Miller County Manuscript Collections

Miller County, named after early Missouri Governor John Miller, was organized in 1837. The county seat is Tuscumbia. The Osage River bisects the county. Bagnell Dam, on the western edge of the county, forms the Lake of the Ozarks. These collections deal in some manner with Miller 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.

Alexander, Ben W., Collection, (P0378)
1 folder
Postcards of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia MO, Chillicothe Business College, Winston Churchill Memorial Library, Missouri State Capital, Kansas City MO, Interstate 70, Windermere Baptist Assembly (Roach, MO) and Lake of the Ozarks.

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."

Anchor Milling Co., Shipping Records, 1897-1911, (R0110)
4 volumes
This collection consists of freight lists, cash book, and weekly time book of boats operated on the Osage River by the Anchor Milling Company of Tuscumbia in Miller County, Missouri. The vessels included the steamboats J. R. Wells and Dauntless, and the gasboat Ruth. The boats operated on the Osage from Tuscumbia to Linn Creek.

Arrow Rock Tavern Board, Papers, 1826-1923, (C3087)
8 folders, 1 volume
The papers contain correspondence of John Sappington with Hogan & Wright, collection agents, 1842-1844; correspondence of Claiborne F. Jackson, 1855-1861; correspondence and miscellaneous items concerning the placement of Highway 40 and Santa Fe Trail markers; Martha Woods Diary, 1854-1860; Hugh Stephens scrapbook, n.d.

Atkisson, James F., Photographs, (P0364)
25 photographs
18 photographs of Lake of the Ozarks area, 7 additional photographs on various subjects

Austin Wood Auditorium, Lake Ozark, Missouri, Brochure, 1967, (R0992)
1 folder
This is a brochure promoting the 1967 season at the Austin Wood Auditorium at Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri. Featuring stars from the "Grand Ole Opry," the country music venue featured namesake Austin Wood and such well-known performers as Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Tex Ritter, Ralph Emery, and Ernest Tubb.


Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection, (R1411)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder, 17 photographs)
The Barnett Development Corporation Photograph Collection contains photographs documenting the town of Barnett, Missouri and the surrounding area where the Lake of the Ozarks would be with the completion of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. Included are images of the early stages of construction on the river.

Baumann, Robert, Photograph Collection, (P0215)
40 photographs
Postcards related to Bagnell Dam, including construction, and other photos from Lake of the Ozarks area.


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.


Daarud, Bertha M. Williams, Photograph Collection, (P0455)
18 photographs
Photos of Camden County, primarily the Linn Creek area, used in Daarud's book The Ozark Farmer's Daughter.


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.


Greef Family, Papers, (CA6224)
0.2 linear feet
Genealogical information, correspondence, scanned images, and other documents relating to the Greefs, a German family who immigrated to Tavern Creek, Missouri, in 1833. Some of the documents are written in German.

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.


Hauenstein, Frederick, Autobiography, 1980, (R0085)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a copy of the autobiography of Frederick Hauenstein, engineering graduate of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (now UM-Rolla) in 1903. Hauenstein worked as a surveyor and engineer in the western United States, and was the last president of the Pine Belt Lumber Company in Oklahoma.

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.


Iberia Junior College, Collection, 1914-1958, (R0231)
3 folders
These are bulletins of the Iberia Academy (1914) and Iberia Junior College (1940-1941) in Miller County, Missouri. There is also a history of the town of Iberia, the Academy, and the College (1958) by William F. Jones. Operation of the College was taken over by Drury College at Springfield, Missouri, in 1951.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Tuscumbia Lodge No. 305, Tuscumbia, Missouri, Minute Books, 1873-1903, (R0507)
2 volumes
These are the minute books of the Odd Fellows lodge at Tuscumbia in Miller County, Missouri. The volumes contain minutes beginning with the organizational meeting on 17 September 1873 and continuing through 14 March 1903. Routine lodge business consisted of acceptance and dismissal of members, payments of sick and funeral benefits, and work on the various degrees of the order.

