Washington County Manuscript Collections

Washington County, named for President George Washington, was organized during Missouri's territorial period in 1813. The county seat is Potosi. These collections deal in some manner with Washington 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.

Akers, Muriel E. Furry "Caledonia Methodist Heritage," 1984, (R0379)
1 folder
This is an historical pageant written by Muriel E. Akers for the United Methodist Church at Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri. The pageant celebrated the bicentennial of Methodism in America, 1984.

Akers, Muriel E., Postcard Collection, (P0263)
14 postcards
10 color and 4 black and white postcards, with images from Bellevue Valley, Iron County and Caledonia in Washington County.


Bell, John B., Record Book, 1860-1875, (R0119)
1 volume
This is a record book kept by John B. Bell, a physician at Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. Bell was a medical examiner of Enrolled Missouri Militia and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, and of pension applicants after the war. The entries include the results of examinations and descriptions of disabilities. The pension examinations are indexed.

Bellevue Valley Community Association, Records, 1927-1950, (R0347)
10 folders
These are minute books and miscellaneous papers of the Bellevue Valley Community Association. The Association was formed at Caledonia, Washington County, Missouri, in 1926 to promote civic and social improvement. The minutes are complete from 13 January 1927 to the dissolution of the Association in 1950.

Bellevue Valley Historical Society, Photograph Collection, (P0914)
0.25 linear feet
Photos of Washington County, MO

Bennett, James F., 1915, (C1818)
1 folder
Information about John Hutchings, delegate from Washington County to the first Missouri Constitutional Convention, 1820.

Blount, Thomas F., Papers, 1889-1916, (R1366)
1 folder
The Thompson F. Blount papers consists of letters received and sent by Thompson F. Blount. Blount was an influential businessman in Washington County, Missouri.

Boyer, Pierre A. Collection (C4349)
2.6 cubic feet (125 folders, 3 audiocassette tapes)
Collected papers of Pierre "Pete" Boyer, a French Missouri storyteller and musician of French extraction. Includes publicity, performance information, biographical materials, historical research files, newspaper clippings, flyers, announcements, photographs, and an interview with Boyer on three audiocassettes.

Brickey, John S., Receipt, 1814, (R1180)
1 folder
This is a receipt dated 6 June 1814 from John S. Brickey of Mine Shibboleth in Washington County, Missouri Territory, to Mrs. Banford for $3.00 for "crying the vendue," or conducting a public sale or auction. The transaction probably was part of an estate settlement.

Brunson, Alfred (1793-1882), Deed, 1852, (C2759)
1 folder
The collection contains a deed of land, lot 11, block 14, Mineral Point, of Alfred Brunson to John Hutchison, acting as guardian of Mary B. Burnett and Thomas B. Burnett, minor heirs of Thomas P. Burnett, October 14, 1852.


CALEDONIA ECHO, 1953, (C2195)
1 folder
The collection contains alumni paper of the Bellevue Collegiate Institute, Caledonia, MO, including a history of the school, alumni news, and treasurer's report, October 1953.

Cantwell, Harry J., Collection, 1898-1900, (R0677)
40 folders
These are the papers of an attorney and developer of mineral properties in southeastern Missouri and Oklahoma. Most of the collection concerns title work and exploration of tracts near Irondale and Palmer in Washington County, Missouri.

Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, Minutes, 1859-1996, (R0599)
40 volumes
These are minutes of the annual meetings of the Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, beginning with the organizational meeting in 1859. The Association consists of churches in southeastern Missouri, primarily in the counties of Dent, Iron, Reynolds, and Washington.

Cresswell Family, Papers, 1823-1979, (R0007)
987 items
George Cresswell (1796-1871) emigrated to the United States from his native England in 1821. After living briefly in Pennsylvania he brought his family to Washington County in the new state of Missouri. There he acquired large holdings of land and became involved in farming, lead mining and smelting, flour milling, and the mercantile trade. His home and business activities eventually were established at Aptus, on Mineral Fork Creek about ten miles north of Potosi, the county seat. Today the Cresswell house and ruins of the lead furnace still stand and are owned by a descendent of George Cresswell.

Cresswell, George, Letters, 1823-1860, (C3269)
1 folder
Letters from England to George Cresswell of Pennsylvania and Washington County, MO, regarding economic conditions in England and slavery.


