Perry County Manuscript Collections

Pemiscot County, named for Pemiscot Bayou, was organized in 1851. The county seat is Caruthersville. These collections deal in some manner with Perry County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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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."


Brazeau Presbyterian Church, Brazeau, Missouri, Booklet, 1970, (R0976)
1 folder
This is A History of the Brazeau Presbyterian Church, Brazeau, Missouri, 1819-1970. Brazeau is a small community in Perry County, Missouri.

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.

Bridges, Mrs. Homer L., Postcard Collection, (P0377)
1 folder
Postcards of University of Missouri Columbia, the Missouri State Capitol, St. Louis, Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), Uniontown, and Ellington, MO


Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, Sesquicentennial Booklet, 1974, (R0960)
1 folder
This is a booklet published to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, which was organized in June 1824. Included are a schedule of the 150th annual meeting of the Association, a historical summary by J. C. Maple, a list of member congregations, and a list of past meeting dates, places, and officers.

Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve & Farmington Railroad Company, Stock Certificate, 1894, (R0861)
1 folder
This is a numbered, blank, stock certificate for the Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve & Farmington Railroad Company. Organized in 1894, the company was part of Louis Houck's railroad network in southeastern Missouri.


Dame, Earl, Collection, 1830-1867, (C2855)
1 folder
Handbill circulated by Thomas Hayden to the people of Perry County to refute charges made by D.L. Caldwell, high sheriff of Perry County; St. Louis County citizens' petition, 1867; and St. Louis dog and hog catcher appointment, 1865.


East Perry Community Fair, Altenburg, Missouri, Booklet, 1957, (R1167)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet for the East Perry Community Fair which was held at Altenburg in Perry County, Missouri, on 20-21 September 1957. Included are categories for prize competitions, a schedule of events, a roster of fair officials, and many advertisements for area businesses. Howard Fiehler served as President of the fair board.

Elmore, Patricia Shively (1935-2015), Papers, 1878-2015, (CG0013)
1 cubic feet (14 folders), 8 film reels, 2 oversized volumes
The papers of Patricia Shively Elmore contain diaries, correspondence, genealogy, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the donor's family. This collection also contains diplomas, commencement programs, military documents, photographs, souvenir postcards, films, and funeral memorabilia of the donor's second husband, William "Bill" Elmore.


First Baptist Church, Perryville, Missouri, Directories, ca. 1970-1988, (R0766)
1 folder
These are two membership directories for the First Baptist Church at Perryville in Perry County, Missouri. The earlier booklet is from about 1970, while the later booklet is dated 1988.


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.


Heinrich, C., pub. "The Experiences....of the Stephanites who emigrated from Saxony, 1839," n.d., (C2085)
1 folder
The papers contain one publication titled, Journey of the Stephanites from Saxony to St. Louis, 1838, and settlement in Perry County, 1839. Describes difficulties of ocean voyage to New Orleans and riverboat travel to St. Louis; Economic conditions, prices, religious beliefs, organization of colony, and impressions of Martin Stephan.

Hoehn, Wanoma (1931-2004), Scrapbook, 1948-1949, (R1230)
1 folder
This is a scrapbook compiled by Wanoma Hoehn during her senior year at Perryville High School at Perryville in Perry County, Missouri. Included are clippings, mementoes, and programs from membership in the band, parties, dances, plays, and graduation exercises.

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.

Huber, Herman W., Correspondence, 1952, (R1006)
1 folder
This collection contains an exchange of letters between Herman W. Huber, a candidate for state representative from Perry County, Missouri, and Walter H. Toberman, Missouri Secretary of State in Jefferson City. The letters express hopes of Democratic victories in the fall elections.


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School Records, (R0838)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School Records contain a program for the consecration the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran School in Perryville, Missouri on September 6, 1908.


J. Pratte & Son, Daybook, 1834-1835, (R0213)
1 volume
This is a daybook of a dry goods store at Perryville, Perry County, Missouri, operated by Joseph Pratte and his son, Peter R. Pratte. The Prattes dealt primarily in clothing and housewares. An index of the customers is available.

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.


Kiefner Lumber Company, Records, 1908-1973, (R1198)
66 volumes, 7 folders
These are records of the Kiefner Lumber Company and a predecessor firm, the J. Tlapek Lumber Company, at Perryville in Perry County, Missouri. Included are journals, daybooks, cash books, and miscellaneous papers.

