Geography and Maps Manuscript Collections

Collections containing primary materials on specific communities or areas.

*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.

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1993 Flood Photographs, (K1376)
0.03 cubic foot (1 folder, oversize)
The 1993 Flood Photographs contain two photographs of the Missouri River during the Flood of 1993 taken by Lightfoot Photography of North Kansas City, Missouri.


Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Allen, Earl Wilson (1908-1961) Country Club District Map, 1930, (K0607)
Original painting [pictographic map] of the Country Club District for J.C. Nichols Company (on board). Painting was displayed in J.C. Nichols building on the Country Club Plaza until 2012.

Applegate, Lisbon (1803-1875), Collection, 1819-1903, (C0996)
2 linear feet, 18 volumes
Correspondence and business papers of Lisbon and Lewis M. Applegate of Keytesville, Missouri. Letters from George W. Applegate in California, 1848-1873, describing prospects for ranching, gold mining, and wine-making ventures; politics; and impact of Civil War and abolitionists. Civil War in Missouri; politics in Missouri and Chariton County; economic conditions and opportunities in Chariton County.

Audubon Society of Missouri, Records, 1934-1984, (C3800)
0.2 linear feet
Records of the Audubon Society of Missouri, an educational organization promoting ornithology and environmental awareness. Includes correspondence of society officers, minutes and programs of annual meetings, membership lists, and related material concerning activities of the society.

Austin, William W., Letter, 1844, (C0495)
1 folder
Description of Missouri River flood at Carrollton.


Baldwin, Evelyn, B. (1862-1933), Scrapbooks, 1898-1929, (C1381)
1 volume
The papers contain a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, letters, and telegrams relating to Baldwin's Arctic explorations with the Wellman polar expedition, 1898-1899, and the Baldwin-Ziegler polar expeditions of 1901-1902. Two copies.

Bedell, Ralph C. (1904-1991), Papers, 1929-1986, (C2543)
50.25 linear feet, 36 audio tapes, 2 films, 1 filmstrip
Papers of an educator and psychologist who specialized in counseling and guidance. Bedell directed NDEA Counseling and Guidance Institutes, taught at the Universities of Nebraska and Missouri, and served as secretary-general of the South Pacific Commission. Collection includes materials from Counseling and Guidance Institutes, counseling case files, and papers of South Pacific Commission.

Bedell, Ralph C., Papers, (CA5084)
14.4 linear feet
Addition of papers relating to the South Pacific Commission, the National Defense Education Act, U.S. Naval Flight Preparatory Schools, the University of Missouri, and other topics. Includes photos and slides.

Bedell, Ralph C., Papers, (CA5047)
0.2 linear feet
Addition to papers of educator and psychologist. Includes materials about the South Pacific Commission of 1953 and correspondence and documents relating to the gift of the Bedell papers in 1986.

Bek, W.F., Notebook, n.d., (C1456)
1 folder
Synopsis of a geography written in German and used by Bek in the early 1860s when he taught in St. Charles, MO.

Berry, J. Calvin, Letter, 1842, (C1461)
1 folder
The papers contain one letter written by Berry to John H. Marmon, April 16, 1842. He writes his brother about a tour of Missouri and compared opportunities in Missouri and Illinois. The letter includes descriptions of the countryside, markets, southern market route to Europe, fertility of soil, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, administration of land in Missouri, and business affairs in Illinois.

Berry-Thomson-Walker Family, Papers, 1830-1893 (C0074)
0.2 linear feet
Biography of David Thomson, founder of Georgetown and Sedalia, MO; correspondence of his son, Milton T. Thomson, in Pettis County and California gold fields; James T. Walker and Charles W.C. Walker in Boonville, KY, and North Carolina; William and Thomas Berry's California gold mining expense accounts; and miscellaneous papers.

Biddle, William W., (1900- ), Papers, (CA3960)
30 linear feet
Correspondence, publications, and miscellaneous files of a professional in community development, active in teaching and in the field. Biddle was long associated with Earlham College.

Blount Family, Papers, 1861-1947, (C0047)
4 linear feet, 15 oversize volumes
Business papers recording farming, mining, and mercantile activities in southeast Missouri, particularly Potosi and Washington County. The collection contains family correspondence, legal and financial records, as well as medical notebooks from Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Booth, Bertha, Papers, 1837-1953, (C3195)
4 folders
Papers of John Boon; plat map and notes concerning Far West, MO; typed copies of evidence given in Joseph Smith's trial, and "Mormon Names in Caldwell County and Salt Lake" article written by Bertha Booth, n.d.

Breckenridge, Thomas E. (1825-1897), Papers, 1894, 1950, (C0691)
5 folders
The papers contain a petition for pension, 1894; family notes, and "The Breckenridge Memoirs" by John Mitchell, 1950.

Briscoe-Reisberg, Mary J., Papers (CG0030)
0.8 cubic feet (6 folders, 13 cassette tapes)
The Mary J. Briscoe-Reisberg Papers includes papers, maps, photographs, and audio cassettes related to the Missouri Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association from 1993 to 2015.

Broadhead, William Ferrell, Letter, 1913, (C1944)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to Mrs. Arthur McCluer from Clayton, Missouri, June 27, 1913. Reminiscence about Boonslick Road from St. Louis to Fulton, Missouri.

Browne, James Raymond, Papers, 1919-1966, (C3479)
0.7 linear feet
Manuscript by an American lawyer who lived in the Orient. Correspondence pertaining to Browne's estate. Articles written by Browne's brother-in-law, Henry Kinyon.


