McDonald County Manuscript Collections

McDonald County, named for Revolutionary War soldier and congressman Alexander McDonald, was organized in 1849. It occupies the southwestern corner of Missouri. The county seat is Pineville. These collections deal in some manner with McDonald 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.

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."

Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, Record Book, 1876-1877, (R1288)
1 volume, oversize
This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps, Pulaski, Stone, and Webster counties in Missouri.


Boy Scouts of America, MoKan Area Council, Booklet, 1951, (R1031)
1 folder
These are programs for the annual "Boy Scout Circus" at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. Sponsored by the MoKan Area Council, hundreds of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, and their leaders participated in the events, which featured demonstrations of scouting skills, contests, and entertainment. Programs are available for 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1951.


Cook, Warren, Collection, 1782-1978, (R0043)
5 folders
These are photocopies of papers of the Smith, Havins, Roseberry, and Cook families of southwestern Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. The collection includes correspondence, estate papers, and genealogical records. There are also two farm diaries, 1875-1876.


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.

Duval Family Photographs, (SP0012)
0.5 cubic feet (19 folders, 266 photographs)
The Duval Family Photographs depict the lives of families from McDonald County, Missouri. The collection contains many photographs featuring Claib E. Duval, his family members, and other families who lived in the area. The collection also includes numerous documents relating to people and businesses from the county.


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.


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.

Howerton, Charles Henry, Oral History, (SP0011)
0.25 cubic foot (2 DVDs)
The Charles Howerton Oral History contains an oral history interview with Charles Howerton conducted by his daughter, Sue Howerton Victoria, and son-in-law, Doug Victoria. The interviews took place on June 30, 1995, July 4, 1995, and July 6, 1995.


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.


McClure, Hunter Campbell, Papers, (R1500)
0.25 cubic feet (11 folders, 1 photograph, 1 panoramic)
The Hunter Campbell McClure Papers contain correspondence between Margaret Inez Blankenship and Hunter C. McClure during his service in World War II, newspaper articles and publications dealing with the war, and photographs. Also included are the personal papers of Hunter C. McClure.

McDonald County, Missouri High School Collection, (R1475)
0.02 cubic foot (1 folder)
The McDonald County, Missouri High School Collection contains a McDonald County high school football annual from 1971. It contains pictures of coaching staff, players, administration of the school, the band, cheerleaders, pep club, and ROTC. Also included are local business advertisements.

McDonald County, Missouri, Superintendent of Schools, Directory, 1927, (R0914)
1 folder
This is a "Directory of School Teachers of McDonald County, Missouri" for the 1927-1928 school year. It was issued by W. T. Clopton, the County Superintendent, at Pineville.

McDonald County Fair Board, Booklets, 1976-1994, (R1024)
1 folder
These are a McDonald County Fair Queen contest booklet from 1976 and McDonald County Fair booklets from 1978, 1981, and 1994. The fairs were held on the grounds of McDonald County High School near Anderson, Missouri.

McDonald County Secession Papers, (SP0013)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The McDonald County Secession papers contain photocopied newspaper articles dealing with the publicity surrounding the McDonald County secession hoax from Missouri in 1961.

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 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.

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.

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.

Mosbaugh, R. C. McDonald County Courthouse Directory and Buyers Guide, (R0785)
1 booklet
This booklet includes the names and duties (and often photographs) of countywide office holders in McDonald County, Missouri, along with brief histories of the county and its towns, and advertisements for local businesses.


New-Mac Electric Cooperative, Bylaws, 1944, (R1108)
1 folder
This is a booklet containing the bylaws of the New-Mac Electric Cooperative, Inc., which served members in Newton and McDonald counties in Missouri. The cooperative was formed in 1939 and these revised bylaws became effective on 14 July 1944.

Northrup Family Papers, (R1489)
4 cubic feet (67 folders)
The Northrop Family Papers contain correspondence between members of the Northrop family, family genealogy, and personal papers related to the family farm near Simcoe, Missouri.


Order of the Eastern Star, Noel Chapter No. 335, Noel, Missouri, Booklet, 1959, (R0781)
1 folder
This is the annual booklet for 1959-1960 for Noel Chapter No. 335 of the Order of the Eastern Star at Noel in McDonald County, Missouri. Included are lists of officers, committee assignments, and a list of "Past Matrons and Patrons."

