Laclede (pronounced luh-CLEED) County, named for Pierre Laclede, the founder of St. Louis, was organized in 1849. The county seat and largest city is Lebanon. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Laclede 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.
Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company, Record Book, 1876-1877, (R1288)
1 volume, oversize
This Atlantic and Pacific Railroad volume is a register of warranty and quitclaim deeds by the for lands sold by the company in Barry, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Phelps, Pulaski, Stone, and Webster counties in Missouri.
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.
Barr, Thomas Akers, Papers, 1861-1919, (R0270)
This collection consists of correspondence and papers of a native of Illinois and physician who began practice in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri, about 1869. Included are letters from Illinois soldiers serving in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, 1861-1865, from physicians in Illinois and Missouri, and from Harry Woodson Barr at Camp Bowie, Texas, 1918-1919.
Bennett, Lyman G., Collection, 1857-1865, (R0274)
These are diaries and topographic maps of a civil engineer, member of the 36th Illinois Infantry, and civilian employee of the U. S. Army. The materials concern homesteading in Minnesota in 1857; campaigning in Missouri and Arkansas with the Army of Southwest Missouri, 1861-1862; mapping in Kansas and Colorado in 1865; and the Powder River Indian Expedition in Nebraska and Wyoming in 1865.
Bittersweet, Papers, 1973-1983, (R0669)
These are papers of Bittersweet: The Ozark Quarterly, a journal of Ozark culture published by Ellen Gray Massey and her English classes at Lebanon (Mo.) High School. Included are tape recordings, transcripts, and photographs of interviews.
Bradford, Moses Jasper, Letters, 1861-1865, (R0360)
1 folder, photocopies
These are printed minutes of the ninety-second annual session of the Howell County Baptist Association, a Southern Baptist organization composed of churches in Howell County, Missouri. The minutes include the constitution, by-laws, and articles of faith, reports on church programs and finances, and statistical information.
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.
Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp 3737, Collection, 1935-1983, (R0177)
3 folders, photocopies
This collection contains correspondence, camp newspapers, and a scrapbook pertaining to the CCC camp near Lynchburg, Laclede County, Missouri. There are also a few items from camps in Winona and Sumner, Missouri, and newspaper clippings regarding reunions in 1983 of former CCC trainees in Missouri.
Conway Public Schools, Conway, Missouri, Booklet, 1912, (R0915)
This booklet provides information concerning the 1912-1913 school year for the Conway Public Schools at Conway in Laclede County, Missouri. The principal was Lonnie S. Haymes.
Domestic Science Club, Lebanon, Missouri, Yearbooks, 1908-1943, (R0297)
These are pamphlet yearbooks of a women's club in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri, organized in 1898 as the Home Economics Club. The yearbooks include the constitution and by-laws, rosters of officers and members, and committee assignments.
Draper, Arthur Clinton, Collection, 1899-1944, (R0112)
2 volumes, 5 folders
This collection contains scrapbooks, correspondence, advertising material, scripts, and memorabilia of Arthur Clinton Draper of Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. Clint Draper produced minstrel shows in the central and western states for over thirty years. He specialized in benefit performances at Elks lodges.
Draper, Arthur Clinton, Photograph Collection, ca. 1890-1935, (R0847)
These are the photographs of Arthur Clinton Draper, a producer of minstrel shows. Draper produced minstrel shows in the central and western states for over thirty years, specializing in benefit performances at Elks lodges.
Elgin, Robert L., Photograph Collection, ca. 1950s-1990s, (R1015)
These are black and white photographs, color slides, plans, and detail drawings of historic structures in the northern Ozarks of Missouri. Several counties are represented, but especially Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Osage, and Washington. The primary topics are vernacular architecture, log structures, churches, and cemeteries.
George, Mrs. Vincent, Correspondence, 1941, (R0808)
This collection consists of three letters to Mrs. Vincent George of Lynn, Massachusetts, from her newlywed daughter, Mary, who was on her honeymoon road trip to the Grand Canyon. One letter was written from Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri.
Gilmore, Lizzie C., Correspondence, 1861-1865, (R0346)
These are letters by Lizzie C. Gilmore, a Union soldier's wife, at Lebanon and Rolla, Missouri, and from her relatives in Keosauqua, Iowa, and Crittenden County, Kentucky. The letters note political differences among family members, events preceding the battle of Memphis in Scotland County, Missouri, guerrilla activity in Kentucky, and depredations by bushwhackers in Laclede County, Missouri.