Cannon, B.B., Journal, 1837, (C1946)
1 folder
A day-by-day account of the journey of a band of Cherokee Indians being removed to the West by the U.S. government, written by the conductor of the party, October 13-December 30, 1837.

Carvill, George W., Letters, 1834-1868, (C2697)
8 folders
Letters written by Carvill, his wife Kate and daughter Eliza, living in the United States and Canada, to his sister Eliza and, later, brother-in-law William Boyle in England. The letters discuss family and political matters and economic problems.

Cassidy, Terence W., Collection, (K0302)
95 cubic feet
Collected materials of Cassidy, librarian and historian, concerning the history of street railway systems, interurbans, and buses in the Midwest, particularly the Kansas City area. Includes Cassidy's personal and research files: printed materials, publications, articles, and photographs. Also administrative records of the Kansas City Street Railway Company, the Kansas City Public Service Company, and the Kansas City Area Transit Authority.

Central Slavic Conference, Records, 1962-1984, (C3807)
2 linear feet
Records of a regional association centered in Missouri and Kansas and comprising university professors and other specialists in Soviet and East European Studies. Affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. The records include correspondence, conference programs, copies of papers presented, membership lists, and promotional material concerning the annual conferences sponsored by the organization.

Central Slavic Conference, Records, (CA5041)
1 volume
Addition of 1983 Kansas City Convention materials. Includes correspondence and visitors information.

Central Slavic Conference, Records, (CA5612)
0.4 linear feet
Addition of 1991-1992 records. Includes financial records, program, correspondence, publicity, and teacher workshop files for 1992 conference meeting and mailing list.

Chapman, Carl H., Papers, (CA4619)
20.3 linear feet
Papers of a prominent archaeologist and professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Chapman, Carl H., Papers, (CA4668)
2 linear feet
Addition of professional and military papers.

Chapman, Carl H., Papers, (CA4693)
1.4 linear feet
Addition to papers of archaeologist.

Chicago and Alton Railroad Plat Maps, 1880-1890 (K0195)
1 volume
The collection contains plat maps of towns and cities in Illinois and Missouri through which the Chicago and Alton Railroad ran.

Cleghorn, Daniel B., Family, Papers, 1848-1892, (C0252)
6 folders
The Daniel B. Cleghorn Papers consist of a diary, scrapbook, correspondence and accounts primarily documenting Cleghorn's business dealings and travels.

Cole, William C. (1897-1965), Papers, 1942-1947, (C0013)
8 linear feet
Correspondence of Republican congressman from Missouri's 3rd District dealing with topics as varied as World War II, agriculture, legislation on labor and the atom bomb, education, foreign relations, immigration, flood control, labor, housing, socialized medicine, politics, and the postal service.

Community Development Society, Records, 1969-, (C3880)
15 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes
Records of a professional association of academics and practitioners of community development in the United States and Canada, which promotes the effective practice of commu-nity development through advancement of education and research in the field. The records consist of correspondence and memoranda of officers; board meeting minutes; committee records; annual meeting materials; issues of the Journal of the Community Development Society and other publications; membership brochures, directories, newsletters, and surveys; and other assorted organizational records.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5579)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of Board of Directors meeting minutes for 1995; an annual conference program for 1995; and nomination materials for CDS awards for 1995.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5641)
0.6 linear feet
Addition of correspondence, reports, publications, minutes, committee files, and miscellaneous records.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5697)
0.5 linear feet
Addition of minutes, annual meeting materials, publications, scholarship files, and miscellany.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5708)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of awards committee files, certified community developer files, and January 1997 board minutes.

Community Development Society, Records, (CA5728)
16.75 cubic feet, 10 computer discs
Addition of material relating to the Journal of the Community Development Society and Vangaurd, financial records, board meeting minutes, committee materials, handbooks, photographs, and miscellaneous material, 1990s-2000s.

Cooper, J.V., The Old Springfield Road, 1962, (C2130)
1 folder
The collection contains a description of the history and importance of the Old Springfield Road in southwest Missouri.

Corder-Thomas Family, Papers, 1867-1961, (C3697)
56 volumes and 9 folders on 11 rolls of microfilm, 1 oversize folder
The Corder-Thomas Family Papers consist of diaries of Leslie Walker Corder, a Waver-ly, Missouri, farmer and civic leader; his wife Nellie Perry Buck Corder; and her aunt Susan Buck Cooper Thomas. The papers also include family letters, newsclippings, and miscellaneous items.

Crow, Carl (1883-1945), Papers, 1913-1945, (C0041)
5 linear feet, 6 volumes
Bills, accounts, speeches, notes, correspondence and book and article manuscripts on a wide range of subjects. Crow was a resident of China for a number of years and most of his writing was about China or related subjects. The collection includes a diary of a trip over the Burma Road, the diary of a Japanese soldier, and notes and articles on the Japanese opium trade.


Davis, James Adam (1905-1988), Papers, 1937-1975, (C3666)
23.5 linear feet
Papers of a state labor leader. State CIO Industrial Union Council, State Labor Council, Political Action Committee, Missouri Valley Authority, Governor's Advisory Council on Unemployment Compensation, United Labor Committee of Missouri, State Environmental Improvement Authority and Executive Review Committee materials. Personal records.

Davis, Joseph (1804-1871), Diary, 1825, (C1096)
1 folder
Diary, September 30-October 25, 1825, of a member of the party appointed by President Adams to survey and mark a road to Santa Fe. Gives account of return trip from the Mexican border. Negative photostat and Xerox copies.

