Cole County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Jefferson City, Missouri's state capitol. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Cole 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.
Allbritain, Caddie Bolton, Reminiscences, (C2090)
The papers contain an article about the William Bolton family of Jefferson City, Missouri, submitted to the Missouri Historical Review for publication.
Arbor Day Program, 1912, (C2382)
Program, April 5, 1912, issued by Department of Education, Jefferson City, MO. Herbert S. Hadley was governor.
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.
Bass, Peter, Papers, 1825, (C1894)
The papers of Peter Bass contain a deed of Peter Bass transferring a tract of land in Jefferson City to Azariah Kennedy. The collection includes a lace cutout, possibly part of the decorations at the governor's ball celebrating the formal opening of the state capitol.
Berthoud, A. N., Papers, 1850-1851, (C1464)
The papers contain a letter to John Johnson, 1850, about winter coal mine operations and delivery of coal to the statehouse in Jefferson City. Account for coal delivered to the statehouse.
Boggs, Lilburn W., Invitation, 1838, (C1756)
Invitation issued to Judge Dunnica and Lady, February 15, 1838, to attend a reception at the governor's mansion.
Boggs, Lilburn W., (1792-1860), Letter, 1837, (C1465)
The papers contain one letter to [William Learned Marcy], from Lilburn Boggs, City of Jefferson, Missouri, April 18, 1837. Governor Boggs of Missouri notified Governor Marcy that Henry W. Bamman, charged with forgery in New York, was committed to the Cole County jail and was available for immediate extradition.
Boone County and Jefferson City Railroad Company Petition, 1866, (C1472)
The collection consists of a petition for condemning land which James E. Johnson refused to convey to the railroad. Petition to G.H. Burckhartt, Judge of the Boone County Circuit Court, and summons to James E. Johnson to appear at the Columbia Courthouse.
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.
Brouster, George Washington, (1830-1887), Letters, 1850-1851, (C1832)
Letters written by Brouster to his family in St. Louis County, MO, while on an overland trip to the California gold fields in 1850 and while mining for gold in various parts of California.
Brown, B. Gratz (1826-1885), Letter, 1872, (C1480)
The collection consists of a letter to Elliott Danforth, Middleburg, NY, from Jefferson City, MO, May 13, 1872. Brown, Republican Governor of Missouri and vice-presidential nominee on the 1872 Liberal Republican ticket, wrote that the West and Southwest favored endorsement of the regular party ticket. Brown feared a third party attempt.
Brown, Dwight H. (1887-1944), Papers, 1928-1944, (C2529)
9.8 linear feet
The collection contains the papers of Dwight H. Brown, Missouri secretary of state, 1932-1944. The papers are arranged alphabetically by topics.
Cabinet Cards, Collection, c. 1890s, (CA6343)
0.2 cubic feet
Collection of largely unidentified cabinet cards from the Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri, areas, circa 1890s. It is unclear if this is a family photograph album or was compiled by a photographer. Only two baby photographs have been identified, those of Daniel Gundelfinger and Harold Singer.
Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Inauguration Program, 1929, (C2383)
The collection contains a program from inaugural ceremonies for Governor Henry Caulfield, January 14, 1929, Jefferson City, MO.
Caulfield, Henry S. (1873-1966), Papers, 1878-1966, (C2409)
2.1 linear feet
The papers of Henry S. Caulfield contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, reports, speeches, and miscellaneous material. Caulfield was a Republican governor of Missouri (1929-1933) and St. Louis official.
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.
Crittenden, Thomas Theodore (1832-1909), Calling Card, 1882, (C1592)
Calling card of governor of Missouri.
Dalton, John M. (1900-1972), Prayer Breakfast Program, 1961, (C2387)
The collection contains a program for a breakfast honoring Governor Dalton in Jefferson City, sponsored by a local citizens' committee.
Davidson, William Lusk, Papers, 1854-2005, (C4124)
1 cubic foot
The William Lusk Davidson papers contain records regarding Davidson's education, including primary, military academy, and college, as well as papers regarding his career as a civil engineer with the railroad. There are several records pertaining to Davidson genealogy and business information, as well as papers concerning the John Wilbourn Hobbs and Myrene Houchin Hobbs Civic Award.
Dockery, Alexander Monroe, (1845-1926), Letter, 1902, (C2062)
To J.H. Frame, Kansas City, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, 1902. Thanking Frame for withdrawing from race for election commissioner
Donnell, Forrest C. (1884-1980), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1941, (C2385)
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Forrest C. Donnell, February 26, 1941.
Donnelly, Phil M. (1891-1961), Inaugural Ceremonies, 1953, (C2386)
The collection contains a program of inauguration of Governor Phil M. Donnelly, January 12, 1953.
Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1769)
The papers of John Cummins Edwards contain photostats of petitions and letters requesting pardons for George Thompson, Alanson Work, and James E. Burr, convicted of kidnapping slaves.
Edwards, John Cummins (1806-1888), Papers, 1844-1846, (C1771)
The papers of John Cummins Edwards contain Photostats of petitions and letters requesting pardons for prisoners, including a letter from James S. Rollins, a petition to correct an error in a previous pardon, and woman's petition for pardon of a Negro woman, Nelly.
Finley, E.J., Letter, 1866, (C1727)
To [Francis] Rodman, Jefferson City, MO, from Texas County, MO, Nov. 8, 1866. Finley charged violation of the registry law in Texas County, protested the election of Confederate rebels and requested a new election, criticized specific rebels, and praised radicals.
Fletcher, Thomas Clement (1827-1899), Letter, 1865, (C1533)
The collection contains a letter to [Governor of Pennsylvania], from City of Jefferson, MO, Jan. 31, 1865. Fletcher, governor of Missouri, expressed gratitude for sympathy shown Missouri "in the hour of her trial."
Goodwin, J., Letter, 1837, (C1542)
The papers contain one letter to Charles Custer, of Madison, Indiana, from Jefferson City, Missouri, June 16, 1837. Goodwin settled in Jefferson City and opened a grocery. He wrote Custer about life in Missouri, climate, job opportunities, land prices, commodity prices, the construction of state capitol, Missouri River, soil, and his grocery business.
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.
Halliburton, Wesley (1812-1890), Letters, 1875, (C1974)
The collection contains photocopies of two letters written by a member of the 1875 Missouri Constitutional Convention to his wife. The letters include comments on the work of the convention and the constitution it drafted.
Hardeman, Leona, Poem, n.d., (C1549)
The collection contains the poem, "For Miss Hardeman's Album," signed by Eugene, Jefferson City, July 11.
Harrison, Jean Ann, "Homes Erected in Jefferson City Before 1860," n.d., (C2588)
Papers on early houses in Jefferson City, MO.
Hyde, Arthur M., (1877-1947), Proclamation, 1922, (C1817)
Proclamation of the governor convening the constitutional convention of 1922-1923.
Jackson, Claiborne Fox, (1806-1862), Letter, 1861, (C1786)
The collection contains a letter from Jackson, of Jefferson City, Missouri, April 9, 1861, to David Walker. Discusses Jackson's position on slavery and secession.
Jackson, Claiborne Fox, (1806-1862), Letter, 1861, (C1788)
To H.K. Craig, Washington, D.C., from Jefferson City, MO, Jan. 16 1861. Encloses a requisition for Missouri's quota of guns for that year and a carriage without a gun as a model for mounting others.
Keith, Carol Dobkins, Historical Documents Collection, (SUNP6148)
0.5 linear feet
PRELIMINARY INVENTORY Collection of miscellaneous historical documents. Includes Civil War materials, correspondence, photographs of the Missouri School for the Deaf, Westminster College, and William Woods College in Fulton (MO), miscellaneous Methodist church materials, and a receipt for work done on the new Missouri Governor's Mansion in 1871.
Kirby-Ridgway-Lightholder Family, Papers, (CA6360)
2.75 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, wills, military records, leases, contracts, and miscellaneous material of the Kirby, Ridgway, Lightholder, and related families, 1860s-1930s. The papers document the lives of family members at a Quaker farming community in New Jersey and their moves westward to Jefferson City and St. Louis, Missouri, and later California.
Krebel, A., Postcard, n.d., (C1579)
The papers contain correspondence to F.S. Arnold, of Sedalia, Missouri, from Jefferson City, Missouri, regarding an inquiry about the Grosbeck and Ph. sale arrangements. Krekel will approve or reject sale.
Marmaduke, Meredith Miles (1791-1864), Papers, n.d., 1844, (C1772)
The papers of Meredith Miles Marmaduke contain photostats of petitions to the governor requesting pardons of prisoners currently in the penitentiary. One item is from the Office of Inspectors of the Penitentiary and recommends a number of pardons.
Miller, John, (1781-1846), Letter, 1831, (C1595)
To F[rances] P[reston] Blair, Washington City, from City of Jefferson, [MO], Apr. 22, 1831.
