Macon County Manuscript Collections

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

Alderman, James R., Papers, 1838-1876, (C3153)
3 folders
Miscellaneous documents and notes, largely concerning real estate transactions, licensing of lawyers and preachers, indentures, government appointments, and elections, and railroad charters. Arranged chronologically.

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.


Barrow, Judge R. Wilson, Photograph Collection, (P0745)
2 photographs
Photos of Bevier Centennial Marker and Latter-Day Saints Churches in Macon, MO, ca. 1958.

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.

Briggs Family Papers, (C4374)
2.73 cubic feet (9 folders, 5 oversize volumes)
Scrapbooks, photograph albums, and newspaper clippings of members of the Briggs family, including U.S. Senator Frank P. Briggs and journalist Ruth Briggs Bratek, a graduate of the University of Missouri.


Callao Methodist Church, Callao, Missouri, Centennial, 1959, (C2915)
1 folder
History of the church with list of pastors and prominent members, an account of some of the activities of the church, and a program of the centennial service, May 3, 1959.

Callao Presbyterian Church, Callao, Missouri, Records, 1910-1937, (C1347)
1 volume
Minutes of meetings and roll of members. Miscellaneous items also inserted in volume.

Charitan Ridge Baptist Church, Macon County, Missouri, History, 1965, (C3097)
1 folder
The collection contains a history of the church building, its members, deacons and pastors; newspaper clipping from the CHRONICLE HERALD, Macon, MO. "Charitan Ridge Church Celebrates 100th Year" with pictures of the church.

Civil War Documents, 1861-1865, (C4274)
0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
Photocopies of miscellaneous papers including discharges, enlistments, Confederate bills and notes, stamps, insignia, orders, mustering out papers of soldiers, including officers, mostly from Missouri.


Dent, Lester B. (1904-1959), Collection, 1924-1984, (C3071)
36.2 linear feet, 1 video cassette; also available on 64 rolls of microfilm
The Lester B. Dent Collection contains the manuscripts, publications, correspondence, personal papers, research notes, scrapbooks, and photographs of a native Missouri fiction writer, explorer, aerial photographer, and dairy farmer. Lester Dent is perhaps best remembered as the principal author of the Doc Savage adventure stories of the 1930s and 1940s. This collection is also available on microfilm, with the exception of the printed and miscellaneous materials.

Dickerhoof, Emma, Diaries, 1915-1949 , (C4194)
1.0 cubic feet (17 folders)
The Emma Dickerhoof diaries contain 23 diaries and a few loose papers of a single woman who lived much of her life near Macon, Missouri, with her parents. The diaries span the years 1915 to 1949 and discuss news of family, friends, and the local community.

Duncan Chapel, Shelby County, Missouri, Record Books, 1882-1936, (C2485)
3 volumes
The collection contains records of Duncan Chapel, a Methodist Episcopal chapel in Shelby County, Missouri.


Emmons, F[rancis] M[arion] (1837-1905), Civil War Letters, 1862-1864, (C2375)
1 folder
Written by a member of Company I, 7th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry, in southern Missouri and Arkansas to his parents and sister Cassie at LaPlata. Mentions his brother Riley, supplies, prices, morale, Indian regiments and rebel forces, burning of steamboats and gun boat, and duel of General Marmaduke and Colonel Walker.


Franke Studio, Photographs, (P0747)
6 photographs
Photos by Franke Studio of Macon: Walker Hardward, Blees Buggy Company, and Lucas Blacksmithing.


Grady, Joseph, H., Papers, 1853-1902, (C2950)
3 folders
The papers contain accounts, tax receipts, minutes, and reports of cases heard in Macon County, Missouri, by a justice of the peace in Jackson Township.

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.


Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Macon County, Records, 1854-1903, (C3827)
1 folder
Includes a record book of the Hopewell Congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Kirksville Presbytery; includes information on the organization of the church, minutes, and membership lists.


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.


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.

