Social Customs and Daily Life Manuscript Collections

Personal papers and other materials which either report or depict daily activities, social customs, and other aspects of social interaction at all levels of society.

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Aker, Mary Bullock (1892-1985) Papers, c1930-1984, (K0115)
27 folders
Photocopies of short stories and newspaper/magazine articles written by Aker, both rough and final drafts. They cover a variety of topics from the Revolutionary War to household hints. Also an autobiographical story which Mrs. Aker wrote in her 91st year of memories of her childhood in and around Parkville, MO.

Albany Ledger, Gentry County, Missouri, Abstracts, 1884-1887, (K0160)
1 volume
Book of abstracts of the news stories including entries on the people and events of Gentry County. A surname index is included at the end of the volume.

Aldrich, Jamon, Letter, 1838, (C1446)
1 folder
A Mormon immigrant wrote his brother about Missouri. Geographical location of his homestead, fertility of land, crops, prices, wages, Indians, U.S. military forts and troops, anti-Mormon sentiment, Joseph Smith, and news of family and friends.

Allen, Martha, Letter, 1857, (C0507)
1 folder
Letter to her aunt and uncle from Ray County, Missouri, March 15, 1857. Description of the weather, comments about crops, and family news. An added note by a sister, Lucinda.

Anita Boresow Loeb Jewish Cemetery Project, (K0430)
14 microfilm rolls
The collection consists of note cards and obituaries of many Jewish men and women in the Kansas City area compiled by Anita Boresow Loeb. This information was collected by Loeb as part of her Jewish Cemetery Project and was later assembled in a book.


Bailey, Elizabeth, Photograph Collection, (P0379)
1 folder
Postcard of Missouri United Methodist Church (Columbia), photographs of Mary K. Dains retirement reception (8-8-1991), Ronald Reagan visit to Columbia (1987), and the Missouri State Archives (1991).

Baird-Welsh-Chisholm Family Papers, 1894-1922, (K0655)
0.5 cubic feet
The collection contains various scrapbooks such as photograph albums, baby books, and commemorative books of other events including deaths and weddings. The collection also contains personal papers such as correspondence and certificates pertaining to the family and family-friends as well as individual photographs of members of the family.

Barnes, Charles Merlin (1873-1966), Papers, 1892-1965, (C2802)
8 linear feet
The Charles M. Barnes Papers consist of the diaries, correspondence, photographs, financial records, and miscellaneous material of a Marston, Missouri, businessman and University of Missouri graduate. The Barnes family owned and operated a series of successful business enterprises in southeastern Missouri during the early twentieth century.

Barrows Family Letters, 1834-1865, (C3264)
2 folders
Correspondence between Freeman Barrows, his brother John and his sister Sarah; between Elizabeth Vaill Waldo and her sister Asenath B. Vaill Barrows, wife of Freeman Barrows. Freeman Barrows tells of business, social and economic conditions in Batesville and Papinville, MO, and urges his family to join him there.

Barth Family, Papers, 1852-1907, (C0997)
5 folders
The papers of the family of Moses Barth, a Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri, merchant, contain correspondence, deeds, and financial statements. The bulk of the material is correspondence between family members concerning their general welfare and business matters. Several letters written during the Civil War describe economic conditions and confrontations with Confederate guerillas in the Rocheport area.

Bealmear, Russell O., Papers, (CA6251)
0.2 linear feet
Correspondence of the Bealmear Family, members of whom settled in Kentucky, Arkansas, and the Missouri counties of Boone, Howard, and Macon. The letters describe farming, illnesses, and other family matters during the mid-to-late nineteenth century. An account book, dictionary, and handbook are included.

Beauchamp Family, Letters, 1832-1894, (C3128)
6 folders
Letters received by the John A. Beauchamp family of Liberty, MO, from relatives in Tennessee, Louisiana, and southeastern Texas discussing family news, prices, business prospects and post-Civil War conditions.

Bedell, William (1795-1844), Day Book, 1834-1844, (C1454)
1 folder
Bedell was a Clark County, MO, farmer. Day book contains diary notes, articles of agreement, court summons, and farm and household accounts paid and received.

Belwood-Ezell Family, Papers, 1850-1935 (C0073)
0.6 linear feet
Correspondence, diaries, and miscellaneous items of families living in Saline and Pettis Counties, Missouri. Much of the correspondence pertains to news of family members and friends. Most of the letters are to and from family members, including children, of Mary Belwood Ezell and Francisco Ezell.

Bentley Family Collection, 1818-1980, (C3042)
73 folders, 1 volume
Correspondence of Nancy V. Bentley, Jordan R. Bentley, and J. Marshall Bentley. Reminiscences of Jordan R. Bentley and material pertaining to Bentley and other allied families. Material on the Civil War in Chariton, Howard, and Cooper Counties, family and social life in the 1880s and 1890s and Chariton County history.

Bergfeldt, Ula Sharon Robinson (1905-1993) Papers, ca. 1861-1993, (K1223)
8 cubic feet
Family, personal and professional materials of Bergfeldt, professional dancer, teacher, producer, and founder of the Kansas City Dance Theatre. Includes family papers: photographs and legal documents for the Sharon and Headlee families, Spring Hill, KS; personal papers: correspondence between Ula and William Harold Bergfeldt (1895-1971) during their courtship and early marriage, as well as Harold's correspondence to his parents and photographs from France following World War I; and professional papers: scripts for ballets and administrative records of the Kansas City Dance Theatre.

Bingham Family, Papers, 1814-1930, (C0998)
27 folders
Correspondence of members of the Bingham family of Virginia and then of Missouri and Texas. References to friends, deaths, marriages, travel prices, estates and personal affairs of the Bingham family.

Bingham, George Caleb (1811-1879) Papers, 1873, (K0470)
1 folder
Last will and testament (November 28, 1873) for Bingham, noted Missouri artist. Also stereo view photograph of Bingham's studio over Shannon's store at Third and Main Streets, Kansas City, MO.

Bingham, John and Jacob, Papers, 1822-1884, (C2715)
4 folders
The papers contain mostly correspondence of the Bingham family of Virginia and Missouri; scant mention of contemporary news. A few miscellaneous papers connected with estates, wills, and property.

Bishop, W., Letters, 1896-1898, (C0526)
1 folder
Two letters to his granddaughter, Laura Benton, telling of hard times in 1896, prices at the feed store, and members of the family.

Blackstone, Robert, Letter, 1860, (C1463)
1 folder
The papers contain a description of a Christmas visit to Christian College in Columbia, Missouri. The students, except seniors, were permitted to have guests only during the holidays. Stationery letterhead has an engraving of the University of Missouri.

Blackwell, John A. (1834- ), Papers, 1852-1940, (C3732)
2.3 cubic feet
Contains the correspondence, diaries, writings, Civil War papers, and medical practice records of a doctor from Bedford, IN, who later lived in Foristell and Wellsville, MO. Also included are family letters, Woman's Christian Temperance Union records, and a history of the Clover family.

Bledsoe, Fields Trammel (1818-1880) Letter, 1851, (K0229)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a letter from Fields Trammel Bledsoe to his brother-in-law William C. Rhodes of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Bohm, Louis F., Letters, 1866-1868, (C3290)
1 folder
The collection contains letters to Bohm, regarding music and local news and politics.

Bongino, Angelo Louis (1935- ) Collection, 1934-1997, (K0878)
0.5 cubic foot
Research and personal papers of Bongino relating to the Italian community in the Northeast Kansas City, particularly Holy Rosary Church. Includes Bongino’s published articles, photographs, and video.

Booth-Lang Family Papers, ca. 1895-1987, (K0658)
6 cubic feet
Papers and photographs documenting the history of the Lang, Imboden, Fornefett, Booth and related families. Includes genealogical information, certificates of baptism, confirmation, naturalization papers, military records, obituaries, and correspondence. Also family activities and interests, residences, military, and travel.

Botts-Lewis Family, Letters, 1837-1877, (C0213)
3 folders
Letters from the Botts and Lewis families in Virginia to the Peyton and James Botts families in Missouri. Farm crops, operations, land conditions, prayer meetings, collection of debts, slave prices, family matters, and other miscellaneous topics.

Bright, Mrs., Letter, 1850, (C0500)
1 folder
To her husband, Ky., from Glendale [Mo.], Feb. 29, [1850]. Discussion of family affairs, land conditions, and the weather.

Brock Family, Papers, 1821-1823, (C2916)
1 folder
Personal letters regarding the death and estate of Jefferson Brock and Margaret Estes; documents concerning Jefferson Brock estate.

Bronaugh-Bushnell Family, Papers, 1852-1930, (C0079)
1.2 linear feet
The papers consist of personal and business correspondence of the Bronaugh and Bushnell families, landowners and business operators near Clinton, Henry County, Missouri.

Browne, Kenneth L., Collection, n.d. (K0534)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains an undated letter given to the Native Sons of Kansas City by Kenneth L. Browne describing a spring dance and other events occurring in Kansas City.

Burt, Richard W. (1823-1911), Papers, 1817-1911, (C0226)
6 folders
Description of everyday life in Ohio during the 1840s. Letters on army life during the Mexican War and the Civil War. Letters include descriptions of battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg. Scrapbook contains clippings from Burt's Progressive Age, Coshocton, Ohio, clippings of his letters regarding the Mexican and Civil Wars, and other miscellaneous clippings.

Burwell-Tate Family Papers, 1850-1930's, (K0233)
1 cubic foot
Moses T. Burwell was a prominent Kansas City banker and real estate broker. Primarily photographs of the Burwell and Tate families, including studio portraits and exterior and interior shots of the Burwell's late-1800s home. Also included are a scrapbook, newspaper clippings, and other family papers.


Caldwell-Steele Family, Letters, 1823-1841, (C0243)
1 folder
Three letters and one bill of sale for property. Letters concern the Caldwell family of Green County, Kentucky, and their relatives, the Steele family of Callaway County, Missouri. Letters discuss education, politics, religion and local and personal news. Originals in the possession of Miss Dillard.

Carey, Alex, Collection, 1864-1933 (C0253)
7 folders
Includes shares on Gold and Silver Tunnel Company; deed for land in Jackson County; accounts; 1864 constitution of Platte City, Missouri, I.O.O.F. lodge; notes; obituary of R.T. Carey; tintype; letters to Lucille Carey from friends; 1887 medical book; and letters from a book salesman, 1872.

Carpenter, John C., Letters, 1868-1870 (C0236)
1 folder
Written from Alleghany County, Virginia, discussing politics and local and family affairs.

