Montgomery County Manuscript Collections

Montgomery County was organized in 1818. The county seat is Montgomery City. These collections deal in some manner with Montgomery 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.

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."

Armstrong, Augusta, Photographs, (P0690)
15 photographs
Photos of Fort Clemson, Henry Clark house, Poindexter/Repper house, William Karl house, and Albert Schornhorst house: McKittrick area, MO, 1962.


Bellflower Presbyterian Church, Bellflower, Missouri, Records, 1901-1952, (C1343)
1 volume
Typed copy of session minutes and church register.

Blackwell, John A. (1834- ), Papers, 1852-1940, (C3732)
2.3 cubic feet
Contains the correspondence, diaries, writings, Civil War papers, and medical practice records of a doctor from Bedford, IN, who later lived in Foristell and Wellsville, MO. Also included are family letters, Woman's Christian Temperance Union records, and a history of the Clover family.

Blattner Family Photographs, (P0619)
12 photographs
Photos of the Blattner family of Wellsville, MO.

Boone-Tate Family, Papers, 1941-1976, (C4205)
1 cubic foot (20 folders)
The Boone-Tate family papers consist of the research and genealogy of the Boone and Tate families, which ultimately culminated in the publication of the Boone Family Record written by Maude Tate Boone.

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.

Broadhead, William Ferrell, Letter, 1913, (C1944)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to Mrs. Arthur McCluer from Clayton, Missouri, June 27, 1913. Reminiscence about Boonslick Road from St. Louis to Fulton, Missouri.

Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
51 photographs
Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.

Brush Creek Presbyterian Church, Montgomery County, Missouri, Records, 1849-1944, (C1346)
1 volume
Minutes of sessions; registers of baptisms; marriages and deaths; financial records; registers of elders and deacons; roll of communicants; and names from cemetery. The name of the church was changed from Bear Creek to Brush Creek in 1855.


Central Hotel, New Florence, Missouri, Register, 1899-1903, (C1190)
1 volume
Register giving hotel guests and weather notations by W.R. Hollingsworth.

Cuivre-Siloam Regular Baptist Association, Records, 1822-1922, (C4325)
0.2 cubic feet (10 folders)
The records of Cuivre-Siloam Regular Baptist Church Association contain meeting minutes, which also include some church history, and some brief biographies of some of the church elders.


Dickey, Harris B., Photographs, (P0683)
23 photographs
Photographs of historic sites in Southeast Missouri, Montgomery County, and Webster County.

Draper-McClurg Family, Papers, 1838-2009, (C3069)
3.9 linear feet; folders 1-134 also available on 5 rolls of microfilm
The Draper-McClurg family papers are comprised of correspondence, photographs, Civil War diaries and records, and other personal papers of the families of Philander Draper and Joseph W. McClurg. The papers document the families' involvement in politics, farming and orchards, lead mining and smelting, the Civil War, and frontier life in Missouri, the Dakota Territory, and several western states.


Finke, Elmer L. and Emma Mae, Farm Records, (CA4890)
12.7 linear feet
Financial records and other records of the Finke farm in Montgomery County, Missouri, 1940s-1980s.

Franklin, May and Company, New Florence, Missouri, Ledger, 1864, (C3156)
1 folder
Copy of page from the ledger of a general store, covering William F. Windsor's account for July-October, 1864.

Freedom United Baptist Church, Montgomery County, Missouri, Records, 1824-1868, (C3364)
1 folder
The records contain a church record book dating from 1824 to 1868. Includes the rules of decorum, the covenant, a list of members, reports of the monthly meetings, description of the welcoming of new members, raising money by subscription to build a church, and decisions on church membership. Includes a typed index done by the donor.


Gregory, J.S., Photographs, (P0159)
4 photographs
Images of the Van Bibber Tavern in Mineola, Missouri, ca. 1914.

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.


Irwin, Lyndon, Photograph Collection, (P0285)
29 photographs
Late 19th century photographs of Montgomery City, Matson, and St. Louis, portraits and group photographs.


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.


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.

