Lawrence County, named for Capt. James Lawrence, a hero of the War of 1812, was organized in 1845. The county seat and largest city is Mount Vernon. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Lawrence 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.
1970 Centennial Committee, Aurora, Missouri, Booklet, 1970, (R0887)
This is a booklet published in celebration of the centennial of the founding of Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are many historical photographs with accompanying identifications and historical narratives.
Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.
American Insitute of Mining Engineers, War Minerals of the Joplin-Miami District, 1917, (R0896)
This is a booklet prepared for the Joplin-Miami portion of the annual meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, held on 11-13 October 1917. It features a narrative report on the district by Otto Ruhl, with maps and data complied by G. B. Corless.
Armory Theatre Association, Stock Certificate, 1908, (R1118)
This is certificate number 20, dated 22 October 1908, for twenty shares of stock in the Armory Theatre Association at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The shares were sold to N. B. Pearman, who also signed as secretary of the corporation, along with N. V. H. Walker, president.
Aurora Community Chamber of Commerce, Promotional Booklet, 1924, (R0813)
This is Aurora Missouri: Summit City of the Ozarks, a booklet published by the Aurora Community Chamber of Commerce to promote the economic development of Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri.
Aurora Grocer Company, Records, 1906-1962, (R0334)
This collection includes a minute book and miscellaneous papers of a wholesale grocery business located at Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings of stockholders and directors, certificates of incorporation and dissolution, proxy authorizations, real estate papers, and an agreement to sell the remaining inventory in 1961.
Bailey, Stephen, Papers, 1865-1890, (C2611)
The papers of Stephen Bailey contain a discharge from the Civil War of Stephen D. Bailey, Pierce City, MO, 1865. Also included are miscellaneous papers relating to a veteran's pension, 1890, and information explaining Missouri military organizations.
Center Creek Association of Primitive Baptists, Minutes, 1907-1919, (R0923)
These are published minutes of the 73rd and 85th annual sessions of the Center Creek Association of Primitive Baptists. The meetings were held with Clear Creek Church in Newton County, Missouri, on 14-16 September 1907 and 19-21 September 1919. J. Shields and J. A. Alberty were the moderators and R. C. Hendricks and H. H. Patten were the clerks.
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.
Clark, Levi, E., Biography, 1957, (C3506)
The papers contain a biography of a Lawrence County, Missouri, pioneer, written by his grandson, C. C. Heagerty. Clark was born in Kentucky in 1836 and died in 1907.
Cook, Warren, Collection, 1782-1978, (R0043)
These are photocopies of papers of the Smith, Havins, Roseberry, and Cook families of southwestern Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. The collection includes correspondence, estate papers, and genealogical records. There are also two farm diaries, 1875-1876.
Daughters of Rebekah, Fidelia Lodge No. 182, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Records, 1896-1955, (R0690)
These are the records of Daughters of Rebekah Fidelia Lodge in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records consist of minute books, 1896-1955, a financial record book, 1896-1929, membership account books, 1901-1943, and roll of officers, 1905-1949.
Daughters of Rebekah, Fiftieth District (Missouri), Booklet, 1910, (R1237)
This is the "Programme" booklet for the second annual meeting of the Fiftieth District of the Daughters of Rebekah, held at Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri, on 22 February 1910. Mollie Clutter of Monett served as President.
First Congregational Church, Aurora, Missouri, Bulletin, 1914, (R1044)
This is the bulletin for the services on Sunday, 11 January 1914, at the First Congregational Church at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The pastor was the Rev. John Allen Schmink. The bulletin includes an announcement of forthcoming services by the Rev. John B. Gonzales of St. Louis.
Gay & Skinner, Account Books, 1879-1885, (R0345)
These are standard accounting volumes for the firm of Gay & Skinner, a general merchandise establishment in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are ledgers, journals, and a combination journal/daybook. The firm's principals have not been positively identified, but may have been T. K. Gay and J. M. Skinner.
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.
