Pike County Manuscript Collections

Pike County was organized in 1818. The county seat is Bowling Green. These collections deal in some manner with Pike 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."


Blair, Frank P., Speech, 1866, (C3253)
1 folder
The papers contain copy of newspaper article from the Missouri Republican, St. Louis, regarding a speech made by Blair at Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri.

Blodgett, Wells Howard, (1838-1929), Letter, 1916, (C1586)
1 folder
The papers contain To [Benjamin McAllister] Anderson, [Columbia, MO], from St. Louis, MO, March 3, 1916. Blodgett sent Anderson a copy of the "Act to incorporate the Louisiana and Columbia Railroad," approved January 27, 1837.

Branstetter, Peter L., Diary, 1850-1851, (C2983)
1 reel of microfilm
The collection contains an account from an overland trip from Pike County, MO, to California taken by Peter L. and Adam J. Branstetter in 1850. The diary describes the trip, the weather, the route taken, and the land along the route. It also lists the miles traveled each day, accounts of purchased supplies, and the money made in California from gold mining. The return trip to Missouri in 1851 is also described, but in much less detail.

Bryson, John, Articles of Agreement, 1817-1819, (C1585)
1 folder
The records contain articles of agreement of John Bryson, Joel Shaw, and Sam K. Caldwell, April 3, 1817, and January 12, 1819, concerning land on which Louisiana, Missouri, is located.


Civil War Documents, 1861-1865, (C4274)
0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
Photocopies of miscellaneous papers including discharges, enlistments, Confederate bills and notes, stamps, insignia, orders, mustering out papers of soldiers, including officers, mostly from Missouri.

Clark, Champ (1850-1921), Papers, 1898, (C0600)
1 folder
The papers contain an address entitled "Hardin College and its Founders," delivered September 12, 1898; a letter to secretary of Pike County Historical Society regarding that society's work, and one photograph of Clark in later years.

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.


Daniel, Leander F., Diary, 1851-1856, (CA6440)
1 folder
Diary of a farmer from Pike County, Missouri, includes extensive doodling and also poetry (photocopy).

Davis Family, Papers, 1836-1956 (C0308)
3 folders
Collection of miscellaneous papers, mostly bills and accounts of wheat and tobacco sales. Included is a manuscript history of Pike County, Missouri, written by Mrs. Ada Reid White; letters; newspaper clippings; pictures of St. John's Episcopal Church; and typed copies of three magazine articles written in 1948 concerning Meriwether Lewis and correspondence pertaining to them.

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.


Finley, G.W., Letters, 1826-1836, (C1979)
1 folder
Letters to his brothers about crops, friends, and relatives.

Frankford, Missouri, History, [1913], (C3509)
1 folder
The papers contain a history of Frankford, written by Louisa Milburn, descendant of Solomon Fisher, who owned the land on which this Pike County town was built in 1819.


Gilliam, Charles Wesley, Diary, 1856-1876, (C3272)
4 folders
Daily account of a Lincoln County, MO, farmer's life. Marriages and deaths, activities of friends and relatives, election returns, prices paid for household goods, farm life, and Civil War experience.

Glenn Farm, Records, (CA6087)
7 volumes
Farm ledgers kept by the Edward Glenn family in Pike County, Missouri from 1943 to 1995.

Griffen, Mrs. Walter, Scrapbooks, n.d., (C1402)
4 volumes
Newspaper and magazine clippings of pictures and articles of Missouri scenes, the Ozarks, and Hannibal. Volume 4 contains souvenir postcards.

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.


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.


McLoed, James S. (1811-1889), Papers, 1813-1903, (C3667)
15 folders
Papers of James S. McLeod, his father, William, and family. McLeod was a farmer, carpenter, county clerk, justice of the peace, road commissioner, and school trustee in Calumet Township, Pike County, 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 Photographs, (SP0031)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder, 6 photographs)
The collection consists of various photographs from the state of Missouri as well as several postcards for attractions around the state. Also included is an address book kept in 1954.

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.

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.


Nunn, Chester M., Collection, (P0100)
38 photographs
20 leather postcards, ca. 1907, with 8 picture postcards of Louisiana MO and environs; Tintypes of W and Sarah McLoed; eight photos of international Air Races at St. Louis, 1923


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.


Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company Records, (CA4111)
105.8 cubic feet, 12 oversize volumes
Business records of a Louisiana, MO, company include correspondence, reports, catalogs, printed materials, photographs, and miscellaneous material, 1890s-1960s. Also included is material pertaining to varieties of fruits and plants developed by Luther Burbank.

Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company, Records, (CA4257)
0.4 linear feet
Correspondence with J.H. Hale, 1910s, and catalog, 1915.

Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company, Records, (CA4369)
1.4 linear feet
Catalogs, 1899-1969 (not complete run).

Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company, Records, (CA4377)
1 linear foot
Advertising material, including plates of fruit and vegetable illustrations.

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.

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.


Waters, George, Record Book, 1829-1840, (C1285)
1 folder
Accounts, 1829; marriages performed, 1831-1840, in Marion, Ralls, and Pike Counties, MO; and list of subscribers to school of William Hatch, Ralls County, 1865.

Watson, Catherine and Cyrus, Letterbook, 1836-1837, (C2756)
1 volume
The collection contains thirty-two letters written by Catherine and Cyrus L. Watson from Louisiana, Missouri, and Springfield and Bloomington, IL, to friends and relatives on the sickness and deaths of Mary Pond and Catherine Watson.

Withers, Ethel Massie, Scrapbook, ca. 1916, (C1440)
0.3 linear feet
The Ethel Massie Withers Scrapbook is an album of photographic copies of lantern slides used to illustrate the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution lecture, Pioneering in Missouri, 1916. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the lecture, written by Ethel Massie Withers, with explanations of the photographs. The lantern slides are located in the Editorial Department of the State Historical Society of Missouri.