Missouri Governors Manuscript Collections

Papers of Missouri Governors. This topic is a subcategory of the Government category. Additional subcategories under the Government category include Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, United States Representatives, and United States Senators.

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Anderson, Thomas L., Speech, 1904, (C3734)
1 folder
The collection contains a typed copy of a speech given by Anderson before the Democratic State Convention in Jefferson City on 19 July 1904, nominating Harry B. Hawes for governor of Missouri.

Arbor Day Program, 1912, (C2382)
1 folder
Program, April 5, 1912, issued by Department of Education, Jefferson City, MO. Herbert S. Hadley was governor.

Ashcroft, Governor John, Photographs, (P0271)
3 photographs
3 8x10 black and white prints of Governor John Ashcroft.


Blair, Frank P., Speech, 1866, (C3253)
1 folder
The papers contain copy of newspaper article from the Missouri Republican, St. Louis, regarding a speech made by Blair at Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri.

Blair, James Thomas, Jr. (1902-1962), Papers, 1957-1961, (C2271)
64 linear feet, 4 oversize volumes
The papers have been arranged into the following ten series: Correspondence and Speeches; Governors' Conference; Veterans' Papers; Special Commissions and Studies; State Offices and Departments; Judiciary; County Problems and Requests; Applications and Appointments; Legislative Material; and Bound Volumes. For more detailed series descriptions, please see the folder list.

Boggs, Lilburn W., Invitation, 1838, (C1756)
1 folder
Invitation issued to Judge Dunnica and Lady, February 15, 1838, to attend a reception at the governor's mansion.

Boggs, Lilburn W., (1792-1860), Papers, 1838-1839, (C1753)
1 folder
Acts of the General Assembly during the administration of Governor Boggs, concerning organization and boundaries of Clark, Buchanan, Grundy and Platte Counties, declaration of Ni-chi-ne-ba-to-na River as a navigable stream; and payment for services of grand jurors.

Bond, Christopher S. "Kit" (1939- ), Papers, (CA5950)
478.75 cubic feet, A/V material
The papers of a Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator include gubernatorial and senatorial material, including political and campaign material, legislative material, press releases, correspondence, speeches, travel logs, subject files, clippings, photographs, and audiovisual material.

Brantley, Mary E., "John S. Phelps and the Public Domain," n.d., (C1055)
3 volumes
John S. Phelps (1814-1886) served in the Missouri state legislature, 1840-1841, in Congress, 1845-1863, and as governor of Missouri, 1877-1881. Collection contains two volumes of notes and a typescript volume (74 pp.).


Carnahan, Mel, Papers, 1980-1984, (C4085)
0.4 cubic feet, 4 video tapes, 2 audio tapes
The papers of Mel Carnahan contain election materials from his state treasurer's race in 1980 and governor's race in 1984.

Carnahan Family Oral Histories, (SP0050)
0.5 cubic foot (8 folders, 11 cassette tapes)
The Carnahan Family Oral Histories consists of eleven cassette tapes featuring interviews with family members of Governor Mel Carnahan. They were interviewed by Alex Primm two to four months following the Governor’s death in a plane crash on October 16, 2000.

Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Inauguration Program, 1929, (C2383)
1 folder
The collection contains a program from inaugural ceremonies for Governor Henry Caulfield, January 14, 1929, Jefferson City, MO.

Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Papers, 1878-1966, (C2409)
2.1 linear feet
The papers of Henry S. Caulfield contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, reports, speeches, and miscellaneous material. Caulfield was a Republican governor of Missouri (1929-1933) and St. Louis official.

Coleman, Nadine Mills, "What Lon Stephens Said About Missouri", (C2182)
1 folder
The papers contain clippings and miscellany about Governor Lon Vest Stephens.

Crittenden, Thomas Theodore (1832-1909), Calling Card, 1882, (C1592)
1 folder
Calling card of governor of Missouri.