Historical Committee of the Verona Centennial, Booklet, 1968, (R0942)
This is a booklet produced for the centennial celebration of Verona in Lawrence County, Missouri, on 2-4 August 1968. Included are brief illustrated histories of the town of Verona and its businesses, schools, churches, and government.
Home Culture Club, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Collection, 1906-1928, (R0722)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection includes a banquet invitation (1906) and three yearbooks (1923-1928) of the Home Culture Club in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri.
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.
Hunter Family, Letters, 1864-1880, (R0469)
1 folder, photocopies, typescripts
This is correspondence of the Hunter and Hagler families of Jasper, Lawrence, and Polk counties in Missouri. The letters were written by Elizabeth Hunter and her daughters, Priscilla A. Hunter and Charlotte Elizabeth (Hunter) Hagler, and were addressed to another daughter, Margaret (Hunter) Newberry. Topics include news of family and friends, turmoil during the Civil War, farm life, and religious matters.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Mount Vernon Lodge No. 151, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Records, 1865-1974, (R0689)
24 volumes, 10 folders
These are the records of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 151 in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, rolls of officers, reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, membership records, and miscellaneous papers.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Sarcoxie Encampment No. 98, Pierce City, Missouri, Records, 1951-1974, (R0712)
4 volumes, 4 folders
These are the records of the Odd Fellows Encampment No. 98 in Pierce City, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, correspondence, membership applications, and financial papers. Included are minutes of the Aurora Encampment, 1966-1968.
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.
Jones, Frank W., Campaign Card, 1920, (R1224)
This is a political campaign card for Frank W. Jones of Stotts City, Missouri, who was the Democratic candidate for State Representative from Lawrence County in 1920.
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Minstrel Program, 1955, (R0744)
This is a program for the "Jaycee 'Dixieland Minstrel'" presented at the high school auditorium in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri, on 25-26 April 1955.
Kellogg & Whaley, Account Books, 1870-1879, (R0332)
These are daybooks (1870, 1872-1879), journals (1872-1879), and ledgers of a general merchandise establishment owned by James Madison Kellogg and William W. Whaley. The store was located on the courthouse square in Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. See also collection R0315.
Klemme, Arnold W., "A Soil Improvement Program for Lawrence County, Missouri," 1926, (C2673)
The collection contains a paper submitted to the contest of the Soil Improvement Committee of the National Fertilizer Association.
Koelker, Karl L., Collection, 1896-1948, (R0011)
52 folders, oversize
These are negative photocopies of the "mining pages" from the Sunday issues of the Joplin Daily Globe (later the Joplin Globe), 6 September 1896--15 February 1948. They contain news and production figures for the lead and zinc mining region in southwestern Missouri.
Ladies Saturday Club, Aurora, Missouri, Booklets, 1911-1913, (R1021)
These are three annual program schedule and membership booklets for the Ladies Saturday Club at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The booklets are for 1911-1912, 1912-1913, and 1913-1914. They include the names of officers, chairwomen, and members.
Landrum, Richard Hundley, The Immigrant's Guide, 1882, (R0374)
This is a promotional newspaper published by R. H. Landrum and Euphrates Boucher at Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The publication contains articles promoting agriculture and stock-raising in southwestern Missouri and the opportunities for immigrants to Lawrence County.
Lawrence County, Missouri, Mercantile Account Books, 1852-1872, (R0315)
These are ledgers, journals, and daybooks from mercantile establishments located in or near Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are records attributed to stores operated by "B. & O. Stone," "Whaley & George," Samuel Stone, "Haley & McCanse," "Gay, Allen & Co.," Nancy Stone, and "Kellogg & Whaley."
Lawrence County, Missouri, Mount Vernon Township, Blue Hall School, Souvenir, 1905, (R0899)
This is a "souvenir" marking the end of the school year on 31 March 1905 at Blue Hall School in Mount Vernon Township in Lawrence County, Missouri. The souvenir was presented by the teacher, Lida McNatt, and includes the names of all the students and the members of the school board.