Grand Army of the Republic, Lebanon, Missouri, Records, 1882-1937, (R0081)
3 volumes, 1 folder
These are ledgers, a minute book, and miscellaneous papers of a Grand Army of the Republic post at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri.
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.
H & H store, Daybook/Journal, 1853-1854, (R0099)
This volume is a daybook/journal from one of the earliest general stores in Lebanon, the seat of Laclede County, Missouri. The proprietors were John B. Harrison (1809-1860) and Joseph Thomas Hooker (1831-1894).
Harrison Family, History, 1980, (R0143)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a compilation of historical and genealogical material concerning the Harrison family of Phelps and Laclede counties in Missouri. Assembled by Florence J. Malaney, the material includes copies of family papers, 1860-1865, genealogical research on the family by Clair V. Mann, n.d., and correspondence with Robert K. Hooker, 1980.
Hickory Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Petition, 1868, (R0080)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a petition by members of the Hickory Valley Cumberland Presbyterian Church to be admitted as a congregation into the Springfield, Missouri, Presbytery. Thirteen members of the congregation signed the petition.
Hidden Valley Lake, Laclede County, Missouri, Brochure, n.d., (R1156)
This is a brochure for Hidden Valley Lake, a privately managed recreation site east of Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri. The proprietors were Bill and Rhea Casner.
How, Russell A. (1906-1996) and Bernadine M. (1910-2001), Collection, 1927-1989, (C4023)
5 linear feet, 4 card files
The Russell and Bernadine How collection contains photographs, maps, printed materials, and notes on grist mills in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. The collection also includes materials related to Missouri tourism.
Knights of Labor, Phillipsburg, Missouri, Records, 1888-1896, (R0198)
1 volume, 1 folder
This collection consists of a minute book and miscellaneous papers of the local chapter of the Knights of Labor at Phillipsburg in Laclede County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, membership information, miscellaneous correspondence, and circulars.
Laclede County, Missouri, School District No. 36 (Keck School), souvenir booklet, 1920, (R0709)
This is a small souvenir booklet presented by Effie B. Stephens, teacher, to the students at Keck School in Laclede County, Missouri, at the close of the school year in April 1920. Included are the names of the pupils and the directors of the school district.
Laclede County, Missouri, School District No. 56 (Ivey School), Souvenir Program, 1912, (R0697)
This is a small souvenir booklet presented by "Prof. H. C. Clark, Teacher," to the students at Ivey School in Laclede County, Missouri, at the close of the school year in 1912.
Laclede County, Missouri, Superintendent of Schools, Directories, 1943-1946, (R0855)
These are four Laclede County, Missouri, school directories, published in consecutive years (1943-1944 through 1946-1947) by County School Superintendent Hazel Ponder. Included are district numbers and names, teachers' names and salaries, total assessed valuations and tax rates, enrollment and average attendance, and names of members of the School Board for each district.
Lawrence County Historical Society, Missouri, Baptist association minutes, 1882-1933, (R0644)
These are printed minutes of annual meetings of Primitive Baptist associations in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The most complete series are for the Center Creek and Ozark associations of Missouri. The minutes include the proceedings of the associations, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, the articles of faith and rules of decorum, and correspondence with other associations.
Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon, Missouri, booklet and pamphlet, 1928-1934, (R1060)
This collection consists of a booklet (1928) and a pamphlet (1934) promoting Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri, as a location for industry, agriculture, and residence.
Lebanon Nature Club, Newsletters, 1934-1940, (R0298)
1 folder, photocopies
These are newsletters of a natural history club in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. The newsletters include information on club activities, local sightings of flora and fauna, and species counts.
Lebanon Shakespeare Club, Records, ca. 1882-1982, (R0300)
23 folders, 4 volumes
These are records of a women's literary club at Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. The collection includes minute books, financial reports, attendance records, annual programs, scrapbooks, photographs, and miscellaneous papers.
Lebanon Study Club, Records, 1965-1976, (R0296)
This collection includes a cash book, minutes of meetings, yearbooks, and miscellaneous papers of a women's club in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. Organized in 1919, the club disbanded in 1976.
Lebanon Woman's Club, Yearbooks, 1935-1964, (R0299)
These are pamphlet yearbooks of the Lebanon Woman's Club at Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri, 1950-1964. The yearbooks include lists of officers and members, the constitution and by-laws, committee assignments, and program topics. With the collection is a yearbook of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Lebanon, 1935-1936.
