Newton County, named for Revolutionary War hero Sgt. John Newton, was organized in 1838. The county seat is Neosho. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Newton 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.
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.
American Mining Congress (10th: 1907: Joplin, Mo.), Publicity Committee, Booklet, 1907, (R0981)
This is The World's Greatest Zinc and Lead District, as seen through the Camera. It was published for the Tenth American Mining Congress, which met at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri, on 11-16 November 1907. Included are a transportation map of the mining district and many photographic views of mines, mills, towns and cities in the area.
American Zinc, Lead & Smelting Company, Records, 1901-1965, (R0010)
The American, Lead and Smelting Company (commonly known as "American Zinc") was a large nonferrous metals firm which mined, processed, smelted, and marketed basic zinc and lead products. It had major mining and milling operations in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, smelters in Kansas and Illinois, and interests in ore processing machinery. Founded in 1899, the company became a leader in the zinc industry. By 1965 it controlled the largest zinc ore reserves in the United States, and ranked second in zinc ore production and third in smelting capacity. By that time controlling interest in the firm had passed to Consolidated Gold Fields, Ltd., a mining investment company. James D. Norris's AZn: A History of the American Zinc Company (Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1968), based in large part upon this collection, is an excellent general history of the firm.
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.
Beta Sigma Phi, Papers, 1943-1946, (R0852)
This collection consists of an invitation to a pledging ceremony in Neosho, Missouri, a membership application, and programs for "Founder's Day" observances in Joplin, Missouri, and Neosho, Missouri, for Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic sorority based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Blow & Kennett Mining Company, Record Book, 1858-1861, (R0369)
These are records of lead shipped by Blow & Kennett from Granby in Newton County, Missouri, to points on the Osage and Missouri rivers, and to stations on the Pacific Railroad and the South West Branch of the Pacific Railroad. The records include the names of teamsters and totals of lead received by forwarding agents and on hand at Granby.
Boy Scouts of America, MoKan Area Council, Booklet, 1951, (R1031)
These are programs for the annual "Boy Scout Circus" at Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. Sponsored by the MoKan Area Council, hundreds of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Explorers, and their leaders participated in the events, which featured demonstrations of scouting skills, contests, and entertainment. Programs are available for 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, and 1951.
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.
Chapman, Charlie, Letter, 1913, (R1125)
This is a letter and cover dated 15 November 1913 from Charlie Chapman at Seneca in Newton County, Missouri, to Charles Lively at Clinton, Illinois. The cover includes promotional material for Seneca ("The World's Tripoli Mining Center") and a return address of Chapman Studio.
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.
Connaway, John W., Letter, 1944, (C1828)
The papers contain clippings from the Kansas City Times on the death of H.S. Sturgis, Neosho newspaper publisher, and remarks by Connaway.
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, 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.
Daughters of Rebekah, Wentworth Lodge No. 384, Wentworth, Missouri, Minute Book, 1915-1922, (R0710)
This is the "minute book" of the Wentworth Lodge of Daughters of Rebekah at Wentworth in Newton County, Missouri. It includes records of meetings conducted between 18 January 1915 and 16 January 1922.
Federal Lead Company, Mining Dept., