Maries County Manuscript Collections

Maries (pronounced Mary's) County was organized in 1855. The county seat is Vienna. These collections deal in some manner with Maries County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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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.

Agricultural Wheel No. 657, High Gate, Missouri, Records, 1880-1890, (R0396)
2 folders, photocopies
These are records of the local chapter of the Agricultural Wheel at High Gate in Maries County, Missouri. The records include the constitution, by-laws, membership roster and minutes of meetings, and a pamphlet containing the constitutions of the National Farmers' and Laborers' Union of America, and the Farmers' and Laborers' Union of Missouri.


Barger, R.L., Photograph Collection, (P0653)
4 photographs
Photos of Ironton: Centennial Marker, St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church, Swift home, and Courthouse. Postcards of Old Jail Museum, Vienna, MO.

Belle Fair, Belle, Missouri, Booklets, 1951-1952, (R1079)
1 folder
These are booklets for the 1951 and 1952 fairs held at Belle in Maries County, Missouri. Typical "county" fairs, they included agricultural exhibitions, entertainment, and carnivals. The fair in 1951 also celebrated Belle's fiftieth anniversary with a historical pageant.

Bennetsen, Christian C., Ledger, 1906-1916, (R0412)
1 volume
This is an account ledger of C. C. Bennetsen, a blacksmith in the High Gate community of Maries County, Missouri. The entries list the names of customers and the nature and cost of blacksmithing work done from May 1906 through May 1916.

Berry Family, Papers, 1851-1911, (R0239)
3 folders
These are papers of the Berry family of Maries and Osage counties in Missouri. They include correspondence from family members in California, Missouri, and Tennessee, tax receipts, promissory notes, and land papers.

Bourbois Baptist Association, Annual Report, 1877, (R0221)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of the twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Bourbois Baptist Association. The Association included rural churches in Phelps, Crawford, Maries, and Osage counties. The minutes include statistics from the constituent churches.


Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, ca. 1910, (R0424)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "Health and Pleasure in the Missouri Hills Along Rock Island Lines," a promotional booklet featuring hotels, rooming houses, resorts, and recreational opportunities along or near the CRI&P Railway between St. Louis and Versailles, Missouri.

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, 1916, (R0815)
1 folder
This is A Good Dairy Country: Central Missouri, Along Rock Island Lines, a booklet published by the "Rock Island" railroad to promote dairy farming and other agricultural pursuits along its route between Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri.

Citizens State Bank of Vichy, Minute Book, 1913-1921, (R0511)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors and shareholders of the Citizens State Bank of Vichy in Maries County, Missouri. The minutes begin with the organizational meeting on 24 May 1913 and continue through 27 July 1921.

Creamer, Benjamin H., Papers, 1890-1969, (R0476)
10 folders
These are papers of a farmer and stock raiser in Maries County, Missouri. The collection includes family correspondence, obituaries and funeral home cards, election poll books, and records pertaining to Creamer's work with the Maries County office of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and the Maries County Highway Commission.


Dixon Baptist Association, Annual Report, 1884, (R0220)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of the tenth annual session of the Dixon Baptist Association. The Association was composed of churches in Phelps, Osage, Maries, and Pulaski counties. The tenth annual session was held at the Mount Zion Church in Osage County, 9-11 October 1884.

Dressel, Waldemar M. Papers, (R1490)
0.5 cubic feet (19 folders)
he papers of Waldemar M. Dressel contain publications, photographs, and maps from his years working for the U.S. Geological Survey based in Rolla, Missouri.


Elgin, Robert L., Photograph Collection, ca. 1950s-1990s, (R1015)
36 folders
These are black and white photographs, color slides, plans, and detail drawings of historic structures in the northern Ozarks of Missouri. Several counties are represented, but especially Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Osage, and Washington. The primary topics are vernacular architecture, log structures, churches, and cemeteries.


Fancher Family, Papers, (CA6325)
1 cubic foot
Family papers and genealogical records of the Fancher and Gremp von Freudenstein families of Miller, Maries, and Boone Counties. Also includes research material on the Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah in 1857.


Giesler Family, Giesler and Spurgeon Families, Papers, 1865-1912, (R0580)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous papers from the Giesler and Spurgeon families from the High Gate community in Maries County, Missouri. Much of the correspondence is addressed to John A. Giesler, concerning family, friends and events in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. The correspondents include Sarah Ellen Kinkeade, Uriah J. Loop, Nathan Peters, and James A. Riley.

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.


Hollenbeck, Judge Paul S., Postcard Collection, (P0750)
2 photographs
Postcards of Vienna: Maries County Courthouse and Old Jail Museum.

How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.


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.


Lane's Prairie, Missouri, Daybook, 1860, (R0314)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a daybook from an unidentified general store at Lane's Prairie in Maries County, Missouri, thought to have been operated by Francis M. Johnson. With the daybook is an undated letter by Maries County historian Everett M. King which contains speculation about the volume's provenance.

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 Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
90 folders
These are minutes of annual meetings of the Little Piney Association, which was composed of churches in Camden, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, and Texas counties in Missouri. At various times, the organization had also been titled a "United" and "Primitive" Baptist association.


Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), Cemetery Records, 1942-1949, (C2667)
0.1 linear feet
Tombstone inscriptions compiled by Clair V. Mann from cemeteries in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties in Missouri.

Maries County, Missouri, Medical Registers, 1871-1909, (R0319)
2 folders, photocopies
These are registers, 1871-1900 and 1893-1909, of physicians, surgeons, pharmacists and dentists in Maries County, Missouri. The registers list the dates and locations of medical training, or certificates granted by state boards in lieu of examinations.