Delich, John T. (1940- ) Collection, 1914-2001, (K0592)
4 cubic feet
Architectural drawings, maps, photographs and aerial photos, and job specifications, primarily concerned with the Muehlebach Hotel, the Empire Theater, Gayety Theater, and other buildings in Kansas City, MO area.

Denney, Arthur Hugh, Papers, (CA4980)
15.4 cubic feet
Correspondence, publications, and research materials of a University of Missouri professor of community development and consultant on economic planning. Addition of genealogy client files containing correspondence, family charts, and other research materials related to Missouri families. Also research materials regarding Missouri post offices and Postmasters.

Denney, Hugh, Photograph Collection, (P0103)
0.42 linear feet
The bulk of the collection is aerial photographs of Missouri towns by the Missouri National Guard, from the 1960s and 1970s. Also includes six 3 1/2x5 inch photographs taken by the donor picturing cartoonist Daniel R. Fitzpatrick during a fishing trip on the Current River near Denney's Blue Spring Lodge, ca. 1956-1957. The guide, Dow Knuckles, is also shown in four of the photographs.

Denslow, William R., (1916-1993), Collection, 1841-1929, (C0822)
0.4 linear feet
The collection contains materials collected by William R. Denslow, including his father's memoirs, articles on local history, letters (1859-1861), written by a young boy working on a whaling ship, and a typescript copy of an 1898 diary describing the Yukon gold fields.

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.

Dressel, Waldemar M. Papers, (R1490)
0.5 cubic feet (19 folders)
he papers of Waldemar M. Dressel contain publications, photographs, and maps from his years working for the U.S. Geological Survey based in Rolla, Missouri.

Dunlap Family, Papers, 1780-2002, (C4004)
1.9 linear feet
The papers of the Dunlap family include genealogical records, a Civil War journal, photographs, maps and land surveys, and other research materials compiled to produce histories of the Dunlap and Kofahl families of Licking, Missouri.

Dwyer, Huntington and Company, Letter Book, 1887, (C0645)
1 folder
The letter book contains orders for supplies, dynamite, tools, clothing, and food. Reports on progress and financial problems of a construction company doing work for the Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul Railroads.


Earle, Carville V., "Land Values in the Eastern Ozarks," 1967, (C2593)
1 folder
A paper written for a geography class and presented at a Missouri Academy of Science meeting.

Earley, Jos., Land Survey, 1784, (C2438)
1 folder
The collection contains field notes made by Jos. Earley during a land survey, January 9, 1784. The collection includes a note that patent was issued May 22, 1785.

Edwards, John Cummins, (1806-1838), Address, 1845, (C1596)
1 folder
Gubernatorial message to the Missouri General Assembly, March 21, 1845, about Missouri-Iowa Territory boundary difficulties.

Elder, Raymond S., Collection, (K1141)
3 cubic feet
Elder is historian for the Kansas City Fire Museum. Includes reproductions of maps of the Kansas City area. Also books and articles written by Elder about the Kansas City, MO Fire Department and the history of the 8th Street Tunnel.

Elmwood Cemetery Plot Maps, Kansas City, Missouri, n.d., n.d. (ca. 1900s) (K1346)
0.25 linear feet
The Elmwood Cemetery Plot Maps, Kansas City, Missouri, consist of two (2) oversize maps of Section H, and Single Grave Section, Block H, of the cemetery. Names written in ink appear on many of the burial sites; other sites are indicated as "unknown."


Field, Gabriel, Journal, 1819, (C1891)
1 folder
The papers contain a journal of a trip from Camp Missouri to Chariton kept by Gabriel Field from October 31 to November 27, 1819, for Colonel H. Atkinson. Journal includes detailed directions and observations of the area. Two maps of route.

Forest Land Use Conference Proceedings, 1961, (C2246)
1 folder
Booklet of the proceedings of the Forest Land Use Conference, held in Washington, D.C.

Frisco Railroad Survey, n.d., (C0765)
1 folder
Chronological survey of construction and acquisitions by the Frisco Lines, 1849-1940.


German Settlement Society Notations, 1836-1839, (C0721)
1 folder
The collection contains excerpts from a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, settlement society record book relative to starting new settlements in the west, particularly at Hermann, Missouri.

Gird, George, Photographs, (P0149)
208 photographs
B/w aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston from around 1955.

Gourgas Family, Papers, 1815-1843, (C2699)
10 folders
The papers of the Gourgas family contain letters of Adele Gourgas, daughter of a Swiss immigrant, to her brother John Mark Gourgas relating her impressions of and experiences in the Millersburg-Lexington, KY, region and Cincinnati, OH, where she moved with her husband John Dubois in 1819. Also included are letters from Jacob Gourgas to his brother John Mark and other papers of family interest. The letters are in French.

Gray, Edmund (1834-1912), Papers, 1831-1955, (C3611)
1.8 linear feet
Mississippi River pilots’ charts, ships; logs, steamboat directions, and personal papers of Edmund Gray, a resident of Gray’s Point, Scott County, Missouri, and Cape Girardeau and steamboat pilot on the Mississippi for many years.

Grindstone Valley Development Corporation, Columbia, Missouri, Records, 1963-1975, (C2730)
0.2 linear feet
Organizational records of the Grindstone Valley Development Corporation include bylaws, meeting minutes, financial records, stockholders’ agreements, research reports, and business correspondence. These records document the corporation’s real estate investments, sale of stocks and bonds, organization, potential development of the area now encompassed by the Grindstone Valley Nature Area, and the sale of that area to the City of Columbia in 1975.

