Osage County Manuscript Collections

Osage County was organized in 1841. The county seat is Linn. These collections deal in some manner with Osage 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."


Bledsoe, Billie S., Photograph Collection, (P0772)
4 photographs
Photos and postcards of Victor School and Meta, Osage County.

Bode Family Account Book, 1846-1962, (C2461)
1 reel microfilm, 68 pages
Account book of Bode family, containing genealogical data, court records of family land in Osage and Cole counties, description of farm, inventory and expense records, William Bode's description of drowning of two sons, certificate of service in Enrolled Missouri Militia, permit to leave Germany issued to J.H. Lutkewinklemann. Entries in German and English.

Bowles, Edward L. (1897-1990), Papers, 1883-1991, (C4191)
0.2 cubic feet
Photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous documents concerning Edward L. Bowles and the history of Westphalia, Missouri.

Brown, Peter, Memoirs, (C1930)
1 folder
The collection contains Brown's memoirs of pioneer work in the Baptist ministry of Missouri. Topics include church associations, missionary work, preaching, conversions, and other Baptist ministers.

Buchanan, J.W., Photographs, (P0773)
16 photographs
Photos of Osage County churches, ca. 1959.

Bundy, S.G. (1836-1917), Autobiography, 1912, (C2985)
1 reel of microfilm
The collection contains an autobiography of a farmer, pioneer, rural school teacher, Union soldier, and Methodist missionary and minister.


Civil War Regimental Histories, Missouri, n.d., (C3500)
1 folder
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.

Cramer, Buell B., History of the 138 Field Hospital, (C3544)
1 folder
The collection contains a history written by a former member of World War I unit, the 138 or 2nd Missouri Field Hospital Company, organized June 23, 1917, in Chamois, MO. Gives the company's movements in the U.S. and France until discharge in 1919.

Crede Family Papers, 1818-1939, (C3065)
2 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes; also available on 4 rolls of microfilm
Personal correspondence, genealogical records, and business records of a German-American family living in Osage County, Missouri. The bulk of the collection concerns Her-mann Crede, who emigrated in 1853; other papers pertain to his brothers, Wilhelm (who emi-grated in 1853) and Carl (who emigrated in 1855). Much of the correspondence is in German; the business records are in English.


Giffen, Mrs. Jerry, Photograph Collection, (P0532)
8 photographs
Photos of Jefferson City historic homes. Photos of sites relating to Dr. John M. Townley in Osage County.

Good, Julia B. Good, Photograph Collection, (P0774)
2 photographs
Photos of Westphalia, Osage County: Bruns/Redel House, St. Joseph's Church

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.

Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.


Haslag, Leonard, Photographs, (P0775)
11 photographs
Photos of historic sites in Osage and Platte Counties, ca. 1959-1961.

Hedlund, Dr. Laurence, Photographs, (P0510)
18 photographs
Photos of Boone, Cole, Cooper, and Osage counties, ca. 1975.

Holtschneider Family Photograph Collection, (P0198)
0.3 linear feet
Photographs collected by the Holtschneider family in Osage County of the town of Rich Fountain and surrounding areas. Includes photographs of churches, houses, buildings and people, including First Communion photographs.

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.


Kramer, Herbert George, (1906- ), Papers, n.d., 1962-1969, (C1951)
1 folder
History and clergy of Mary Help Catholic Church, Osage County, MO; history of Bonnot's Mill area; and remembrance of his mother, Veronica Franken Kramer.

Krohn, Peter, Papers, 1847-1869, (C4306)
0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
The papers contain school work consisting of trigonometry and navigation calculations; merchandise accounts; tax receipts; affidavit of Peter Krohn accepting the duties of the post office, and an internal revenue license granted to Peter Krohn of Linn, Missouri, as a retail dealer, 1847-1869.


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.

Lock Brothers Milling Company Papers, 1861-1935, (C3630)
14 volumes, 3 folders on 3 reels of microfilm
Daybooks, ledgers, and payroll records of a family-owned milling company in Loose Creek, Osage County, MO. Operations included a sawmill, winery and flour mill. Most of the mill's business was done with local German immigrant farmers and their descendants. Early records are in German shorthand script and there are some gaps.

Lock Brothers Milling Company Photographs, (P0776)
4 photographs
Photos of the Lock Brothers Milling Company in Loose Creek/Luystown

Lubensky, Earl H., Papers, (CA6241)
54.8 linear feet, 1 computer disc, oversize
Personal and professional papers of a soldier, diplomat, and archaeologist who was a native of Marshall, Missouri. Includes papers of the Biesemeyer family of Osage County, Missouri, and Missouri Archaeological Society materials.


