Manuscript Collection

Linn County Collection Descriptions


Linn County was organized in 1837. The county seat is Linneus. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Linn County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.


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B

Bishop, Rev. Maury Whipple, Photograph Collection, (P0660)
41 photographs
Photos of Bishop family members, Ben and Alice Dixon, dedication ceremonies for General Pershing's Home (1960, Laclede) and Liberty Memorial (1961, Kansas City), the 1949 Missouri State Fair, Longview Farm (Lee's Summit), and fountains in Forest Park (St. Louis). Postcards of Independence.

Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
32 photographs
Photographs of Missouri Railroad depots.

Brownlee, Dr. Richard S., Photograph Collection, (P0070)
1 folder
Copy photos of Brownlee family and family home, Brownlee Banking Co, etc.

C

Center Presbyterian Church, Linn County, Missouri, Records, 1891-1914, (C1348)
1 volume
Brief history of the church, session minutes, rolls of elders and deacons, roll of members, and roll of children baptized.

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.

F

First Presbyterian Church, Laclede, Missouri, Records, 1866-1888, (C1350)
1 volume
Organization of the church and minutes of sessions.

First Presbyterian Church, Laclede, Missouri, Records, 1866-1911, (C1351)
1 folder
The records contain church organization, covenant, beliefs and statistics on membership.

G

Grand Army of the Republic, Missouri, Record Book, 1883-1905, (C2469)
1 volume
The records contain a membership record book of the Grand Army of the Republic post at Meadville, 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

Harwood, Wanda Haney, Collection, 1862-1889, (C1241)
1 folder
The collection contains a diary written in 1872 by Maggie Jenkins of Brookfield, Missouri, as well as letters from her sister, Carrie Kittinger of Buffalo, New York. Also includes a letter from Samuel Cherry to Maranda Haney, letters from Sarah A. Mason and members of the Myers family, and letters to William M. Jenkins from single women he contacted through magazines.

J

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.

M

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)
MICROFILM
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.

Moore, Lafayette F., Letter, 1936, (SUNP0625)
1 folder(s)
To George A. Pickens re funding of Pershing State Park.

P

Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
DIGITIZED MATERIALS
RESTRICTED
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)
MICROFILM
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.

R

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.

S

Schrader, William Henry (1844-1921), Reminiscences, n.d., (C1519)
DIGITIZED MATERIALS
1 folder
The reminiscences describe slavery in Missouri, including treatment of slaves, punishment, education, desire for freedom, fugitives, and character sketches of individual slaves. Also described are the Kansas-Missouri border conflicts, the Civil War in Missouri, bushwhackers, Claiborne Fox Jackson, the 1856 and 1860 presidential campaigns, German immigrants, Missouri Republicans, and Linneus and Brunswick, MO.

Sissons, William, "Legend of Princess Watt-Wa-Na of Locust Creek, Linn County, Missouri," n.d., (C2105)
1 folder
Poem relating legend of an Indian princess who fled from an unwelcome marriage and was turned into a tree.

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.

T

The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

U

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)
MICROFILM
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.

W

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.

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