Burlington Lines for 1938 and 1940.

Citizens Bank of Bucklin, Missouri, Records, 1915-1937, (C4309)
0.4 cubic feet (11 folders)
The records of the Citizens Bank of Bucklin, Missouri, contain the meeting minutes of the bank’s Board of Directors.

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.

Couch, May Bartee, Collection, (CA6422)
27 cubic feet
Collection of family research files and obituaries of a professional genealogist from Marceline, Missouri, largely concerns Chariton, Linn, and surrounding counties.


First Presbyterian Church, Laclede, Missouri, Records, 1866-1888, (C1350)
1 volume
Organization of the church and minutes of sessions.

First Presbyterian Church, Laclede, Missouri, Records, 1866-1911, (C1351)
1 folder
The records contain church organization, covenant, beliefs and statistics on membership.

Freeman, G.W., Proclamation, 1881, (C2834)
1 folder
Proclamation by the mayor of Laclede that business be suspended on September 26, 1881, during the hours of the funeral service of President James A. Garfield.


Grand Army of the Republic, Missouri, Record Book, 1883-1905, (C2469)
1 volume
The records contain a membership record book of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Meadville, Missouri.

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.


Harwood, Wanda Haney, Collection, 1862-1889, (C1241)
1 folder
The collection contains a diary written in 1872 by Maggie Jenkins of Brookfield, Missouri, as well as letters from her sister, Carrie Kittinger of Buffalo, New York. Also includes a letter from Samuel Cherry to Maranda Haney, letters from Sarah A. Mason and members of the Myers family, and letters to William M. Jenkins from single women he contacted through magazines.


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.

Jenkins, William, Collection, 1860-1922, (C4211)
0.4 cubic feet, 1 volume
The papers of William Jenkins contain two diaries, a baseball club ledger used as a scrapbook for newspaper clippings, a 1911 Missouri license plate, and several miscellaneous publications, programs, and souvenirs from the nineteenth century.


Kaye, Ara, Postcard Collection, (P0395)
3 postcards
Postcards of Union Station, St. Louis, and Santa Fe Depot, Marceline, MO


Laclede High School Play, (SP0033)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)
The collection consists of a script for The Thread of Destiny, a play set during the American Civil War, which was performed on April 25, 1918, by the Senior Class of Laclede High School, located in Linn County, Missouri.

Larson, C.A., Photographs, (P0738)
2 photographs
Photos relating to the Swedish church, near Bucklin, MO

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.

Lomax, Victor W. Papers, 1910-1938, (C4270)
0.5 cubic feet (8 folders), 1 oversize map
The papers of Victor W. Lomax contain correspondence, clippings, questionnaires, and photographs related to John J. Pershing and the Pershing Memorial State Park that Victor Lomax was instrumental in creating.


Markham, Percy W., Papers, (CA6401)
7.6 cubic feet
The papers of a Brookfield, Missouri, businessman and developer include materials concerning the Consumer Public Services Company and the development of Markham Estates. The collection also includes numerous glass plate negatives documenting life at the turn of the twentieth century, likely in the Brookfield, Missouri, area.

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 Lives, Oral History Project, Records, 2014-, (C4249)
0.1 cubic feet, 13 CDs, 1 DVD
The collection consists of interviews with a wide array of Missourians who have had an interesting personal history and life. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, transcripts, and ephemera.

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, Linn County, Broadside, 1863, (C2815)
1 folder
Printed broadside announcing that Linn County men between 18 and 45 years of age were subject to fine for not enrolling in some military company and reporting for duty according to Orders No. 19 and 24. Notice is dated 18 July 1863.

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.

Moore, Joseph C., Papers, 1818, 1858, (C3688)
1 folder
The papers of Joseph C. Moore contain an honorable discharge from service with O'Fallon's Regiment of Riflemen, U.S. Army; and a commission from Governor Robert M. Stewart to the position as justice of the county court of Linn County, MO.

Moore, L. F., Collection, (P0134)
13 photographs
Linn County postcards and photos, many depicting sites related to General John J. Pershing or named after him.

Moore, Lafayette, Papers, (CA2607)
17 linear feet
Correspondence, clippings, printed material, photographs, and miscellany primarily concerned with Moore's role in establishing the General John J. Pershing Memorial State Park in Laclede, Missouri.

Moore, Lafayette F., Letter, 1936, (CA0625)
1 folder
To George A. Pickens re funding of Pershing State Park.


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.


Schrader, William Henry (1844-1921), Reminiscences, n.d., (C1519)
1 folder
The reminiscences describe slavery in Missouri, including treatment of slaves, punishment, education, desire for freedom, fugitives, and character sketches of individual slaves. Also described are the Kansas-Missouri border conflicts, the Civil War in Missouri, bushwhackers, Claiborne Fox Jackson, the 1856 and 1860 presidential campaigns, German immigrants, Missouri Republicans, and Linneus and Brunswick, MO.

Sissons, William, "Legend of Princess Watt-Wa-Na of Locust Creek, Linn County, Missouri," n.d., (C2105)
1 folder
Poem relating legend of an Indian princess who fled from an unwelcome marriage and was turned into a tree.

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.

Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Stauber, Ruby Rose, Papers, (SP0015)
13.5 cubic feet (452 folders, 2 oversize)
The papers of Rose Stauber contain the personal papers of Ruby Rose Stauber. They include correspondence, genealogical research, family photographs, and material related to Rose’s 31 years of service in the Women’s Army Corp.


Taggart Family, Papers, 1825-1913, (C4201)
1 cubic foot (32 folders)
The Taggart Family Papers consists of correspondence between various members of the Taggart family and friends between the years 1825-1913. Henry Taggart lived in Linn County, Missouri.

Tharp, James A., Photograph Collection, (P0739)
11 photographs
Photos of Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Train Wreck, 1923, Meadville, MO.

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.

Turnbow, Maude, Collection, 1852-1965, (C2924)
1 folder
Letters, written in 1853, concerning the McHargue family in Missouri and Oregon. Newspaper clippings, genealogy
and random notes of Madam Dorian.


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.


Welsh, F.F., Daybooks, 1897-1955, (C4235)
0.5 cubic feet (11 folders)
The collection consists of the daily journals and business ledgers of Frank Welch, a farmer in Linn County, Missouri. Welsh describes his daily farm activities, the weather and expenses.

Welsh, J.L., Photograph Collection, (P0740)
3 photographs
Three photographs: men measuring the big cottonwood tree in Pershing Memorial Park, Laclede, ca. 1940, the covered bridge over Locust Creek near Laclede, and a man fishing from the dam at Woodland Mills, Linn County.

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.