Lawrence County Bank, Records, 1873-1924, (R0543)
2 volumes, 1 folder
This collection consists of two corporate minute books (1873-1903 and 1903-1913) and miscellaneous correspondence (1920-1924) of the Lawrence County Bank in Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri. The bank was, for the most part, owned and managed by Lewis L. L. Allen and his son, L. L. Allen.
Lawrence County Bank, Records, ca. 1880-1896, (R0980)
2 volumes, 1 folder, oversize
These are records of the Lawrence County Bank in Pierce City, Missouri. Included are an account book, ca. 1880-1896; an Exchange Register, 1891-1893; and a few miscellaneous papers, 1881.
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.
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.
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.
McCanse Brothers, Records, 1886-1933, (R0355)
These are journals, cash books, and ledgers from the mercantile operations of the McCanse family at Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are records of the firm styled McCanse Brothers, 1886-ca. 1899, and those of Charles A. McCanse, ca. 1899-1933.
McClintock, R. S., Letter, 1916, (R1109)
This is a letter dated 28 November 1916 from R. S. McClintock at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri, to Edward A. Hill at Aurora in Lawrence County, Missouri. The letter deals with mining property near Webb City in Jasper County.
Mickey Owen Baseball School, Booklet, ca. 1975, (R0771)
This is a promotional booklet for the Mickey Owen Baseball School, an instructional facility located near Miller in Lawrence County, Missouri.
Missouri Dept. of Resources, "The White River Country," n.d., (R0324)
This is a map of the White River watershed encompassing all or parts of eleven counties in southern Missouri. Topographic features and recreational sites are shown, as are mills, mines, bridges, fords, schools, and churches.
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, Historic Mining Photographs, ca. 1880s-1910s, (R0620)
This is a collection of photographs concerning mining industries in Missouri, with an emphasis on the Old Lead Belt of southeastern Missouri, and the Tri-State mining district centered on Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. The subjects include surface installations of various mines, mining equipment, mills, and general views of the mining areas.
Monett Chamber of Commerce, Monett, Missouri, Dairy Show Booklet, 1950, (R0911)
This is a booklet for the Lawrence and Barry Counties Second Annual Dairy Show, held at Monett in Barry County, Missouri, on 15-16 September 1950. Included are names of officers, the schedule, rules and regulations, and a list of premiums.
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 Vernon, Missouri, Ledger, 1872-1879, (R0333)
This is an account ledger of a millinery and dress accessories shop, probably associated with Kellogg & Whaley's store in Mount Vernon, Missouri. The accounts are indexed at the front of the volume. Kellogg & Whaley account books are included in collections R0315 and R0332.
Mount Vernon Building and Loan Association, Minutes, 1888-1908, (R0733)
This volume contains minutes of regular and called meetings of the Board of Directors of the Mount Vernon Building and Loan Association of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, Missouri. The Association was formed to provide loans for the improvement of property and buildings in Mount Vernon. The minutes include the names of borrowers and amounts of the loans.
Odell, A.N., Account Books, 1876-1880, (C2567)
The collection contains account books of the Reverend A.N. Odell, financial agent for Marionville Collegiate Institute, Marionville, MO.
Ozark Playgrounds Association, Booklets and Pamphlets, 1929-1955, (R0854)
These are three booklets and three pamphlets published by the Ozark Playgrounds Association promoting "Playgrounds of the Ozarks," in an area encompassing parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Included in the booklets are geographical listings, while two of the pamphlets contain highway maps and listings of member hotels, motels, resorts, restaurants, and tourist attractions, while another contains more general information.
Ozark Prairie Presbyterian Church, Lawrence County, Missouri, Records, 1879-1954, (C3050)
1 reel, 2 volumes
Volume one contains minutes of the monthly church business sessions which consist mainly of the names of those present or absent, the current pastor, new members, departing members, and presbytery delegates. Volume two provides a comprehensive record of the pastors, elders, deacons, communicants or members, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and Sunday School statistics.
