Randolph County Manuscript Collections

Randolph County was organized in 1829. The county seat is Huntsville. These collections deal in some manner with Randolph 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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Abt, Ludwig, Collection, (CA5916)
87.5 linear feet
Architectural drawings, blue prints, sketches, surveys and site plans and related material of Moberly, Missouri, architect Ludwig Abt and successor firms Abt & Cleavinger, and J. Kay Cleavinger & Associates. Includes plans for schools, post offices, and other public buildings, churches, businesses, and residences in mid-Missouri counties.

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."

Ancient Order of United Workmen Certificate, 1885, (C1965)
1 folder
Certificate issued to Enoch G. Deskin, Moberly, MO.


Bedford-Hall Family, Collection, 1870s-1890s, (CA6410)
2 volumes
Commonplace book with notes, diary entries, stories, and poems kept by Charlotte Bedford Hall of Randolph County, Missouri, during the 1870s-1880s. Also a scrapbook with clippings, cut outs, and original artwork made by Ella Bedford for her nephew, William Willard Hall (Charlotte's son), 1890s.


Chamier, Richard J. Papers, (C4379)
1.8 cubic feet (74 folders)
Military, political, legislative and civic work of a former Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army in World War II, Missouri State Senator, and Associate Circuit Judge of Randolph County. Correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings, including campaigns for State Senator in 1948 and 1952. Also clippings on speeches and legislative bills to update Missouri criminal codes, and service with the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.

Croll, John, Photograph Collection, (P0753)
4 photographs
Copy photos of Wabash Hospital (Moberly), N. Missouri R.R. Locomotive, Hannibal railroad yards and depot.


Davidson, Matthew P., Papers, 1882-1887, (C3089)
1 folder
The papers contain the marriage license of Lewis Watkins and Mattie Davidson, 1885, and various deeds and petitions on the property of Matthew P. and Allie F. Davidson.

Davis, Lois E., Photographs, (P0643)
11 photographs
Color snapshots of General Omar N. Bradley in Moberly, MO, and related sites. Photographs of Hungry Mother Wildlife Area and Locust Grove school in Howard County.

Deskin, Elijah, Mortgage, 1870, (C1968)
1 folder
The collection contains a mortgage on Deskin's land given as security for $100 borrowed from the capital school fund of Township 52, Range 15, Randolph County, MO.


Eldridge, William A., Papers (CA6534)
0.2 cubic feet, 1 oversize item
The collection contains military enrollment and discharge papers, a diary, photographs, and miscellaneous artifacts of a World Wari I soldier from Moberly, Missouri. Also includes a history of the 88th Division during World War I.


Featherston, Sophia Eubank, Photograph Collection, (P0764)
6 photographs
Six photos by Miller of Moberly of the Florida, MO, area ca. 1920s. Includes photos of Mark Twain cabin and statue and the Salt River.

Fox Family Papers, (CA6548)
1.4 cubic feet
Papers of a family from Moberly, Missouri, include photographs, scrapbooks, small artifacts, and miscellaneous material, 1870-1950s. Material largely concerns Lawrence Fox, Joy Eldridge Fox, and Anna Thieman Fox.


Gentry, Pleasant Tilman (1813-1897), Diary, 1876-1896, (CA6453)
2 folders
Diary of a Baptist minister from Audrain County, Missouri, includes farm and livestock records, as well as records of marriages performed in Audrain, Boone, Monroe, Randolph, and Howard Counties. Also includes transcription with biographical information.

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Missouri, A. Lincoln Post No. 5, List, n.d., (C2027)
1 folder
List of dead members of A. Lincoln Post, Moberly, MO.

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.


Hardister, Isaac, Surity Bond, 1896, (C1912)
1 folder
$500 surety bond of Isaac Hardister, street commissioner of Huntsville, MO.

Hoenig, Veryl, Papers, c. 1700s-1990, (C4181)
0.4 cubic feet (8 folders)
The papers of Veryl Hoenig contain genealogical research pertaining to the Burton, Searcy, Scott, Finnell, Sutliff, Forbes, Green, and Duncan families of Kentucky, Virginia, and Missouri. Documents include lineage records, copies of indentures, wills, and estates, a hand-drawn family chart, payroll information for service in the Revolutionary War, and excerpts from written histories.


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.


Ladd, George E., (R1493)
0.5 cubic foot (5 volumes)
The George E. Ladd Papers include photograph albums containing images and engineering reports of landslides and property destruction caused by soil erosion including images of failed railroad lines and train wrecks in Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee, New York, Ohio, and southern Italy.

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.

Lester, Adison P., Bill for divorce, 1879-1880, (C2117)
1 folder
The papers contain Lester's petition for divorce from Mary J. Lester, and summons for her to appear before Moberly Court of Common Pleas.

Lozier Family, Papers, (CA6450)
1 cubic foot
Correspondence, political material, and miscellaneous material of a family from Carroll and Randolph Counties, Missouri. Largely concerns Ralph F. Lozier, a U.S. Congressman, and his son, Lue Lozier, an attorney and judge.