Carpenter, Sam, Letters, 1834-1842 (C0235)
1 folder
Written from Alleghany County, Virginia, discussing politics and local and family affairs.

Carroll, Lenore Bea French (1939- ) Papers, ca. 1975-2005, (K0446)
21 cubic feet
Drafts and completed manuscripts of published and unpublished articles and books written by Carroll, and correspondence, notes and extensive research related to the 19th century American Midwest and West.

Carstenson, Cecil C. (1906-1991) and Blanche Williams (1907-2002) Papers, ca. 1943-ca. 2001, (K0669)
5 cubic feet
Cecil was talented wood sculptor, while his wife Blanche was best known for her textile artworks. Included are photographs and slides of both Cecil and Blanche's artwork. Also letters to various people, mostly family while Cecil was serving during World War II and scrapbooks covering most of their adult lives.

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.

Chase, George M., Papers, 1862-1940 (K0536)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains documents pertaining to George M. Chase, testifying to his loyalty to the Union cause.

Children's Literature Scrapbook, ca. 1870s, (K0402)
1 volume
Clippings of children's stories, poems, and pictures which appear to have come from the American children's magazine The Youth's Companion (1827–1929), known in later years The Companion—For All the Family.

Choate Family Papers (SP0040)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)
The Choate Family Papers consist of correspondence between John K. Choate and his siblings, Aaron, Tom, and Elisabeth.

Clay County, Missouri, History Papers, 1850-1956, (K0445)
0.18 cubic feet
The collection contains miscellaneous papers related to the lives of early settlers in Clay County, Missouri. These papers include newspaper clippings related to Clay County, miscellaneous papers related to important events and people in the mid-1800s of Clay County, photographs, and a large genealogical scrapbook with small autobiographies in it.

Cleveland-Gillaspy Papers, 1849-1939 (C0105)
0.4 linear feet
Correspondence, legal papers, tax receipts, photographs, and miscellany of James C. Gillaspy and James Longstreet Cleveland of Boone County, MO. Includes minute book and constitution of Providence Speas (Spiritual, Physical, Educational and Social) Club, Providence, MO, an organization active during the 1930s.

Cohn, Leslie D. (1947- ) Collection, 1985-2005, (K1053)
3 folders
Newspaper clippings, Kansas City Jewish Chronicle commemorative issues, and a Jewish Community Campus program

Communications Consortium Media Center, Records, (CA5661)
7.5 linear feet
Materials, compiled, collected, and distributed which relate to women's news issues. Topics include abortion, human reproduction, media, politics, and others.

Community Christian Church Records, c. 1880s-2000s, (K0392)
60 cubic feet
Records of the Community Christian Church of Kansas City, Missouri. The Community Christian Church’s origins in Kansas City date back to the late 1880s, and its name and locations have changed several times during its history. The structure at 4201 Main Street, adjacent to the Country Club Plaza, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and opened in 1942. The collection includes materials relating to: the church’s early history; board, administrative council and committee meeting minutes; programs, events and mission trips; bulletins, directories, newsletters and other publications; recorded sermons and guest speakers; photographs; financial records; and oversize materials.

Congregation Beth Shalom Records, (K0602)
37 cubic feet
Organizational records including minutes, financial records, correspondence, commemorative booklets, brochures, speeches, photographs, VHS cassettes of rabbinical lectures, religious activities, and various school programs.

Conley-Miller Family, Papers, 1792-1967, (C3693)
5.2 linear feet, 3 oversize volumes
Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, account books, ledgers, financial and personal rec-ords, genealogical materials, photographs, and miscellaneous items of the Conleys and Millers, prominent Boone County, Missouri, families.

Conyers, Thomas W. (1795-1879), Papers, 1817-1903, (C0755)
0.2 linear feet, 1 oversize volume
The papers of a Monroe County, Missouri, landowner, merchant, soldier, and politician include diaries, an account book, genealogical materials on the Conyers family, and miscellany regarding the daily activities of the Conyers family and their slaves. Particular emphasis is given to everyday farming operations and accounts.

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.

Cornett Family, Papers, 1847-1981, (C3808)
5.1 linear feet
Papers of the Cornett family of rural Linn County, Missouri, including William and Martha; their children, Bracy, Winifred, Jo Lee, and Carl; and Martha's family, the Moores and Roots. Letters, household and farm records, photographs, and other family papers, along with the early records of the Moore School near Linneus, document the social, cultural, and agricultural life of a northern Missouri family and the teaching careers of two of their daughters.

Cortelyou Family Papers, 1826-1964, (C2463)
40 folders
Real estate leases, New Jersey, 1826-1846, and records of estates administered by James and Peter Cortelyou, New Jersey, 1842-1882. Personal correspondence received by Kansas banker Luther M. Cortelyou, Jr., 1895-1964; his high school papers and memorabilia; and diaries kept by him and his father, 1869-1900.

Crede Family Papers, 1818-1939, (C3065)
2 linear feet and 2 oversize volumes; also available on 4 rolls of microfilm
Personal correspondence, genealogical records, and business records of a German-American family living in Osage County, Missouri. The bulk of the collection concerns Her-mann Crede, who emigrated in 1853; other papers pertain to his brothers, Wilhelm (who emi-grated in 1853) and Carl (who emigrated in 1855). Much of the correspondence is in German; the business records are in English.


Davidson, James Franklin (1839- ), Papers, 1868-1917, (C0089)
0.4 linear feet
The diaries and miscellaneous papers of a lawyer and farmer who lived in Chicago, Illinois, and Hannibal, Missouri.

Davis-Vandiver Family, Letters, 1864-1872 (C0299)
1 folder
Typed copies of letters from Clay and Ray Counties, Missouri, discussing family affairs, trouble with bushwhackers, and politics in 1872.

Day, David Lewis (1822-1888) Papers, 1762-1885, (K0114)
0.3 cubic foot
Letters, diary, account books, poems and newspaper clippings belonging to Day, a Civil War veteran from Milford, MA. Much of the material deals with the Civil War or with veterans' organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic.

Dively, Michael M. (1828-1901) Papers, 1839-1898 (K0476)
0.19 cubic feet
The papers contain correspondence and legal documents related to Michael M. Dively's professional and business career.

Doble-Lucas Family, Letters, 1856-1865 (C0305)
Letters from locations in New York, Ohio, Indiana, and California.

Drake, Charles D. (1811-1892), Autobiography, 1811-1867, (C1003)
1 linear foot on 1 roll of microfilm
Autobiography of a lawyer, U.S. senator from Missouri, radical Republican, and principal author of the Missouri State Constitution of 1865, the "Draconian Code."

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.

Duggan, Dorothy Castle (1914-1999) Diaries, 1930-1939, (K0625)
3 volumes
Diaries kept by a young women doing high school and her college years at the University of Missouri.

Duncan-Hardin-Jenkins Family, Papers, 1821-1860 (C0307)
2 folders
Letters between family members in Missouri and Kentucky relating to family business, crops, neighbors, and romantic interests. Mention of Bonne Femme Academy, Boone County, Missouri. Bible class organized by Mary B. Jenkins Hardin, including list of members.

Duree Family, Papers, 1847-1888 (C0303)
2 folders
Receipts for taxes and money received, notes, and letters concerning a trip west and family health and affairs.


Ebeuhoh, Lucie, Papers, 1897-1898, 1908, (C3941)
3 folders
The papers of Lucie Ebeuhoh, of St. Louis, Missouri, consist of personal correspondence with her future husband Phillip Ebeuhoh in 1897 and 1898, and to Phillip while she was on a European trip in 1908.

Ehwa, Virginia Lee McClelland (1919-????) Papers, ca. 1919-1980, (K0333)
0.3 cubic foot
Correspondence from William Clyde McClelland, a dentist and was a maker of dental prosthetics to his wife, Flossie, and daughter Virginia during his business travels. Also family photographs, clippings, publications, and ephemera.

Eichenlaub, Martin, Postcard Collection, (P0009)
0.5 cubic feet (175 folders)
Extensive collection of postcards depicting Missouri scenes, landmarks, and destinations.

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."

Epps, H.N., Family, Letters, 1817-1880 (C0201)
2 folders
Letters from Estes, Lea, and Cates family members discussing family matters, relatives, and unsettled political conditions.

Ewing Family, Papers, 1927-1950, (C3815)
4 folders, photocopies
Notebook and diary of the Ewing family. The notebook contains information about hunters, the type of game birds shot, and the amount paid for access to hunting grounds. Ruth Ewing's diary entries, 1944-1945, tend to be one-liners about the weather, her husband's job searches, and her daily activities.

Ewing Family, Papers, (CA3079)
1 linear foot
Diaries of Missourian Ruth Ewing, 1936-1990, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous papers. See also C3815.


Fambrough Sr., William L. (1916-1983) Photograph Collection, ca. 1940-1970s, (K0642)
2 cubic feet
Negatives and prints recording events and people taken by Fambrough, a Kansas City African-American professional photographer.

Feeback, Sammie G. (1913-1986) Film Collection, ca. 1970, (K0324)
0.5 cubic foot
Motion picture films taken by Feeback, a professional television cameraman in Kansas City, MO. The subjects of the film include, Old Westport, Volker Park, WHB, KMBZ and KCMO radio.

Feingold, Leo (1915-2010) and Ida Rose Luke (1919-2012) Papers, 1927-2012, (K0638)
11 cubic feet
This collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, scrapbooks, diaries, family newsletters, account books, and books on childhood education and poetry relating to the lives, careers, and interests of the Feingolds.

Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.

Finlayson, Gladys (1888-1971) Letters, 1926-1966, (K0486)
20 folders
Letters written to Mariska Pugsley Marker from her childhood tutor, Finlayson, an Englishwoman residing in China.

Ford, Frank Stephen (1857-1912) Photograph Collection, 1896-1912, (K0712)
2 cubic feet
Negatives taken by Ford, a talented amateur photographer. His subjects included outdoor pastoral scenes, streams and rivers, including a number of views of the Missouri River east of the ASB Bridge. Also portraits of family and friends, interiors of his home at 29th and Flora and other houses and buildings, and of a black servant (including some of his home) who worked for Ford's family.

Frampton, Vendla Johnson (1899-1994) Collection, 1919-1988, (K0286)
2 folders
Transcript of an oral history interview in which Mrs. Frampton describes many details of her life, including: Kansas City's "Swede Hill" community; family background and relationships; local Lutheran church history; and holiday food and traditions. Also a Westport High School Memory Book, 1919.

