Moniteau County Manuscript Collections

Moniteau County was organized in 1845. The county seat is California. These collections deal in some manner with Moniteau 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.

Akinsville & Hooper Institutes, Bulletins, 1876-1885, (C0957)
1 folder
1885 bulletin of classes at the Akinsville Institute in Versailles, MO, and 1876 bulletin of the Hooper Institute in Clarksburg, MO.

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."


Blind Boone, Clarksburg, Photograph, (P0167)
1 photograph
Reproduction of image showing John William "Blind" Boone at Clarksburg depot surrounded by crowd

Brooks, Betty, Photograph Collection, (P0440)
1 folder
Copy photos of Boone and Moniteau counties, covering the University of Missouri, Columbia, Rocheport, Tipton, and California.


Clay, Grace, Photograph Collection, (P0763)
20 photographs
Twenty copy photos of Moniteau (California and Lupus) and Ray counties.


First Congregational Church, California, Missouri, Record Book, 1867-1883, (C2484)
1 volume
The collection contains minutes of the sabbath meetings of the church from May 11, 1867, to June 4, 1883, when the congregation disbanded to unite with the Presbyterian Church.


Gottlieb, Laura Morrison, Papers, (CA5466)
1.7 linear feet
A historical and sociological study of the people and institutions of California, MO, conducted by Gottlieb, ca. 1934. Includes survey forms, statistical summaries, a manuscript based upon the findings, and a photograph of Gottlieb, ca. 1940.

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.


Howard, William G., Letterbook, 1865-1866, (C2497)
1 volume
Letterbook of a California, MO, man, dealing with family, business, and political matters.

Hurst, S.W. and Company, Tipton, Missouri, Papers, 1872-1905, (C4169)
0.8 cubic feet, 1 volume
Eight ledger books and two scrapbooks pertaining to a store in Tipton, Missouri, which sold drugs, jewelry, stationery and music from approximately 1885 until 1900. Some additional items found in the material date before and after this time period. The scrapbooks contain colorful, old-fashioned advertisements for a variety of products including shoes, thread, coffee, medicine, etc.


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.


Kavanaugh, William H., Papers, 1861-1939, (C4251)
0.2 cubic feet (4 folders)
The Civil War memoir written by William H. Kavanaugh describes battles and events he witnessed or participated in with Company E, 1st Regiment, Infantry and Company D, 2nd Regiment, Infantry Volunteers, C.S.A., in addition to descriptions of his time in military prisons. Also includes genealogical material on the Kavanaugh family.


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.

Lotz, Philipp, Papers, 1872-1955, (C3741)
2 folders
The papers contain pages from the family Bible listing births and deaths of children of Philipp and Christina Lotz; obituary of Christian Lotz; miscellaneous receipts and clippings; and religious cards and literature. Most of the material is in German. The Lotz family lived in and near California and McGirk in Moniteau County, Missouri, and Kansas City.


Missouri German Heritage Corridor Oral History Project (C4354)
0.4 cubic feet (6 folders, 9 CDs)
The collection consists of interviews with Missourians who have lived in the German Heritage Corridor and have worked to promote and preserve its cultural institutions. The collection includes digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews.

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.

Missouri, California, Picture, 1861, (C0788)
1 folder
Photograph of illustration of California, MO.

Missouri, Clarksburg, Historical Sketches, n.d., (C3502)
1 folder
Mrs. Lawrence Dick tells how the Martin family kept 200 acres in the family for several generations, and gives a history of the different owners of a store in the Lakota-Mt. Pleasant community of Moniteau County, MO.

Redmon and Hurst Farms, Papers, 1898-1913, (C4243)
0.25 cubic feet (5 folders)
Three farm account ledgers from the Redmon and Hurst farm near Tipton, Missouri; Redmon and Hurst Farms, correspondence; official Postmaster's account and record book from Tea, 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.


Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
1 volume
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.


Phipps Photograph Album, (P0563)
1 folder
Cartes des visite and tintype portraits from photo album, of people from Cooper and Moniteau counties.

Presbyterian Church, California, Missouri, Sunday School Record Book, 1885-1889, (C2483)
1 volume
The collection contains minutes of Sunday school meetings, including lesson for the day, amount of the collection, and number of teachers and pupils present.

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.

Redmon, William, Collection, 1872-1906, (C4234)
0.25 cubic feet (2 folders)
The William Redmon collection consists of one account book documenting sales at his Tipton, Missouri, drugstore and one book from 1905-1906, listing car licenses issued in the state of Missouri. Very little information is included in the automobile license record book.


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.


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.


Wisdom, W. W., Photographs, (P0094)
1 folder
Snapshots of historic buildings in Warsaw, Benton County, and Moniteau County, ca. 1961-1962.


Yarnell, Ilene Sims, "History of the West View School, Moniteau County, Missouri," n.d., (C3149)
1 folder
The collection contains a family genealogy compiled for the West View School homecoming. Fulks, Newkirk, Thixton, Bowen, Hays, Loganbill, Lehman, Grinstead, Welty, Schaffter, Baxter, Kasper, Ratzliff, and Foley family histories in Moniteau County, MO are included.


Zumwalt Family, Papers, 1862-1992, (C4048)
0.5 linear feet
The Zumwalt family papers consist of genealogical materials, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, local church histories, and miscellaneous articles relating to a family that settled in Boone and Callaway Counties around 1800.