Irwin, William Laird, Letter, 1859, (C2099)
1 folder
To J[ohn] W. Simonton, [Mifflinburg, PA], from Richwoods, [MO], June 9, 1859. A recent immigrant from Pennsylvania, Irwin wrote his brother-in-law about Missouri. He discussed the prices of land, grain, stock, and provisions, the abundance of game and water, neighbors and friends, education, and religion.


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.

Johnson-Stephens & Shinkle Co., Scrapbook, 1938-1938, (R0146)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a scrapbook containing "Factory Facts," a column with news of the personnel at the Johnson-Stephens and Shinkle shoe factory at Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. The column was written by Ann Ralston and was published in the Rolla New Era. Also included in the scrapbook are miscellaneous items concerning the Rolla area.


Lake of the Ozarks Angus Association, Booklet, 1964, (R1210)
1 folder
This is a booklet published for the Lake of the Ozarks Angus Association's "3rd Annual Fall Sale," held at Eldon in Miller County, Missouri, on 3 October 1964. Sixty head of registered cattle were offered at the event. The auctioneer was Max Atkinson.

Lake of the Ozarks Association, Brochure and Booklet, undated and 1956, (R1086)
1 folder
These are a brochure and a booklet published by the Lake of the Ozarks Association, Inc., at Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri, to promote tourism and recreation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.

Lamine River Baptist Association, Minutes, 1845-1882, (R0284)
7 folders
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of the Lamine River Association, 1845-1859 and 1877-1882. Known first as the Lamine River Regular Baptist Association, the organization was composed of churches in Bates, Camden, Cooper, Jackson, Johnson, Miller, Morgan, and Pettis counties in Missouri.

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.


Manning, C. A., Letter, 1902, (R1207)
1 folder
This is a letter dated 26 September 1902 from C. A. "Chess" Manning of Bagnell in Miller County, Missouri, to James E. Millstead at Montreal in Camden County, Missouri. There is an accompanying letter from "Mollie" to "Josie," presumably the wives of Manning and Millstead. The letters concern sowing forage seed and household matters.

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.

Miller County Institute, Spring Garden, Missouri, Papers, 1885-1892, (C2237)
1 folder
Catalogues, graduation certificate, and papers concerning Butler, IL, public school system.

Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1997-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource professionals and other individuals related to the environment in Missouri. The records include audio cassettes, CDs, audio logs, and transcripts.

Missouri, Miller County. Assessment Lists, 1856-1877, (C1165)
3 volumes
Vol. 1, 1856, certified by E.B. Farley; Vol. 2, 1857, certified by E.B. Farley; Vol. 3, 1877, certified by G.B. Robinson."

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.

Morgan County, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1905-1943, (R0622)
2 oversize volumes
These are scrapbooks consisting of clippings of obituaries and death notices. The emphasis is on individuals from Morgan, Miller, Johnson, and Henry counties in Missouri. Most of the clippings concern residents of Versailles in Morgan County, and Chilhowee in Johnson County.

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.

Missouri, Mount Pleasant. Board of Trustees, Minute Book, 1871-1878, (C1187)
1 volume
Minutes of meetings of the board of trustees of the town of Mount Pleasant, Miller County, MO."


One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 58 CDs
The collection consists of interviews with people who attended or taught at one-room schoolhouses. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews, photographs, textbooks, as well as some biographical information on the interviewees.

Ozark All-Stars Photograph Collection, (R1477)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Ozark All-Stars Photograph Collection contains the autographed photograph of the Ozark All-Stars, performers from the Country Music Hall at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

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.

Ozark Opry, Osage Beach, Missouri, Booklets, ca. 1963-1971, (R0856)
1 folder
These are three souvenir booklets for the Ozark Opry, a country music show founded by Lee and Joyce Mace and located at Osage Beach in Miller County, Missouri.


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.