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.


Hambright, Robert, Letter, 1845, (C3238)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to John Hambright, Fort Osage, MO, from Fayetteville, AR, May 23, 1845, concerning the emigration of Choctaw Indians from Mississippi to Arkansas; and a newspaper clipping announcing the sale of slaves by Commissioner John Hambright, brother of Robert Hambright.

Hamilton, Henry W., Papers, (CA2633)
1.6 linear feet
Correspondence, 1930s-1950s, concerning Missouri archaeology, Spiro (a middle Mississippi mound), and the Committee for Recovery of Archaeological Remains, 1957-1973. Also includes photographs.

Hamilton, Henry W., Papers, (CA3103)
1.4 linear feet
Addition of correspondence, publications, notes, bibliographies, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other research materials related to 1930s and 1940s agriculture, Missouri and plains archaeology, and forts on the upper Missouri River.

Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad, Land Promotion Circular, 1860, (C0904)
1 folder
The collection contains one advertisement of New England Colony located in Daviess and Caldwell Counties, Missouri. Descriptions of crops, minerals, soils, climate, lumber, and price of land.

Hare and Hare Company Records, (K0206)
670 cubic feet
Records of Kansas City's premiere landscape architecture and city planning firm who did designs throughout the Midwest and southwest. Includes drawings, photographs, correspondence and reports, publications and books, and personal papers.

Harvey, Thomas, Jr., Papers, 1852-1865, (C0336)
2 folders
Letter to Harvey from a friend, describing happenings and dangers of a trip from New York to California by way of Isthmus of Panama, conditions in California, and advantages of working there. Letters from relatives concerning family matters. Letter from brother Richard to brother Warren commenting upon attitude of Texans toward the Confederate Army.

Hendrickson, William P., Journal, 1840, (C1643)
1 volume
The collection contains field notes about the St. Louis and Bacon Ferry State Road and the St. Louis and Fenton State Road, surveyed and marked out by Commissioners Hugh Miller, Hartley Sappington, and William McCutchen, March-April 1840. William P. Hendrickson was a civil engineer and surveyor.

Hoffman, Sam., Letter, 1849, (C0539)
1 folder
To Edward Hoffman, St. Louis, MO, from Black Rock, NY, Feb. 26, 1849. Letter to his son discussing construction of the Erie Canal near Buffalo, NY, and topics of general interest.

Horton, R.F., Papers, 1903-1910, (C0330)
1 folder
Typed copies of two letters concerning the activities of the Mexican-Nevada Exploration Company and an account of the author's travels and work in Arizona and Mexico. Stay at Guaymas, Mexico; birds at Playa Beach at the mouth of the Sinaloa River; mention of massacre by Indians.

Howell, Elijah Preston, Diary, 1849, (C1675)
1 volume
The collection contains a diary, May 6-September 24, 1849, of a journey across the plains from Athens, Gentry County, MO, to the Sacramento Valley during the California gold rush. Topics include members of company, description of wagon trains, countryside, wild game, vegetation, provisions, Indians, cholera, travel guides, landmarks, defense, wagon train problems and Mormons.


James, Lucy Wortham, Collection, 1801-1895, (C0001)
23 linear feet, 234 oversize volumes (volumes also available on 58 rolls of microfilm)
The records of the Maramec Iron Works in St. James, Missouri, and the papers of the James family, who owned the iron works, includes financial records, correspondence, and account books. The correspondence discusses the hiring of slaves, prices, banking and financial conditions, transportation costs and railroads, political conditions, immigration, and the Civil War.

Jasper County Mining Collection, (R1410)
0.02 cubic foot (2 folders, 7 maps)
The Jasper County Mining Collection contains reports, land lease agreements, maps, and surveys of mining property in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri.


Kansas City, Missouri, Real Property Ownership Plat Book, ca. 1929-ca. 1932, (K0191)
1 cubic foot
Plat maps and other information detailing ownership of real estate properties in Kansas City, MO.

Kaufman, Harold F. (1911-1990), Papers, ca. 1925-1983, (C3986)
175 linear feet, 10 card files
The Harold F. Kaufman Papers consist of correspondence, projects and studies, course materials, and manuscripts of a professor of sociology at Mississippi State University.

Kelleter, Paul Delmar (1881-1950), Speeches, 1935-1940, (C2249)
6 folders
Speeches and miscellaneous reports by Kelleter, forest supervisor of Clark National Forest, MO, concerning the U.S. Forest Service in Missouri, with emphasis on the Clark National Forest and rehabilitation of the Ozark region.

Killian, Joseph C. (1825-1895) and Charles A. (1852-1936), Papers, 1821-1935 (C0124)
0.4 linear feet
Legal papers and letters of J.C. Killian and his son, Perry County, Missouri, lawyers. Diary of J.C. Killian describes people of Perryville. Also material on early German immigration.

King, Elijah, Papers, 1873-1888, (C0351)
1 folder
Letters written to King in Iowa from Munn and Farwell, land agents in Grant City, MO, giving prices and description of land. Broadside advertising cheap western homes in the Grand and Platte River country of northeast Missouri, and a genealogy of the King, Munn, and Farwell families.

Konnyu, Leslie, Papers, (CA5235)
14 cubic feet
Papers of a St. Louis literary and Hungarian leader. Includes correspondence, manuscripts and collected materials.