Peirce City Guards, Records, 1883-1888, (R0544)
1 folder, photocopies
This collection consists of a "Secretary's Record" and miscellaneous papers of the Peirce City Guards, a local company of state militia at Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings and some membership data.
Phelps, Missouri, Cashbook, 1884, (R0344)
This is a cashbook of an unidentified general store at Phelps, ten miles northwest of Mount Vernon in Lawrence County, Missouri. It may have been operated by Lawson & Clements, or by Wiley & Company. There are entries for 10 May -- 17 August 1884.
Poirot, Eugene M., Papers, 1923-1989, (R0385)
These are papers of a farmer and environmentalist of Lawrence County, Missouri. Topics include agriculture, fish-culture, soil conservation, and farm legislation. Included are family papers, correspondence, writings, speeches, photographs, and motion pictures on videocassette. In part, on microfilm.
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, John J., Letter, 1917, (R0905)
This is a letter dated 23 December 1917 from John J. Price at Peirce (now Pierce) City in Lawrence County, Missouri, to R. L. Ballou at Jefferson in Ashe County, North Carolina. The letter concerns the possibility of Price taking over Ballou's flour mill at Big Timber in Sweet Grass County, Montana.
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.
Saturday Book Club, Mount Vernon, Missouri, Yearbooks, 1912-1917, (R0721)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the yearbooks of The Saturday Book Club at Mount Vernon, Lawrence County, Missouri. The yearbooks include rosters of members, a schedule of meetings, hostesses, and books discussed, and by-laws.
Shelton, T. J., Southwestern Miner, 1892, (R0873)
These are four issues from June, August, and October 1892 of the Southwestern Miner, a newsletter "devoted exclusively to the Lead and Zinc mines of Missouri and Kansas." Published every week at Carterville, Missouri, by "Campbell & Shelton" and managed by T. J. Shelton, the journal included production statistics and mining news items from southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas, and particularly from Jasper County, Missouri.
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.
State of Missouri 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.
Tri-State Exploration Company, Stock Certificate, 1927, (R1041)
This is a certificate for one share of stock in the Tri-State Exploration Company, which had offices at Springfield in Greene County, Missouri, and mineral leases on land in Lawrence County, Missouri. The certificate was issued to L. M. Miller on 4 November 1927.
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.
Verona Baptist Church, Verona, Missouri, Records, 1869-1921, (C3616)
1 roll of microfilm
Rules of decorum, articles of faith, membership records, and minutes.
Wiley, Robert S., Collection, 1869-1994, (R0521)
This is a collection of legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazines and printed material, advertising items, and miscellaneous paper ephemera pertaining to the history of Stone County, and to travel, tourism, and recreation in the White River Lakes region of southwestern Missouri. Much of the collection pertains to Stone County, Missouri, but there is also material on Greene, Lawrence, and Taney counties in Missouri, and some locations in Arkansas.
Wittich, L. L., "Zinc and Lead Handbook," 1916, (R0275)
This a pamphlet concerning the zinc and lead industries and mineral production in the Joplin District of Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Included are production figures for mines and mining companies in the Joplin District, and statistics on the international production, pricing, and consumption of zinc and lead.
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.
World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.
Zion United Church of Christ, Lawrence County, Missouri, Records, 1880-2001, (R0714)
8 volumes, 4 folders
These are records of the Zion United Church of Christ near Freistatt in Lawrence County, Missouri. Included are minutes of church council meetings, registers of members, officers, pas-tors, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, and miscellaneous items. Some of the records are in German. Included is one volume of records from Union United Church of Christ, 1947-1998.
Zumwalt Family, Papers, 1862-1992, (C4048)
0.5 linear feet
The Zumwalt family papers consist of genealogical materials, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, local church histories, and miscellaneous articles relating to a family that settled in Boone and Callaway Counties around 1800.