Deane, John (-1866), Letters, 1853-1854, (R1222)
1 folder
These are two letters from John Deane at Potosi in Washington County, Missouri, to his nephew, John Deane, at New Rochelle, N.Y., dated 4 May 1853, and to "Friend Leland," no place given, dated 12 March 1854. The letters concern wagons, horses, mules, "silver mineral," and the weather.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Slide Presentation, "John Smith T", (P0940)
80 slides
Slides and commentary about John Smith T, Missouri pioneer in the lead industry, and Selma Hall.

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.

Dobkins, William Devol, Photograph Collection, ca. 1879-1968, (R1279)
92 images
This collection contains ninety-two photographs, consisting primarily of contact prints from the original glass-plate negatives. Of these, at least eighty are attributed to William Devol "Will" Dobkins. The majority of these images were shot between 1892 and 1920. They show outdoor views of life in and around Crawford County, Missouri. The collection includes portraits of families and their homes, school or church groups outside of community buildings, individuals riding horses or mules, farm scenes showing animal-drawn and steam-powered equipment, threshing, wagons with jerkline team hitches, charcoal production, and the Cherry Valley Railroad and Mine. A few images are studio shots.


Elgin, Robert L., Photograph Collection, ca. 1950s-1990s, (R1015)
36 folders
These are black and white photographs, color slides, plans, and detail drawings of historic structures in the northern Ozarks of Missouri. Several counties are represented, but especially Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Osage, and Washington. The primary topics are vernacular architecture, log structures, churches, and cemeteries.

Elgin, Robert L., Research Collection, 1960-1993, (R1261)
65 folders
These are the research files of a civil engineer, surveyor, and historian from St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The collection includes reports, scale sketches, and photographs concerning the restoration of various historic sites in Missouri, charcoal iron furnace sites in Missouri, and prehistoric petroglyph and pictograph sites in the Missouri Ozarks.

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).

Emmaus Baptist Church, Washington County, Missouri, Records, 1861-1989, (R0395)
5 volumes
These are records of the Emmaus Baptist Church, a United Baptist congregation near Courtois in the southwestern corner of Washington County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, membership records, and miscellaneous church papers.

Eversole, Mary E. Bugg, Papers, 1822-1952, (R1268)
67 folders
This collection consists of correspondence, legal papers, journals, ledger books, and ephemera of Mary E. Bugg Eversole and the Bugg, Cole, and Eversole families of Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. The bulk of the collection consists of Mary E. Bugg's personal correspondence, 1883-1941, financial records 1912-1952, and miscellaneous ephemera, 1863-1938.


Federal Lead Company, Mining Dept., Flat River, Missouri, Letterbooks, 1907-1913, (R0520)
17 volumes
These are letterbooks of outgoing correspondence maintained by Harry Adelbert Guess, general manager of the Federal Lead Company's mine and mill at Flat River in St. Francois County, Missouri. Topics include production, exploration, shipping, labor relations, and environmental pollution.

Foree, Rudy, 1934-1997, Miscellaneous Papers, 1913-1997, (R1289)
6 folders
These are personal papers, photographs and miscellaneous items of Rudy Foree, a resident of Washington County, Missouri, and U.S. Army veteran of the Pacific campaigns of World War Two. The collection contains genealogical material compiled by Esther M. Ziock Carroll of Potosi, Missouri, including Foree’s birth and death certificates and a family history.


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.


Hall, Leonard, Papers, 1946-1983, (R0408)
47 folders
These are papers of a conservationist, newspaper columnist, author, and lecturer. Prominent topics include the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the National Audubon Society, Defenders of Wildlife, and wilderness areas. There are texts and notes for many of his articles, books, and lectures, as well as scripts for several nature films.

Hill, Commodore Perry, Collection, 1885-1982, (R0125)
101 folders, 3 volumes, 91 photographs
These are newspaper clippings, maps, miscellaneous items, and photographs pertaining to lead mining and related railroad development in the Old Lead Belt, principally of St. Francois and Madison counties in southeastern Missouri. The material is arranged in topical and biographical series.

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.

Hunter, Andrew, Letter, 1831, (C1760)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to Matthew Pilson, of Augusta, Virginia, from Andrew Hunter of Point Pleasant, Missouri, June 22, 1831. He writes his nephew about colts and horses; asks Pilson to sell some land in Virginia for him; mentions the prospects of a good corn crop that year; and refers to Janie Thompson's school near Caledonia.