Konnyu, Leslie, Papers, (CA5269)
2.5 linear feet, 1 audio cassette, 3 video cassettes
Addition to papers of a Hungarian-American scholar and author. Includes articles and publications, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and other materials.

Konnyu, Leslie, Papers, (CA5293)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of obituaries, articles, condolence letters, photographs, Konnyu's M.A. thesis, and miscellaneous materials.


Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Columbia, Missouri, Papers, 1860s-1962, (C3877)
0.4 linear feet
Minutes, resolutions, maps, reports, and legal documents concerning the urban redevelopment project in Columbia, Missouri, for the area known as Flat Branch and/or the Douglass School Urban Renewal Area.

Lawrence, Josephine R. (1929-1992), Collection, 1844-1986, (C3792)
0.4 linear feet, photocopies
Papers of the Jackson and Lawrence families of Pennytown and Marshall, Missouri. The papers include newspaper clippings and unpublished manuscripts on the history of Pennytown, a black community near Marshall. There are also funeral cards, copies of legal documents, church and school records, and photographs of Pennytown and its residents.

Lea, Ashley, Letters, 1839-1884, (C0354)
1 folder
Letters of a pioneer Missouri family discussing conditions on the journey to the California gold fields, family news, and crop conditions in Mississippi in 1857.

Leazenby, Grant, "A Story of an Emigrant People," n.d., (C0747)
1 folder
Reminiscences of the author's boyhood in Cainsville, Harrison County, MO. Recounts the lives of prominent Czechoslovakian immigrants in the community, describing their history as a people, their country, and the area they finally settled in.

Lenoir, Walter Raleigh (1786-1843), Letter, 1834, (C0356)
1 folder
To Edmond Jones, Fort Defiance, NC, from Columbia, MO, Dec. 30, 1834. Description of Columbia and the surrounding country.

Long, William C., Papers, 1859-1891, (C2624)
8 folders
Nineteen Civil War letters; letters to and from Irwin Walley, Long's son-in-law; miscellaneous family papers; and photographs of the opening of the Oklahoma Territory, 1891.

Louisiana and Middletown Plank Road Company Records, 1851-1873, (C1152)
1 volume
Road company established to construct an improved road from Louisiana, Pike County, MO, to Middletown, Montgomery County, MO. Early efforts to build and maintain the road are described in detail. Most meetings were held in the road company's office in Louisiana. Also two photographs.


Mayes-McMahon Family, Letters, 1815-1816, (C0940)
1 folder
Two letters written by B.V. Mayes, St. Louis, to his cousin Nancy McMahon in Henderson, KY. Both letters concern family matters and Mayes's dislike of St. Louis. He remarks on the absence of any American women in the city and on the poor living and working conditions he faces as a clerk in a mercantile house.

McCormack Family Papers, 1777-1873, (C2338)
10 folders
Letters from John Burgoyne to Horatio Gates about treatment of wounded and noncombatants during the Revolutionary War, 1777. Correspondence about immigration to Texas from Missouri, 1842-1844, economic conditions, politics, J. Cox estate in Jefferson County, MO. 1841-1852 business accounts, weather and farm labor journal, marriage and death records, and diary of James McCormack.

McKinney, T. Thistle, Travel Logs, 1928-1929, (C4262)
0.2 cubic feet
The records of T. Thistle McKinney contain two travel logs, one of an automobile trip taken in 1928 through the northeastern states, Canada, and the eastern states. The other was made in 1929, through parts of northeast Missouri and into some Ozark counties. The volumes include numerous postcards and some photographs of places visited.

Merrill, Julius Caesar (c. 1843- ), Diary, 1864, (C0371)
3 folders
Typed copy of diary which gives an account of trip from Milwaukee to Boise City, ID, in 1864. Describes the journey over the old Oregon Trail, storms, severity of weather, shortage of food and water for their livestock, scarcity of firewood and wild game food for themselves, difficulties in fording rivers, fear of Indian attack, encounters with Indians wanting to trade, and other problems of wagon train life.

Millstein, Cydney (1950- ) Papers, ca. 1990-2010, (K0543)
27 cubic feet
Research and business records related to Ms. Millstein's work as an architectural historian. Includes notes, clippings, surveys, maps, architectural drawings, and photographs.

Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Maps, 1934-1998, (SA1111)
6 drawers
This collection is unprocessed. Please view the inventory for more information on the collection contents.

Missouri Land and Live Stock Company and Missouri Land Company of Scotland, Papers, 1881-1924, (C0825)
4 rolls of microfilm
Records, reports, and correspondence of companies which had main offices in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their purpose was to obtain land in southwest Missouri to sell or lease. Originals in Colorado State Archives.

Missouri Park and Recreation Association, Records, 1938-1976, (C3649)
6.5 linear feet
Origin, history and meetings of an organization whose members seek to promote the general welfare of the people through a recreation program. Minutes of the executive boards, committee work, conference and treasurers’ reports and correspondence are included. The last section of the collection is comprised of papers relating to supervised recreation in Columbia, MO, 1940-1960.

Missouri Place Name Survey Papers, (C4390)
1.2 cubic feet (35 folders)
Correspondence, newsletters, notes, research material, papers, proposal, and publications of a committee of professors who undertook a Missouri Place Name Survey, building largely on the work of Professor of English Robert L. Ramsay, whose students compiled a survey of Missouri places in the 1930s. The survey was intended to produce a dictionary of Missouri place names.