Dalton, John M. (1900-1972), Papers, 1921-1965 (C2417)
130.3 linear feet, 1 CD
Personal and official papers of a Democratic governor of Missouri, 1961-1965. Includes some material from his term as Missouri attorney general.

Dalton, John M. (1900-1972), Prayer Breakfast Program, 1961, (C2387)
1 folder
The collection contains a program for a breakfast honoring Governor Dalton in Jefferson City, sponsored by a local citizens' committee.

Donnell, Forrest C. (1884-1980), Papers, 1941-1945, (C0194)
90 linear feet
The papers of a Republican governor of Missouri consist of correspondence, reports, news clippings, and other materials dealing with Donnell’s term as governor.

Donnell, Forrest C. (1884-1980), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1941, (C2385)
1 folder
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Forrest C. Donnell, February 26, 1941.

Donnelly, Phil M. (1891-1961), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1953, (C2386)
1 folder
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Phil M. Donnelly, January 12, 1953.

Donnelly, Phil M. (1891-1961), Papers, 1944-1957, (C2151)
91.6 linear feet, 10 volumes
Papers relating to Donnelly's two terms as Democratic governor of Missouri.

Dunklin, Daniel (1790-1844), Papers, 1815-1877, (C0097)
0.6 linear feet
The papers of the fifth governor of Missouri consist of correspondence, financial records, and miscellaneous items. The correspondence is especially rich in the discussion of Missouri elections and of the leading political issues in Missouri and in the United States from 1829 to 1835.


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.

Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1771)
1 folder
The papers of John Cummins Edwards contain Photostats of petitions and letters requesting pardons for prisoners, including a letter from James S. Rollins, a petition to correct an error in a previous pardon, and woman's petition for pardon of a Negro woman, Nelly.


Folk, Joseph Wingate, Letter, 1903, (C1980)
1 folder
To Louis Wiley, New York, NY, from St. Louis, MO, Nov. 19, 1903. Regretting his inability to address Society of the Genesee.

Folk, Joseph Wingate (1869-1923), Papers, 1902-1952 (C0101)
0.6 linear feet
Unfinished biography of Folk by his sister, Mrs. James Avery Webb. Clippings pertaining to Folk's career as circuit attorney in St. Louis, 1902-1904; Democratic governor of Missouri, 1904-1909; races for Senate and failure to win election, 1918; career in Washington, D.C., 1917-1923, under President Woodrow Wilson; and death in 1923. Letters of sympathy at death, Folk-Bates genealogy, speeches by Folk, and miscellaneous material.


Green-Bond Family, Papers, (CA6191)
5.8 linear feet, 2 volumes, 1 audio cassette, 1 card file
Papers of Green and Bond families of Mexico, Missouri. Correspondence, journals, photographs and personal files of A.P. and Josephine Green. Scholastic materials, clippings, cards, photographs and files of Christopher S. ""Kit"" and Carolyn Bond. Photo albums document the 1973 Missouri gubernatorial inauguration and national governors' conferences, 1973-1975.


Hadley, Herbert Spencer (1872-1927), Papers, 1830-1943, (C0006)
15.2 linear feet, 35 volumes on 58 rolls of microfilm
The papers of a Missouri Republican lawyer, politician, educator, and author include correspondence, letterbooks, scrapbooks, manuscripts, photographs, cartoons, and miscellaneous material. Originals in storage.

Hammond & Irwin, Photographs, (P0897)
4 photographs
Portraits of Governor Phil M. Donnelly.

Harris, Frank G., (1871-1944), Papers, 1915-1945, (C4195)
0.4 cubic feet
Scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, correspondence, and miscellaneous material pertaining to Frank G. Harris, former Lt. Governor of Missouri.

Hearnes, Betty Cooper, Speech, 1971, (C3274)
1 folder
The papers contain an address at the dedication of the new bandstand in Fayette, Missouri, at Central Methodist College.

Hearnes, Warren E. (1923-2009), Papers, 1950-1972, (C3522)
9 linear feet; and 17 volumes on microfilm
Materials determined by Hearnes to be his personal papers while Missouri's governor, 1965-1973. The bulk of the collection is correspondence regarding campaigns, legislation, and the Democratic Party.

