Manuscript Collection

Howard County Collection Descriptions

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.

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Benecke, Eleanor MaGruder, Collection, (P0109)
5 folders
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)
5 rolls of microfilm
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)
1 folder
As I Recall, Stories of and for the Family by Florence Harrison Bill, containing unusual stories of Columbia, Glasgow, and Fayette, MO.

Birch, Anna Mae, Photograph Collection, (P0641)
4 photographs
Photos of homes in Glasgow, MO: Dunnica and Birch. Portrait of Dr. Isaac Vaughan.

Birch, Earickson and Co., Books, 1861-1885, (C2309)
4 volumes
The records contain daybooks, one journal, and letter book of a Glasgow, Missouri, banking house.

Boone, W[illiam] C., Letter, 1841, (C2209)
1 folder
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)
1 folder
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.


Central College, Photographs, (P0642)
7 photographs
Photos of Central College, now Central Methodist University, in Fayette, MO. Most of the photographs depict the Morrison Observatory.

Chick, Washington Henry, "As I Remember," 1965, and Program, Dedication of William M. Chick Post Office, 1964, (C2577)
1 folder
Pamphlet about the life of Washington Henry Chick in western Missouri and Kansas. Program of dedication of William M. Chick post office.

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.


Forty-Niners, Fifties, and the Old timers Association, Minutes, 1889-1892, (C1535)
1 folder
Proceedings and membership lists of a Boonville, Missouri, organization.


Glasgow [Missouri] Board of Education Books, 1875-1917, (C2327)
8 volumes
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)
2 volumes
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)
1 volume
Ledger of an unidentified Glasgow, MO, mercantile company.

Glasgow Savings Bank, Glasgow, Missouri, Records, 1872-1908, (C2312)
11 volumes
The collection contains records of an early Missouri bank.

Glasgow Savings Bank Books, 1865-1920, (C2554)
106 volumes
Records of an early Missouri bank.

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.


Harrison, Marr & Co., Books, 1867-1869, (C2323)
2 volumes
Ledgers kept by a flour manufacturing business. John Harrison was president and Thomas H. Marr was secretary.

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.

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.

Howard County Bank, Glasgow, Missouri, Books, 1877-1897, (C2314)
2 volumes
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 [1859], (C1914)
1 folder
Rules for boarding pupils pertaining to dress, manners, exercise, and other matters.


Insurance Company of North America, Policy Register, 1882-1889, (C2319)
1 volume
Records of Glasgow, MO, agency, of which James S. Thomson was agent.


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.

Kingsbury Family, Papers, (SUNP2718)
0.5 linear feet

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.


Lehman and Miller, Glasgow, Missouri, Ledger, 1884, (C2315)
1 volume
The collection contains the ledger of a general store, called Lehman Brothers prior to 1881.

Lehman Brothers, Glasgow, Missouri, Record Book, 1874-1884, (C2311)
1 volume
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)
1 folder
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)
1 volume
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)
1 folder
Printed in the Fayette ADVERTISER, 13 October 1931.

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)
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 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 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.

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.

Morris, Hobart L., Papers, 1877-1954, (SUNP2301)
0.4 linear feet
7 volume(s)
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)
1 volume
Record book of a Glasgow, MO, agency, George B. Harrison, agent.

New Hope Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Minutes, 1820-1859, (C1315)
1 volume
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)
1 volume
Abstract of principles, minutes of meetings, and membership lists.


Pearson Family, Papers, 1822-1941 (C0297)
6 folder(s)
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)
2 volumes
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)
1 volume
Cash book of a college in Glasgow, MO.

Pritchett College, Glasgow, Missouri, Journal, 1877-1918, (C1208)
1 volume
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)
5 folder(s)
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)
1 volume
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)
1 folder
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)
4 volumes
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.


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)
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.

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)
1 folder
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)
4 volumes
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)
2 volumes
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)
2 volumes
Records of the Glasgow branch of Weston Bank of Missouri.

Weston F. Birch & Son Record Books, 1859-1871, (C2310)
2 volumes
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.

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.


Zoar Old School Baptist Church, Howard County, Missouri, Records, 1871-1879, (C1326)
1 volume
Articles of faith, rules of discipline, acts of the church, minutes of meetings, list of original subscribers, and deaths of members.

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