Saint Clair County Manuscript Collections

Saint Clair County, named for Gen. Arthur Saint Clair of the Revolutionary War, was organized in 1841. The county seat is Osceola. These collections deal in some manner with Saint Clair County, Missouri. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse Manuscript Collections by subject.

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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."

Army Corps of Engineers, Photographs, (P0098)
0.2 linear feet
Photographs of historic sites and construction sites, 1956 and 1978-1979. Includes images of bridges, dams, roadways, churches, businesses, and other buildings.

Attebery, James, Papers, 1844-1966, (C2398)
6 folders
The papers relate to the Civil War Citizens Guards Company, St. Clair, County, Missouri; the Cole family, particularly Abraham Cole; warranty deed, homestead certificates, title bonds, land certificates and other papers involving land transactions. Also included are minute books of literary and social clubs, 1911-1914.

Attebery, James D., Letters, 1962, (C3374)
1 folder
The collection contains letters between Attebery and the commanders of the U.S.S. ST. CLAIR COUNTY. A photograph of the ship is located in the editorial office of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Attebery, James D., Photographs, (P0095)
90 photographs
Images of Benton, Cedar, Vernon, and St. Clair County historic sites and buildings, mainly from ca. 1951-1960.


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.

Burford-White Photograph Collection, (P0038)
64 photographs
Snapshot and studio photos, including tintypes related to the White-Burford-Taylor-Adkins-Harness-Marolf families plus scenes from Ladue, Vista and Independence, as well as vacation scenes outside of Missouri.


Cole, Abraham, Muster Roll and Report, 1864, (C2136)
1 folder
Muster role of Captain Cole's vigilante company that patrolled Hickory and St. Clair Counties during the Civil War. The company was composed of St. Clair County citizens. Report by Cole to the commander at Warrensburg about the Citizen Guards and their efforts to combat bushwhackers.

Collins, A. Loyd, "A Century of Freemasonry at Osceola, Missouri, 1841-1941", (C2187)
1 folder
The papers contain a historical sketch of Masonic organizations in Osceola.

Crawford, Billie, Diary, 1878, (R0388)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a typescribed copy of a diary of an overland journey from St. Clair County, Missouri, to Camp Verde, Arizona, 29 May to 17 September 1878. The travelers included Billy Crawford, Alfred L. Gash, George Fain, their families, and a few neighbors. Related genealogical material is included with the diary.


Erwin, Ada King, Letter, 1943, (C1972)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Helen Johnson, Osceola, MO, from Urich, MO, Jan. 1943, concerning Mrs. Erwin's family and reminiscences of her childhood.


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.


Harris, Morran D., Papers, (CA6421)
1.75 cubic feet
Papers of a lawyer and state representative from Osceola, Missouri, largely consist of material concerning Harris's time in the state legislature in the 1960s.

Harry S Truman Reservoir Architectural Survey, Records, 1975-1976, (C3758)
4.4 linear feet
Maps, site survey sheets, and photographs of vernacular architecture in Benton, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair counties. The images include barns, bridges, cabins, chicken coops, churches, corncribs, garages, granaries, houses, outhouses, post offices, root cellars, schools, sheds, silos, stores, wells, and windmills.

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.

Johnson, Waldo Porter (1817-1885), Letters, 1839-1872, (C3185)
2 folders
The collection contains letters to his family and friends concerning family news; law practice; county court sessions; land speculation; service in the Mexican and Civil wars; national, state and local political campaigns; and financial difficulties during reconstruction.


Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company, Booklet, ca. 1890s, (R1071)
1 folder
This is Snap Shots in South Missouri, a promotional booklet to encourage land sales along the Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis, and Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield railroads in Missouri. The area is presented as ideal for fruit-culture and raising livestock.

Knights of Pythias, Osceola Lodge No. 379, Osceola, Missouri, Minute Book, 1909-1914, (R1050)
1 volume
This is the minute book of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Osceola in Saint Clair County, Missouri. The minutes begin with the organizational meeting on 20 January 1909 and continue through 9 March 1914. The volume includes amended by-laws, membership roster, rolls of officers, and rules for the club room.


Lawrence County Historical Society, Missouri, Baptist association minutes, 1882-1933, (R0644)
15 folders
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of Primitive Baptist associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.

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.


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 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, St. Clair County. Bond, 1870, (C1641)
1 folder
The collection contains a $1000 bond issued by St. Clair County to aid construction of the Clinton and Memphis branch of the Tebo and Neosho Railroad. The bond is signed by Wm. A. Mitchell, presiding justice, and Thos. J. Monroe, clerk, St. Clair County court.

Missouri, St. Clair County, School Record Book, 1892-1904, (C1226)
1 volume
Includes minutes of board meetings and names of resident taxpayers for the Oak Grove School District No. 7, Township 37, Range 24, St. Clair County, MO.

Missouri, St. Clair County, School Record Book, 1897-1904, (C1227)
1 volume
Teacher's daily register for Oak Grove School District No. 7, St. Clair County, MO. Also includes two pages of a daily record kept by J.P. Green, Kings Prairie School District No. 1, Dallas Township, St. Clair County, 1882.

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.