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 Prairie Foundation, Records, (CA5791)
6.5 linear feet, 2 audio cassettes, 2 CDs, 1 DVD, 1 film, 1 video cassette
Records of an organization founded in 1966 to acquire and preserve native prairie lands in Missouri. Records consist of correspondence, subject and project files, brochures and other promotional materials, membership lists, financial records, and publications.

Missouri Railway Map, 1888, (C2444)
1 folder
Commissioners' official railway map of Missouri completed to 1 January 1888.

Missouri River Folk History Project, Records, (CA6109)
0.2 linear feet, 37 DVDs
Oral history interviews of Missourians who have lived and worked along the Missouri River. Meredith Ludwig conducted the interviews.

Missouri River Navigation Association Records, (K0354)
0.34 cubic foot (19 folders, 204 photographs, 1 oversize photograph, 24 negatives)
The Missouri River Navigation Association Records contains photographs and negatives depicting different aspects of engineering and activities along the Missouri River.

Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, Records, 1957-1967, (C2583)
1.8 linear feet
The records of the Missouri Rural Area Development Committee are organized into four sections: organization, policy, projects, and progress reports. The Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was designed to coordinate efforts to revitalize agricultural and natural resources in the rural areas.

Missouri, Centerville, Plat, n.d., (C1486)
1 folder
The collection consists of positive Photostats of a plat map with a description by W.M. Davidson, surveyor.

Missouri, Columbia. Charter Commission Papers, 1948-1949 (C0085)
0.6 linear feet
Papers of a commission established by a special election on May 4, 1948.

Missouri, Perry County, Immigration List, 1839, (C1836)
1 folder
List of Lutheran emigrants who left New York and arrived in the village of Wittenburg, Perry County, MO, in 1839. Original in the possession of the donor.

Missouri, Perry County, Immigration List, 1839, (C1837)
1 folder
List of Lutheran emigrants who came to Perry County, MO, by way of New Orleans in 1839. Original in the possession of the donor.

Missouri, Perry County, Stephan Immigration, 1852-1853, (C1839)
1 folder
List of workers and contributions in number of days of work, October and November 1852, and August 1853, of members of the Martin Stephan emigration of German Lutherans to Perry County, MO.

Missouri, Putnam County, Survey and Town Plats, 1844-1866, (C3440)
2 folders
The collection contains negative Photostats of an official survey, by township, of Putnam County, MO, 1844-1854, and plats of thirteen towns in the county showing blocks and street names, 1857-1866.

Missouri, Smithton. Papers, 1818, (C1654)
1 folder
The papers of Smithton, Missouri, contain a contract to purchase land for the town site of Smithton and directions for laying off the town, signed by the trustees, Gerard Robinson, Thos. Duley, and R. Gentry. Smithton is now called Columbia, MO.

Missouri, St. John, Survey, 1857, (C3171)
1 folder
The collection contains a typed copy of the original survey of St. John, MO, giving owners of each lot; also plat map naming owners of outlying farms.

Missouri, Ste. Genevieve District, Land Record Book, (CA2482)
0.2 linear feet
Transcription of Land Record Book A.

Moll, Justus R., Maps, 1870, 1915, (C3211)
1 folder
Negative photostat of a map of Greene County, MO, showing roads, Indian trails, villages and mounds, and narrative regarding Indians in Greene County, 1915. Also a copy of a map of the battlefield at Lexington, MO, September 1861, as drawn during court of inquiry in the 1870s.

Morrow, W.I.I. (1802-1876), Papers, 1839, 1852, (C2051)
1 folder
Positive photostat copy of a day by day account of the journey of Morrow, attending physician to a party of emigrating Cherokee Indians, c. 20 February-24 March 1839. Two typescript copies of a diary also included. Copy of 1852 letter from Morrow regarding use of liquor among Seneca Indians near Enterprise, MO.

Mudd, Henry Thomas (1818-1902), Papers, 1850-1879, (C1023)
0.25 linear feet
Correspondence and papers of Henry T. Mudd of Kirkwood and St. Louis, Missouri. Mudd was a businessman, politician, member of the Missouri General Assembly, delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention in 1875, and a curator of the University of Missouri.

Mussman, Albert H., “Implications of Land Use Adjustments in Connection with the Defense Program,” 1941, (C1188)
1 volume
Report on activities of agencies concerned with the assisting in the relocation of families disturbed by the construction of Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Includes photographs and case studies."


Native Sons of Kansas City Collection, ca. 1790-ca. 1990, (K0465)
30 cubic feet
Manuscripts, documents, photographs, books, maps, and oversize materials relating to the history of the Kansas City area collected by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.

Native Sons of Kansas City Map Collection, (K0462)
2.4 cubic feet
An artificial collection of maps from various sources collected by the Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City.

Naysmith, Clifford, "Quality Hill: The History of a Neighborhood," 1962, (C3518)
1 folder
Award-winning essay on a residential neighborhood inhabited by Kansas City's wealthiest families in the 1880s. The author describes its decline and rebirth.

North Kansas City Levee District v. Forever Green of Missouri, LLC Papers, (K1111)
80 cubic feet
Research files including legal documents, government records, corporate records, correspondence, minutes, photographs, maps, and plans.

Northeast Industrial District Development Records, 1940-1942, (K0404)
16 folders
Reports, proposals, particularly related to flood protection, news clippings, and photographs concerning the development of the Northeast Industrial District of Kansas City, MO.

Northwest Missouri State Park Committee, Developmental Proposal, 1925, (CA2525)
1 volume
Promotional booklet of text and photographs presenting the merits of Lanowa Park in Buchanan and Andrew counties in order to establish it as a Missouri State Park.