Kiefner, Charles E., Papers, 1925-1931, (R0189)
160 folders
These are papers of a U.S. Representative from Perryville, Missouri. He represented the 13th District (Bollinger, Carter, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Perry, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, and Wayne counties) in the 69th (1925-1927) and 71st (1929-1931) Congresses. Included are general subject files, post office files, and veterans' pension files.

Killian, Joseph C. (1825-1895) and Charles A. (1852-1936), Papers, 1821-1935 (C0124)
0.4 linear feet
Legal papers and letters of J.C. Killian and his son, Perry County, Missouri, lawyers. Diary of J.C. Killian describes people of Perryville. Also material on early German immigration.

Killian, Ralph D., "The Melting Pot," n.d., (C2895)
1 folder
The collection contains a history of Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, and Cape Girardeau Counties, MO, describing the geology, natural resources, and early settlers.

Knox, Willis, Photographs, (P0684)
11 photographs
Photos of Jackson, Burfordville, and Allenville, Cape Girardeau County. Altenburg Seminary and Brazeau Presbyterian Church, Perry County.


Long, J.H., Photographs, (P0554)
24 photographs
Photos by Long of boats, particular emphasis on steamboats. Images of the St. Louis waterfront, Tower Rock in Perry County, and levee (mattress) construction near Birds Point.


Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.

Mark Twain National Forest, Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s, (R0471)
109 files
This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with "old-timers" and Forest Service retirees.

Mead, Nathaniel, Letters, 1862, (R0193)
1 folder
These are two Civil War letters written by Nathaniel Mead while serving in the 30th Missouri Infantry at St. Louis and Pilot Knob. The letters are addressed to Mead's wife in Perry County, Missouri, and consist of inquiries after family and friends. There are only a few items of camp news.

Missouri & Illinois Mineral & Land Co., Papers, 1834-1900, (R0058)
11 folders
These are records of the acquisition and disposition of lands in a speculative industrial development scheme in Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Cape Girardeau, and Madison counties in Missouri.

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 Rural Area Development Committee, Records, 1957-1967, (C2583)
1.8 linear feet
The records of the Missouri Rural Area Development Committee are organized into four sections: organization, policy, projects, and progress reports. The Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was designed to coordinate efforts to revitalize agricultural and natural resources in the rural areas.

Missouri, Perry County, Immigration List, 1839, (C1836)
1 folder
List of Lutheran emigrants who left New York and arrived in the village of Wittenburg, Perry County, MO, in 1839. Original in the possession of the donor.

Missouri, Perry County, Immigration List, 1839, (C1837)
1 folder
List of Lutheran emigrants who came to Perry County, MO, by way of New Orleans in 1839. Original in the possession of the donor.

Missouri, Perry County, Stephan Immigration, 1852-1853, (C1839)
1 folder
List of workers and contributions in number of days of work, October and November 1852, and August 1853, of members of the Martin Stephan emigration of German Lutherans to Perry County, MO.

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.

Murphy, William, Biographical Material, n.d., (C3320)
1 folder
Brief biography of the Reverend William Murphy, immigrant from Ireland to Virginia; family establishment in Farmington, MO; genealogical notes with details on Sarah Barton Murphy and her role in organizing the first church west of the Mississippi River; short history of Farmington and Ste. Genevieve, MO; and local events.


O'Rourke, Timothy J., "A Biographical Sketch of the Honorable Isidore Moore," 1966, (C3754)
1 folder
The collection contains a biographical sketch of Moore (1771-1842), an early Catholic settler in what became Perry County, MO. Included is information on Moore's ancestors and descendants, as well as a typescript of his will.

Oliver, Allen L., "Apple Creek Presbyterian Memorial Association, 1964.", (C2913)
1 folder
Address delivered 24 May 1964 at the site of the church and cemetery, giving the history of Apple Creek Church and cemetery.

Orr, William J., Papers, 1899-1940, (R0857)
1 folder
These papers deal mostly with the conviction, appeal, and later death of J. F. Kennedy, a train-robber. William J. Orr was an attorney for the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis and later the St. Louis-San Francisco railways, who prosecuted Kennedy in 1899. Also included is an obituary for Orr from the Springfield (Mo.) News Leader.


Papineau, Quintin, Photographs, (CG0034)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
Thirty-five photographs of agricultural machinery harvesting cotton, rice, and potatoes. Also included in this collection are photographs of natural springs, steamboats, ferry, and buildings in southeast Missouri, Oregon County and Marion County, Missouri.