Minor, James L., Letter, 1841, (C1602)
To [Roger N. Todd], Columbia, MO, from City of Jefferson, [MO], Feb. 23, 1841. Request to Boone County circuit court clerk for information about the Mormon difficulties, for state publication by secretary of state's office.
Missouri. Commissioners of State Capitol, Papers, 1838, (C1484)
The papers consist of an authorization to pay G.A. Parsons $24.15 for hauling bricks from the penitentiary to the state house, and his receipt. Warrant authorization and receipt of John Withnell for a $300 partial payment for the capitol building contract.
Missouri. Penitentiary, Receipts, 1865-1866, (C1680)
Receipts from H.A. Swift, warden, to John F. Baker, Boone County sheriff, and James Coff, St. Louis County marshal, for the delivery of prisoners. Receipts list names of prisoners, offense, place of trial, and sentence.
Missouri, General Assembly, 10th Board of Commissioners to Select a Site for the University, Minutes, 1839, (C1658)
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 Capitol. Dedication Program, 1924, (C0858)
The program of the dedication of the Missouri Capitol on 6 October 1924 lists the activities and participants for the day, including the parade in the morning, the band concert, and the "dedication exercises proper" in the afternoon.
Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1998-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource protection professionals. The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Potter, Howard C. (1910-1959), Constitutional Convention Scrapbooks, 1944-1946, (C2411)
The collection contains clippings collected by a Republican delegate to the 1943 Missouri constitutional convention. They cover the convention, campaign for the approval of the proposed charter, and revision of statutes by the General Assembly to conform to the new constitution.
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.
Price, Sterling, (1809-1867), General Orders, 1861, (C1494)
General Order No. 8 from Headquarters, Missouri State Guard, for procurement of equipment for the State Guard within the individual military districts. Chart of equipment allowances. Directives about flags, drummers, and buglers.
Price, Sterling (1809-1867), Letter, 1854, (C2206)
To Secretary of War [Jefferson Davis], Washington, D.C., from Jefferson City, MO, May 15, 1854. Letter from Governor Sterling Price to Secretary of War Jefferson Davis requesting the delivery of eighty muskets and related material from the arsenal at St. Louis to Captain Madison Miller of St. Louis.
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.
Randolph, Vance, Letter, 1934, (C2049)
To Warren Douglas Meng, Jefferson City, MO, from Pittsburgh, KS, Oct. 16, 1934. Answer to letter from Meng concerning crime songs sung by Negroes in a Missouri penitentiary.
Rodman, Francis, Letter, 1866, (C1726)
To F[rancis] Rodman, Secretary of State, [Jefferson City, Missouri] from "A Union Soldier who served during the war," New Madrid, [Missouri]. Bitter protest about the 1866 election of "Rebels" in New Madrid, MO. Violations of the registry law governing election procedures. List of reliable Union supporters to verify charges.
Rollins, James H. (1940- ), Papers, 1961-1981 (C3056)
3 cubic feet
James Henry (Jimmy) Rollins was a black civil rights activist and University of Missouri law student who was convicted of dispensing marijuana in 1968, jumped bail to avoid prosecution and was subsequently caught and imprisoned in 1974 for that and other crimes. The papers consist primarily of letters from the imprisoned Rollins to one of his supporters, and of notes, newspaper clippings, case files, and other printed material related either to his case or to contemporary political and racial conditions in Columbia and at the University of Missouri.
Reynolds, Thomas (1796-1844), Papers, 1841-1842, (C1770)
The papers of Thomas Reynolds contain Photostats of petitions for prison pardons, including one letter from David Rice Atchison requesting a shorter sentence for two men and discussion of other matters.
Singleton, Vincent A., Petition, 1870, (C1773)
The collection contains a petition to Governor Joseph W. McClurg from several citizens on behalf of Vincent A. Singleton, convicted of horse stealing.
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.
Stabler, Edward, Papers, 1839-1840, (C2111)
To Stabler from James L. Minor, R.S. Gilbert, and Thomas M. Allen concerning creation and adoption of the seal of Missouri, the secretary of state's seal, and the seal of the University. Elaborate details of the University and capitol, which were to be represented on the respective seals. Stabler made the seals and presses.
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.
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)
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.
Zaring, John B., Papers, 1963-1964, (C1581)
The papers contain a telegram to Mrs. John F. Kennedy from the presiding judge of Boone County Court, Columbia, Missouri, conveying condolences of Boone County officials on the death of President Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy's printed card to Judge Zaring, February 19, 1964, expressing appreciation for sympathy and thoughtfulness.