France, Martha M. and Sara M., Papers, 1878-1905, (C0874)
14 folders, 1 volume
Diary of Martha M. France, wife of St. Joseph, MO, banker, Charles B. France, Jr. Diary, mementos, and photos of her daughter, Sara M. France, a student at Ogontz School near Philadelphia, PA, from 1889-1892.

Fred Wolferman, Inc. Records, 1897-1972, (K0205)
1 cubic foot
Through innovative marketing, Wolferman's enjoyed a prestigious position in Kansas City gourmet food circles. Photographs, menus, news clips, an accounting ledger, scrapbooks and phonograph records, and advertisements and sample correspondence for the operation of grocery stores and restaurants in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Friedmann, Howard W. (1923-2006) Family Papers, ca. 1930-ca. 2007, (K1263)
4 cubic feet
Friedmann was a Kansas City businessman, and civic leader, and philanthropist, Navy veteran of World War II, and one time president of the Congregation B'nai Jehudah. Includes correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials from Friedmann and his family.

Fry, Annette Riley, Papers, 1882-1983, (C3729)
0.4 linear feet
The Annette Riley Fry Papers contain primarily correspondence between Fry and people, or relatives of people, who came to Missouri from New York on "orphan trains" sponsored by the Children's Aid Society during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fry wrote an article on the orphans, which appeared in the December 1974 issue of American Heritage.

Funeral Notices, 1883, (C2284)
1 folder
Printed notices of funerals of James Brannum and William S. Stone.


Gano, John Allen, Family Papers, 1794-1948, (C0065)
1.2 linear feet, 2 rolls of microfilm
Letters to Elder John Gano of Bourbon County, Kentucky, an evangelist in the early Disciples of Christ church. Accounts and bills, advertisements, circulars, and publications. A diary describes his conversion, baptism, and life as a preacher.

Gentry, Anna Whyte (1872-1961) Scrapbook, 1880's, (K0495)
1 volume
Colored advertising cards, primarily of Kansas City area businesses.

Gentry, Richard Harrison, Letters, 1837-1843, (C0931)
2 folders
Series of love letters between Richard Harrison Gentry of Columbia, MO, and Mary Wyatt of Pinckney, MO. Includes one letter from Dorothy Gentry to her brother, Richard, while he was a student at the University of Arkansas in 1837.

Gentry, Thomas B., Family Expense Books, 1870-1902, (C3439)
1 folder
The collection contains itemized amounts of purchases in the household of Thomas B. and Mary Todd Gentry of Columbia, MO, for thirty-two years.

George, B. James (1896-1975), Collection, 1887-1975, (C3564)
2.6 linear feet
The collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, diaries, and bound material on the George family, Quantrill, William H. Gregg, and civil rights, compiled and authored by a native of Jackson County, MO, whose father served in the Civil War under Quantrill.

Geyer, Henry S., Papers, 1829-1858, (C1799)
1 folder
The papers of Henry S. Geyer contain love letters between Henry S. Geyer and Joanna A. Quarles, and 1858 deed to Henry Geyer.

Gigous Family, Papers, 1875-1877, (C0325)
1 folder
Letters written to George and Mary Gigous by M.E. Wagner, sister of Mary; Amos Castle, friend of George; and Daniel Stull, cousin of George. The letters describe farming, agricultural prices, immigration, rural education, and rural life in Otter Creek, IA, and Maryville, MO. Includes typed notes on the family.

Gillaspie, William R., Papers, 1851-1886, (C0679)
1 folder
Letter from James C. Hamilton of Fulton, MO, to his brother William in Washington City, IA. He talks of the weather, crops, the prosperity of the country, a revival meeting and their need of a preacher. Brief biography of Ben Butler, legislator, governor, Union general, senator, and presidential candidate, who ran as a Republican, Democrat, and Greenback.

Gilliam, Charles Wesley, Diary, 1856-1876, (C3272)
4 folders
Daily account of a Lincoln County, MO, farmer's life. Marriages and deaths, activities of friends and relatives, election returns, prices paid for household goods, farm life, and Civil War experience.

Gondos, Bela (1903-2003) Papers, 1990, (K0807)
1 folder
"A Hungarian Shtetl. The Story and Its Lessons," writing by Dr. Gondos concerning his pre-Holocaust experiences.

Gossard, Nellie Schmack (1871-19??) Scrapbook, 1926-1938, (K0484)
1 folder
Clippings from newspapers and magazines on various topics, such as: Liberty Memorial, Nelson Atkins Museum, American Royal, city views, transportation, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, as well as technological changes: telephone, typewriter, printing process, and newsreels.

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.

Graff, Louise (1877-1938) Scrapbook, 1909-1928, (K0180)
1 volume
Photocopied scrapbook of news clippings from area newspapers, relating marriages, deaths and other family events for people in and around Savannah, Andrew County, MO.

Green, A.P. (1875-1956), Papers, 1926-1958 (C2960)
29 linear feet
Business and personal papers of a Mexico, Missouri, fire brick manufacturer. Correspondence with family members; business associates in U.S., Europe, and South America; as trustee of Westminster College and member of Board of Visitors of University of Missouri; and with miscellaneous business and charitable organizations.

Guitar, Mary Jane, Letters, 1846-1851, (C2952)
1 folder
The collection contains two letters, one to Jane Austin, Carrollton, MO, 1846, regarding health of family and friends and the changes taking place in Columbia; and one to Odon Guitar, 1851, regarding deaths of friends and family news.

Guitar, Odon (1825-1908), Papers, 1832-1865, (C0882)
2 folders
Correspondence of Odon Guitar, including love letters to Kate Leonard in 1865; letters from his mother, Emily Guitar, while Odon was in the Army; correspondence of John and Emily Guitar, 1832-1846, and letter from Odon to his parents from Fort Leavenworth, 1843. Also copy of letter of J.H. Ellis criticizing Odon's conduct as provost in St. Joseph, 1863.

Guthrie, Charles Claude, Sr. (1880-1963), Family Papers, 1896-1978, (C3549)
2.8 linear feet
The papers of Charles Claude Guthrie, Sr. contain college essays and notes, correspondence, and miscellaneous personal papers of Guthrie. The bulk of the collection is letters written between Guthrie and his mother and sisters living in Columbia and Marthasville, Missouri.


Hadley Family, Letters, 1838-1869, (C1997)
1 folder
The collection contains letters written to Moses and Susan Hadley by Elizabeth Hadley Wyman and her husband Edward, who were teachers. The letters describe a trip from Boston to Illinois in 1839.

Hager, Archibald Little (c. 1814-c.1887), Diary, 1844-1887, (C0896)
0.4 linear feet
Photocopy of a diary kept by a farmer in a rural community in Perry County, Missouri. Diary records daily events such as births, marriages, and deaths, the weather, social occasions, and agricultural tasks. Gaps may exist in diary.

Hagerman-Hayden Papers, 1852-1893 (C0110)
0.6 linear feet
Letters and papers of an Alexandria, Missouri, lawyer; a Keokuk, Iowa, student at Academy of the Visitation, St. Louis; and a music student in Oberlin, Ohio.

Hamilton, T.M. “Ted” (1905-2001), Papers, 1922-1984, (C3073)
14 rolls of microfilm
Papers of Saline County, Missouri, farmer and expert on historic and prehistoric weaponry. Correspondence on archaeological and historical topics, as well as personal, business, and local civic affairs. Also includes photographs, notes, organizational materials, publications, and manuscripts on Hamilton’s archaeological interests.

Hardin, Charles Henry (1820-1892), Papers, 1842-1892 (C0111)
0.1 linear feet
Hardin was a lawyer, governor of Missouri, 1874-1876, and founder of Hardin College in Mexico, Missouri. Collection includes correspondence with wife and friends, essays, speeches, unofficial reports, law notebook, legal cases in Boone, Callaway, Macon, and Randolph Counties, and diary of Mary Hardin, 1854-1856 and 1859.

Harper, H.W., Chemists' and Druggists' Diary, 1876, (C4241)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
A Chemists' and Druggists' Diary, 1876, which includes notations on weather, social life, and business in Boonville, Missouri.

Harris Home Association Records, 1921-1930, (K0469)
0.07 cubic feet
The records contain meeting minutes and a financial ledger for the Harris Home Association and its predecessor organization, the Kansas City Centennial Association, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hart, Albert Victor (1884-1962) Marriage Records, 1941-1950, (K0173)
2 volumes
Records of marriages conducted by Hart in Princeton, Mercer County,; in Raytown, Jackson County; and in Hannibal, Marion County. Each volume has an index.

Harwood, Wanda Haney, Collection, 1862-1889, (C1241)
1 folder
The collection contains a diary written in 1872 by Maggie Jenkins of Brookfield, Missouri, as well as letters from her sister, Carrie Kittinger of Buffalo, New York. Also includes a letter from Samuel Cherry to Maranda Haney, letters from Sarah A. Mason and members of the Myers family, and letters to William M. Jenkins from single women he contacted through magazines.

Haskell, Agnes Hadley (1876-1946), Daybooks, 1909-1946, (C3467)
92 folders
The daybooks of Agnes Lee Hadley Haskell, wife of Governor Herbert S. Hadley and later wife of Henry J. Haskell, editor of the Kansas City Star, contain records and diary entries noting her social and club engagements and the activities of her children; and various programs, newspaper clippings, receipts, and correspondence.

Haskell, Katharine Wright (1874-1929) Papers, 1922-1928, (K0263)
1 cubic foot, 2 microfilm rolls
Correspondence from Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilber Wright, to Henry J. Haskell, editor for the Kansas City Star, her future husband. Also are articles, clippings, and photographs and letters to Haskell from other friends.

Hawkins Family, Papers, 1835-1879, (C0332)
2 folders
Miscellaneous letters discuss the Mormon conflict in 1838 and prices, weather, and family news from California and Texas.

Hayden, Jacob J., Letter, 1868, (C1554)
1 folder
From Scotland County, MO, June 7, 1868. Hayden wrote an army buddy about his return home after the Civil War . His property was claimed by his brother, a Union man. Family news, marriage, birth of children, farming, county fair, crops, and Hayden family genealogy.

Helm-Davidson Family Papers, 1824-1970 (C3434)
1.2 linear feet
Diaries, correspondence, account books, genealogical records, and personal and business papers of Mary Aileen Davidson and her ancestors. John B. Helm letters and diaries, Ben N. Crump letters, and J. Frank Davidson papers show social and economic life in Kentucky and Missouri.

Hicklin, Young and John Ryland, Papers, 1876-1929 (C0115)
0.7 linear feet
Accounts, receipts, and correspondence of members of the Hicklin family, Lexington, Missouri, pioneers.

