Stoddard County Manuscript Collections

Stoddard County, named for Maj. Amos Stoddard, the first American civil commandant of Upper Louisiana, was organized in 1835. The county seat is Bloomfield. These collections deal in some manner with Stoddard 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."


Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.

Bootheel Project, Records, 1993-1997, (C3928)
3.2 linear feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 records, 2 video cassettes
The records of the Bootheel Project document the art, culture and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers' notes, and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.


Cane Creek Baptist Association, Minutes, 1904-1992, (R0235)
1 folder
These are booklets containing the proceedings of the 42nd (1904), 91st (1953) and 130th (1992) annual meetings of the Cane Creek Baptist Association. Included are the articles of faith and constitution, minutes, committee reports, and directories of churches and staff. The booklet for 1953 is a photocopy of the original. Organized in 1857, the Association includes congregations in a wide area of southeastern Missouri.

Carpenter, G.L., Postcard, 1890, (C1963)
1 folder
To Eugean Yourley, Dexter, MO, from Hickman, KY, Nov. 25, 1890. Announces reward for arrest and detention of John Smedley and R.C. Smith.

Christian Church, Dexter, Missouri, Booklet, 1946, (R1052)
1 folder
This is a "History of the Christian Church, Dexter, Missouri," compiled in 1946. Dexter is in Stoddard County, Missouri. The pastor was Walter A. Smith.

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.


D. B. Axtell & Company, Ledger, 1878, (R0442)
1 oversize volume
This is an indexed account ledger of a grocery, general store, and tie-buying firm in southeastern Missouri. D. B. Axtell and J. P. Gabriel were the proprietors, based in Poplar Bluff and doing business in Butler and Stoddard counties in Missouri. The volume includes accounts receivable, lists of payments for ties, and expense accounts, and collections.

Denny, Franklin Spilman, Papers, 1853-1917, (R0548)
3 folders, photocopies, typescripts
This collection contains family correspondence, a Civil War diary, and military service and pension records of Franklin S. Denny of Company C, 1st Missouri Cavalry. The correspondence includes letters from relatives in California, Nevada, and Wisconsin, 1853-1874. The Civil War diary covers operations around Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, 1862-1864.

Dexter Cemetery Association, Papers, 1885, (R1048)
1 folder
These are the Articles of Association and Order of Incorporation for the Dexter Cemetery Association, a "benevolent association" formed to establish and maintain a public cemetery at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri. George N. Boughton was President.

Dexter Monday Club, Dexter, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1941-1969, (R0457)
29 volumes
These are scrapbooks and "Press" books of the Dexter Monday Club, a women's club at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri. The volumes include the club's printed yearbooks, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous materials regarding the activities of the club.

Dunklin County, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1899-1908, (R1332)
1 folder
The records of Dunklin County, Missouri Marriage Records, 1899-1908 contain a photocopy of the book Records of Marriages, for Dunklin County, recorded by R.M. Harris, Justice of the Peace.


Eaker, Lorena Shell Genealogical Papers, (CG0024)
0.2 cubic feet (5 folders)
Lorena Shell Eaker transcribed family Bible records provided to her by several families in southeast Missouri and North Carolina. These records were used to compile her two-volume work The Shoe Cobbler’s Kin, A Genealogy of the Peter (Ecker) Eaker, Sr. Family (1701-1976). These papers include both hand-written transcriptions and photocopies of the original Bible records. Also included is the marriage record and sermon notes for Presbyterian minister William G. Peyton of Piedmont, Missouri.

Ellis Family, Papers, 1787-1948, (R0251)
10 folders, photocopies, 1 roll of mircofilm
This collection includes correspondence, business records, and legal papers, and genealogical information pertaining to two early families of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The Ellis family came from Georgia about 1805; the Ranneys from Indiana about 1825. Other names represented in the collection are Beckham, Cobb, Giboney, Ogle, Waters, and Wathen (Warthen-Worthan).