Perry County, Missouri, Service Roster, 1946, (R0880)
1 folder
This booklet is entitled Roster of the Men and Women of Perry County, Missouri, in World War II, issued on the Occasion of Welcome Home Celebration, Perryville, Mo., Aug. 14, 1946. It contains an alphabetical list of Perry County's veterans, including a separate list of those who "died in service."

Pfefferkorn, Michael Gene, Papers, (S1219)
9.25 cubic feet
The papers of Michael Gene Pfefferkorn contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, and speeches concerning the historic preservation of St. Louis landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Major John Stevens Bowen House; the integration of St. Louis City Schools during the 1970s; and the establishment of the American Tax Token Society in 1971. Other topics of interest include the publication of the Missouri Journal of Numismatics, which Pfefferkorn edited from 1976 to 2001. The papers date from 1964 to 1993.

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.

Ramsay, Robert L. (1880-1953), Papers, 1918-1953, (C3230)
2.5 linear feet
The Robert Ramsay Papers includes correspondence, 1918-1953; notes, rough drafts, revisions, and proof sheets for the Place Name series, with emphasis upon the Missouri Place Names; newspaper clippings about Ramsay and newspaper clippings of the Place Name articles. Small volumes of notes and a variety of prints pertaining to his academic classes are included as well as sample themes and bibliographies submitted by his students.

Rozier, Francis Claude, Record Book, 1871-1919, (R0461)
1 oversize volume
This volume contains lists of real estate owned by Francis C. Rozier of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, in Missouri, Iowa, and Texas, and "assessments" of the real, personal, and intangible property of Rozier's, his estate's, and his widow's.

Rozier Store, Records, 1867-1885, (R0132)
11 volumes
These are daybooks, journals, and miscellaneous records of a mercantile operation run by Jules Rene Rozier, first at Rozier Landing on the Mississippi River in Perry County, Missouri, then in partnership with Charles F. Lawrence at St. Marys in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri.

Rutledge, Anne Blanche, "Old York Chapel, 1824-1965" n.d., (C2180)
1 folder
History of the Abernathy Settlement and the Old York Chapel, second oldest Methodist organization in the Louisiana Purchase, Perry County and Cape Girardeau County, MO.


Soren, Noelle Louise, Papers, (K0525)
3.84 cubic feet (260 folders, 4 rolled items)
The papers contain research notes, photographs, correspondence, architectural drawings, and other materials related to Noelle Soren's research into the theater building careers of Carl and Robert Boller, known as the Boller Brothers. The results of her research culminated into her two-volume book, Windows to Wonderland: The Cinespace Creations of the Boller Brothers, Architects.

Southeast Missouri Medical Society, Collection, 1877-1967, (CG0003)
0.5 cubic feet (7 folders)
The Southeast Missouri Medical Society Collection consists of miscellaneous records from physicians and hospitals in the southeast region of Missouri.

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.

St. Mary of the Barrens, Perry County, Missouri, Parish Census, 1823, (C1590)
1 folder
Alphabetical list of the congregation in 1823. Almost all the parishioners named were Maryland-born or the children of Maryland-born parents. The parents, if known, are given in parentheses. Where the date of birth or marriage is unknown, the date of marriage of a child is given, from which an estimate of the parents' ages can be made.

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.


The Southeast Missouri Collection, (CG0001)
The Southeast Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Tlapek, John, Correspondence, 1897-1935, (R0037)
8 folders
This is business correspondence addressed to John Tlapek as general manager of Louis Houck's Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve and Farmington Railroad, 1897-1902. Tlapek also was a partner in the Southeast Missouri Telephone Company, 1909-1911.

Trinity Lutheran Church Centennial Celebration Papers, 1967, (C2598)
1 folder
Materials concerning centennial celebration of church.


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 Army Air Forces, Flying Training Detachment, 74th Chester Field (McBride, Mo.) Booklet, ca. 1944, (R1284)
1 folder
This collection consists of a twenty-five page booklet, "Flight Lines," that recorded the graduates of Class 44F from Primary Flying Training at Chester Army Air Field in McBride, Missouri published on 12 February 1942.

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.


Whitledge, Thomas B., Papers, 1874-1916, (R0276)
22 folders
These are letters to Thomas B. Whitledge, an attorney and politician in St. Marys, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. Correspondents include Edward A. Rozier, Benjamin B. Cahoon, and Richard C. Kerens. Subjects include levee districts, railroads, oil exploration, and the Republican Party. Topics in the latter category include patronage, religious toleration, and the Taft/Roosevelt split of 1912.