Liberty Association of Free Will Baptists, Booklets, 1971-1978, (R1200)
These are five booklets containing the minutes of the annual sessions of the Liberty Association of Free Will Baptists for the years 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, and 1978. The Association met at the Niangua Youth Camp near Niangua in Webster County, Missouri.
Liberty Freewill Baptist Church, Laclede County, Missouri, Minutes, 1869-1874, (R0364)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of meetings and a roster of members of the Liberty Freewill Baptist Church near Phillipsburg in Laclede County, Missouri. The minutes deal primarily with the admission and exclusion of members.
Libra Club, Lebanon, Missouri, Scrapbooks, 1950-2003, (R1153)
These are the scrapbooks of the Libra Club, a women's club at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, annual booklets, photographs, and miscellaneous papers.
Lions Club, Lebanon, Missouri, Booklet, 1931, (R1247)
This is a program booklet for "Charter Night" for the Lions Club at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri, on 5 January 1931. Included are a list of "charter members," the program, the menu, and a "Short History of Lebanon." E. L. Vernon was the first President of the club.
Mann, Henry Perrin Civil War Diaries, 1862-1865, (R0455)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of the Civil War diaries of Henry P. Mann, Co. B Cavalry, 36th Illinois Infantry. The company was later assigned to the 15th Illinois Cavalry as Co. K. The diaries cover the Pea Ridge campaign in Missouri and Arkansas, the occupation of Corinth, Mississippi, the battle of Chickamauga, the siege of Chattanooga, and the Atlanta campaign. The entries for 1865 concern personal business and finances.
Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.
Mark Twain National Forest, Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s, (R0471)
This collection was selected from unofficial files on miscellaneous historical topics, including local histories, the CCC, the YCC, the "Irish Wilderness," and the Eleven Point River. There are transcriptions of interviews with "old-timers" and Forest Service retirees.
McComb, James, Papers, 1852-1926, (R0238)
These are papers of Dr. James McComb, an early physician of Laclede County, Missouri. The papers include medical notebooks and treatment records, Civil War papers, McComb's autobiography, and family correspondence following his death.
McFall, Anderson, Journal, 1898-1914, (R0365)
These are transcripts of the journal of a resident of Phillipsburg in Laclede County, Missouri. The brief entries note marriages, births, injuries, illnesses, and deaths in the community, and contain news on fires, weather conditions, visitors, and residents moving away from or returning to the Phillipsburg area.
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 Federation of Women's Clubs, Sixth District, Secretary's Record Book, 1932-1943, (R1175)
These are the secretary's minutes of the annual meetings of the Sixth District, Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs. The record book includes minutes of the twenty-ninth through fortieth annual meetings, 1932-1943.
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.
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.
Murray, Thomas, Correspondence, 1862-1867, (R0522)
These are letters addressed to Thomas Murray of Davenport, Iowa, by relatives serving in the Union army during the Civil War. Included are letters from a brother, William Murray, and a cousin, Thomas Murray, both of whom served in Company C of the 20th Iowa Infantry in Missouri and Arkansas. There are also postwar letters regarding the grave of William Murray, who was killed at Prairie Grove, Arkansas.
Nelson Family, Collection, 1879-1973, (R0252)
5 volumes, 8 folders, 104 photographs
These are scrapbooks, miscellaneous papers, and photographs of the Nelson family of Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. Absolom, Arthur T., and Frank R. Nelson operated a commercial apple orchard and a tavern and motel along U.S. Highway 66. Arthur T. Nelson served on various Missouri state commissions and boards. The photographs in the collection have been copied on 35mm negatives and slides.
Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists, Missouri, Minutes, 1904-1941, (R0995)
These are published minutes of annual sessions of the Ozark Association of Primitive Baptists, which consisted of member congregations in Dallas, Greene, Polk, Webster, and Wright counties in Missouri. Minutes are available for meetings in 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, and 1941.
Philia Club, Lebanon, Missouri, Records, 1961-2004, (R1190)
2 volumes, 3 folders, 25 booklets
These are minutes of meetings, a scrapbook, and miscellaneous papers of the Philia Club, a women's club at Lebanon in Laclede County, 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.