Project Cavern Report Records (R1437)
0.2 cubic foot (2 folders)
The Project Cavern Report Records contains the evaluation and survey of voids within a fifty-mile radius of Rolla, Missouri, for use as a jet propulsion laboratory or industrial and civilian defense use.


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.

Reynolds, Frank, Photograph Collection, ca. 1925-1942, (R0796)
3 folders
These are postcards and photographs collected by Frank Reynolds when he worked on construction projects including Bagnell Dam in Missouri, Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Mississippi River at LeClaire, Iowa, and Camp Crowder, Missouri.


Segnin, Mrs. A.D., Photograph Collection, (P0375)
15 photographs
Photographs of the aftermath of a 1916 tornado in Olean, Miller County, MO.

Skaggs, Henry Ellison, Papers, 1862-1895, (R0247)
3 folders
These are a diary and papers, 1862-1865, of Henry Ellison Skaggs, pertaining to his service in the 1st Missouri Cavalry in Missouri and Arkansas during the Civil War. Included are a diary, two letters from Little Rock, Arkansas, a photograph of Skaggs in uniform, and a group of prayers. There are also correspondence concerning his military pension, 1893-1895, and genealogical data.

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.

State Historical Society of Missouri-Kansas City Postcard Collection, (K1345)
0.14 cubic foot (14 folders)
The State Historical Society of Missouri-Kansas City Postcard Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous postcard acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events. The State Historical Society of Missouri-Kansas City Postcard Collection continues to have material added to it. New acquisitions are added at the end of the collection.

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.

Steinkuehler, Leland, German Dialect Collection, 2005-2008, (CA6096)
1 folder, 8 audio cassettes, 10 CDs
Recordings and accompanying paperwork of interviews done with Missourians of German heritage from Concordia, Loose Creek, Westphalia, and St. Elizabeth, Missouri, as well as visitors from Meerbusch, Germany. Includes a comparison of dialects between three interviewees. The interviews were conducted by Leland Steinkuehler. Addition of recordings of a Lutheran Church service conducted in Low German and a narration with English translations by Reverend Alfred W. Rodewald, 2009.


Tallman Family, Tallman-Brown families letters, 1861-1868, (R0447)
2 folders, photocopies, typescripts
This is correspondence of related families of Miller County, Missouri. The principal correspondents are John, Martha, and Matthew Tallman, who wrote to their brother, Jeremiah, while he served in the 1st Missouri Light Artillery, and John D. Brown, of the same regiment, who wrote to his sister, Hannah M. Brown. Topics include military activity in Miller County and southern Missouri, farm life, and family matters.

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.

Tom's Monkey Jungle, Brochure, n.d., (R0764)
1 folder
This is a brochure for "Tom's Monkey Jungle," a roadside zoo located near Eldon in Miller County, Missouri.

Trefts, Charles, Photographs, (P0034)
3126 photographs
This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.


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.

United Methodist Church, Lake of the Ozarks Parish, Records, 1971-1983, (C4333)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The records of the United Methodist Church, Lake of the Ozarks Parish, contain printed material, programs, evaluations, pamphlets and miscellaneous material of an ecumenical ministry in the recreational area of Bagnell Dam.

United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records (R1321)
17 cubic feet (372 folders, 4 maps, 3,238 photographs, 68 negatives, 936 slides, 3 volumes) 
The United States Bureau of Mines, Rolla Research Center Records contain the records of the Bureau of Mines office and research facility established in Rolla, Missouri, in 1915. The records include correspondence, operational reports, project reports, photographs, newspaper articles, program materials, and maps.


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.

Wright, Clarence Boyce, Diaries, 1912-1926, (R0236)
15 volumes
These are diaries of Clarence Boyce Wright, a native of Tuscumbia, Miller County, Missouri, and an employee of Anchor Milling Company. Wright worked in the mill at Tuscumbia and was clerk aboard the company towboat Ruth. The diary entries note events in Miller County and along the Osage River, weather and river conditions, and the milling company's business.