Adair County was organized in 1841. The county seat is Kirksville. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Adair County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
Allred, Enoch, Deed, 1855, (C1882)
The papers contain deed to a tract of land in township 62 of Adair County, Missouri, dated November 15, 1855.
Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.
Civil War Scrapbook, Missouri, 1823-1868, (C1379)
The papers contain a collection of newspaper clippings on Missouri, 1823-1868, from New York and Boston newspapers, primarily the New York Daily Tribune. Most of the items pertain to the Civil War in Missouri, 1861-1862, and include maps and diagrams of the war in the west.
Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Letters, 1840-1845, (C1611)
The collection contains Photostats of correspondence regarding the Missouri-Iowa Territory boundary difficulties; Senator Lewis F. Linn's position, and congressional actions; the definition of the northern boundary of Missouri by the Constitutional Convention and Surveyor General's Office; effects of a boundary dispute in Adair County, MO; Iowa land sales; Missouri politics and Edwards' gubernatorial policies.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 linear feet
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.
Hughes, Sarah F. Hickman, Reminiscences, 1942, (C1889)
The papers contain reminiscences of Sarah Hughes of Stahl, Missouri, regarding family history, the Civil War, and a journey west by wagon train in 1865.
Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery, "Notes on the Journal of Osteopathy, 1894-1964." , (C2177)
History and purpose of the JOURNAL OF OSTEOPATHY.
Knight, Andrew J., Papers, 1866-1896, (C2264)
The papers of Andrew J. Knight contain miscellaneous legal papers concerning the purchase and transfer of land in Kirksville, Adair County, MO, and Lawrence County, Dakota Territory. Also included are poems and essays.
McClay, David, F., Deeds, 1868-1888, (C1884)
The papers contain deeds to two tracts of land in township 62, Adair County, Missouri, 8 July 1868 and 20 May 1888.
Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., Sacred Stones & Stained Glass Windows, Project, (C3723)
7.1 linear feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.
Missouri Place Names Study, 1927-1928 (C3459)
0.6 linear feet
Correspondence, term papers, and information collected by graduate students at the University of Missouri during a study of the origin and history of place names in forty-two Missouri counties.
Morrow, Lynn, Collection, 1982-ca. 2010, (R1000)
296 folders, 7 cubic feet
These are the correspondence and research files of a Missouri historian. Topics include history, personages, architecture, culture, and folklore, particularly of the Ozarks region of Missouri, but also areas in the central and northern parts of the state. The papers include wide-ranging correspondence concerning research into and publication of the 19th century historical writings of Theodore P. Russell of Iron County and Silas C. Turnbo of southwest Missouri. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.
Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.
Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.
Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.
Selby, P.O., "Adair County's War Record from Pioneer Days to and Including 1942," 1943, (C1251)
Compiled by Selby for the MacDougall-Lowe Post No. 20, American Legion, Kirksville, MO.
State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
774 items on 14 rolls of microfilm
The State Historical Society of Missouri Typescript Collection consists of typescripts of articles and manuscripts donated over the years to the Historical Society.
Truitt, Cyrus R., Scrapbooks, 1893-1963, (C1432)
Scrapbooks of photographs of Novinger and Adair County, MO, 1893-1963, with explanations and captions by Truitt. Pictorial history of coal mining in western Adair County.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.
University of Missouri, Agricultural Extension Service, Records, 1908-1963, (C2513)
1.5 linear feet
The records of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service contain histories, letters, reports, memoranda, speeches, maps, publications, newspaper articles, and pictures concerning Missouri Agricultural Extension Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture policies; agricultural, home economics, and 4-H extension work; and the College of Agriculture.