Pyle's International Transcontinental Foot Race, Programs, 1928-1929, (R0094)
1 folder, photocopies
These are programs from Charles C. Pyle's first and second annual transcontinental foot races. The 1928 race was from Los Angeles to New York; the 1929 race was from New York to Los Angeles. Through Missouri the runners followed U.S. Highway 66.
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.
Rogers, James S., Papers, 1862-1863, (R0249)
2 folders, photocopies
This collection includes a Civil War diary and letters of James S. Rogers, a resident of Corydon, Iowa, and member of Co. M of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry. The diary and letters cover his departure from home, enlistment and training at Davenport, Iowa, and cavalry service in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Rubey, Charles W., Papers, 1857-1914, (R0200)
These are papers of a businessman and militia officer of Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. Included are personal, family, and business papers, and a large group of records from militia organizations raised in Laclede County during the Civil War. The military records include correspondence, orders, equipment and ordnance returns, certificates of enrollment and exemption, and muster rolls.
Shepard, Edward Martin, Lantern Slides, n.d., (R1184)
These are lantern slides showing springs, natural bridges, and caves in the Ozarks region of Missouri. They were produced for teaching purposes by Edward M. Shepard, a professor of geology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.
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.
Spiller, Willis A., Collection, 1863-1955, (R0147)
1 folder, photocopies
These are personal papers, newspaper clippings, and genealogical material concerning Willis A. Spiller, a businessman and county official in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. There is also genealogical information on the Stinson family.
St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, Records, 1859-1980, (R0362)
635 items in 56 cartons
These are corporate minutes and financial account books, and other records of the St. Louis-San Francisco ("Frisco") Railway Company (1916-1980) and predecessor, subsidiary, and constituent companies, most notably the St. Louis & San Francisco Railway (1876-1896) and the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad (1896-1916). The "Frisco" operated in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. It became part of the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.
Stewart Funeral Home, Lebanon, Missouri, Records, 1931-1943, (R0079)
These are records of funerals conducted by the Stewart Funeral Home at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri. The entries include vital statistics and genealogical information, the cause of death, the date and place of burial, and the cost of the funeral. The volumes are indexed.
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. 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.
United States. Army. Missouri Infantry Reg't, Phelps's, Account Book, 1862, (R0272)
These are accounts of Lt. Robert B. Owen, Quartermaster of Phelps's Regiment at Rolla, Lebanon and Springfield, Missouri, January—May 1862. Included are records of receipt and issue of food, forage, clothing and camp equipage, lists of civilians employed by the army, and notes on wagon trains in quartermaster service.
Walker, James Blaine, "The Unmuffled Voice in the Ozark Tourist Region," 1950, (R0929)
This is a newsletter for two African American Methodist churches of which James Blaine Walker was the pastor. They were Mount Lebanon Methodist Church at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri, and Elkins Methodist Church at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are church calendars and news items, inspirational articles, and advertisements for local businesses.
Watts, John J., Collection, 1874-1912, (R0038)
These are manuscript notebooks of genealogical records kept by a circuit-riding Baptist minister in the northern Ozarks. The records cover Ph.elps, Pulaski, Texas, and parts of Maries, and Dent counties in south-central Missouri. An index is included.
Welch Family, Correspondence, 1839-1854, (R0391)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of letters to and from members of the Welch family in Pulaski and Dade counties in Missouri, and Scott County, Illinois. Topics include family news, acquaintances, health, crops, and the weather.
Wobus, Paul A., Papers, 1918-1989, (R0008)
52 folders, 89 notebooks
The Rev. Paul A. Wobus was born in St. Charles, Missouri, on 14 February 1893. His father, Reinhard Wobus, was pastor of the Evangelical Church there. Paul Wobus died on 11 December 1982 in Concordia, Missouri.
Woodward, R. R., Letter, 1909, (R0931)
This is a form letter dated 15 February 1909 from R. R. Woodward at Lebanon in Laclede County, Missouri, to Ralph V. Callaway at Atlanta, Illinois. In the letter Woodward encouraged Callaway to invest in real estate in Missouri.
Wright, Clark, Papers, 1861-1863, (R0523)
These are the Civil War papers of Clark Wright, a resident of Polk County, Missouri, and a Union cavalry officer. The collection includes an order to Wright from John M. Schofield, letters from St. Louis and Rolla to his wife, Sarah Jane Wright, newspaper clippings, rosters of the field and staff officers of the 6th Missouri Cavalry, and a list of signs and countersigns for the post at Lebanon, Missouri.