Maries County, Missouri, Photograph Collection, ca. 1880s-1930s, (R0587)
These are photographs copied from Volumes 1-9 of the scrapbook collection at the Old Jail Museum at Vienna, Missouri. They feature significant locations, buildings, events, and individuals, mostly in Maries County, Missouri. Many of the views are of Vienna, but there are also photographs of Belle, Paydown, Safe, Summerfield, Vichy, the Gasconade River, St. James in Phelps County, Meta in Osage County, and Dixon in Pulaski County. The views have been copied on 35mm black and white film.

Maries County, Missouri, Scrapbook, ca. 1920-1950, (R0102)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an indexed scrapbook of obituaries, wedding announcements, and miscellaneous items from the Maries County Gazette. The material concerns individuals in Maries County and the Crocker and Dixon areas in Pulaski County.

Maries County Teachers' Association, Record Book, 1910-1931, (R0657)
1 volume
These are minutes of meetings of the Maries County Teachers' Association in Maries County, Missouri. The minutes begin on 15 July 1910 and end on 13 March 1931, with a hiatus from 16 January 1915 to 19 August 1927. The records include roll calls of attendees and minutes of the proceedings.

Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.

McDonald Charcoal Company, Records, (CA6462)
2 cubic feet
Records of a charcoal company operating in Argyle, Missouri, from 1949 to 1971 include correspondence, financial records, and insurance information.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Historic Site Surveys, 1980-1989, (R0454)
8 boxes
These are historic site surveys, with accompanying photographs and research materials, for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade (southern portion only), Maries, Phelps, and Washington counties in Missouri. Included are houses, churches, schools, bridges, businesses, and other structures.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Lane's Prairie Charge, Maries County, Missouri, Quarterly Conference Records, 1889-1893, (R0432)
1 volume, photocopies
These are records of quarterly conferences of the Lane's Prairie Charge, Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The charge consisted of congregations in Maries County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, reports on the status of churches, Sunday schools and missions, and financial statements.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Vienna Circuit, 1887-1908, (R0302)
3 volumes
These are records of quarterly conferences of the Vienna Circuit, which included churches at Vienna, Bloom Garden, Bodendick, Branson Chapel, Enterprise, and Hughes Chapel in Maries County, and Lawson in Miller County, Missouri. The reports include minutes of meetings, financial records, and statements of spiritual conditions within the circuit.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South Vienna, Missouri, Sunday school records, 1895-1898, (R0603)
1 volume
This is the record book of the Methodist Sunday School at Vienna in Maries County, Missouri. Included are attendance records, statistical summaries, and minutes of the meetings. L. D. Eads was the superintendent.

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.


Osage River United Baptist Association, Minutes, 1849, (R0286)
1 folder
These are minutes of the fifth annual meeting of the Osage River Association, which was composed of United Baptist churches in Camden, Maries, Miller, and Morgan counties in Missouri. Included are membership statistics, a summary of the Association's business, a report on evangelical work, and a circular letter urging adequate financial support of the ministry.


Paydown, Missouri, Records, 1862-1897, (R0303)
2 volumes, 1 folder
These are ledgers, 1862-1869, from a bakery in St. Louis, and from Paydown Mill on the Gasconade River in Maries County, Missouri. There are also a few papers, 1881-1897, of the proprietors of the mill and store at Paydown.

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.

Ryall, Richard Huston, Letters, 1863-1864, (R0499)
1 folder, photocopies, typescripts
These are Civil War letters of Richard Ryall, 6th Missouri Cavalry, from New Iberia, Louisiana. The letters, written to his brother, Isaac, in Maries County, Missouri, concern war news and family matters including the death of a brother in Union service. With the letters are typescripts, a photograph of Ryall in uniform, and a biographical sketch provided by the donor.


Schenker, Robert L., Ledger, 1884-1891, (R0604)
1 volume
This is a ledger from a mercantile business operated by Robert L. Schenker at Vienna in Maries County, Missouri. The ledger includes a list of promissory notes and their settlements, and an inventory of stock.

Shockley, J. Milton, Collection, n.d., (R0643)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "What They Said," a collection of stories and anecdotes regarding residents of Maries County, Missouri, by Dr. J. Milton Shockley, a local historian and past president of the Maries County Historical Society.

Southern and Central Missouri Collection (R1442)
4.5 cubic feet (194 folders, 1 VHS, 6 CDs, 1 45 record, 1 cassette)
The Southern and Central Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining acquisitions related to individuals, places, organizations, and events. The Southern and Central Missouri Collection continues to have material added. New additions are added at the end of the collection.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, Records, 1859-1980, (R0362)
635 items in 56 cartons
These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.

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.


Vichy, Missouri, lantern slide, ca. 1927, (R1192)
1 folder
This is a colored glass-plate lantern slide and accompanying descriptive sheet of "Sunday School Pioneers" at Vichy in Maries County, Missouri. Believed to have been produced in 1927, the slide has been attributed to the Presbyterian National Missions Board. It shows a group of youngsters at Vacation Bible School.


Watts, John J., Collection, 1874-1912, (R0038)
38 volumes
These are manuscript notebooks of genealogical records kept by a circuit-riding Baptist minister in the northern Ozarks. The records cover Phelps, Pulaski, Texas, and parts of Maries, and Dent counties in south-central Missouri. An index is included.

Williams, Matthew Z., Williams family papers, ca. 1861-1990, (R1308)
10 folders, 121 images
These are photographs, business papers, genealogical materials, and other items from the Williams, Sturgeon, Watson and allied families of Phelps County, Missouri. Included are papers concerning pyrite mining in Phelps County and a rare view of the village of Beulah around 1906. High quality scans of the images are available.