McCanne, Hugh (1805-1865), Diary, 1850, (C1932)
1 volume
The collection contains a diary kept by McCanne of his trip from Randolph County, MO, to California in the spring and summer of 1850.

McCormack, Mason, Bill of Sale, 1842, (C1588)
1 folder
The records contain a bill of sale for a Negro slave, sold to John M[arshall] Yates, [Randolph County, MO], May 24, 1842. Witnessed by C.F. Burckhartt and R.G. Gilman. Also a biographical sketch of John Marshall Yates (1795-1872).

McKinsey, James, Papers, 1850-1872, (C1890)
1 folder
The papers contain two notes entered into with Randolph County for the use and benefit of the common schools, and a note of Hattie G. Johnson entered into with the Moberly Bank.

Megee, Bessie Mae James Spurling (1904-1995), Papers, (CA6081)
1 linear foot, 5 CDs
Papers of Moberly, Missouri, resident Bessie Mae Megee, a national contest multi-winner. Includes correspondence, contest certificates and materials, issues of Contest magazine, newspaper clippings, essays notebook, and a set of KMOX radio interviews with Megee in 1983.

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 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, Huntsville, Brochure, c. 1910, (C0742)
1 folder
Brochure describing the town of Huntsville, circa 1910.

Missouri, Randolph County Court Order, 1830, (C2028)
1 folder
The records contain an order appointing David Floyd, John Bunch, and John Clarkson to mark out an alteration to the road from Frays Mill to the Grand Prairie.

Missouri, Randolph County Warranty Deeds, 1879-1910, (C2594)
1 folder
Miscellaneous warranty deeds and deeds of trust.

Missouri. Militia, 9th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry, Reunion Notice, 1900, (C3266)
1 folder
Notice of a reunion of the 9th Missouri Cavalry to be held at Moberly, 13-14 September 1900. Signed by Odon Guitar.

Missouri. Training Center for Men, Moberly, Architectural Drawings, 1958, (C3180)
1 folder, oversize
Plans, elevations, and sections of the administration and education buildings, chapel, auditorium-gymnasium, dining hall, kitchen, warehouse, vocational training and industry buildings, fire house, garage, and maintenance shop.

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.

Mount Pleasant College, Huntsville, Missouri, Tuition Receipts, 1870-1872, (C2640)
1 folder
The collection contains tuition receipts and brief description of the college.


Petty, James Harvey (1830-1888), Records, 1871-1939, (C4252)
0.4 cubic feet (2 folders)
The records of a medical doctor in Jacksonville, Missouri. The records consist of two ledgers, one is a commercial ledger, listing individuals and amounts of merchandise in Jacksonville, Missouri, 1871. The other lists patients and services kept by Dr. Petty from 1881-1939.

Powell, William, Letters, 1839-1840, (C2035)
1 folder
The papers contain letters written by William Powell of Huntsville, Missouri, to his brother, Henry A. Powell, in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Prices of land, food, grain crops and livestock; abundance of wild game; and richness of the land. Begs the rest of the family to join them in Missouri.

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.

Prewitt, Reuben C. (1915-1958), World War II Notes, 1945, (C3326)
1 folder
Notes on Air Force experiences. Cross-country trip to Seattle and description of voyage from Seattle to Iwo Jima and situation at Iwo Jima.


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.

Randolph County, Missouri, Deeds, 1888-1909, (C3742)
3 folders
The papers contain warranty, quitclaim, and trust deeds for properties in Randolph County, Missouri. Also includes a lease for land owned by J.E. Hubbard and a bond for deed.

Rogers-Hagar Family Deeds, 1875-1912, (C3256)
1 folder
The collection contains four deeds, all entered in Randolph County, MO. Some holders are George Rogers, William Rogers, James T. Halliburton, and George Hagar.


Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

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.

Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Audio Cassette Collection, 1976-2000, (C3963)
0.3 linear feet, 34 audio cassettes
The State Historical Society of Missouri Audio Cassette Collection is a collection of miscellaneous interviews, lectures, and speeches collected over the years.

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.

Stephenson, Robert, Deed, 1842, (C1754)
1 folder
Deed conveying land located in Randolph County, MO, to Joseph C. Moore for purchase price of $55.

Stone, James L., Photographs, (P0299)
1 folder
Images of and relating to Moberly, MO, mainly in the 1960s.


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 (790 folders, 22 oversize items)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Turner-Yates Family, Papers, (CA6486)
2 cubic feet
The papers of the Turner, Yates, and related families of Macon and Randolph Counties, Missouri, include genealogical research, photographs, publications, and miscellaneous material. .


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.


Williams, Roy D. (1881-1972), Papers, 1853-1972, (C3769)
2 linear feet
Papers of Judge Roy D. Williams of Boonville, Missouri, containing speeches (primarily on local and regional history), historical notes, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellany.

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.

World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.

Wright, Jay, Photograph Collection, (P0795)
4 photographs
Copy photos of the Randolph County Courthouse and Mount Pleasant College.