Hickman-Bryan Papers, 1796-1920, (C0045)
2.8 linear feet
This collection contains the papers of two families named Hickman, one of Boone County, Missouri, and the other of Alexandria, Louisiana. Related by marriage, the families had business dealings in slaves, agriculture, and livestock. The papers of the Bryan family, related to the Boone County Hickmans by marriage are also in this collection.

Holeman, Nancy Nash (1806- ), Papers, 1865-1877 (C0117)
0.1 linear feet
Diary (104 pages), 1869-1877, gives account of life in Callaway County, MO. Daily activities, family matters, recipes. Original and typed copy.

Horne and Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Catalogue, 1897-1898, (C0724)
1 folder
The collection contains a clothing and household furnishings catalogue of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, company.

Houck, Ida, Letters, 1869-1927 (C0119)
0.25 linear feet
Family letters concerning daily activities, personal business and family affairs of a farm woman living near Bedford, Iowa.

Hubbert, George, Papers, 1875-1881, (C1899)
1 folder
The George Hubbert Papers contain text of an address given by George Hubbert at a 4th of July picnic in Neosho in 1875 and apparently revised in 1881.

Hughes, Rachel Wall, Papers, 1823-1893, (C0331)
3 folders
The papers contain photostatic copies of letters and a court order appointing Elizabeth Gross administratrix of an estate in 1823. The letters are from Virginia, Ohio, California, and Missouri. They comment on politics, religion, home life, and lead mining in California.

Hughes/Simmons Drug Store Records, ca. 1872-1960, (K0133)
87 volumes, 238 folders
Business records of a drug store in Liberty, MO: daybooks; journals; want books; an inventory book; a poison register; and invoices for goods purchased by store, which display late nineteenth and early twentieth century illustrated letterheads with representations of the buildings and goods of the firms.

Hunt, William S., Divorce Petition, 1851, (C2826)
1 folder
Notice of petition for divorce by William S. Hunt from Malinda Hunt, printed in Liberty, MO, Weekly Tribune.

Hutchinson-Salisbury, Papers, 1843-1867, (C3779)
9 folders
Papers of Harriet Newell Hutchinson (1824-1908) and Lucius Salisbury (1824-1904), founder of Salisbury, Missouri. Correspondence, typescripts, and miscellaneous items are in the collection. Many of the letters center around Hutchinson's and Salisbury's courtship.

Hutchison Family Papers, 1831-1890, (C3713)
9 folders
Personal correspondence of Benjamin F. Hutchison, steamboat captain residing in Pittsburgh, PA; his wife, Eliza J.; and their son, William B. The letters describe daily life, behavior at school, relatives, and friends, including illnesses and deaths. Also tax records, primarily from St. Louis County, MO, and legal documents, including land grants, deeds, and notes.


Imboden-Dunklin Family, Letters, 1833-1854, (C0948)
1 folder
Letters of the Imboden family in Lake Providence and Locust Grove, LA, to their Dunklin relations in Fredericktown, MO, concerning family matters. Also included is a store account, 1833, in the name of Captain John Dunklin.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Records, Southwestern Missouri, c. 1868-2008, (K1321)
22 cubic feet (half w/ K1322)
Organizational records of several southwestern Missouri men's lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Materials range from c. 1868 to c. 2008. The collection consists primarily of bound ledgers, such as member registers and account and minute books. Many of the older ledgers are quite fragile. Early ledgers provide information on relief given to members, such as sick and death benefits, and also to orphans and widows.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Records, Southwestern Missouri, c. 1893-2007, (K1322)
22 cubic feet (half w/ K1321)
Organizational records of several southwestern Missouri women's lodges of the Rebekah Assembly, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Materials range from c. 1893 to c. 2007. The collection consists primarily of bound ledgers, such as member registers and account and minute books. Many of the older ledgers are quite fragile. Earlier record books may show occupations of members and their spouses. Records also show support services provided to members.

Ingram, Edd, Photographs (P0279)
1.71 cubic feet (396 glass plate negatives, 13 photographs)
Photographs by Edd Ingram of Edgar Springs, Missouri, primarily in glass plate negative format. Ingram captured early twentieth-century individual and group portraits, school portraits, and images of rural activities, industries, and agriculture. Identified locations pictured are in south central Missouri and cover portions of Phelps, Pulaski, Dent, Texas, and Crawford counties.


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.

Jennings, Thomas Jefferson (1843-1922) Diary, 1843-1922, (K0285)
1 volume
Photocopied typed transcript of Jennings diary, a farmer near Greenwood, Cass County, MO. Brief monthly and daily entries mostly about farm operations: crops, livestock, going to market, weather, hunting, etc. Also his life: attending church, traveling, and family news. Occasionally on larger events, i.e. presidential elections, San Francisco earthquake, and World War I.

Johnson, Niel Melvin (1931- ) Papers, 1830-2007, (K0963)
4 cubic feet
Research, oral histories, and manuscript materials collected and created by Johnson, archivist and historian, on Swedish-Americans in Kansas City.

Johnston, Harriet D., Papers, 1923-1927, (C3691)
13 folders
The papers of Harriet D. Johnston contain letters of an instructor in zoology at Stephens College, Columbia, MO, 1925-1927, to John F. Calvert concerning family matters, happenings in Columbia, the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Butler College, Indianapolis, IN. Also included are miscellaneous printed materials and photographs.

Johnston, Louisa Poteet (1890-1979) Oral Interviews, 1975, (K0488)
3 folders
Interviews with Johnston, granddaughter of Alexander Majors, and owner/promoter of the Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum.

Jolly Anglers Hunting and Fishing Club Records, 1954-1972, (K0644)
7 folders
Minute books, correspondence, writings and ephemera related to this Swedish social club.


Kalikow, Albert (1918-2004) and Betty Pucker (1927- ) Papers, 1961-2001, (K0858)
4 folders
Cookbooks, stationery, business cards, labels, a sign, a bag, an apron, and photocopies of a menu and magazine clippings for the Betty Kalikow Catering Company.

Kansas City Century Box Collection, 2001, (K0386)
1 cubic foot
Duplicates of documents, media, and items placed into the Century Box to be opened at the beginning of the 21st century.

Kansas City Jazz Oral History Collection, 1977-1980, (K0012)
3 cubic feet
The collection contains audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with jazz musicians who played in Kansas City during the “Golden Age of Jazz.” In addition, there are interviews with individuals familiar with Kansas City’s jazz scene from 1924 to 1942. Some of those interviewed include Count Basie, Orville “Piggy” Minor, Myra Taylor, and Druie Bess.

Kansas City Jewish Chronicle Records, 1920-2006, (K0529)
40 cubic feet
Notes, photographs, negatives, and publications of a regional Jewish newspaper.

Kansas City Photo View Company Photographs, ca.1912, (K0460)
0.3 cubic foot
Large format negatives from the Company relating to low income and status groups and individuals in Kansas City, MO.

Kansas City Photograph Scrapbooks, 1963-1998, (K0461)
11 cubic feet
Photograph albums and scrapbooks documenting notable buildings from the City Market and downtown to the Waldo area, street scenes, restaurants, theatres, parades, parks, and some residences. Also annual events such as the American Royal and Ethnic Festivals, and family attractions such as Worlds of Fun, Lake Jacomo, and Presidential Museums. Meticulously notated with dates, locations, and historical data.

Kansas City Star Photograph Collection, 1980-1999, (K0379)
114 cubic feet
Photograph negatives of events, people and places taken by the newspaper's photographers. In general these images were not used but were taken at the same time as those that were published.

Kansas City Turner Society (Socialer Turnverein) Records, 1867-1988, (K0771)
11 cubic feet
Organizational records of the primary German social club in Kansas City. Includes minute books, ledgers, correspondence, photographs, and membership records, and national and local printed material and publications, programs, and songbooks Also records of the Turner Development Company and the administration of Turner Park.

Kehde, Ned, Collection, n.d., (C3537)
2 folders
The papers contain materials, including photographs, on life of Jesse Howard, sign painter of Fulton, Missouri.

King, George, Family, Papers, 1778-1924, n.d. (C0125)
5 folders
The papers of a Boone County, Missouri family contain genealogy, correspondence, legal papers, and a newspaper, The Connecticut Courant, from 1778.

Kingsbury, Lilburn A. (1884-1983), Collection, 1816-1983, (C3724)
9.2 linear feet; 16 oversize volumes, 6 card files
The personal papers and collected materials of Lilburn A. Kingsbury of Howard County, Missouri. Kingsbury was an insurance agent, farmer, orchardist, bank clerk, local historian, writer, genealogist, musician, and antique collector.

Klein, Karl Hickman (1913- 2000) Collection, 1901-1990, (K0048)
1 cubic foot
The collection contains copies of Letters, news clippings and other items relating to the life and death of noted artist and caricaturist Ralph Barton, Karl Klein's uncle.

Knife and Fork Club, Kansas City, Missouri, Papers, 1899-1926 (C0127)
0.4 linear feet
Programs, clippings, and miscellaneous items of a Kansas City dinner club. Guest speakers included governors, diplomats, educators, ministers, and scientists, among others.

Krakauer, Kenneth (1918-2001) Papers, ca. 1890s-2000, (K0777)
9 cubic feet
Research and writing relating to the history of golf in Kansas City by civic leader Krakauer, the author of the book, "When Golf Came to Kansas City."

Kranitz, Lilian (1923-2007) Papers, 1923-1983, (K0238)
1 cubic foot
Taped interviews and written transcripts of 13 Holocaust survivors from Lodz, Poland. Also includes notes, reports, and articles on historical background and policies towards Eastern European Jews.


La Comunidad Video Collection, c. 1980s-1990s, (K0499)
36 cubic feet
The collection consists of over 400 professional quality ¾" U-matic video tapes, produced by Hispanic Productions, Inc. at American Cablevision, 1977-1996, for local television broadcast. Programs concerned the Hispanic Community in the Greater Kansas City area. Also included are some organizational files.

Lamm, Henry, Papers, 1904-1916 (C0128)
0.7 linear feet
Letters of congratulation on election as justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, 1904, and Republican nomination for governor, 1916; articles; addresses; and reminiscences entitled Flatsam, Jetsam, and Ligan, stories involving a number of Missouri law cases.

Leah Marlene Rose Hurwich Scrapbook, (K1044)
2 cubic feet
This scrapbook was created by Marlene Rose. It contains items related to her social activities and general memorabilia from throughout her youth.

Larwill Family, Papers, 1794-1947 (C0129)
0.4 linear feet
Political, business, and private correspondence, account books, family history, and essays of an early Ohio family active in Ohio River commercial ventures, land transactions, and Jacksonian politics and bank reforms. Folders contain typed copies of items on microfilm plus some originals not on film.