O'Keefe, Robert S. (1914-2008) Papers, 1911-1987, (K0546)
0.5 cubic foot
Personal papers of former Senior Vice President of J.C. Nichols Company. Includes publications, photographs, slides, clippings, speeches.

Overland Diary, 1857, (C0413)
1 folder
Personal diary kept by an unidentified girl as she and her family left Canada, Kentucky, in October 1857 and traveled by covered wagon to a place near Brunswick, Missouri.

Ozark Land and Lumber Company, Records, 1887-1933, (C0037)
8 linear feet, 100 oversize volumes
The business papers and record books of a Shannon County, Missouri, lumber company consists of correspondence, financial records, minutes of directors’ and stockholders’ meetings, store records, cutting and other lumber records, land records, and survey maps.

Ozark Playgrounds Association, Booklets and Pamphlets, 1929-1955, (R0854)
6 items
These are three booklets and three pamphlets published by the Ozark Playgrounds Association promoting "Playgrounds of the Ozarks," in an area encompassing parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Included in the booklets are geographical listings, while two of the pamphlets contain highway maps and listings of member hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, and tourist attractions, while another contains more general information.


Pacific Railroad, Southwestern Branch, Lands Book, n.d., (C1177)
1 volume
Description and maps of 220,000 acres of iron, lead, copper, and farming lands on the southeast branch of the Pacific Railroad in Missouri. Township maps show the route of the railroad."

Palmer, H.D., Letter, 1862, (C0512)
1 folder
To Isaac Feback from Independence, MO, Dec. 20, 1862. Letter from a Unionist telling of the distrust between North and South.

Parry, Duke Needham (1893-1932), Papers, (CA5457)
2 linear feet, 1 volume
Addition of photographs, articles, clippings, correspondence, student materials, scrapbook, American Expeditionary Forces materials, memorabilia, and miscellaneous personal and professional materials.

Powell, John Benjamin (1886-1947), Papers, 1910-1952, (C3662)
2.9 linear feet
The papers of a journalist include correspondence, literary works, printed material, pho-tographs, and a scrapbook. Drafts for My Twenty-Five Years in China and Powell's articles (1941-1947) predominate. Information on China, Japan, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Central Asia, India, Philippine Islands, World War II, and the Washington Conference.

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.

Project Cavern Report Records (R1437)
0.2 cubic foot (2 folders)
The Project Cavern Report Records contains the evaluation and survey of voids within a fifty-mile radius of Rolla, Missouri, for use as a jet propulsion laboratory or industrial and civilian defense use.

Prudhomme, Gabriel (1789-1831) Estate Abstract, 1831-1858 (K0209)
0.04 cubic feet
The collection contains an abstract documenting transactions related to the disposition of the estate of Gabriel Prudhomme, one of Kansas City's founders.


Ramsay, Robert L. (1880-1953), Papers, 1918-1953, (C3230)
2.5 linear feet
The Robert Ramsay Papers includes correspondence, 1918-1953; notes, rough drafts, revisions, and proof sheets for the Place Name series, with emphasis upon the Missouri Place Names; newspaper clippings about Ramsay and newspaper clippings of the Place Name articles. Small volumes of notes and a variety of prints pertaining to his academic classes are included as well as sample themes and bibliographies submitted by his students.

Read, Allen Walker, "Bibliography of Library Sources for the Study of the Place Names of Missouri," n.d.1 folder, (C2103)
1 folder
Annotated bibliography on Missouri place names.

Reick, Addie Henry, Diary, 1910, (C0556)
1 folder
Diary, kept 1 May-30 June 1910, of a trip from Seattle, WA, to Ophir, AK. Mrs. Reick wrote the journal for relatives and friends in Missouri. A map showing the route is filed with the diary.

Regenhardt Family Papers, (CG0036)
1.2 cubic feet (3 folders)
The Regenhardt Family Papers include Civil War muster rolls of the 56th Enrolled Missouri Militia, McNeely family Bible records, Regenhardt Construction Company papers related to the building of Academic Hall on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, and postcards of Academic Hall.

Routh, Roberta M., "The Army Comes to the Ozarks," 1941, (C1224)
1 volume
Establishment of U.S. Army troops at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, as seen through the eyes of the county director of Pulaski County Social Security Assistance. Includes illustrations, diagrams and case histories of displaced persons.


Schaberg Family, Papers, 1894-1974, (C3665)
3 linear feet
The personal and professional papers of Benjamin F. Schaberg, Sr., who worked as an engineer on the Panama Canal, St. Louis sewer projects, World War II army post construction, and Missouri Public Service Commission studies, includes family correspondence between Schaberg and his wife, sisters, and sons. Ben Jr. and John George Schaberg were in China during and after the 1937 Japanese invasion.

Shrader, Dorothy Heckmann, Papers, (CA5925)
6 linear feet
Papers of Hermann, MO, writer and descendant of steamboat captain, Bill Heckmann. Includes newspaper clippings of happenings along Missouri's waterways dating from the late 1800s to mid-1900s. Also includes genealogical information on Hermann, maps of Missouri's rivers, and a few photographs of steamboats and river scenes.

Schroeder, Walter A., Papers, 1972-2008, (CA6385)
0.6 cubic feet
Papers contain material pertaining to Schroeder's work with Missouri place name surveys involving Adolph E. Schroeder and Don Lance, as well as the founding of the Missouri Board of Geographic Names.

SHSMO-KC Abstract Title Collection, (K0393)
An artificial collection of land title abstracts from various sources.