Hearnes, Warren E. (1923-2009), Papers, 1965-1972, (C3585)
602 boxes on 127 rolls of microfilm
Papers of Democratic governor of Missouri from 1965 to 1972. The originals are at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.

Holden, Bob, Portrait, (P0575)
1 photograph
Portrait of Bob Holden, 53rd governer of Missouri.

Hyde, Arthur Mastick (1877-1947), Papers, 1913-1954, (C0007)
20.8 linear feet
Papers of a Republican governor of Missouri, 1921-1925 and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1929-1933, consisting of correspondence, clippings, printed material, photographs, and personal items. Major topics include agriculture, conservation, roads, Republican politics, labor disputes, law enforcement, prohibition, and Missouri state institutions and politics.


Jones, Joseph Wingate, Portraits, (P0342)
2 photographs
Two mounted photographs of Governor Joseph Wingate Folk


Krause, Henrietta Park Collection, (P0171)
0.38 linear feet, 1 volume
A series of photographs from the daughter of Governor Guy B. Park, this collection includes numerous photographs of Gov. Park, a 1933 Century of Progress photo album featuring views of the Missouri Commission exhibit, a series of images on the Huckleberry Finn Streamliner dedication in Hannibal, National Governor's Conventions, the Missouri State Fair, Camp Clark in Nevada, MO, Church Prison Farm near Jefferson City, Governor Forrest Smith's Inaugeration, Mark Twain Memorial Bridge dedication, notable Missourians, elected officials, and state government staff.


Livingstone, William G., ""A Legend,"" n.d., (C3514)
1 folder
Collection of letters, articles and genealogical papers disproving the kinship of Missouri and Illinois governors both named Thomas Reynolds.


Major, Elliott W. (1864-1949), Papers, 1860s-1950, (C4039)
0.3 linear feet
The collection contains newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, telegrams, and memos relating to Elliott Major's campaign for governor of Missouri in 1912, and major events that occurred during his administration.

Marmaduke, Meredith Miles (1791-1864), Papers, 1823-1886, (C1021)
0.6 linear feet; also available on 1 roll of microfilm
Correspondence and miscellaneous personal and business papers of a Saline County, Missouri, farmer, businessman, lieutenant governor, and governor of Missouri.

Marmaduke, Meredith Miles (1791-1864), Papers, n.d., 1844, (C1772)
1 folder
The papers of Meredith Miles Marmaduke contain photostats of petitions to the governor requesting pardons of prisoners currently in the penitentiary. One item is from the Office of Inspectors of the Penitentiary and recommends a number of pardons.

Marshall, Richard A., Collection, 1897-1924, (C2925)
1 folder
William Jennings Bryan speech on bimetallism. Invitation to W.H. Hall from Gov. Arthur M. Hyde to attend the dedication of the Missouri state capitol building, October 6, 1924.

Massie, Gerald R. (1911-1989), Photographs, (P0016)
0.83 linear feet
Photographs of scenes across Missouri, many taken as part of Massie's work as Missouri's state photographer. Events highlighted include Winston Churchill's visit to Fulton, Governor Hearnes' inaugural celebrations in 1965 and 1969, and the Battle of Pilot Knob Centennial commemoration in 1964. The collection includes extensive coverage of the Missouri State Capitol building. Geographically, the collection covers much of Missouri, with particular focus on tourist destinations: St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal, Ste. Genevieve, and the Ozarks.

Massie, Jeremiah, Legal Papers, 1836-1838, (C3445)
1 folder
The papers include transcripts of a court case in which Massie, formerly of Sangamon County, Illinois, was convicted of larceny from a steamboat; letters of support for Massie; a clemency petition signed by the citizens of Sangamon County, including Abraham Lincoln; and the pardon, signed by Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division, Photograph, (P0402)
1 photograph
Group photograph for National Adoption Month, ca. 1994-1998, with Governor Mel Carnahan and children.