Leason Business Records, 1832-1864, (K0151)
0.3 cubic foot
Account books which appear to relate to a dry goods establishment Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Some of the volumes were recycled as scrapbooks with clippings of poetry and other materials pasted into them. These were photocopied and disassembled to reveal the original account books.

Leawood Garden Club Records, 1952-2002, (K0427)
5 cubic feet
Scrapbooks relating to the activities of the club, minutes of meetings and membership yearbooks of the Club in Leawood, KS.

Lenoir Family, Letters, 1832-1860, (C1826)
5 folders
The papers contain correspondence from Missouri, Tennessee, and North Carolina, but primarily of the Walter R. Lenoir family in Boone County, Missouri, describing the life of early settlers, prospects for Missouri, and growth of Columbia. Education, farming, land, slaves, churches, and family are also discussed. Originals are located in the Lawson McGhee Collection at Knoxville, Tennessee, the Lenoir Collection at the University of Tennessee and the Lenoir Collection at the University of North Carolina.

Lenoir, Thomas (1730-1861), Letters, 1839-1843, (C0355)
1 folder
Letters from Lenoir in Fort Defiance, NC, to his brother Walter in Columbia, MO, concerning the death of their father and settlement of his estate.

Leonard, Abiel (1797-1863), Papers, 1782-1932, n.d., (C1013)
16.4 linear feet
Abiel Leonard of Fayette, Missouri, was a lawyer, landowner, and prominent Whig, who began his law practice in Missouri in 1819 and served on the Missouri Supreme Court in the 1850s. His papers consist of personal and business correspondence of the Leonard family, as well as deeds, contracts, wills, depositions, bills, receipts, account books, some military documents, photo-graphs, maps, and miscellaneous material.

Leonard, Nathaniel (1799-1876), Papers, 1800-1896, 1927 (C2525)
1 folder, 2 reels of microfilm
Papers of Nathaniel Leonard, a prominent Cooper County, Missouri, stock breeder and farmer, and his family. Consist of land papers, account and other record books, correspondence, Civil War papers, and 1824 fur memorandum, and an 1875 diary of Lon V. Stephens.

Leyda, Norine, Diary, 1912, (C3573)
1 folder
The papers contain a diary documenting the day by day happenings in the lives of a family who lived on a farm in Ray County, Missouri. Weather and chores are the main topics.

Liberty Memorial and Allied Charities Campaign Collection, 1919, (K0353)
1 folder, 1 volume
Newspaper clippings from the local Kansas City area newspapers about the people who contributed to the campaign and the amounts they gave, poems related to the war and the campaign, and pictures and histories of the Kansas City men who died in the war. Many Red Cross ads are also included, as well as ads from companies that supported the campaign.

Lichtenwalter, Genevieve (1867-1951) Papers, 1889-1951, (K0210)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers and collected items of a prominent musician and music teacher in Kansas City, MO. Contains concert programs, meeting programs from local, state and national music societies, and other material representing Lichtenwalter's interest in classical music. Also correspondence from other musicians and photo albums contain family photos and travel photos from East Asia.

Liebstadter, Jasper B. (1905-1986) Family Papers, ca. 1890-ca. 1960, (K0755)
4 cubic feet
Personal papers of Liebstadter, a realtor and property manager in Kansas City, his father Bernard Liebstadter (1839-1911), head of a prominent milliner business, and his mother, Mary Edna (Mollie) Loffland Liebstadter (1866-1960) who was a genealogist. Includes correspondence, scrapbooks, genealogies, family memorabilia, and real estate business files.

Liesveld, John H. (1905-1975) Papers, 1934-1975, (K0749)
17 volumes
Scrapbooks documenting Liesveld's Plaza floral shop and other professional activities. Includes correspondence, awards, photographs, clippings, greeting cards, business cards, advertisements, and Jewel Ball and other programs.

Lingle, Lawrence D., Collection, 1811-1885, (C2260)
2 folders
Miscellaneous correspondence concerning families in Ohio, Michigan, Vermont, and Missouri relating to family and social gossip, weather, livestock, crops, road construction, and teaching in a private school.

Linwood Theater Records, 1940s-1970s, (K0491)
1 cubic foot
Publicity, photographs, newsletters, and other documents relating to the Movie Theater at 31st and Prospect, Kansas City, MO. Much of the materials compiled by Leo R. Davis, manager.

Litherbury/Beck Family Letters, 1857-1964, (K0781)
0.3 cubic foot
Letters written among the members of a farm family in Atchison County, MO concerning family matters such as farming, activities of children, the weather, and news of extended family. Some letters are from family men to home while they were in the military during war. Also genealogy and family history files.

Long, Martha White (1829-1909), Reminiscences, 1904, (C2693)
1 volume
The collection contains reminiscences describing memories of early childhood, teaching experiences, and life after her marriage until her husband's death. Also included is an obituary of Cornelia C. White.

Lynch, James Lewis, Memoirs, 1923 (C0132)
0.7 linear feet
Memoirs written by Lynch about his family in Howard and Saline Counties. Genealogy from Austria to Virginia to Missouri, farm life, education, Civil War experiences, and tobacco exporting, 1864. Essays for children on citizenship, study, and the Christian life.


M. Born and Company, Chicago, Illinois, Sample Books, 1905-1928, (C3777)
13 folders
Clothing sample books of M. Born and Company, a men's clothing supplier located in Chicago, Illinois. Includes illustrations of the company's line of day and evening wear. The company was established in 1876 by Moses Born, a German immigrant. OVERSIZE.

Machir, John, Papers, 1791-1899, (C2893)
0.6 linear feet
The papers of John Machir, a businessman and landowner who lived in St. Louis and Co-lumbia, Missouri, consist of the legal papers of his father, Henry Machir, business correspond-ence, slave bills of sale, deeds, tax bills, surveys, personal correspondence, and account books.

Magerl, Barbara Ann (1932- ) Papers, 1978-1993, (K0559)
1 cubic foot
Programs, printed materials, public relations related to Kansas City area historical and cultural activities collection by Magerl, a writer and local historian.

Manring, Maschel (1825-1905) Papers, 1858-1880, (K0291)
3 volumes
Manring was a businessman/farmer in Daviess and Gentry Counties, MO and also commissioned officer in the Union Army. Bound volumes used for multiple purposes including. record book of Gentry County, MO School District #3; account book/ledger for livery business; Civil War diary; "A Trip to Kansas" describing nature of the land and soil, towns, and people; and general notes and personal financial records.

Mansfield, Margaret Marston, Scrapbook, (SP0037)
0..25 cubic foot (2 folders, 6 photographs)
The Margaret Marston Mansfield Scrapbook collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Margaret Marston Mansfield. It contains newspaper articles she found interesting or relevant to her life, including information about her brother, Charles E. Marston, one of the first deans of what is now Missouri State University.

Marbut, Curtis Fletcher (1863-1935), Papers, 1852-1963, (C3720)
4.4 linear feet
The personal and professional papers of C. F. Marbut, a geology professor at the University of Missouri, 1895-1910, and soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1910-1935, includes correspondence, estate and financial records, photographs, publications, manuscripts, and maps. The personal correspondence received by Louise Marbut Moomaw and a short series of Civil War letters are also included in the papers. See also collection 3721, the Curtis Fletcher Marbut Papers, 1901-1943, 1981-1983.

Marcus, Irene Whitley (1919- ) Collection, 1920's-1999, (K0452)
3 cubic feet
Personal papers and collected items of historian of the African-American community in Kansas City

Marker, Mariska Pugsley (1918- ) Papers, 1813-2008, (K0500)
8 cubic feet
Family papers of descendants of John Campbell of Kansas City, in particular the Frederic and Charlotte Pugsley family and their daughter Mariska.

Marshall Family, Papers, 1852-1909 (C0204)
5 folders
Land deeds and family letters of the Joseph Marshall family and Lynch family, Saline County, Missouri, from Fayette, Fulton, Glasgow, Pettis County, Howard County, and Blue Lick, and from Lynch sisters at Oxford Female College, Cooper Female Seminary, and Minnesota with mention of family members, schools, slaves, California, and crops.

Matthews, Lizzie Blanche (1852- 1903), Papers, 1885-1920, (C0832)
9 folders
Correspondence of Lizzie B. Matthews, with George H. Brooks, between 1889 and 14 August 1900, their wedding date. Topics include teaching school, teachers' salaries, smallpox outbreaks, local court cases, small town entertainment, weather, road conditions, and operating a dry goods store in Salisbury. Miscellaneous programs.

Matthew Rankin Walker Papers, (K0211)
.03 cubic feet
The papers of Matthew Rankin Walker consist of correspondence between Walker and several other people between 1830 and 1860.

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.

McClure II, Arthur F. (1936-1998) Papers, 1908-1997, (K0660)
18 cubic feet
McClure was a professor of history at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO. Includes research materials reflecting his interest in Missouri and Kansas history: newspaper clippings, magazine articles, books, and pamphlets on famous people who were born in these states; movies made in or about the area; Kansas City area buildings, businesses, and theatres; jazz and big bands. Also movie files of photographs of famous actors and actresses; and photographs from the Farm Security Administration.

McClurg, Mike W. (1948- ) Photograph Collection, ca. 1895-1915, (K0847)
0.3 cubic foot
Glass plate negatives taken in the Rockville, Bates County, MO area and the Kansas City area. Primarily document rural and agricultural activities.

McCoy, Eleanor (Ellen) Waddle (1818-1893) Papers, 1838-1863, (K0226)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains letters to Ellen McCoy, wife of William McCoy (1813-1900), first mayor of Independence, Missouri. Written from Independence and from Washington, D.C., the letters detailed the author's experiences and observations.

McLane, William H., Papers, 1836-1893 (C1020)
1 linear foot
2 volumes
Personal and business correspondence of a merchant in Appleton and Clinton, Missouri, who also served as a representative in the Missouri General Assembly, curator of the University of Missouri, deputy U.S. marshal, and colonel in the Civil War.

McLoed, John W., Papers, (CA5946)
Photographs and scrapbook from McLoed's days as an agriculture student at the University of Missouri. Includes images of parades, festivals, the campus, students, and the city of Columbia and its environs from the late 1910s to 1920.

McLorn, Olive Gilbreath, Papers, 1915-1934, (C3477)
0.8 linear feet
Letters to Olive Gilbreath from William L. Cazalet, a British businessman living in Russia. Primarily love letters but also include impressions of World War I, the Russian Revolution, and British refugees from Russia.