Monegaw City Hotel Photograph, (P0591)
1 photograph
Photo of hotel, Monegaw City, with accompanying descriptive material


Nance, Reuben S., notebook, 1838-1903, (R0183)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a notebook of Reuben S. Nance of Collins in St. Clair County, Missouri. Included are accounts receivable from mercantile operations, 1838-1857; records of school attendance, 1854-1856; and miscellaneous memoranda, 1857-1903.


Old Path Association of Baptist Churches, Missouri, minutes of annual meetings, 1896-1949, (R0646)
4 folders
These are minutes of annual sessions of the Old Path Association of Baptist Churches in Benton, Hickory, Polk, and St. Clair counties in Missouri. Included are minutes of the meetings, the articles of faith, rules of decorum, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, statistical information, and correspondence with other associations.

Osborne Realty Company, Brochure, n.d., (R0878)
1 folder
This is a promotional brochure for the Osborne Realty Company at Osceola in St. Clair County, Missouri. It extols the virtues of the land and people of the area, and offers several parcels of rural land for sale. The brochure is not dated.

Osceola Presbyterian Church, Osceola, Missouri, Records, 1842-1859, (C1358)
1 volume
The records of the Osceola Presbyterian Church in St. Clair County contain church organization, minutes of sessions, infant and adult baptisms, lists of admissions and dismissions, and list of deaths.


Phifer, Charles Lincoln (1860-1931), Papers, 1880-1908, (C3527)
13 folders
The papers contain two unpublished novels; The County Editor is autobiographical; The County Judge, or the Osceola Fox is about the repudiation of fraudulent railroad bonds in St. Clair County, Missouri, in the 1860s.

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.

Rickman Family, Papers, 1778-1978, (C4177)
0.6 cubic feet (34 folders)
The papers consist of genealogical materials pertaining to the Rickman and related families [Fristoe, Henderson, Higgins, Tatum, Thomas, Twyman, Wilson] of North Carolina, Virginia, and St. Clair County, Missouri. The material include genealogical charts and corresponding notebook, birth announcements, census records, death certificates and obituaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Roberts, John M. (1833-1914), Diaries, 1878-1881, (C4341)
0.3 cubic feet (13 folders)
The papers of John M. Roberts contain transcribed diaries written from 1878- 1881. Roberts was a rural school teacher in Henry County, Missouri. The diaries describe the classes he taught, the students, the weather and health of family members. The diaries also describe his other occupations as farmer, itinerant bookseller, a reporter for local newspapers and a brief view as a partisan Democrat. There is an introduction written in 1988 by J. Merton England, who edited and transcribed the diaries, and used them as the main source for his article, “A Hard Times Chronicler-An Ohio Teacher in Western Missouri-1879-1881,” which was published in the Missouri Historical Review, Volume 83, Issue 2, January, 1989.


Saint Clair County, Missouri, Consolidated School District No. 1, Roscoe School, Booklet, 1922, (R1104)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet for the school year 1921-1922 at the Roscoe School in Roscoe Township in St. Clair County, Missouri. The teacher was Ida J. Porter. Included are the names of the pupils and the members of the school board.

Saint Clair County, Missouri, School District No. 56, Motley School, Booklet, 1926, (R1194)
1 folder
This is a "souvenir" booklet for the 1926 school year at Motley School in St. Clair County, Missouri. Mabel Hill was the teacher and W. D. Motley was president of the local school board.

Saint Clair County, Missouri, School District No. 58, Prairie Home School, Souvenir Booklet, 1912, (R1257)
1 folder
This is a "souvenir booklet" presented by the teacher, Almee Sires, to the students at Prairie Home School in St. Clair County, Missouri, at the close of the school year in 1912. Included are a list of the students and the members of the local school board.

Sitton, John James, Civil War memoir, n.d., (R0377)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a memoir of service with the Oregon County company of the 2nd Regiment, 7th Division, Missouri State Guard, 4 July -- 1 December 1861. The narrative also includes biographical data on selected Oregon County soldiers.

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.

St. Clair County School Dist. Records (C4287)
0.4 cubic feet (15 folders), 8 oversize volumes
The records of the St. Clair County, Missouri, School District contain teacher’s student records, term reports to the district clerk, Board of Education meeting minutes, and Annual School Enumeration Records.

Stone, W[illia]m J[oel] (1848-1918), Letter, 1893, (C1517)
1 folder
The collection contains correspondence to Geo. H. Lyons, Kansas City, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, May 12, 1893. The letter and clipping define Stone's position in the indebtedness case, Ninth National Bank of New York vs. St. Clair County, MO. Lyons and B.R.F. Copenhaver, St. Clair County court judge, were imprisoned for refusing to comply with writ of mandamus.

Sutherland Family Letters, 1858-1879, (C2685)
1 folder
Letters to Samuel H. Sutherland, a Missouri University student, from his parents, reporting local news in St. Clair County. A letter from Samuel from Shreveport, LA, in 1865, tells his post-Civil War plans.


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. 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.


Western Missouri Land-O-Lakes Association, Brochures, ca. 1962-1965, (R0823)
1 folder
These are two map brochures published by the Western Missouri Land-O-Lakes Association to promote tourism in the area including the "upper arm" of the Lake of the Ozarks, Pomme de Terre Lake, and the planned Stockton Lake and Kaysinger Bluff (later Harry S. Truman) Reservoir.

Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.