Missouri Governors' Proclamations, 1892-1898, (C3446)
1 folder
The collection contains proclamations of Columbus Day by Governor David R. Francis; Thanksgiving Day and LaFayette Day by Governor Lon Vest Stephens, and calls for relief of flood-damaged Steelville, MO. These proclamations bear the seal of the State of Missouri.

Missouri, Boone County, Citizens' Petition, 1846, (C1777)
1 folder
The collection contains photostats of a petition to Governor Austin A. King requesting that William Rowland and several others indicted for kidnapping slaves be discharged from further prosecution.


Olson, Gregory Allen, Photographs, (P0201)
3 folders
Photographs of a 2004 Ioway encampment during Lewis and Clark Commemoration and Mel Carnahan's funeral, 2000.


Park, Guy Brasfield (1872-1946), Papers, 1932-1937, (C0008)
24.2 linear feet
Official and personal correspondence and papers of Guy B. Park, Democratic governor of Missouri from 1933 to 1937.

Park, Guy Brasfield (1872-1946), Papers, (CA4727)
4 linear feet
Correspondence and law cases, post-gubernatorial to c. 1946.

Phelps, John S. (1814-1886), Scrapbook, 1876-1937, (C3058)
1 volume
The scrapbook of John S. Phelps contains newspaper clippings and biographical information on the former governor and his family. Some correspondence and photographs of family residences are also included.


Reynolds, Thomas (1796-1844), Papers, 1841-1842, (C1770)
1 folder
The papers of Thomas Reynolds contain Photostats of petitions for prison pardons, including one letter from David Rice Atchison requesting a shorter sentence for two men and discussion of other matters.


Singleton, Vincent A., Petition, 1870, (C1773)
1 folder
The collection contains a petition to Governor Joseph W. McClurg from several citizens on behalf of Vincent A. Singleton, convicted of horse stealing.

Smith, Forrest (1886-1962), Papers, 1940-1953 (C2220)
72.6 linear feet, 11 volumes
Papers of a Democratic governor of Missouri, 1949-1953. Includes correspondence, reference material, speeches, and miscellaneous material.

Stark, Catherine, Photographs, (P0310)
1 folder
Photographs of Lloyd C. Stark; photographs of associates of Stark from the U.S. Army and Navy (Naval Academy classmates).

Stark, Lloyd Crow (1886-1972), Papers, 1931-1941, (C0004)
170 linear feet, 3 oversize volumes, 2 card boxes
The papers of the Democratic governor of Missouri, 1937-1941, relates to official business, campaigns, and personal affairs.

Stark, Lloyd Crow (1886-1972), Papers, (CA6134)
2 volumes
Addition of two scrapbooks compiled by Gov. Stark. Scrapbook one while a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Contains Naval Academy and athletic memorabilia including, most notably, a program for a track meet in which Jim Thorpe competed. Scrapbook two during his tenure as Missouri governor.

Stephens, Lon Vest, (1858-1923), Letters, 1897, (C1725)
1 folder
Five letters and petitions to the governor of Missouri from T.J. Delaney, Judge W.D. Hubbard, members of the Springfield bar, and citizens of Christian County, MO, asking for commutation of the sentences of Amos Jones and William Stanley, convicted bald knobbers.

Stephens, Lon Vest (1858-1923), Papers, 1897-1898, (C2455)
1 folder
Three letters to the governor of Missouri concerning Missouri state bonds; the financial state of the Security National Bank of Grand Island, NE; and a reorganization of the Florida State Militia.

Stone, William Joel (1848-1918), Papers, 1859-1935, (C0930)
114 folders, 1 volume
The papers of a Missouri congressman (1885-1891), governor (1893-1897), and U.S. senator (1903-1918), includes information on Stone's early career in Nevada, Missouri, the 1908 senatorial election, his senatorial career, and his death.


Wood, Leland S., Photographs, (P0963)
3 photographs
Photos of Forrest Smith and his wife, Mildred, at Lake Taneycomo

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