McRoberts, A.J., Papers, 1859-1876, (C0375)
4 folders
Primarily letters written by A.J. McRoberts to his wife Mollie during the Civil War, and her replies. McRoberts was a Union sympathizer living in Saline County, MO. His wife had returned to her family in Ohio. They describe conditions in their respective locales. Other letters discuss family affairs.

Miller-Stephens Family Papers, 1811-1960, (C3229)
0.3 cubic feet
Correspondence between members of the P.T. Miller family and the E.W. Stephens family, as well as Personal, business, and civic letters of Hugh Stephens. Several letters from 1811 to 1814, one 1839 letter, then resumes with a few Civil War letters. Traces the courtship of Nick E. Miller and Sallie ""Birdie"" Fisher until their marriage in 1874. Also includes the 1902 foreign travel letters of James H. Moss, a relative of the Stephens family.

Missouri Photographs, (SP0031)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder, 6 photographs)
The collection consists of various photographs from the state of Missouri as well as several postcards for attractions around the state. Also included is an address book kept in 1954.

Missouri Ruralist Photographs, (P0030)
6.67 cubic feet (480 folders)
Photos from the agriculture magazine "Missouri Ruralist."

Missouri, Hamilton, Photograph Collection, c. 1880s-1920s, (C3789)
5 folders
The collection contains single, family, and group portraits from the late 1800s and early 1900s taken primarily by photographers in Hamilton, MO.

Missouri, Wayne County, Collection, (CA3132)
Audio recording of Wayne County, MO residents concerning the settlement, education, business, transportation, religion, Civil War, and other aspects of the history of the county.

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.

Moody, Frederick W. (1838-1937) Collection, n.d., (K0347)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains the memoir of Frederick W. Moody. The memoir contains stories regarding his immigration to the United States from England in 1857, his travels to New Mexico, Colorado, and early life in Kansas City.

Morgan, Clara Washburn, (1851- ), Diary, 1885, (C3818)
2 folders, typescript
Diary kept by Morgan, the wife of five-term Missouri Congressman Charles Henry Morgan, in Washington, D.C., during 1885. The diary records such events as a suffrage meeting, Washington politics, and Grover Cleveland's inauguration and provides insight into family life and entertaining.

Morris Family, Papers, 1880-1946, (C0369)
1 linear foot
Financial records, correspondence, notary public records, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous items of Byron V. Morris and Frank B. Morris, Rockbridge, Ozark County, MO. Account books from B.V. Morris' businesses.

Mosman, Myrtle Mae Duval (1883-1974) Papers, 1900-1928, (K0075)
2 folders
Diary of Mrytle Mae Duval prior to her marriage to Burroughs N. Mosman. The diary (1900-1901) contains information on her daily activities with numerous references to her future husband. Also included is a scrapbook of clippings, notes, and an index to the diary.

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.

Myers, Wilbert S. Papers (C4343)
0.8 cubic feet (11 folders)
Diaries, photographs, and tintypes of Wilbert S. Myers of Miami, Missouri, from 1885-1907. His diaries detail daily life in Miami, Missouri, in Saline County and his trips to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893), New Orleans (1904), and Whittier, California (1907). Also includes birth, death, and marriage records of citizens of Miami, and Whittier, California (latest date 1936). Also includes autograph book of his wife Emma Josephine Wheeler from 1885-1894 and "Record of Life Events" of Myers from 1880-1905.


Napton, M., Letters, n.d., (C0378)
1 folder
Typed copies of letters to [William Barclay] Napton from his wife, discussing family incidents and activities.


O’Day, Eleanor, Scrapbooks, (SP0035)
0.5 cubic foot (1 oversize, 1 photograph)
The Eleanor O’Day Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings about various members of the O’Day family, as well as other topics that Miss O’Day found interesting.

O'Leary, Frank Joseph (1890-1984) Papers, 1911-ca. 1974, (K0976)
7 cubic feet
O'Leary was an attorney in Kansas City, Missouri. Includes appointment books, lecture and class notes, financial records, case files, family photographs, and correspondence. Also letters written prior and during World War I to O'Leary's future wife, Edna.

Office of Civilian Defense Records, 1942-1944, (K0343)
0.01 cubic feet
The records of the Office of Civilian Defense contain a daily log, general orders, events calendar, organizational plan, and personnel directory for the World War II era Office of Civilian Defense.

Ohio Riverboat Diary, 1870, (K0089)
1 volume
Small annual diary describing daily observations by an unnamed employee of a riverboat on the Ohio River. Includes descriptions of the weather, the health of his family and his evaluation of various entertainments he attended including the theater, camp meetings, and church festivals.

Oliver Family, Papers, 1805-1977, (C3731)
18.1 cubic feet
Papers of a prominent Cape Girardeau, MO, family including family and professional correspondence, patriotic organizations materials, legal firm records, family financial and legal records, speeches and writings, genealogical materials, information on Missouri State Normal School and First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau, photographs, and miscellany.


Perry Family Letters, 1837-1872, (C3323)
1 folder
Personal letters mentioning deaths, marriages, religious conversions, slave auctions, and events of local interest. Letters originate in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, or Missouri.

Phillips, Nellie H., Letter, 1889, (C3232)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to Maggie Sampson, Rocheport, MO, from Nellie Phillips, Columbia, MO, Dec. 30, 1889, thanking Miss Sampson for a Christmas gift.

Pompey, Sherman Lee, Collection, n.d., (C3493)
4 folders
The papers contain articles by Pompey on Ozark people, their religions and folk music. Lines and verses of songs are included.

Porter, Clyde H. (1889-1958) Collection, 1958, (K0526)
9 folders
Research notes and papers of Porter and his wife Mae Reed Porter, regarding families engaged in the fur trade in the Kansas City area, and the American West. Included are files on the Chouteau Family of Kansas City, the Charbonneau Family, Moses "Black" Harris, and the Thomas Vasquez Family.

Powers, Earl (1913-1976), Photographs, (P1041)
3.6 linear feet
Photographs by Earl Powers, a photographer and farmer who lived in Columbia, MO. Coverage includes people, events, and places in Columbia and Van Nuys, CA. Additional photographs cover Powers' Air Force service in the South Pacific during WWII.

Price, Janet Gale, Papers, (K0806)
0.11 cubic foot (6 folders)
This collection includes materials related to Janet Gale Price and her family. The collection also includes materials related to Mucolipidosis Type IV, a genetic disease prevalent among Jewish families.

Priddy, Bob, Collection, (CA6086)
1 cubic foot, 26 audio tapes
Collection contains materials concerning the Jefferson City American Revolution Bicentennial Commission and audio tapes from Priddy's radio show "Missouri Moments" produced for Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.

Pritchett, Waller M., Papers, 1884-1913, (C2887)
12 folders
The papers of Waller M. Pritchett contain family and personal correspondence, bills and receipts, and letters of sympathy on his wife's death.

Puchta, Randolph E. (1928-2006), Interview, 1998, (C2521)
1 folder and 3 audio cassettes
An interview with Puchta, a resident of Hermann, Missouri. In the interview Puchta discusses his early life, German ancestry, wine making, local customs and leisure activities, and transportation. Of note are his descriptions of photographs from the Edward Kemper Collection at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia (Accession No. 4633).
The Puchta Interview is one of the many oral interviews done by the State Historical Society of Missouri in an ongoing effort to preserve the state of Missouri’s history.

Pyle, William, Photographs, (P0026)
181 photographs
Columbia photographer William Pyle worked from a studio next to Central Dairy, one of his big customers. Central Dairy-related images, including interior and exterior views of the building, children's field trips, "Central Baby" portraits, and photos of the Merchandettes and a sponsored baseball team.


Records, Thomas W. (1841-1931) Papers, 1866, (K0557)
1 volume
Daily diary with entries on the weather; business activity; unusual events in the city such as runaway horses, Cholera, or the circus; record of visitors, letters written and received, and his travels during that year. Records was a merchant/farmer in Blue Springs, MO.

Reed, Thomas ( -1861), Letters, 1852-1859, (C2043)
1 folder
The collection contains letters written by a Shannon County, MO, man to his brother and sister-in-law in Mississippi. Politics, family matters, crops, health, and cures are discussed.

Reid, Loren D. (1905- ), Papers, c. 1900-1992, (C3946)
3 folders
The personal and professional papers of Loren D. Reid, a professor of speech at the University of Missouri-Columbia, include correspondence; manuscripts of two of his books, Hurry Home Wednesday and Finally It’s Friday; other writings and speeches; correspondence, contracts and royalty statements from the various publishing houses he worked with; and travel memorabilia.

Reid, Loren D., Papers, (CA5923)
Addition of correspondence dated 2000.

Reppy-Frissell-Drake Family, Papers, 1860-1930 (C0155)
0.1 linear feet
Personal correspondence of a DeSoto, Missouri, family concerning the Civil War, relatives in the East, and family news. Additional family papers are available at the Missouri Historical Museum in St. Louis.

Revitt, Paul Joseph (1922-1990) Papers, ca. 1940-1990, (K0849)
14 cubic feet
Personal and professional papers of Revitt, professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Includes research and final drafts of his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation and other articles and books; daily expense books and diaries; travel scrapbooks; and printed, and published material.

Reynolds, Fannie A. (Mrs. Sidney), Scrapbook, ca. 1880-1911, (K0411)
1 volume
Clippings of poetry, stories (religious, holiday, morals, children), news stories from around the United States and Europe, stories of famous people, histories of various things (animals, potatoes, gold leaf, etc) Grover Cleveland, and homilies.

Rich, John A. (1855-1944), Diaries, 1884-1943, (C0898)
0.3 linear feet
Diaries of John A. Rich, lawyer and judge from Slater, Saline County, Missouri.

Richards, Channing, Papers, 1835-1863, (C2167)
2 folders
The papers of Channing Richards contain correspondence between Channing Richards and his wife Lydia Williamson Richards, 1835-1842. The letters discuss social and family activities in New Jersey and Ohio; business as a grain merchant; transportation; and weather. Also included is a letter from Channing Richards, Jr., Union soldier, 1863.

Richey Family, Letters, 1866-1890, (C0391)
1 folder
Written about family affairs from Louisville, KY; Lexington, MO; Cincinnati, OH; and Stewartsville, MO.

Robidoux, Orral Messmore, (1859- ), Memoir, 1918, (C2626)
1 folder
History of the Robidoux and Messmore families, childhood memories of farm life in nineteenth-century Middle West, and comments on contemporary Kansas City.