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.


Kennett, F.B., Letter, 1914, (C3096)
1 folder
The collection contains a photocopy of a letter to William G. Boyce, Plattin, MO, from Mammoth Spring, AR, Oct. 14, 1914, concerning the genealogy of the Kennett family in Washington County, MO, and the history of purchases of the Kennett property.

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.


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.

Letter Fragment, 1891, (C2024)
1 folder
To "Aunt Hannah" from Irondale, MO, Dec. 7, 1891. Sends sympathy on death of uncle and family news.

Lewandowski, Christopher J. Papers, (R1358)
0.25 cubic feet (7 folders)
This collection of bluegrass related materials including souvenir programs, booklets, magazines, festival flyers, personal band posters, newspaper articles, band photographs, photo albums related to bluegrass performers.

Liberty Baptist Church, Records, 1884-1952, (R0196)
2 volumes, 1 folder
These are record books and miscellaneous papers of the Liberty Baptist Church northwest of Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings and membership information, 1884-1952, and a few pieces of correspondence, 1891-1936.

Long Brothers Account Books, 1856-1881, (C2495)
5 volumes
Account books of the general stores of Alfred Long, Cadet, Missouri, and John and William Long, Bellfountain, MO.

Long, Lula C, Photographs, (P0933)
10 photographs
Photos of Washington County


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.

Meramec Regional Planning Commission, Historic Site Surveys, 1980-1989, (R0454)
8 boxes
These are historic site surveys, with accompanying photographs and research materials, for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade (southern portion only), Maries, Phelps, and Washington counties in Missouri. Included are houses, churches, schools, bridges, businesses, and other structures.

Miller, Eddie, Photograph Collection, (P0608)
0.23 linear feet
Photographs of the Truman Presidential Library, ca. 1974. Copy photos, the bulk of which depict DeSoto, Jefferson County, MO. Also images of Washington County and Old Mines, MO.

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 Forestry, Records, 1929-1994, (R1341)
2.25 cubic feet (53 folders)
The records of Missouri Forestry contain materials from the administration of directors George O. White (1938-1960), Osal B. Capps (1960-1977), and Jerry Presley (1977-1986). This includes materials related to Smokey Bear, fire safety, and the promotion of science, practice, and standards of forestry.

Missouri Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
6.0 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.

Missouri, Historic Mining Photographs, ca. 1880s-1910s, (R0620)
This is a collection of photographs concerning mining industries in Missouri, with an emphasis on the Old Lead Belt of southeastern Missouri, and the Tri-State mining district centered on Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. The subjects include surface installations of various mines, mining equipment, mills, and general views of the mining areas.

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 Zion Baptist Church, Records, 1829-1853, (R0195)
1 volume, typescript
These are records of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, established in 1829 northwest of Potosi, Missouri. The church was renamed Fourche-à-Renault Baptist Church in 1834. Its records include membership rolls and minutes of monthly church business meetings.


New Life Evangelistic Center Records (S1236)
20 cubic feet
The New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) Records contain correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting NLEC’s mission to provide Christian hospitality to the poor through social service programs and spiritual care.


Overstreet, L. Emily and Harry E. Evens, compilers, "Historical Data on Hopewell Union Church, Washington County, Missouri," n.d., (C1369)
1 folder
Material pertaining to the building of a nondenominational church building near Potosi, MO.

Ozark Rivers Oral History Collection (R1430)
0.4 cubic foot (7 folders, 7 cassettes, 7 CDs)
The Ozark Rivers Oral History Collection consists of interviews done by Alex Primm of eight individuals living in Crawford, Franklin, Phelps, and Washington Counties in Missouri and their corresponding newspaper articles.


Palmer Lead Company and Renault Lead Company Records, (R1407)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Palmer Lead Company and Renault Lead Company Records consist of a punch card for the company store as well as a receipt.

Perry, John, Daybook, 1839-1840, (R0197)
1 volume
This is a daybook of a mercantile operation in Washington County, Missouri, attributed to John Perry, Jr. The trade included dry goods, groceries, hardware, lumber, and blacksmithing services. The Springfield Iron Furnace, the Cedar Creek Forge, Samuel T. Dunklin & Co., and Rozier & Desloge were among the customers.

Pleasant Grove United Baptist Church, Iron County, Missouri, Records, 1856-1972, (R0400)
3 volumes
These are record books of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church near Viburnum in Iron County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings and membership rolls beginning with the organization of the church on 12 April 1856 and continuing through its dissolution on 15 October 1972.

Potosi, Missouri, Board of Trustees, Minute Book, 1826-1851, (R0186)
1 volume
These are the minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees of Potosi in Washington County, Missouri, 8 May 1826--7 March 1851. The minutes include resolutions and ordinances regarding taxes, public nuisances, streets, slave meetings, and theatrical performances.

Potosi, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1875-1935, (R0234)
1 folder
These are photographs of prominent citizens, commercial buildings, and street scenes in Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. Included are views of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen T. Dunklin, Judge Edward Eversole, ragtime musician Philip Lankford, the Potosi Home Guard, the Washington County Courthouse, and various businesses. The views have been copied on 35mm black-and-white negatives.

Potosi Civic League, Potosi, Missouri, Records, 1921-1961, (R0187)
8 volumes, 3 folders
These are minutes of meetings, financial and membership records, miscellaneous papers, and yearbooks of a woman's club in Potosi, Washington County, Missouri. The records include a set of yearbooks from a similar organization, the Potosi Woman's Study Club, 1927-1943.

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.

Providence Baptist Church, Washington County, Missouri, Record Book, 1831-1894, (C3023)
1 roll of microfilm
The Providence Baptist Church on the Big River, was organized on 11 September 1831 by James Williams and James Cudiff. The record book contains the monthly meeting minutes which list new members received into the church.


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.

Ramsey, U.S., Account Book, 1879-1882, (C1214)
1 volume
Account book of a Sunlight, MO, man. Farm and general accounts, 1879-1882, and merchandise and business accounts of the Enterprise Store, started by Ramsay in 1882.

Renault Lead Company., Record book, 1900-1917., (R1300)
1 volume
This is a record book showing "Lead Ore Received by the Renault Lead Company," from mines at Palmer in Washington County, Missouri. Entries record the date, mine origin, miner, hauler, and price paid per thousand pounds of mineral from 3 April 1900 through 4 March 1917.

Reuben Smith & Company, Ledger, 1836-1865, (R0645)
1 volume
This is a ledger of Reuben Smith & Company, a mercantile firm at Selma in Jefferson County, Missouri. The volume contains a listing of lands patented and rules for mining in Harmony Township in Washington County, Missouri, 1836-1845, and invoices for goods purchased by Reuben Smith & Co., primarily at Selma in Jefferson County, Missouri, 1837-1846.

Richeson, Paul R., "The Perrys of Potosi," 1977, (R0376)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a speech concerning a prominent early family in Washington County, Missouri, delivered at a reunion of the Perry family at Brazoria, Texas. The Perrys were associated through business and by marriage with the family of Moses Austin.

Richwoods Mining Company, Stock Certificate, 1911, (R1042)
1 folder
This is a certificate for four shares of stock in the Richwoods Mining Company, whose chief office was at Richwoods in Washington County, Missouri. The certificate was issued to Harley Ballard on 30 August 1911.

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.

Rubey, Charles W., Papers (R0200)
0.25 cubic foot (15 folders, 2 rolls of microfilm)
The Charles W. Rubey Papers contain the personal, business, and military papers of Charles W. Rubey, a businessman and militia officer from Lebanon, Missouri. Included are personal, family, and business papers, and records from militia organizations raised in Laclede County during the Civil War. The military records include correspondence, orders, equipment, and ordinance returns, certificates of enrollment and exemption, and muster rolls.


Saucier, Walter J., Saucier Family Genealogy, 1969, (R0012)
1 folder
This is "A List of Descent From Marie Jeanne Saucier by Her Marriages to Antoine Decelle Duclos and Jean Baptiste du (des) Martin." It includes all of the Duclos (Declue) family of Washington County, Missouri, through the nineteenth century. This is a photocopy from the Washington County Library.

Self, Jesse N., Letters, 1860-1863, (R0304)
1 folder, photocopies
These are letters to his family by Jesse N. Self, a schoolteacher at Irondale, Missouri, and captain of Co. F, 32nd Missouri Infantry. The collection includes letters from Irondale, 1860, and from camps in Rolla and Benton Barracks in St. Louis, 1861-1862. Capt. Self died of erysipelas at Memphis, Tennessee, on 25 February 1863.

Sitton, John James (1842-1915), Collection, 1860-1913, (R1286)
6 volumes, 2 folders
The collection consists of a three-volume journal, scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers, and photographs, 1860-1913 of a Missouri Confederate soldier and postwar resident of Oregon County, Missouri. The journal, 1860-1882, documents service in the Missouri State Guard and other Confederate units in Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi during the Civil War, wounding and capture at the Battle of Big Blue in 1864, and imprisonment at Kansas City, St. Louis, and Johnson’s Island, Ohio. Postwar entries concern teaching subscription schools, office holding and electioneering, social affairs, and church matters in Alexander County, Illinois, Boone County, Arkansas, and Oregon and Dent counties in Missouri. Three scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers and photographs, ca. 1896-1913, include newspaper clippings about the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, Johnson’s Island prison, and other Civil War events, United Confederate Veterans activities, and other aspects of Sitton’s life.

South-West Railroad, Papers, ca. 1914-1916, (R0516)
1 folder
These are notes, maps, and draft of a pamphlet concerning construction of a railroad from St. Louis, Missouri, to Lewisville in Lafayette County, Arkansas. Included are notes on grades, mileage, prominent individuals, and Congressional lands available along the proposed line. There are also notes on the Ozark Railroad, proposed from Liberty, Arkansas, on the White River, to St. Louis.

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.

Southern and Central Missouri Collection (R1442)
4.5 cubic feet (194 folders, 1 VHS, 6 CDs, 1 45 record, 1 cassette)
The Southern and Central Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining acquisitions related to individuals, places, organizations, and events. The Southern and Central Missouri Collection continues to have material added. New additions are added at the end of the collection.

Springfield Iron Furnace, Potosi, Missouri, Account Books, 1834-1842, (C1262)
2 volumes
Account books of an iron works.

Springfield Iron Furnace, Potosi, Missouri, Day Book, 1834-1835, (C1263)
1 volume
Day book of an iron works.

Springfield Iron Furnace, Potosi, Missouri, Ledger, 1834-1836, (C1264)
1 volume
Ledger of an iron works.

St. Joseph Lead Company, Southeast Missouri Mining & milling Division, Records, 1950-1968, (R0542)
30 folders
These are records from the files of Division Manager Elmer A. Jones. Included are development and production reports, summaries of operations, and administrative materials for a major lead-producing firm in Missouri. There is also material concerning the Bonne Terre Hospital Association and the National Research Council's Committee on Rapid Excavation.

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.

Thompson, Henry C., Papers, 1884-1970, (R0047)
29 folders
These are papers of a trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri, genealogist, and a historian of mining in St. Francois County and the operations of the St. Joseph Lead Company. The collection includes research notes and correspondence, and a group of lead company records, 1884-1902.

Thompson, John, Papers, 1882-1889, (C3567)
1 folder
The papers of John Thompson contain two handwritten letters addressed to John Thompson, Irondale, MO, one from Ella T. Hughes of South St. Louis, MO, and one from F. Conzelman.

Towl, J. W., Papers, 1917-1944, (R0475)
5 folders, photocopies
This collection includes correspondence and business records of J. W. Towl, a businessman at Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. Included are letters and shipping receipts regarding the barite industry, mineral lands, and the Southeast Missouri Lead Company, 1918-1939, an inventory of goods at the Towl store in Potosi, 1928, and receipts for subscriptions to the Missouri War Chest, Inc., 1944.


U.S. Post Office, Blunt, Missouri, Records, 1907-1913, (C3787)
2 volumes
The collection contains account and record books kept by the postmaster at Blunt, Washington County, MO, from 1 January 1907 to 3 April 1913. The volumes contain quarterly stamp accounts, quarterly postal accounts, and inventories.

U.S. Post Office, Delbridge, Missouri, Money Order Ledger, 1928-1934, (C3788)
1 volume
The collection contains a register of all money orders taken by the postmaster at Delbridge, Washington County, MO, between the post office's establishment, 2 October 1928, and its closure, 27 November 1934. Contains such information as the date of issue of the money order, the names of the remitter and payee, the post office drawn upon, and the amount of the order.

U.S. Post Office, Palmer, Missouri, Records, 1903-1907, (C3786)
1 volume
The collection contains a record of registered letters taken by the postmaster at Palmer, Washington County, MO, from 1903 to 1907. Includes such information as the date a letter was received for registration, the name of the sender, and the name and address of the recipient.

U.S. Surveyor-General Surveys, 1834-1862, (C1287)
1 volume
Copy of surveys of St. Louis, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, Mine a Breton, New Bourbon, Carondelet, and surrounding territories, copied from plat book in office of secretary of state of Missouri.

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.


Washington County, Missouri, County Court Record Book, 1822-1839, (R0633)
1 volume
This is the record book of the Washington County Court beginning on 11 November 1822 and continuing through 8 July 1839. Court business generally included appointments of local officials, certifications of elections, assessments, and road matters.

Washington County, Missouri, Hochstatter School, Records, 1879-1897, (R0226)
2 volumes
These are the district clerk's record book, 1879-1892, and attendance register, 1893-1897, of a rural school district south of Potosi in Washington County, Missouri. Hochstatter School, also known as Seyfarth School, was established in 1879.

Washington County, Missouri, Motion Picture, ca. 1936-1940, (R0392)
1 video cassette
This is a film by Harry F. Blount of Potosi, concerning the barite industry in Washington County, Missouri. Included are views of manual and mechanized mining methods, the refining process, and the standard of living of the miners and their families. The film has been duplicated on 1/2" videotape (VHS).

Washington County, Missouri, Probate Records, 1813-1886, (R0632)
3 volumes
These are probate records from Washington County, Missouri. The first two volumes contain the statements of administrators of estates and guardians of minor children beginning in 1813 and continuing into August 1843. The third volume includes wills from 1845-1886.

Washington County, Missouri, Rock Springs School, Records, 1892-1935, (R0228)
3 volumes
These are record books of the district clerk of the Rock Springs school district in the Wallen Creek neighborhood between Potosi and Irondale, Missouri. The volumes include minutes of meetings, enrollment records, lists of taxpayers, and the annual statements of the district clerk.

Washington County, Missouri, School District No. 33, Tiff School, Booklet, 1910, (R1106)
1 folder
This is a souvenir booklet for the 1909-1910 school year at Tiff School in Union Township in Washington County, Missouri. E. P. Randall was the teacher and Burwell Fox was the County Superintendent. Also included are the names of the pupils and the members of the local school board.

Washington County, Missouri, School District No. 63, Hickory Grove School, Records, 1896-1945, (R1233)
3 volumes, 1 folder, oversize
These are the records of the Hickory Grove School in southeastern Washington County, Missouri. Included with the records are four copy prints of class photographs, ca. 1925-1937, and a list of teachers at the school, 1898-1945.

Washington County, Missouri, Tax Assessment Book, ca. 1854-1855, (R0271)
1 volume
This is a record of assessments on personal property in Belleview and Union townships in Washington County, Missouri. Real estate, slaves, cash, and miscellaneous property are listed. An index is available.

Washington County Bank, Potosi, Missouri, Minute Book, 1893-1903, (R0194)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of meetings of the directors and shareholders of the Washington County Bank in Potosi, Missouri. The minute book includes the bylaws, certifications of elections of officers, monthly reviews of business, and annual examinations by state banking officials.

Washington County Health Council, Papers, 1932-1969, (R0381)
18 folders, 2 volumes
These are financial records, minutes of meetings, and miscellaneous papers of the Washington County Health Council, a volunteer organization which began in 1937 as the Advisory Council of Public Health and Child Welfare. The collection includes papers of the Washington County Nursing Service, 1939-1942, and the annual reports of the Washington County Health Department, 1949-1958.

Washington Zinc and Lead Company, Prospectus, 1918, (R0050)
1 item
This is the prospectus of a Washington County firm chartered in 1917 to develop the zinc and lead mines at Irondale, Missouri. The company had general offices at Desloge.

White, Mrs. Ella, Photographs, (P0934)
2 photographs
Photos of the Harrison Long and Martin Ruggles houses, Caledonia.

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.

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.

Wood, James A., 1938- , Motion picture, 1963, (R1309)
1 film, transferred to DVD
This is 3:33 minute film of the barite mining operation at Dog Patch Mine in Washington County, Missouri. It shows the mechanized period of barite mining and was shot on one of the best days of production at the mine in 1963.


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.