Manuscript Collection

Johnson County Collection Descriptions

Johnson County was organized in 1834. The county seat is Warrensburg. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Johnson County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.

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Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.


Beveridge, John L., Special Orders, 1865, (C2197)
1 folder
The collection contains positive photostats of Special Orders No. 144 to investigate complaints of Dresden, Pettis County, MO, citizens against Captain Devohue and the Pettis County Volunteers Militia for alleged interference with citizens (rebels who had taken the oath) and their property.

Blue River Baptist Association Record Book, 1834-1850, (C1303)
1 volume
Records of the Blue River Baptist Association of Jackson, Johnson, and Lafayette Counties, MO, with abstract of principles, form of government, rules of decorum, and minutes of meetings of the association, including statistical records of members, evangelists' reports, and executive committee minutes.

Bradshaw, James Daniels, Papers, 1904-1946, (C3225)
1 cubic foot
Ledgers, daybooks and inventory lists from the Bradshaw and Proctor Company, Barnett, MO, and the Leeton Lumber and Hardware Company, Leeton, MO. James Bradshaw was a partner in both firms. Other items are deposit slips, freight bills, and miscellaneous correspondence.


Carr, Will D., Scrapbooks, 1886-1889, (C1388)
2 volumes
Newspaper clippings of the writings of Will Carr, including DIVORCED BY DEATH; PEN PICTURES of the members and actions of the Missouri 34th and 35th general assemblies by Will Yum.

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.

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.

Cowan, Nancy, Photograph Collection, (P0274)
6 postcards
Six postcards from 1916 showing images of the British Remount Depot in Lathrop, Missouri.


Davis, William Hornbuckle (1805-1882) Papers, 1839 (K0537)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a land purchase certificate issued to William H. Davis.

Day, Joseph M., Loyalty Oath, 1866, (C1618)
1 folder
The records contain Joseph M. Day's loyalty oath as Second Lieutenant, Company F, Seventy-seventh Regiment, Missouri Militia, Cornelia, Johnson County, Missouri, December 13, 1866. Signed by Lieutenant W. E. Chester, Enrolling officer.


Fike, Ellie, (1861-1950), Diaries, 1879-1892, (C2216)
3 volumes, 3 folders
The papers contain diaries written by Ellie Fike while a student at the State Normal School at Warrensburg, Missouri, and during her post-graduate life at home and at work.

Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.

Flanery-Gillum-Lawson Family, Papers, 1862-2005, (C4142)
2 folders
The papers of the Flanery-Gillum-Lawson family, which include correspondence, family and cemetery photographs, and a copy of Paint Lick Reflections, a genealogical publication, Paint Lick, Kentucky, Summer, 2005.


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.


House, W.B., Photographs, (P0392)
2 photographs
Photos of Dunksburg, MO, ca. July 1991.


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.

Johnston, Louisa Poteet (1890-1979) Papers, ca. 1850s-ca. 2000s (K0650)
9 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, printed materials, news articles, research files and writings, ephemera and artifacts relating to: the Alexander Majors Home; the Russell, Majors, and Waddell Freighting company; the Pony Express; and the Johnston, Simpson and Majors families. Johnston was the great-granddaughter of Alexander Majors.


Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.


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 Land Records, 1843-1898, (C3680)
1 folder
Abstract of title to lands in Johnson County, MO, 1898; land deeds, Henry and Johnson Counties, MO, 1843-1871.

Missouri Pacific Railway Company, Summer & Winter Health & Pleasure Resorts, 1888, (R1001)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an illustrated promotional booklet published by the passenger department of the Missouri Pacific Railway. It concerns resorts along the rail lines in the western and southwestern states, especially those in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas.

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. American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, Papers, 1976, (CA2037)
12 folders
2 volumes
Items pertaining to the Bicentennial projects in PERRY, MO and area. Summary of events pertaining to NEW MADRID'S celebration of the Bicentennial. Scrapbook of LEASBURG, MO, Bicentennial. Notre Dame College, St. Louis, MO, Bicentennial records. Summary of DeWitt's Bicentennial events, including placing of plaques, Flag Day, July Fourth celebration, etc. Holden, MO, and western Johnson County Bicentennial events as recorded in newspaper articles from the HOLDEN PROGRESS from 1975 through 1976. Items depicting Grundy County's and Trenton's celebration of the Bicentennial. Minutes, bylaws, legal papers, correspondence, projects, etc., all pertaining to the celebration of the Bicentennial at Independence, MO.

Missouri, Kingsville, Massacre, 1865, (C3516)
1 folder, typescript
Description of robbing, killing and burning by guerrillas in the Johnson County town of Kingsville, MO, near the close of the Civil War. Author unknown.

Missouri, Warrensburg. School Board Minutes, 1866, (C3239)
1 folder
The collection contains a record of the organizational meeting of the Warrensburg school board.

Moody Family Photographs, (P0228)
10 photographs
Photographs of the family of Melville Pinkston Moody, an editor of the Johnson County Democrat. He was born and died in Warrensburg, Mo.

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.


Perry Family Letters, 1837-1872, (C3323)
1 folder
Personal letters mentioning deaths, marriages, religious conversions, slave auctions, and events of local interest. Letters originate in Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, or Missouri.

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.

Repass Family Papers, 1869-1870, (C1999)
1 folder
Letters from Reuben Fleming Repass and Ellen Missouri Brown Repass, Rose, Hill, MO, to Reuben's family in Rural Retreat, VA, discussing family matters, climate, prices, and crops.


Silliman Family Letters, 1862-1865, (C1831)
1 folder
Two letters written by Mrs. Silliman to relatives from Warrensburg, MO, during the Civil War. She describes social conditions at the time and how [her son] evaded the draft.

Smiser, Mary Miller, Photograph Collection, (P0719)
12 photographs
Photographs of Warrensburg and Pertle Springs, MO.

State of Missouri Collection, (P0018)
477 photographs
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)
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.


Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection, (P0720)
4 photographs
Photos of Central Missouri State University and Lake Cena, Pertle Springs Park.

Withers, Ethel Massie, Scrapbook, ca. 1916, (C1440)
0.3 linear feet
The Ethel Massie Withers Scrapbook is an album of photographic copies of lantern slides used to illustrate the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution lecture, Pioneering in Missouri, 1916. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the lecture, written by Ethel Massie Withers, with explanations of the photographs. The lantern slides are located in the Editorial Department of the State Historical Society of Missouri.