Roberts, James H., Diary, (K1000)
0.04 cubic foot (2 folders)
The James H. Roberts Diary consists of a handwritten diary kept by Roberts in which he made annual entries on or around his birthday beginning in 1858 and ending in 1909. Several entries are in shorthand.

Robinson Family Papers/Kansas City Social Register Records, 1880-1998, (K0774)
19 cubic feet
Papers of a prominent Kansas City, Missouri, family who were also the publishers of the Kansas City Social Register. Included in this collection are genealogical materials, correspondence, a reference notecard index, biographical data, printed and published materials, clippings, audio records, film, photographs, and ephemera.

Rodelander, John (1890-1969) Papers, ca. 1909-1955, (K1015)
1 cubic foot
Rodelander was the head chef at the Hotel Phillips. Includes menus and other printed materials concerning the Hotel Phillips and various Kansas City restaurants.

Rollins, James S. (1812-1888), Papers, 1546-1968, (C1026)
3.3 linear feet; 10 rolls of microfilm
The papers of James S. Rollins, a Boone County, Missouri, lawyer, politician, businessman, and curator of University of Missouri include correspondence with family, business and political associates, and George Caleb Bingham and other friends. The papers covers state, national, and Whig party politics from 1830 through the 1880s, the Civil War in Missouri, internal improvements and the North Missouri Railroad, and education at University of Missouri.

Russell, Cornelia, Papers, 1866-1871, (C3080)
1 folder
The papers of Cornelia Russell contain letters concerning farming and family life, and a price list of grocery items.


Sappington Family, Papers, 1831-1939, (C2889)
0.5 cubic feet
The papers contain documents pertaining to Dr. John Sappington and his family. These papers deal with the financial accounts of Dr. Sappington, financial business for W.B. Sappington, and a variety of receipts and business papers. Another portion of this collection contains correspondence and essays written by W.B. Sappington. There is also a small collection of newspaper clippings.

Scarritt, Charles W. (1869-1937) Papers, 1870-1937, (K0675)
0.5 cubic foot
Scarritt, of the prominent Kansas City Scarritt family, was a Methodist pastor, businessman, realtor, and civic leader. Includes letters written to Charles by members of his family, Mrs. Calvin (Grace) Coolidge, and poet Grace Noll Crowell. Also family photographs and other family memorabilia and papers.

Schmidt, Maximilian E. (1865-1932), Photographs, ca. 1895-1930, (P0001)
950 photographs (716 glass plate negatives, 234 film negatives and prints)
A Boonville photographer, Maximilian Schmidt's photographs consist of glass plate negatives and prints from ca. 1895-1932. Schmidt captured his family, and Boonville inhabitants and their environs including early Missouri River floods, steamboats and ferries, views of Boonville streets and the riverfront area, Chouteau Springs, and the Kemper Family School buildings and students.

Scott, Elvira Ascenith Weir (1821-1910), Diary, 1860-1887, (C1053)
0.2 linear feet
Typescript photocopy of diary of a woman from Miami, Missouri, including descriptive observations on the themes of home, family, and religion, as well as the impact of the Civil War on life in her own community and region.

Scarritt-Royster-Swinney Family Papers, ca. 1818-1989, (K0632)
71 cubic feet
Family papers of three prominent families of Kansas City and Glasgow, MO. Includes a wide variety of materials including letters, postcards, speeches, newspaper articles, poetry, photographs, family items, business and personal papers, tributes to various individuals and historical papers and recollections.

Scrapbook, 1865-1882, 1865-1882, (K0132)
1 volume
Newspaper clippings pertaining primarily to the Civil War and events immediately following, such as the assassination of President Lincoln. Chiefly the New Orleans Daily Picayune and the New Orleans Times, although other papers are included.

Sefrit, Amy Bradfield (1948- ) Letters, 1976-1993, (K0876)
0.3 cubic foot
Sefrit's letters document the life of a rural Missouri farm family in Atchison County, MO. She writes about the daily life of her family, her husband's work and the activities and development of her children. Also her work as a substitute teacher in the local schools, condition of the crops, weather, and news of other family members.

Seneca, Missouri, Scrapbooks, (SP0029)
1 cubic foot (13 folders)
The Seneca, Missouri, Scrapbooks were compiled by Virginia Hoare and contain photographs, newspaper clippings, and articles about the history of Seneca, Missouri.

Shalinsky, Leo (1929-1913) and Arlene (1937- ) Papers, 1982-2010, (K1046)
0.09 cubic feet
The papers contain materials related to Kansas City Jewish Marriage Encounter and the Retired Old Men's Eating Association, also known as the Romeo Club.

Shanberg, Patsy Dunn (1929- ) Papers, 1963-2004, (K0801)
2 cubic feet
Scrapbooks, photographs of Brandeis University National Women's Committee (BUNWC) events, family history and religious items. Of particular interest is a wooden, hand carved tzedakah box, model of Beth Shalom Synagogue.

Shankman, Lillian (Libby) Kodish (1917-2010) and Philip (1913-1969) Papers, 1919-1958, (K0779)
19 folders
The couple was the owners of Shankman's Oak Park Delicatessen, Kansas City, MO. Includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, a business cards, Sabbath schedules, wedding album, photo albums, their wedding certificate, and family scrapbooks.

Shaw, Milton, Papers, 1824-1921 (C0428)
5 folders, typed copies; also on 1 roll of microfilm
Letters from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri discussing slaves; farm crops, implements, and stock; property indentures; church membership; trade; schools; and teaching. Genealogical materials on the Denton family. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

Shelton, Alonzo H. (1839-1930) Reminiscences, 1920, (K0166)
1 folder
Typescript of Shelton's recollections of his life, experiences and services in the Civil War as a Confederate soldier.

Sheppard Family, Papers, 1844-1887 (C0429)
6 folders, typed copies; also on 1 roll of microfilm
Miscellaneous letters from Philadelphia; Tennessee; Cincinnati; Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; and England. A letter from Paris, TN, describes local preaching techniques. Originals on microfilm; typed copies in folders.

Shulze, Nancy J. (1954- ) Oral History Collection, 1998, (K0970)
2 folders
Audio tapes and the transcripts of oral interviews Shulze conducted concerning interracial marriage.

Smith-Cotton Family, Papers, 1834-1929, (C0399)
2.9 linear feet
Campaign materials from Wilson’s 1970 challenge to the 8th district’s incumbent U.S. Congressman Richard H. Ichord.

Spielman, Mabel (1878-1968) Papers, 1888-1968, (K0182)
1 cubic foot
Photographs, diearies, and legal documents, but mainly correspondence to and from Spielman, a resident of Webb City, Jasper County, MO, to her husbands and friends. , These letters contain information on the day to day lives of the correspondents.

Staples Family Papers, (K0227)
.03 cubic feet
The papers of the Staples family consist primarily of correspondence to and from the family, as well as legal documents relating to the purchase of land.

Starr, Irene Stiefel (1939- ) Papers, 1952-1960, (K0728)
4 cubic feet
Programs, clippings, bulletins, letters, awards, report cards, test scores, and individual/composite photographs of activities at Border Star Elementary School, Southwest High School, Temple B'nai Jehudah, and the Missouri Valley Federation of Temple Youth.

Stephens, Frank Fletcher (1878-1966), Papers, 1875-1966 (C3599)
14.7 linear feet, 8 audio tapes, 10 card files
Papers of a University of Missouri professor and dean of students in the College of Arts and Science, 1924-1948. Correspondence, office files, committee reports, lecture notes, speeches, articles, diaries, accounts, university history, and photographs are included.

Stephens, Margaret Nelson (1862-1929), Papers, 1823-1927, (C0311)
0.8 linear feet
The diaries of Margaret Nelson Stephens, the wife of Missouri Governor Lon V. Stephens, 1897-1901, document her daily life from 1876 to 1927. Genealogy notes describe Margaret’s ancestry and other documents cover a wide range of topics pertaining to relatives through her sister Nadine’s marriage to Charles E. Leonard. Most deal with Charles E. Leonard himself, and his brothers Leverett and Abiel. Two Missouri Militia muster rolls, 1862-1863, and a bill of sale for slaves, 1849, are most notable.

Stevens, Anna Frike, Papers, 1912-1917, (CA2256)
0.4 linear feet
Notebooks, tablets, papers, used by Mrs. Stevens while a student in Salem, MO, schools.

Stevenson, Crotia and Alvin Haggard, Papers, 1837-1899, (C3523)
0.5 linear feet
Correspondence, souvenir programs, student publications and business receipts of Crotia Stevenson and her cousin Alvin Haggard, both of Boone County, Missouri, and their relatives in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. A few letters describe conditions at home and on battlefields during the Civil War.

Stone, Kimbrough (1875-1958), Papers, 1897-1958, (C0005)
11 linear feet; also available on 37 rolls of microfilm
Papers of a judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1917-1947 (presiding judge, 1928-1947), who continued to work with the court after his retirement in 1947. Topics covered in the papers include the U.S. courts; Democratic politics; Kansas City and Missouri bar associations and law schools; and fraternal and charitable organizations.

Stratton, Pauline H., (1814-1887), Diary, 1846-1870, (C0842)
7 folders
The collection contains a diary of Mrs. Stratton's life in Virginia and Missouri. She writes of spinning, weaving, soap making, rearing her children, trouble with black servants, the Civil War, and business difficulties after her husband’s death. Also included is a letter written by her to her husband in 1841 before their marriage.

Sullivan, Amos H. (1841-1934), Papers, 1850-1939 (C0273)
8 folders
Papers of a Miami, Missouri, doctor containing clippings about weather, an eclipse, comet in 1910; Miami history and personalities, patients' case histories and accounts; diary about his family, and complete weather register with maximum and minimum temperature recordings.

Sullivan, Amos H. (1841-1934), (C2145)
4 volumes
Weather records, personal diaries, accounts, and medical hints of a Miami, MO, physician.

Sumner, Patrick Walker (1966- ) and Mott-Ly (1962-2007) Punk Rock and Underground Zine Collection, 1981-1995 (K0466)
0.5 cubic feet
The collection primarily contains single issue zines assembled by Mott-Ly and Patrick Sumner. The zines showcase primitive collage and provide information regarding the local 1980s youth scene.

Sutter, Rosa Schaefer (1850-1920), Diaries, 1875-1920, (C0843)
8 folders
The collection contains a series of diaries written by a housewife near Billings, Missouri, about home activities and family affairs; notes kept on correspondence from 1885 to 1920; and recipe book giving recipes for cakes and pies, and remedies for illnesses and rheumatism.