Ozark Playgrounds Association, Booklets and Pamphlets, 1929-1955, (R0854)
6 items
These are three booklets and three pamphlets published by the Ozark Playgrounds Association promoting "Playgrounds of the Ozarks," in an area encompassing parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Included in the booklets are geographical listings, while two of the pamphlets contain highway maps and listings of member hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, and tourist attractions, while another contains more general information.


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.

Riverside Inn, Elk Springs, Missouri, Brochure, ca. 1910, (R0870)
1 folder
This is a brochure for the Riverside Inn on the Elk River near Elk Springs in McDonald County, Missouri. It includes four photographs of the resort and descriptive text.

Roark, Mrs. W. Jack, Photograph Collection, (P0748)
12 photographs
Photos of McDonald County historic sites and natural features.

Roberts, J. T. Aubrey, ed., Ozark Mountainwood Express, 1981, (R0949)
1 folder
This is an issue of Ozark Mountainwood Express, a semiannual publication devoted to Ozark music, culture, and tourism. The editor was J. T. Aubrey Roberts of Harrison, Arkansas. Although unnumbered and undated, this issue contains calendars of events for 1981.


Shoal Creek Baptist Association, Minutes, 1938, (R0906)
1 folder
These are minutes of the 67th annual session of the Shoal Creek Baptist Association, which met on 23-25 August 1938 with the First Baptist Church of Newtonia in Newton County, Missouri. The Association was comprised of congregations in Newton and McDonald counties in southwestern Missouri.

Smith, W. E., Letter, 1890, (R0884)
1 folder
This is a letter of 20 February 1890 from W. E. Smith, Judge of Probate Court at Pineville in McDonald County, Missouri, to W. S. Sherley of Martinsville, Indiana. The letter deals with the affairs of Sarah Stockwell, deceased.

Snow, James, Photograph Collection, (P0749)
4 photographs
Photos of Cyclone, MO, ca. 1948.

Southwest City, Missouri, Centennial History, 1970, (R0933)
1 folder
This is a centennial history booklet published in 1970 for Southwest City in McDonald County, Missouri. It includes a general historical narrative, historical photographs, and topical sections concerning schools, churches, organizations, government, and businesses.

Southwest City, Missouri, City Directory, 1973, (R0788)
1 booklet
This is a "city directory" for Southwest City in McDonald County, Missouri. The Southwest City Lions Club sponsored its publication in December 1973.

Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development Records, (SP0009)
28 cubic feet (851 folders, 1 oversize)
The records consist of the financial documents, correspondence, project notes and publications pertaining to the operation of the non-profit environmental organization known as Southwest Missouri Resource Conservation and Development.

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.

Stauber, Rose, Addenda (SP0039)
2 cubic feet (46 folders, 1 oversize, 1,742 slides, 29 photographs)
The Rose Stauber Addenda collection includes photographs taken by Ruby “Rose” Stauber. They include photographs of her time in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and life in the Women’s Army Corps from 1966 to 1973. Also documented are the places and people she encountered in her world travels during this same period.

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.

Stauber, Ruby Rose, Photographs, (SP0014)
5 cubic feet (272 folders)
The photographs of Ruby “Rose” Stauber depict life in the Woman’s Army Corps from 1959-1978. Of particular interest are the photographs of women in basic training at places like Fort Leonard Wood and Fort McClellan. Rose’s photographs also chronicle the change of command at Fort McClellan, Alabama, as her collection contains images of the various commanders who served there. Also documented are the places and people she encountered in her world travels throughout her military career.


The Southwest Missouri Tourism Collection (SP0043)
1 cubic foot (2 folders, 2 oversize)
The collection contains 18 menus and pamphlets from tourist attractions located across Missouri. They were collected by an Ozarks family during the 1950s and 1960s.

Tri-County Burial Association, Certificates, 1935, (R1177)
1 folder
These are Certificates of Membership in the Tri-County Burial Association of Wheaton in Barry County, Missouri, for Floyd Roller and Lela Roller of Purdy. The Association provided burial benefits for members in Barry, McDonald, and Newton counties in southwestern 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.


van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.


Wiley, Robert S., Collection, 1869-1994, (R0521)
84 folders
This is a collection of legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazines and printed material, advertising items, and miscellaneous paper ephemera pertaining to the history of Stone County, and to travel, tourism, and recreation in the White River Lakes region of southwestern Missouri. Much of the collection pertains to Stone County, Missouri, but there is also material on Greene, Lawrence, and Taney counties in Missouri, and some locations in Arkansas.

Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.