Howard County was organized in 1816. The county seat is Fayette. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Howard 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.
Benecke, Eleanor MaGruder, Collection, (P0109)
Photos of friends and family of Eleanor Magruder Benecke, with a heavy emphasis on Central College (now Central Methodist University) classmates and a scrapbook from her attendance at Central College.
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.
Bill, Florence Harrison, Genealogical Pamphlet, 1950, (C0758)
As I Recall, Stories of and for the Family by Florence Harrison Bill, containing unusual stories of Columbia, Glasgow, and Fayette, MO.
Birch, Earickson and Co., Books, 1861-1885, (C2309)
The records contain daybooks, one journal, and letter book of a Glasgow, Missouri, banking house.
Boone, W[illiam] C., Letter, 1841, (C2209)
To William Carson, from Fayette, MO, Aug. 12, 1841. Informs Carson that Claiborne Fox Jackson wants to hire Ben for two months at $12.50 per month, and Jackson will provide clothes.
Bradley, Harry E., Collection, (C1893)
The collection contains a Missouri state lottery ticket, 14 May 1868, for the benefit of New Franklin, and an unidentified railroad bond for $3.00 of which the upper portion is missing.
Carter, Thomas J., Loyalty Oath, 1862, (C3781)
The collection contains a photocopy of an oath of loyalty to the United States sworn by Carter, a resident of Glasgow in Howard County, MO. Original document retained by the donor.
Chick, Washington Henry, "As I Remember," 1965, and Program, Dedication of William M. Chick Post Office, 1964, (C2577)
Pamphlet about the life of Washington Henry Chick in western Missouri and Kansas. Program of dedication of William M. Chick post office.
Civil War Regimental Histories, Missouri, n.d., (C3500)
Organization, orders, campaigns, mustering out, and casualties of ten Missouri regiments in the Civil War.
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.
Cochran, Betty Holmes, The Cecile Taylor Circle of King's Daughters, 1948-1969, 1969, (3327)
Brief history of how the group was formed, its members, officers and projects, and creation of an offspring chapter.
Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.
Forty-Niners, Fifties, and the Old timers Association, Minutes, 1889-1892, (C1535)
Proceedings and membership lists of a Boonville, Missouri, organization.
Glasgow [Missouri] Board of Education Books, 1875-1917, (C2327)
Record books for District 1, Range 17, Township 51, Howard County. Election of directors and minutes of board meetings; textbooks adopted; minutes of annual school meetings; registered voters; teachers' rolls and salaries; school expenses; district clerk's annual enumeration; rules and regulations for students and teachers.
Glasgow Insurance Company, Glasgow, Missouri, Books, 1855-1870, (C2313)
The collection contains records of a Glasgow, Missouri, business. Weston Birch was secretary and Thomas Shackelford was president of the company. Volume 1, Steamboat cargo book, 1855-1856 also includes Tatum and Hutchinson general store records, 1868-1870. Volume 2, Record book, lists cargo, insurance destination and names of steamers. The books were later used by Weston F. Birch & Son banking house 1868-1869.
Glasgow, [Missouri] Merchant's Ledger, 1895-1897, (C2325)
Ledger of an unidentified Glasgow, MO, mercantile company.
Glasgow Savings Bank, Glasgow, Missouri, Records, 1872-1908, (C2312)
The collection contains records of an early Missouri bank.
Glasgow Savings Bank Books, 1865-1920, (C2554)
Records of an early Missouri bank.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 cubic feet, 5 card boxes
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.
Harrison, Marr & Co., Books, 1867-1869, (C2323)
Ledgers kept by a flour manufacturing business. John Harrison was president and Thomas H. Marr was secretary.
Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.
Henderson, F. F. "Hank," Jr., Papers, (CA6276)
10 cubic feet, 8 computer discs
Genealogical publications and research files pertaining to the Drake, Dodson, and other families of Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, and official records.
Howard County Bank, Glasgow, Missouri, Books, 1877-1897, (C2314)
The collection contains records of a Glasgow, Missouri bank. Volume 1 is a Discount Register and volume 2 is a Ledger.
Howard Female College, Fayette, Missouri, Rules , (C1914)
Rules for boarding pupils pertaining to dress, manners, exercise, and other matters.
Insurance Company of North America, Policy Register, 1882-1889, (C2319)
Records of Glasgow, MO, agency, of which James S. Thomson was agent.
International Order of Oddfellows, Boonslick Lodge, New Franklin, Missouri, Letters, 1868-1871, (C3174)
Letters regarding invitations to meetings, dedications of buildings or new lodges, protocol, rules of order, and general business of the Oddfellows.
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.
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.
