Manuscript Collection

Callaway County Collection Descriptions

Callaway County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Fulton. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Callaway County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.

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Alexander, Ben W., Collection, (P0378)
1 folder
Postcards of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia MO, Chillicothe Business College, Winston Churchill Memorial Library, Missouri State Capital, Kansas City MO, Interstate 70, Windermere Baptist Assembly (Roach, MO) and Lake of the Ozarks.


Bell, Ovid (1875-1953), Collection, 1824-1950, (C3805)
10 folders
Papers of, and materials collected by, a Fulton, Missouri, resident relating to the history and residents of Callaway County. The collection comprises correspondence, copies of speeches and lectures given by Bell on historical topics, and documents including a typescript 1849 diary of James Tate, tax rolls for Callaway County, Callaway County Agricultural and Mechanical Society membership lists, and a regimental history and troop roster of Company B, 1st Missouri Cavalry, C.S.A.

Bell, Ovid H., Papers, 1808-1923, (C2507)
28 folders
The papers pertain to the early history of Callaway County, Missouri. Included are personal accounts of the settlement of the Cote Sans Dessein area and later proceedings and reports of commissioners of the court. Ovid H. Bell, a long-time editor of the Fulton Gazette, gathered these materials to prepare an article on the early history of Callaway County. This collection is arranged in subjects, which are organized in the chronology of their establishment.

Bennett, Mary L., Photograph Collection, (P0808)
17 photographs
Photos of St. Louis street scenes and the Judge & Dolph Drugstore. Photographs of the Berry family. Group portrait of a conference at William Woods College, ca. 1920.

Boyd, Trenton, Collection, (P0425)
0.17 linear feet
Postcards and photos of Columbia, MO, New Bloomfield, MO and Cape Girardeau County.

Breckenridge, William Clark (1862-1927), Papers, 1752-1927, (C1036)
4.75 linear feet, 21 volumes, 3 rolls of microfilm
The papers of the St. Louis businessman, writer, and historian contain correspondence, scrapbooks, book sale announcements, and miscellaneous materials, with an emphasis on St. Louis and Missouri history.

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


Caldwell, John Boyd (1822-1870), Family History, (C2172)
1 folder
The collection contains biographical sketches of John Boyd Caldwell and family, describing their trip from Kentucky to Callaway County, MO, in 1826, establishment of the first pottery business in Missouri, and pioneer life.

Caldwell Township Democratic Convention Minutes, 1886, (C2261)
1 folder
The collection contains minutes concerning the election of delegates to the Callaway County convention and of candidates for township offices.

Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church Minutes inventory
1 volume
Organization, services and business meetings of church. Also two typed copies.

Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Callaway County, Missouri, Minutes, 1821-1930, (C1307)
2 volumes
Contains deed to lot, memberships, beliefs, rules of decorum, constitution and minutes of church business meetings. Also included are xerox copies of indentures, surveys and other documents pertaining to early transactions between the church and individuals in the area.

Christian Churches of Callaway County, MO, Photographs, (P0979)
25 photographs
Original photos from the book An Annotated History of the Christian Churches of Callaway Co., Mo., by I. Stanley Williams

Civil War Claims, 1865-1874, (C1493)
1 folder
Claims by Elizabeth Givens of Callaway County for supplies taken by Maj. H.C. Caldwell, Third Iowa Cavalry; William J. Bedsworth of Callaway County for horses taken by White, Enrolled Missouri Militia; and Henry Larimore of Callaway County for supplies furnished and services rendered the Union Army.

Civil War Scrapbook, Missouri, 1823-1868, (C1379)
1 folder
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.

Cockrell, Monroe F., Collection, (P0297)
3 photographs
b/w drawing of New Palace Hotel, Fulton, MO, 1907. b/w photo of Cockrell Family, 1890. b/w photo with negatives of General Cockrell, Confederate Army, Civil War.

Concord Presbyterian Church, Callaway County, Missouri, Records, 1833-1935, (C1349)
1 volume
Session minutes; history of the church, whose name was changed from Seven Mile Church in 1840; ministers, elders, and deacons; membership lists; and record of infant baptisms.

Craig, Tolliver, Papers, (CA5125)
0.1 linear feet
Papers of an early settler of Callaway County. Includes one letter of 1829, an autobiography, and miscellaneous notes. Also includes a transcription and commentary.


Dunnica, William H. ( -1823), Commission, 1821, (C1795)
1 folder
The collection contains Dunnica's commission as justice of the peace, Cote Sans Dessien township, Callaway County, signed by Alexander McNair.


Grand Prairie United Baptist Church, Callaway County, Missouri, Minutes, 1843-1868, (C1310)
1 volume
Record book of the church, containing the constitution, covenant, rules of decorum, and minutes of the business meetings.

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.


Hall, John, Abstract of Title, 1836-1876, (C1547)
1 folder
Statement of transfers of land in Callaway County, MO, October 27, 1836-November 30, 1867.

Hardin, Charles Henry (1820-1892), Letter, 1851, (C2079)
1 folder
The collection contains a form letter to the Boone County Court, Columbia, MO, from Hardin, Fulton, MO, July 16, 1851, requesting a list of the county's insane poor. Hardin was secretary of the board of managers of the State Lunatic Asylum.