Swallow, George Clinton, Papers, 1839-1909 (C0408)
3 folders
Letters to Mr. And Mrs. Swallow on their 50th wedding anniversary. Clippings. Diary, 1839-1899, recording positions offered and held, move to Columbia, and association with University and Geological Survey of Missouri.


Tayloe Family, Papers, 1879-1942, (C2510)
4 linear feet
The papers of the Tayloe Family contain personal letters and business papers of the John R. Tayloe family of Bem and Owensville, MO. The collection includes correspondence to John R. Tayloe, his sons John L. and William L. Tayloe, and his wife Lizzie Miller Tayloe from relatives and friends concerning family affairs, farming, and teaching. Some business papers are also included.

Terry, George F. and Ursula, Letters, 1814-1843, (C1918)
1 folder
Written to Reuben and Elizabeth Terry, Millersburgh, KY, from Callaway County, MO. Crops, hard times, and family news.

The Southwest Missouri Tourism Collection (SP0043)
1 cubic foot (2 folders, 2 oversize)
The collection contains 18 menus and pamphlets from tourist attractions located across Missouri. They were collected by an Ozarks family during the 1950s and 1960s.

Theilman Family, Papers, 1881-1928 (C0410)
6 folders
Letters written by four brothers and a sister, Emil, Robert, Louis, G.A., and Bertha Theilman of Kingston, Missouri. Comments on events at the University of Missouri, book business, family history, loaning money, and land values in southern Missouri and Dakota Territory. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, some written by Laura M. Theilman about her family and friends, trips taken, and education, and memorabilia.

Thomas, Harry, Letters, 1884 (C0411)
1 folder
Love letters written by a sergeant in Troop K, First Cavalry, U.S. Army, stationed in Montana, to Kathleen Lyons. Sgt. Thomas and Miss Lyons had never met.

Thompson, Herbert and Emma, Papers, 1911-1920, (C3764)
1 folder
Photographs and letter from Emma's sister Kate who was working in Oregon. Letter describes "jamming" strawberries in the sun. The Thompsons were living in Worth County, MO.

Thrasher, Benjamin R. (1818- ), Diaries, 1877-1891, (C3048)
1 reel, 4 volumes
Four diaries written by a Macon County, Missouri, farmer. His daily entries, spanning almost fifteen years, describe farm life, livestock breeding, social activities, transportation, illness, death, and daily changes in the wind and weather. Also detailed personal and business expenses.

Trefts, Charles, Photographs, (P0034)
3126 photographs
This collection contains images from 1900 to 1963 depicting St. Louis City and County people, public buildings, riverfront scenes, bridges, churches, catastrophes, houses and parks. Trefts photographed many historic events such as the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition; the 1934 World Series; and aviation in St. Louis including the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field in 1908 and Charles Lindbergh's return from Paris in 1927. A number of images focus on Crawford and Iron Counties and the Lake of the Ozarks region in the early 1930s.


Union Cemetery Association Records, (K0385)
1 cubic foot (29 folders, 1 oversize map, 36 photographs)
The records of Union Cemetery Association contain minutes, financial and legal documents, correspondence, lists of plot owners, a scrapbook of clippings, a stock book, and photographs concerning the cemetery shared by the towns of Kansas City and Westport, Missouri, dated 1857-1954.

United States Bicentennial, Collection, (CA6338)
1 cubic foot
Miscellaneous printed materials, souvenirs, and three dimensional objects commemorating the bicentennial of the United States of America in 1976.

Unterman, Phoebe Eloise, Papers, (K1130)
0.05 cubic foot (1 folder)
This collection contains the children’s picture book Through Eva’s Eyes written by Phoebe Eloise Unterman, based on the true story of her grandmother Eva’s experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

US-China Peoples Friendship Association-Midwest Region Records, 1978-2012, (K0608)
10 cubic feet
Organizational records including correspondence, newsletters, minutes, membership applications and lists, newspaper clippings, and books and magazines concerning the US and China. Also includes educational motion picture film and video about China and the Far East.


Valentines, n.d., (C2900)
1 folder
Two valentines.

Vanarsdale, Susan D. (1824-1856), Diary, 1847-1855, (C1283)
1 volume
Written in Mexico, MO, and various locations in Illinois and Indiana about family and personal affairs; local people; religious activities; and her own writing efforts, some of which she sold to newspapers. No information is available about the location of the original of the diary.


Wally, Jr., Joseph H. "Jack" Collection, (K0329)
30 cubic feet
Wally was a professional photographer with the Kansas City Journal, a businessman, and an inventor. Photographs of famous local and national individuals. Places and events. Motion picture film of family activates and Wally's interests in trains and aviation. Also materials relating to his interests and the production and promotion of his businesses and inventions.

War Time Recipes Cookbook, (SP0034)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
"The War Time Recipes" Cookbook collection consists of a cookbook, featuring meals that conserve wheat, meat, sugar, and fats during the First World War. The cookbook provides suitable replacements for rationed goods. The cookbook also features a display of advertisements for local companies as well as public service announcements made by the United States Government.

Watson, Catherine and Cyrus, Letterbook, 1836-1837, (C2756)
1 volume
The collection contains thirty-two letters written by Catherine and Cyrus L. Watson from Louisiana, Missouri, and Springfield and Bloomington, IL, to friends and relatives on the sickness and deaths of Mary Pond and Catherine Watson.

Weeks' Photographic Studio, Linn, Missouri, Glass Plate Negatives, c.1880, (C3889)
68 negatives
Negatives of portraits believed to be from a photographic studio in Osage County, Missouri.

Weeks, Raymond L. (1863-1954), Papers, 1873-1954, (C1045)
5.4 linear feet, 10 audio discs
The papers of Raymond L. Weeks contain primarily correspondence regarding his academic career in Romance languages, philology, and phonetics at the universities of Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois; and Columbia University in New York City. Much of this correspondence concerns faculty positions and topics such as academic freedom and university politics, during the 1890s through 1940s. Royalty statements for Weeks' works, postcards, poetry, photographs, newspapers clippings, and articles and scholarly writings make up the rest of the collection.

Welty, Elizabeth, Letters, 1891-1894, (C0986)
1 folder
Letters from Elizabeth Welty near Monte Vista and Lockett, CO, to her sister Ida in Missouri. Mention household, farming, and family matters; price of fruit and cereal crops; crop conditions; and hard times.

Westport Scrapbook, 1889-1961, (K0244)
0.06 cubic feet
The collection contains photocopies of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, booklets, research papers, and other items compiled by Adrian Christopher, a local historian, concerning the history of Westport, Missouri.

White, Cornelia C., (1860-1931), Reminiscences, 1913-1931, (C2744)
1 folder
Reminiscences of her early childhood in Cazenovia, NY; two letters to J.C. Bay, 1928; and photograph, articles about, and obituary of Cornelia C. White.

Wilkinson, Frank Courtney (1888-1958) Family Papers, 1888-1958, (K0713)
36 cubic feet
Family papers of Frank Courtney Wilkinson, attorney, banker, real estate businessman, and member of the Missouri House of Representatives. Included are notebooks, photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, correspondence, diaries, high school and college coursework, Navy publications and printed material used in son Frank Lee Wilkinson's training during World War II, and genealogical research and family history.

William Chrisman High School, Independence, Missouri, Class of 1951, Papers, 1940-2001, (C3979)
0.6 linear feet
This collection contains records pertaining to the class of 1951 from William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. The bulk of the records come from the 1948-1951 time period and include such items as yearbooks, photographs, playbills, graduation announcements and commencement programs.

William Chrisman High School (Independence, Mo.) Class of 1951 Collection, (CA6155)
0.7 cubic feet
Addition of brochures, newspaper clippings, reunion materials, newsletters, yearbooks, and miscellaneous material.

Williams, Frances Royster (1900-1998) Papers, 1913-1997, (K0249)
57 cubic feet
The collection contains original drawings and sketches of the illustration artist Frances Royster Williams. The collection focuses on Williams’ long running children’s comic Cuddles and Tuckie, with newspaper clippings, promotional materials, radio scripts, and printing plates. Additionally, there are family papers and photographs, correspondence, fan mail, and illustration work of Williams’ prior to Cuddles and Tuckie.

Williams, Luke Edon (1891-1965) Scrapbook, 1920s-1930s, (K0784)
1 folder
Williams was an African-American physician in the Kansas City area for 43 years. A photographic scrapbook containing pictures of William's family and friends.

Williams, Nellie Hall Papers, (K0141)
0.8 cubic foot (35 folders, 19 photographs)
The collection consists of personal papers of Nellie Hall Williams and genealogical materials for the Hall and Williams families. The papers related to Nellie consist of her diaries and memorabilia she collected on a trip to Southern California. In addition, there are materials related to Nellie’s time as a teacher. There are also personal papers for Nellie’s husband, Wilber, and her sister-in-law, Nona.

Williamson, Arthur Eddie (1925- ) Photograph Collection, ca. 1980-2000, (K0653)
3 cubic feet
Photographs taken by Williamson, a professional photographer in the African-American community of Kansas City.

Winston Family, Papers, 1805-1886 (C0190)
3 folders
Letters to and from various members of a North Carolina family concerning settlement of estate, governmental positions, sums of money, and family information. Bill of sale for two slaves. Letter from Francis Marion Cockrell to John H. Winston, Clay County, MO, concerning possibilities of renomination for the U.S. Senate.

Wood, J. David, Letter, 1883, (C0554)
1 folder
Letter from J. D. and Kate Wood of Challis, Idaho, to his uncle and aunt, Joseph and Elizabeth Wood of Putnam County, Missouri, November 14, 1883. Discusses mining activities, living conditions, and the education of their sons.

Woods, Robert Patterson (1870-1958) Papers, 1870s-1963, (K0788)
11 cubic feet
Personal and professional life of Woods, civil engineer, and former Kansas City Street Railway Commissioner. Includes correspondence, project notebooks, newspaper clippings, residential inventories, genealogical files, and photographs. Also files pertaining to the history and growth of Research Hospital.

Woods-Holman Family Papers, 1805-1906, (C0191)
0.25 linear feet
Letters, documents, notebooks, accounts, and receipts of two southeast Missouri families. Papers concern family news, business, farming, livestock, religion, teaching, Indians, fur trade, economics, politics, Gold Rush, and Civil War and descriptions of California, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas.

Wyatt, John, Letters, 1844-1846, (C0324)
1 folder
Two letters to his daughter Mary (Mrs. Richard Harrison Gentry) describing the Missouri River flood in Warren County, disease in Marthasville, and conditions in their church. One letter contains words of a hymn composed by Benjamin Sharp and sent to his granddaughter Mary to sing to the brethren.

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