Kilgore, Debbie, Photograph Collection, (P0155)
Approximately 52 35mm color negatives and prints showing scenes around Macon, Missouri during the mid 1990s. Additional photo album, assembled by Ken Fryer, DOT district manager, showing the 1993 Missouri River flood in Cole, Carroll, Howard, Saline, and Livingston counties.
Kingsbury Family, Papers, (SUNP2718)
0.5 linear feet
INVENTORY. THE CHANGING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL LIFE IN BOONSLICK COUNTRY AS REPORTED IN LETTERS, TALKS AND ARTICLES BY HISTORIAN LILBURN A. KINGSBURY (1884-1983), compiled and edited by Warren T. Kingsbury.
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.
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.
Lehman and Miller, Glasgow, Missouri, Ledger, 1884, (C2315)
The collection contains the ledger of a general store, called Lehman Brothers prior to 1881.
Lehman Brothers, Glasgow, Missouri, Record Book, 1874-1884, (C2311)
The collection contains a daybook of a general store owned by Henry, Monte and William Lehman.
Lewis, Ethelbert Wallis, (1815-1855), Letters, 1837-1851, (C1674)
The papers contain letters from Ethelbert to his brother, William W[alker] Lewis, of Culpepper County, Virginia, from Missouri. Lewis emigrated from Virginia in 1836. Letters describe Howard County in 1837, the Missouri legislature and Missouri and Virginia politics. Discuss crops, soil fertility, commodity prices, wages, land prices, social life, 1837, Fayette; negro hiring, education, teachers 'salaries; Indian trade, family, and friends.
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.
Manchester Fire Insurance Company of England, Record Book, 1894-1903, (C2317)
The collection contains a record book of a Glasgow, MO, agency, George B. Harrison, Jr., agent.
McClure, C.H., "The Case for George Frederick Burckhartt as Designer of the Great Seal of Missouri," 1931, (C1838)
Printed in the Fayette ADVERTISER, 13 October 1931.
Miller, John, Affidavit, 1828, (C3381)
Affidavit signed by John Miller concerning presidential election returns, November 1828, from Chariton and Howard Counties.
Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, Records, 1957-1967, (C2583)
1.8 linear feet
The records of the Missouri Rural Area Development Committee are organized into four sections: organization, policy, projects, and progress reports. The Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was designed to coordinate efforts to revitalize agricultural and natural resources in the rural areas.
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, Howard County. Courthouse Bandstand, Fayette, Architectural Drawings, 1969, (C3158)
Plans, elevations, sections, details, and construction materials.
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 and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic 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.
Missouri, Boone County, Records, 1821-1914, (C3041)
Early minutes of the Boone County Court, 1821-1822, 1830-1839. Deposition and will of Ira Nash in early court case, 1844. Minutes and premium book of the Boone County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, 1852-1874, Registration books for physicians, surgeons, dentists and osteopaths, 1874-1914. Books listing marks and brands and dog registrations for Boone 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.
Montgomery, Christine, Photographs, (P0144)
0.08 linear feet
Photographs of Walnut Grove, Sappington, and Bellefontaine Cemeteries, the 1993 Missouri River flood near Boonville, New Franklin area, Soulard Farmer's Market 1999, Johnson's Shut-ins 1994, Saline County Courthouse 1998, Jesse Hall 1997 restoration, 2002 Olympic Parade in Columbia, and Ste. Genevieve.
Morris, Hobart L., Papers, 1877-1954, (SUNP2301)
0.4 linear feet
Howard County, MO, newspaper articles on "The Gilded Age - 1877-1890;" CMC student term papers on "The Gilded Age;" U.D.C. minutes; scrapbooks.
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 Zion Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Records, 1830-1948, (C3036)
1 roll of microfilm
Mount Zion Baptist Church was organized on 1 September 1830. The record book contains a photograph of the church, articles of faith, and church covenant. Also included are meeting minutes that document transgressions of members such as drunkenness and fighting and the actions taken by the church leaders.
National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, Record Book, 1894-1902, (C2318)
Record book of a Glasgow, MO, agency, George B. Harrison, agent.
New Hope Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Minutes, 1820-1859, (C1315)
The records contain the constitution, principles, rules of decorum, and minutes of meetings of the New Hope Baptist Church, later called the Old School Baptist Church of Christ at New Hope, Howard County, Missouri.
New Hope Old School Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Records, 1820-1859, (C1327)
Abstract of principles, minutes of meetings, and membership lists.
Pearson Family, Papers, 1822-1941 (C0297)
Papers of Isaac Pearson (1810-1895), of the mercantile firm of Boon, Pearson, and Smith of Fayette, Missouri, and miscellaneous writings of his grandson, Ben S. Pearson of St. Louis.
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.
Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Board of Trustees' Proceedings, 1868-1926, (C1209)
Articles of association; certificate of incorporation; charter granted by secretary of state of Missouri; by-laws; and reports of the president and treasurer and the director of Morrison Observatory, as incorporated in the minutes of the meetings of the board of trustees of the Pritchett School Institute (later Pritchett College) in Glasgow, MO.
Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Cash Book, 1868-1917, (C1207)
Cash book of a college in Glasgow, MO.
Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Journal, 1877-1918, (C1208)
Records of Pritchett College and Morrison Observatory. Salary, endowment, tuition, and real estate records are included.
Pritchett Family, Papers, 1753-1984, (C4013)
0.6 linear feet
The Pritchett Family Papers consist of correspondence, published volumes, genealogical information, legal documents, and various miscellaneous materials of Carr Waller Pritchett, Henry Smith Pritchett, and Ida Pritchett.
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.
Rice, Herbert Francis (1901-1963), Papers, 1944-1963, (C2903)
The papers of Herbert Francis Rice contain personal correspondence with friends and business associates, largely concerning the Civil War in Missouri; manuscripts of articles by Rice on various Missouri history subjects; newspaper clippings from the Kansas City Times; Rice's obituary; and miscellaneous handbills and programs.
Salt Creek Christian Church, Howard County, Missouri, Records, 1817-1828, (C1337)
Original members who constituted the church, minutes of meetings, and membership records. The name of the church was changed to Ashland Christian Church in 1849.
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.
Saum, Lewis, "Research on Boone's Lick," 1962, (C2185)
The papers contain s description of nineteenth-century salt-making processes and the Boone's Lick Salt Works.
Shackleford,Thomas, (1822-1908), Books, 1893-1902, (C2324)
Shackelford was a lawyer, merchant and landowner in Glasgow, MO, and president and a stockholder of the Glasgow Savings Bank.
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.
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.
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.
Stubbs Photograph Album, (P0699)
Cartes de visite and tintypes of Howard County families. Surnames: Crews, Maupin, Bishop, Boggs, Broadus, Cornealison, Forbes, Harris, Land, Moore, Strode, and Wilcoxin. Removed from 19th century photo album. Addition photos of Mr. and Mrs. William Weaver (of Pilot Grove)
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. 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.
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.
Van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Collection, 1820-1971, (C2668)
1.2 linear feet
Material relating to the Trigg family of Boonville, MO; the papers of Harvey Bunce, Cooper County civic leader and vice-president of the Tebo and Neosho Railroad; and Charles Van Ravenswaay's correspondence and research notes on various families, institutions, historic sites and events in Cooper and Howard Counties, and miscellaneous material related primarily to Boonville, MO.
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.
Vaughan, Isaac P. (1816-1895), Diploma, 1837, (C1851)
The collection contains a diploma in medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Vaughan practiced medicine in Glasgow, MO, from 1839 until 1864.
W.A. Meyer Mercantile Company Books, 1893-1931, (C2316)
The collection contains Glasgow, MO, mercantile company ledgers. W.A. Meyer (b. 1838) was a merchant and agent for Missouri River packet lines. The business was established about 1870.
Wagner, G.O., Account Books, 1851-1860, (C1284)
Accounts of a Glasgow, MO, merchant.
Weathers Family, Papers, (CA6216)
32 linear feet, 3 audio tapes
Addition of family papers, primarily from Gene Weathers (1936-2008) of Fayette, Missouri. Includes correspondence, 1970s-2000s, and teaching materials for the blind. See also C4014.
Weathers Family, Papers, 1868-1991, (C4014)
3 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
The Weathers Family Papers document the lives of Virginia "Kate" and Benton H. Weathers of Howard County, Missouri, and the lives of their children and grandchildren. In addition to genealogical materials on the Weathers, Duncan, and Grigsby families, the collection includes some materials on the Weathers Lumber and Hardware Store in Fayette, Missouri, and the Missouri Polled Hereford Association Records.
Weston Bank of Missouri, Books, 1859-1878, (C2320)
Records of the Glasgow branch of Weston Bank of Missouri.
Weston F. Birch & Son Record Books, 1859-1871, (C2310)
The collection contains a daybook and an exchange book of a Glasgow, MO, banking house. Vol. 1 Daybook, 1869-1870. Vol. 2 Exchange book, 1859-1871. See also collection C2313 volume 2 of Glasgow Insurance Company Books, for daybook entries 1868-1869 of Weston F. Birch & Son.
Wilcoxon Family Papers, 1819-1883, (C3047)
Correspondence, deeds, financial records, and miscellaneous items of the Wilcoxson family of Fayette and Carrollton, MO.
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.
Woods, Marie, Photograph Collection, (P0649)
Photos of Linn Methodist Church and Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. Photographs of the University of Missouri Columns and Memorial Union.
Zoar Old School Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Records, 1871-1879, (C1326)
Articles of faith, rules of discipline, acts of the church, minutes of meetings, list of original subscribers, and deaths of members.