Ellsworth-Kilmer Family, Papers, 1825-1884, (C3371)
1 folder
The papers of the Ellsworth-Kilmer family contain deeds, letters, and receipts of two Stoddard County, MO, families.

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, Dexter, Missouri, Programs, 1941-1953, (R1051)
1 folder, photocopies
These are programs for the "20th Anniversary of Dedication of Our Building" on 25 May 1941 and "Parsonage Dedication" on 6 October 1963 for the First Baptist Church at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri.

First Methodist Church, Dexter, Missouri, Booklet, 1964, (R1049)
1 folder, photocopy
This is a booklet published by the First Methodist Church of Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri, for the consecration of its new church building on 12 April 1964. Included are an order of worship, a history of the congregation, a membership roll, and a list of church officials from 1877 to 1964. Dr. Arthur C. Fulbright was pastor of the congregation.


Galilee Association of General Baptists, proceedings, 1913-1980, (R0077)
66 volumes
These are proceedings of the annual sessions of this organization of General Baptist congregations in southeastern Missouri. Also included are Old Liberty Association proceedings (1913), Liberty Association proceedings (1916), and a reprinted sermon of Benoni Stinson (1858).

Grand Army of the Republic, Zion, Missouri, Minute Book, 1888-1895, (R0494)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the minutes of meetings of the Tom Walker Post of the G.A.R. at Zion, Stoddard County, Missouri. The minutes begin with the organizational meeting on 7 April 1888 and continue through 16 February 1895.

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.


Ivie, W. J., A Message To The Homeseeker, Booklet, 1939, (R0679)
1 booklet, photocopies
This is a booklet published to promote economic development in southeastern Missouri. Sections are devoted to the communities of Sikeston, Charleston, Dexter, Malden, East Prairie, and New Madrid.

IXL Handle Manufacturing Company, Billhead, 1911, (R0932)
1 folder
This is an itemized bill for items sold by the IXL Handle Manufacturing Company at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri, to Mack Webb in El Campo, Texas. The bill is dated 7 February 1911.


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.

Junior Civic Club, Dexter, Missouri, Records, 1949-1978, (R0470)
16 volumes
These are minute books and scrapbooks of the Junior Civic Club, a women's club formed in 1949 at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, membership lists, yearbooks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous printed materials.


Laramore, Edmond, collector, Baptist Associations Minutes, 1912-1980, (R0394)
17 folders
This collection consists largely of printed minutes of annual meetings of United or Missionary Baptist associations in southern Missouri. The minutes include the records of annual sessions, committee reports, and statistical information on the associations and their constituent churches. Also included are a few miscellaneous Baptist publications.

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.

Little River Valley Land Company, Booklet, ca. 1908, (R0946)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a promotional booklet for the Little River Valley Land Company, which marketed land made available by the drainage of the swamps in southeastern Missouri. A. L. Harty served as president and W. F. Smith served as secretary of the firm, which was based at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau 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 State Highway Commission, Division of Information, Booklet, 1962, (R1053)
1 folder, photocopy
This is "Crossing at Crowley's Ridge," a booklet published by the Missouri State Highway Commission on 24 June 1962 for the dedication of improved U.S. Highway 60 and Missouri Highway 25 at Dexter in Stoddard County. Commission Chairman Fred L. Henley, Governor John M. Dalton, and U.S. Senator Edward V. Long attended the dedication ceremony.

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.

Montgomery, Samuel (1810-1885), Papers, 1863-1866, (CG0014)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders, 1 volume)
The papers of Samuel Montgomery contain letters, military documents, and family genealogy information from copied pages and the bound genealogy “My Ancestors and Kinfolk.”

Moulder Family, Papers, 1873-1987, (CG0012)
0.2 cubic feet (7 folders)
The papers of the Moulder family contain photographs, letters, postcards, and family papers. The materials were primarily produced while residing in Morley and Crowder, Missouri.


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.

Parmenter, William E. (1915-1987), Journal, 1944-1946, (R1334)
1 folder
The photocopied journal contains the writings of William Edward "Ted" Parmenter dated May 1944 to January 1946 during his tour of duty with the United States Navy in World War II.

Perkins, Adam (1834-1891), Journal, 1861-1871, (R1335)
1 folder
The typescript copy of Adam Perkins' journal, a farmer from Bollinger County, Missouri, is dated from January 1861 through December 1871. The journal was discovered in 1990 in Plainfield, Illinois. It was then transcribed by Jean Scott of Orlando, Florida and sent to Lorena S. Eaker of Bollinger, Missouri for editing.

Pilot Knob, Missouri, Civil War Telegrams, 1862-1863, (R0137)
2 folders, photocopies
These are telegrams sent and received by Col. John B. Gray, commander of the Union post at Pilot Knob, Iron County, Missouri. The dispatches include communications with district headquarters at St. Louis, and with detachments throughout southeastern Missouri, especially those at Fredericktown, Patterson, Van Buren, and Barnesville. The telegrams cover the period from November 1862 to April 1863.

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.


Rainwater Family, Papers, 1863-1939, (R0227)
2 folders, photocopies
These are Civil War letters of Maj. Charles C. Rainwater, a Confederate officer, to his wife, Sarah Fowler Rainwater, at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. The letters mention fighting at Hartville and Cape Girardeau, and Rainwater's disabilities from wounds. There are also genealogical data on Samuel Fowler and his family, and biographical sketches of Sarah Fowler Rainwater.

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.

Rogers, James S., Papers, 1862-1863, (R0249)
2 folders, photocopies
This collection includes a Civil War diary and letters of James S. Rogers, a resident of Corydon, Iowa, and member of Co. M of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. The diary and letters cover his departure from home, enlistment and training at Davenport, Iowa, and cavalry service in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.


Smith, Ada Brydon Bruce, (1901-1959), Scrapbook, 1919-1936, (C1423)
1 volume
Obituaries and other newspaper clippings concerning friends and relatives of Ada Smith, Stoddard County, MO.

Smith, George Thom, Letter, 1907, (R0983)
1 folder
This is a letter of 17 July 1907 from George Thom Smith, president of Dexter Christian College at Dexter in Stoddard County, Missouri, to the Anderson-Tully Lumber Company in Memphis, Tennessee. The letter concerns a lost shipment of shooks.

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.

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.

Stoddard County, Missouri, School District No. 103, Bernie School, Booklet, 1914, (R1197)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet presented by teacher Ethel Simmons to her pupils at the close of the 1913-1914 school year at Bernie School in Stoddard County, Missouri. Included are the names of the students and the directors of the school district.

Stoddard County, Missouri, School District No. 106, Trammel School, Booklet, 1916, (R0918)
1 folder
This is a "Souvenir" booklet presented by the teacher, Lewis M. Layer, to the pupils of Trammel School at La Valle in Stoddard County, Missouri, at the close of the 1915-1916 school year.


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.


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. Illinois Artillery Reg't, 2nd, report, 1865, (R0293)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the final muster roll and service history of Battery F, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. The battery was organized at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in late 1861 and included many residents of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, and Stoddard counties in Missouri.


Veterans of Foreign Wars, L. J. Harness, Jr., Post No. 7750, Advance, Missouri, Service Record Book, ca. 1949, (R0858)
1 folder
This hard-bound booklet lists military veterans, mostly from the Second World War, from Advance in Stoddard County, Missouri. Included are five "Gold Star Boys." Entries include photographic portraits, dates and branch of service, rank, domestic and overseas postings, and awards.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Puxico Memorial Post No. 7822, Puxico, Missouri, Homecoming Booklet, 1951, (R0934)
1 folder
This is a souvenir program booklet for the fifth annual "homecoming" sponsored by the Puxico Memorial Post No. 7322 of the VFW at Puxico in Stoddard County, Missouri, on 14-18 August 1951.