Lemon, Mrs. Walter V., Photograph Collection, (P0976)
4 photographs
Photos of Montgomery City High School Class of 1898, Spanish American War 5th MO Volunteer Infantry, Fourth of July picnic, and Frank Saborinne and Linn Lockwood.

Lewis, Jesse, Photograph Collection, (P0691)
12 photographs
Copy photos of Wellsville and Mineola, MO. Photograph of trolley car in St. Louis


McGaugh Family Genealogical Materials Collection (C4345)
0.25 cubic feet (10 folders)
Genealogical correspondence and notes, family group (pedigree) sheets, portrait and biographical records, death certificates, census records, marriages, obituaries, pension application, court documents, deeds, and wills. Material was used in writing a book on the McGaugh family.

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.

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, Montgomery County, Bear Creek Township. Justice of the Peace, Docket Book, 1847-1852, (C3811)
1 folder
Record of court proceedings and stray livestock. Cases concern settlement of debts, loan repayments, damage suits, breach of the peace, and assault and battery. Donor-compiled index included.

Missouri, Montgomery County, Broadside, n.d., (C3258)
1 folder
The collection contains an announcement of a speech to be given by P.D. Hastain, mayor of Sedalia, about capitol removal.

Missouri, Montgomery County, Court Seal, 1863, (C1601)
1 folder
Fragment of an account certified by Jacob L. Sharp, Montgomery County clerk, and S.T. Sharp, deputy clerk, Danville, MO, 7 November 1863. Certification has impression of the 1863 Montgomery County Court Seal.

Montgomery County, Missouri, Danville Township, Poll Books, 1848-1851, (C1673)
1 folder
The records contain poll books for the election of circuit attorney and special election of state senator, November 1848. Also included is a poll book for election of county surveyor, supreme and circuit court officials, and the vote on a new courthouse building, August 1851.

Missouri, Montgomery County Rural School, Records, 1870s-1947, (C4121)
0.2 cubic feet
The records of the Montgomery County Rural Schools largely contain Teacher's Monthly Reports and District Clerk Reports regarding school district number three, township number forty-seven, and range number six. The collection also contains a variety of business records including receipts and teachers' contracts. The teacher and clerk reports date from the 1870s to the 1890s. The miscellaneous personal records are mainly associated with the Tate family.

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.

Meyer, George E., Photograph Collection, (P0689)
10 photographs
Photos of Judge Mathias McGirk home and burial site in the Rhineland area. Additional images of Millie Finley, Jesse James (in death) Captain Callaway grave, and early drawing of Hermann.


Nebel and Son, High Hill, Missouri, Records, 1867-1899, (C4231)
0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
The records of Nebel and Son, of High Hill, Missouri, contain bee-keeping supplies price lists, land leases, ledgers, and miscellaneous papers from the family business of John and E.F. Nebel.


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.

Price's Branch Presbyterian Church, Price's Branch, Missouri, Records, 1867-1907, (C1363)
1 volume
Minutes of sessions and lists of members and baptized children.

Pulliam, B.G., Daybook, 1836-1838, 1843-1860, (C4332)
0.2 cubic feet
The daybook of the B.G. Pulliam Dry goods store in Middletown, Montgomery County, Missouri, contains names of dry goods store customers and an itemized list of goods purchased and prices paid.


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.


Sabourn, Frank C., Letters, 1898, (C2687)
1 folder
Written to Cornelia Vernatti, Montgomery City, MO, by a clerk in Company L, 5th Regiment, Missouri Volunteers, from Camp George H. Thomas, Georgia, and Camp Hamilton, Kentucky. Descriptions of camp life and his duties.

Salem Baptist Church, Montgomery County, Missouri, Records, 1874-1879, (C3794)
1 folder
Record book of the Salem Baptist Church founded in 1874, destroyed by fire in 1899, rebuilt in 1900, and renamed New Hope Baptist Church. Contains list of original members, charter, minutes of monthly meetings, and financial reports. Includes information on election of officers, formation of committees, financial affairs, and construction of a church building.

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.


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.