SHSMO-KC Map Collection, (K0162)
1 volume
An artificial collection of maps from various sources.

Soil Conservation Society of America, Show-Me Chapter, Records, (CA4713)
2 linear feet
Records of a non-profit scientific and educational organization founded in 1950 as Alfalfa Brome Chapter. In 1955 reorganized as Show-Me-Chapter.

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.

Spring Valley Park Abstract, 1893, (K0216)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection consists of an 1893 abstract of title for a tract of land in Spring Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Maps, (R1486)
0.5 cubic foot (3 folders, 5 maps)
The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company Maps contain six plat maps featuring St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company land, railroad lines, stations, and buildings, located in Fort Leonard Wood, Lebanon, Newburg, and Rolla, Missouri.

St. Joseph Lead Mining Company, Papers, 1800, 1892, (C0574)
2 folders
The St. Joseph Lead Mining Company Papers consist of a positive photostat of a Spanish land grant for area that was later purchased by St. Joseph Lead Mining Company. Also included is an illustrated booklet, compiled by J. Wyman Jones, detailing history of the company.

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.

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, Papers, 1759-1876, (C2075)
2 volumes
The collection contains records of the town of Ste. Genevieve. Vol. 1, the Ste. Genevieve church register, includes vital statistics records, 1759-1840. Vol. 2, the Ste. Genevieve archives, includes deeds, 1766-1876; Indian affairs, 1766-1804; and New Madrid archives, 1802-1803. Two copies. Translated from the French by A. Lloyd Collins.

Stein, George, Travel Report, 1881, (C3287)
1 folder
The collection contains an account of the George Stein family migration to America in the fall of 1881 aboard the SS NECKER, and their settlement in Clark County, MO.

Survey of Christian Glanz Estate by A. M. Allen, c. 1852, (K0351)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a survey for a sub-division of six acres of land in Westport, Missouri, belonging to the estate of Christian Glanz. The Survey was hand-drawn by A. M. Allen.


Taeuber, Irene B. (1906-1974), Papers, 1912-1981 (C2158)
63 linear feet
2 audio cassettes
Irene B. Taeuber, a research demographer, was best known for her work on the population of Asia, especially Japan and China. Collection includes correspondence with leading demographers, sociologists, and Asian specialists; publications and manuscripts; research notes and data; bibliographic card files; and photographs and slides of her travels.

Thomas, John L., Notebooks, n.d., (C1272)
30 volumes
Notes on the geology and history of Missouri, which the compiler had planned to use in making an historical atlas.

Townsend, G.S., Letter, 1838, (C2516)
1 folder
The collection contains a photostat of a letter to C.A. Harris, Bureau of Indian Affairs, from Cherokee Agency East, Jan. 25, 1838. Townsend describes his journey as attending physician to a band of emigrant Cherokees from Cherokee Agency East to Cherokee Nation West, a distance of 800 miles.


U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Photographs, 1928-1931, (C0647)
15 folders
Photographs of highways and railroad bridges across the Missouri River, with maps and basic engineering facts. Also pictures of boats and construction for river control.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Survey, Collection, (CA5998)
1.7 cubic feet, oversize
Log books and maps from U.S. Corps of Engineers survey of the Missouri River, 1870s-1890s. Log books include observations of topography, hand drawn maps, and notes documenting the journeys and dredging operations along the river. The bulk of the collection relates to the upper Missouri River.

U.S. Army, Specialized Training Program, Foreign Area and Language Study, University of Missouri, Papers, 1943-1944 (C0057)
2.25 linear feet
Correspondence, army directives, student records, and other material pertaining to the program and staff of the ASTP Unit at the University of Missouri. Also includes material concerning a study of ASTPs made by Thomas A. Brady for the Rockefeller Foundation.

U.S. Soil Conservation Service, Collection, (CA4719)
7.4 linear feet
1 volume
Photographs and textual materials documenting soil conservation history, primarily in Missouri. Includes information on Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the state.


Van Meter Family, Papers, 1834-1968, (C3242)
9 folders
The Van Meter family papers contain correspondence, financial and legal documents, diaries, and account books of a Saline County, MO, family. The papers deal, for the most part, with the family business, primarily accounts for goods and food sold. There is some material dealing with family matters, including a diary of a trip taken to Montana in 1865 by Abel J. Van Meter.

Votaw, Maurice E. (1899-1981), Papers, 1909-1978, (C3672)
55 folders
The papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism primarily pertain to his years as professor of journalism at St. John's University, Shanghai, China, and ad-viser to the Nationalist Chinese Ministry of Information. Included are transcripts of oral inter-views, correspondence, literary productions, minutes, printed materials, maps, lists, photographs, and books. Contained is information on Votaw's life; writers, missionaries, political and military leaders, and events in China (1922-1977); U.S. China policy; Chinese and American journalism and newspapers; Shanghai Short Story Club; and St. John's University and University of Mis-souri School of Journalism.


Women's Progressive Farmers Association of Missouri, Inc., Records, 1921-1985, (C3726)
5.5 linear feet
Records of an organization dedicated to the improvement of rural life and the support of its counterpart, the Missouri Farmers Association. The association was affiliated with Associated Country Women of the World. The records consist of correspondence, meeting minutes membership lists, newsletters, and account books.


Young, John, Record Book, 1865, (C1294)
1 volume
Wagon master's record book containing printed rules, regulations, and instructions. Accounts for 1865 drive or merchandise train, including accounts of drivers, loading of wagons, list of expenses, and statement of profit.

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