Audrain County was organized in 1836. The county seat is Mexico. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Audrain County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.
Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Audrain County Historical Society Photograph Collection, (P0362)
20 color slides of interior and exterior of A.P. Green House, MO restored by Frank Kent. Additional images of Mexico, late 19th to early 20th century.
Brown Family Records, 1883-1941, (C2274)
Family papers of Brown family of Ashland, Centralia, and Hartsburg, MO, including birth, marriage, and death records. Records removed from mutilated Bible, New Liberty Baptist Church, Ashland, MO.
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.
Crockett, Lelah E., Collection, (CA3025)
2 linear feet
Correspondence, documents, photographs, newspaper clippings and other genealogical research materials concerning the Crockett, Carter, Mallory, and Pool families of Audrain County, Missouri, and other related families.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Mexico Chapter, Records, (CA5073)
2.5 linear feet
Minute books, treasurer’s records, membership records, lineage materials, and chapter yearbooks of the Mexico, Missouri, chapter.
Douglass Family, Collection, 1838-1990, (C3978)
1.4 linear feet, 13 audio cassettes
The Douglass Family Collection consists of land deeds, personal and business correspondence, oral history transcripts, photographs, volumes, and other miscellaneous items dealing with farm life and agriculture in McBaine, Missouri. There are also records dealing with a flourmill belonging to Northcutt & Brothers in Mexico, Missouri, and an account book for the Oakdale Graveyard in Shelby County, Missouri.
Ferris, G.D., Contract, 1884, (C3182)
The collection contains an indenture signed by G.D. Ferris, Mexico, MO, giving J.C. Huff and G.L. Ferris the right to manufacture a threshing machine for which he holds the patent. Letterhead shows Jefferson Street, Mexico, MO.
Green, A.P. (1875-1956), Letters, 1941-1942, (C3103)
The collection contains correspondence of a Mexico, MO, fire brick manufacturer with Forrest C. Donnell, Hugh Stephens, vice-chairman of Missouri State Council of Defense, and Keith Martin, discussing industrial camouflage program of Missouri Council of Defense. Green resigned from the Council shortly after his appointment.
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.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.
Houston, William N., Receipts, 1858-1870, (C2034)
The papers contain tax receipts from Monroe and Audrain Counties, Missouri, and from U.S. Express Company.
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.
Keeton, Henry R., (1812-1890?), Memoir, 1880, (C2684)
Recounts his religious experiences and association with Methodist churches of Audrain County, and Mexico, MO. Describes Civil War split in church.
Kutzner, Edwin A., Special Order, 1863. To Captain John D. Meredith, Mexico, Missouri, from Headquarters, Second Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia, Hannibal, [Missouri] August 30, 1863, (C1508)
Special Order No. 42 to discharge William O. Bartrum, a private in Company A, 2nd Provisional Regiment, E.M.M., by order of Col. Kutzner, Commander.
Lee, Richard L., Courthouse Photographs, (P0003)
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.
Maurer, Joe and Dodie, "Frank James and the Battle of Centralia," 1966, (C3102)
The collection contains an account of the Battle of Centralia, 1862, with reminiscences of Edgar B. Rodemyer, then editor of the CENTRALIA FIRESIDE GUARD and of Frank James thirty years after the incident.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
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 Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
2.4 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.
Missouri, Centralia, Centennial Celebration, 1957, (C3162)
Research notes and typed drafts of histories of many of Centralia's clubs, businesses, institutions, and prominent citizens, compiled for the city's centennial celebration in 1957.
Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.
Morrow, Lynn, 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.
Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Records, 1870-1905, (C1356)
The records contain minutes of sessions; statistical report to presbytery; registers of adult and infant baptisms; records of marriages and deaths; lists of pastors, elders, and deacons; and communicant roll of members.
New Hope Baptist Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Record Book, 1869-1924, (C3075)
1 volume on microfilm
The collection contains minutes of the church which is located in Wilson Township. It was organized on Monday, 23 August 1869, and was a member of the Little Bonne Femme Association.
Newkirk, Coleman Shelton, Travel Account, n.d., (C3166)
The collection contains an account of the Newkirk family who moved from Mexico, MO, to the Sacramento River in California in 1862, and eighteen years later moved from Scott's Valley, CA, to Dayton, WA.
Pearson, Richmond and Elizabeth A., Warranty Deed, 1873, (C1577)
The collection contains a warranty deed to land in Audrain County sold to Amos Ladd, Audrain County, MO, for $15,000.
Pomeroy, E.W., Letter, 1847, (C2042)
The collection contains a letter to Robert Aull, Mexico, MO, from E.W. Pomeroy, Santa Fe, May 29, 1847. The letter discusses Doniphan's expedition and Santa Fe trade.
Prairie View Presbyterian Church, Audrain County, Missouri, Records, 1881-1921, (C1361)
The records of the Prairie View Presbyterian Church contain organizational meeting, 1881; minutes of sessions, 1882-1917; record of congregational meetings; membership records; record of infant baptisms; and petition to be dissolved, 1921.
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.
Skelly, James W[illiam], Papers, 1919, (C2379)
Pamphlets, blueprints, photographs, reports, correspondence and notes concerning Rhine River installations. Major Skelly, a native of Mexico, MO, served in World War I with the 12th Engineers, American Expeditionary Force.
Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.
St. Paul's and St. Matthew's Parish, History, 1960, (C3170)
The collection contains a supplement to "St. Paul's and St. Matthew's" a history of the parish. Supplement covers period 1959-1960.
State of Missouri Photograph Collection, (P0018)
Over 400 original photos created for the 1904 publication on Missouri at the time of the World's Fair by Walter Williams; shows all aspects and counties in Missouri.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by 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.
Vanarsdale, Susan D. (1824-1856), Diary, 1847-1855, (C1283)
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.
White, L. M., Photograph Collection, (P0068)
Photos of Mexico, MO including the Mexico Ledger & Simmons Stables, St. Paul's Episcopal, Green, Newton and Robinson homes, Missouri Military Academy, Audrain Co. High School. Photos of Tom Bass, Daniel Fitzpatrick, and James and Clarence Robinson. Additional images of horses, including Rex McDonald at the Mexico Fairgrounds and a photo of Rex's tombstone.