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.

Little Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Macon County, Missouri, Records, 1836-1974, (C3640)
4 volumes
Record books containing lists of members of the church, the constitution, and the abstract of principles. A synopsis of each meeting of the congregation is also included.


Macon War of 1812 Veterans Composite, (P0394)
1 photograph
Composite image of War of 1812 veterans, Macon, MO 1871.

Marmaduke, John S[appington] (1833-1887), Letter, 1885, (C1619)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to Ben Eli Guthrie, of Macon, Missouri, from City of Jefferson, Missouri, Dec. 5, 1885, assigning powers and duties of the sheriff in the public disturbance in Macon, Missouri.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Missouri Conference, Princeton Circuit, Records, 1866-1884, (CA6441)
1 folder
Minutes of quarterly meetings of the Princeton Circuit, Macon District.

Miller, Henry C. (1858-1944), Papers, 1896-1898, (C2072)
1 folder
The papers of Henry C. Miller contain fifteen letters to Miller, a Mercer County court clerk in Princeton, MO, about Republican Party affairs and appointments in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. The Chauncey I. Filley faction, support in Missouri of William McKinley for president in 1896, state and local Republican conventions and meetings, and factional fights are discussed.

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 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.

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.

Morris, Leona, Collection, (P0404)
0.125 linear feet
Yarrow Mill, Macon County, MO; postcards and photographs of historic sites across Missouri.

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.


Pease Family Papers (R1363)
0.02 cubic foot (2 folders)
The Pease Family Papers contain the personal correspondence and papers of Dwight Pease and Sarah Pease. These papers include newspaper articles, a funeral notice for Dwight Pease, and letters between family members.

Pohlman, George (1887-1953), Collection, 1615-1953, (C3476)
1.6 linear feet
The papers of George Pohlman contain material on Macon County and other northern Missouri counties. Included are original survey maps of roads, records from county officials, school and church records, land entries, estate, business and legal papers, biographies and rare English documents.

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.

Potter, Alice, Genealogical Collection, (C4381)
1 cubic foot (34 folders)
Genealogical correspondence and notes of a professional genealogist. Correspondence from and to Alice Potter and other genealogists and individual researchers seeking information on numerous families for D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) acceptance and personal reasons. Personal research notes with some family group sheets.

Powell, James, Account Book, 1874, (C3168)
1 folder
The collection contains a typed copy of a personal account book of James Powell of Atlanta, 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.

Ratliff, Elizabeth Jones, Photograph Collection, (P0251)
94 photographs
Various images related to Macon County, specifically the town of Ethel, photos of Kirksville State Normal School, 1919-1924, including the 1924 fire and its aftermath, and portraits of identified and unidentified families and individuals.


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.

Shortridge, George A., Day Book, 1856, (C1258)
1 volume
Daybook of a general store in Bloomington, Macon County, MO.

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.


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.

Thrasher, Benjamin R. (1818- ), Diaries, 1877-1891, (C3048)
1 reel, 4 volumes
Four diaries written by a Macon County, Missouri, farmer. His daily entries, spanning almost fifteen years, describe farm life, livestock breeding, social activities, transportation, illness, death, and daily changes in the wind and weather. Also detailed personal and business expenses.

Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.

Turner-Yates Family, Papers, (CA6486)
2 cubic feet
The papers of the Turner, Yates, and related families of Macon and Randolph Counties, Missouri, include genealogical research, photographs, publications, and miscellaneous material.


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.


West, Emma, Collection, (P0062)
0.16 linear feet
Copy photos and postcards of Missouri, the bulk of which focus on New Cambria, Macon County.

White, Edgar, Collection, 1921-1935, (C4264)
0.3 cubic feet (3 folders)
The papers of a member of the editorial department of the Macon Chronicle-Herald, Macon, Missouri, contain newspaper clippings of local individuals and events, receipts, poetry, grocery bills, automobile license tax receipts, and other miscellaneous items.