Livingston County Manuscript Collections

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

Avalon College Papers, (C1745)
1 folder
The papers of Avalon College contain histories of Avalon College, Cleiomathean Literary Society, and Philophronean Literary Society, and a list of donors to the Memorial Fund. The college was established at Avalon, Livingston County, MO, 1871-1872, and relocated at Trenton, Grundy County, MO, 1890.


Blue Mound School Photograph, ca 1938., (P0242)
1 photograph
One class photo of Blue Mound School in Livingston County, ca 1938.

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.


Chillicothe and Des Moines City Railroad Company Papers, 1868-1903, (C2564)
1 volume and 1 folder
The papers of the Chillicothe and Des Moines City Railroad Company contain miscellaneous records, including stock certificates and transfers.

Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, Photographs, (P0084)
0.75 linear feet
Photographs of Chillicothe, MO, and Livingston County, including area businesses, farming activity, schools, clubs, homes, and churches.


Dillard, Joe G., Collection, (P1002)
4 photographs
Three postcards of Chillicothe, MO, sights and photograph of Blue Mound, MO, Singing School

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.


Graham, Harry W., Photographs, (P0741)
7 photographs
Photographs of Chillicothe, MO, in 1923-1924 by Harry W. Graham.

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.


Hunt, W.E., Collection, (CA6043)
0.2 linear feet
Photographs and correspondence of a Chillicothe, Missouri family. Also includes address by Odon Guitar to the University of Missouri Alumnae Association in 1856 concerning the impending Civil War.


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.

Jellum, Lee Papers, 1924-1929, 1960, 1961, (C4304)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The papers of a photographer from Ludlow, Missouri. The papers contains four order books, listing names of clients, fees paid, and the service rendered. Also included is some personal correspondence and an obituary for a W.G. Vollrath, who had worked for photographic supply houses.

Jones Family, Papers, 1839-1923, (C2523)
10 folders
The papers of the Jones Family contain military papers of Charles A. Adams, a Civil War officer in the Vermont Cavalry Volunteers and father of state representative Charles F. Adams and Carrie Adams Jones. Also included are family land deeds and business transactions.


Kilgore, Debbie, Photograph Collection, (P0155)
52 photographs
Approximately 52 35mm color negatives and prints showing scenes around Macon, Missouri during the mid 1990s. Additional photo album, assembled by Ken Fryer, DOT district manager, showing the 1993 Missouri River flood in Cole, Carroll, Howard, Saline, and Livingston counties.


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.

Leffler, Carolyn Cook, Photograph Collection, (P0027)
35 photographs
Black and white and color photos of the Ben Bolt Theatre in Chillicothe, 1985 and 1996, the Nelson Kneass tombstone, and the Zero Mile Stone in memory of composer Nelson Kneass.


Minnick Family, Papers, (CA6140)
3 cubic feet
Civil War era tintypes, cabinet card and other photographs, banking receipts, statements and other financial records; correspondence, postal covers, and journals; advertising materials; autograph book and scrapbook; and miscellaneous papers pertaining to the Minnick family of Chillicothe, Missouri.

Missouri, Spring Hill, Daybook, 1851, (C3105)
1 volume
Daybook of a general store in Spring Hill, MO, listing names of customers, items purchased, and their prices.

Moore, Allen, III, Collection, (P0742)
4 photographs
Photos of Chillicothe Business College, ca. 1919 and ca. 1940, and postcards of Chillicothe Normal School, ca. 1890-1910.


National Air Mail Week Papers, 1938, (C1742)
1 folder
The papers contain six envelopes and two letters commemorating National Air Mail Week, 15-21 May 1938. First day covers from Missouri towns: Chillicothe, Columbia, Grant City, Palmyra, and Ste. Genevieve. Letters from Paris and Ste. Genevieve.


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.

Rogers, Harry, Photograph Collection, (P0197)
0.17 linear feet
Copy photos of Chillicothe, ca. 1890-1900. Particular emphasis on the railroad and related structures, and the State Industrial Home for Girls.


Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

Somerville, George W., Photograph Collection, (P0743)
5 photographs
Copy photos of Chillicothe Normal School, Livingston Co Public Library, and Utica Baptist Church.

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.

Stanley, Lois, Photograph Collection, (P0886)
1 photograph
Photo of Rural Carrier Convention, district meeting at Chillicothe ca. 1905-1906

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.

Stewart, Faye L., Photograph Collection, (P0298)
1 folder
Images depicting Chillicothe, MO in the 19th century. Photographs of Missouri State Guard veterans from Chillicothe, including men who served under General Sterling Price.


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.