Mantle, Hallie, Photographs, (P0777)
14 photographs
Photos of Osage County historic sites and buildings, ca. 1961.

Matthews, Delbert, Photographs, (P0778)
3 photographs
Photos of Osage County, ca. 1961: Alexander Matthews and his house, Mint Hill Union Church

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.

McGee Family, Papers, 1838-2000, (C4271)
3.0 cubic feet (60 folders), 6 oversize items, 15 film reels, 1 video tape
Genealogical material in the form of correspondence, notes, photographs, slides, obituaries, histories, marriages, and funerals of the McGee and other related family members. Also includes Civil War muster rolls.

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 Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
6.0 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.

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.

Muenks House, Loose Creek, Missouri, Architectural Drawings, 1961, (C2951)
1 folder
The papers contain elevations and floor plans of a house built c. 1849, drawn by R. Elgin, 6 April 1961.


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.

Osage County, Missouri, Tax Book, 1844, (C2394)
3 folders
The records contain a tax book for 1844, John Wm. Thurmand, assessor and includes personal property and real estate assessments.


Perrier, Mrs. Louis J., "History of Bonnots Mill, Missouri Methodist Church, 1902-1963", (C2176)
1 folder
History, leaders, and facilities of the Bonnots Mill Methodist Church, 1902-1963.

Plassmeyer Family, Papers, 1919-1952, (C4226)
0.3 cubic feet (8 folders)
The papers of the Plassmeyer family contain issues of the Social Justice Review featuring articles written by Father Theodosius Plassmeyer, as well as correspondence from Theodosius Plassmeyer to his siblings and from his father, Joseph Plassmeyer. The collection also includes estate papers and a 1926 pension certificate for Joseph Plassmeyer, who served in the Civil War. There is also genealogical information obtained by Lt. Martin Plassmeyer, a biographical sketch of Joseph Plassmeyer by his son, Theodosius, as well as a family history written by Eileen Plassmeyer.

Plassmeyer Family Papers, (CA6510)
3.4 cubic feet
Addition of genealogical material concerning the Plassmeyer and related families, as well as information regarding German American immigration to Missouri and history of Osage 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.


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.

Redeker, Fredric D., Collection 1894-1953, (C4203)
0.4 cubic feet (8 folders)
The Fredric D. Redeker Collection contains documents from German and English speaking communities in Missouri. It includes records of minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, genealogical information, and a religious manuscript. Much of the correspondence, as well as the manuscript, are written in German.

Rustemeyer Family, Papers, 1884-1953, (C4017)
0.3 linear feet, 1 computer disc
The Rustemeyer Family papers contain correspondence written to Bernard Rustemeyer by friends and family in Germany after his immigration to America in 1882. The collection also includes newspaper clippings and photographs of the Rustemeyer, Alteköster, Stöckebrand, and Giese families, and Rustemeyer’s hometown, Körbecke, Germany.


Schlief-Boudreau Family Photograph Collection, (P0866)
34 photographs
Photographs of Koeltztown, Westphalia, and Taos area, including group photos of bands, a picnic, and a choir. Snapshots, ca. 1916, of landscapes and the Osage River, bridges, and Hubers Ferry.

Schrader-Holtschneider Papers, 1868-1959, (C3773)
0.8 linear feet
The collection contains papers of the Schrader and Holtschneider families of Rich Fountain, Osage County, MO. They were farmers, merchants, postmasters, and county judges. Papers include correspondence, business and legal papers, post office records, and school district records.

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.


Taube Family, Papers, 1838-1906, (C3022)
3 folders on microfilm
The collection contains papers of a German American family in Westphalia, MO. Written mostly in German, this collection contains traditional New Year's cards and letters from the 1870s, 1880s, and 1900s, from Mathias, Ferdinand, and Heinrich Eichholz and others. A notebook begun in 1838 by Anna Margaretha (Temmen) Eicholz includes school exercises, financial account entries for 1856-1861, and a list of family births from 1852-1897.

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.

Townley, M.W., Photograph Collection, (P0779)
2 photographs
Copy photos of Osage County: Townley house, Dr. Townley's office


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 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.


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.


Wingrath-Reistorff Family, Record Book, 1754-1855, (C1800)
1 folder
The Wingrath-Reistorff Family Record Book is a receipt book used by Jacobus Reistorff and Christian Wingrath, German immigrants to Loose Creek, Missouri. Interspersed throughout the book are letters. Included is a partial transcription of the book by Adolf E. Schroeder. This record book is part of the German Heritage Archives.