Harrison, Thomas, Sr. (1765-1840), Letters, 1831, 1835, (C1553)
1 folder
To Joseph Barnett, Christiansburg, Montgomery County, VA, from Callaway County, MO, June 20, 1831 and October 7, 1835. Harrison wrote his son about Missouri climate, settlement of a friend, William Pauley, on Barnett's place. Land prices, crops, livestock, weather, ill health of people, fevers. Growth of county seat, Fulton. Business, news of family and friends. Includes a typescript of the 1835 letter.

Henderson-Marr Family, Papers, (CA2963)
0.4 linear feet
Diary, 1899-1902, and memoirs of Augusta Henderson-Marr; photocopies of photographs, newspaper clippings, and other genealogical research materials concerning the Henderson, Marr, and related families of Callaway County, MO.

Hoagland, Dan B., Photographs, (P0150)
0.58 linear feet
580+ photos of mid-Missouri towns, including many small and abandoned locales, and Boone County churches, ca. 1983.

Hull, Laban, Letters, 1850-1851, (C2737)
1 folder
The collection contains two letters written from Sacramento, CA, containing descriptions of mining camps and information about other men from Callaway County who attempted to find gold on the West Coast.


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.

Johnson, W.R., Account Book, 1859-1862, (C2152)
1 volume
The collection contains an account book of a general storekeeper in the Fulton, MO, area.


Keith, Carol Dobkins, Papers, 1859-1936, (C4122)
0.2 cubic feet
The papers of Carol Dobkins Keith contain a variety of photographs, correspondences, legal papers, and souvenirs. The majority of the collection consists of photographs depicting several colleges, schools, churches, and religious leaders in Missouri. The correspondences and legal papers date from 1863 to 1876 and primarily discuss the requests of soldiers serving in the military. There is an assortment of souvenir items, particularly from Fulton, Missouri, and Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in the early 1900s.


Marshall, Jack, "The Hockaday House," 1963, (C3497)
1 folder(s)
History of a house built in Fulton, MO, about 1870, and occupied until 1963 by the Hockaday family.

Machette-Scott Family, Papers (CA6006)
0.8 cubic feet
Detailed correspondence between family members dating from the 1820s through 1930s. Letters concern travel from New York to Missouri, daily life, and how major events such as the Civil War, drought, and epidemics affected the family. Flood family correspondence is also included.

Machette-Scott Family, Papers, (CA6308)
1.7 cubic feet
The papers of a family that lived in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Fulton, Missouri were largely compiled by Margaret Baker Graham, a descendant of the family, for her book Victorian America: A Family Record of the Heartland and an unfinished sequel. Included are letters, photographs, news clippings, receipts, ephemera, and miscellaneous materials documenting the family from the early nineteenth century through the 1930s. For more Machette-Scott Family papers, see CA6006.

Meeter, William, Letter, 1827, (C2200)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter to John McClure, Greenville, Augusta C[oun]ty, VA, from William Meeter, Callaway County, MO, Dec. 20, 1827. The letter includes a description of a trip from Virginia to Missouri titled ""A Virginia Youth's Impressions of Missouri," discussing the appearance of the country, people, water, industry, prices, and marriageable women.

Missouri. Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, Fulton, Report, 1851, (C2080)
1 folder
The collection contains a report on the organization, facilities, regulations, and proper pupils of the asylum at Fulton.

Hospital No. 1, Fulton, Missouri, History, 1914, (C2713)
1 folder
The papers contain an informal history of the state mental hospital, 1847-1912.

Missouri, General Assembly, 10th Board of Commissioners to Select a Site for the University, Minutes, 1839, (C1658)
1 folder
Minutes, 6 May-22 June 1839. Organization of board, members, examination, description and evaluation of prospective sites: Boonville, Cooper County; Fayette, Howard County; Columbia, Boone County; Fulton, Callaway County; and Jefferson City, Cole County.

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.


Oden, Treva Faye, Collection, (CA6322)
0.2 cubic feet
Church histories and material for the Antioch Christian Church, Callaway County, Missouri, and Grand Prairie Baptist Church, Auxvasse, Missouri.

One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 33 CDs
The collection consists of interviews with people who attended or taught at one-room schoolhouses. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews, photographs, textbooks, as well as some biographical information on the interviewees.


Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
1.8 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.

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.


Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Audio Cassette Collection, 1976-2000, (C3963)
0.3 linear feet, 34 audio cassettes
The State Historical Society of Missouri Audio Cassette Collection is a collection of miscellaneous interviews, lectures, and speeches collected over the years.

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.


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 Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.


U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
1 volume
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.


van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.


Williams, Clarence, Photograph Collection, (P0063)
6 photographs
3 original photos of log cabin that was the birthplace of Andrew Taylor Still, one of which shows a nearby amphitheater. 2 photos of American School of Osteopathy, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. One photo of the Churchill-Truman visit to Westminster College.

Williams, Roy D. (1881-1972), Papers, 1853-1972, (C3769)
2 linear feet
Papers of Judge Roy D. Williams of Boonville, Missouri, containing speeches (primarily on local and regional history), historical notes, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellany.

Williamson, Hugh P. and Bedsworth, Arnold, "Duley's Mill," n.d., (C2188)
1 folder
The papers contain a history and description of Duley's Mill on Big Cedar Creek, Callaway County, Missouri, and biographical information on the Duley family.


Zumwalt Family, Papers, 1862-1992, (C4048)
0.5 linear feet
The Zumwalt family papers consist of genealogical materials, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, local church histories, and miscellaneous articles relating to a family that settled in Boone and Callaway Counties around 1800.

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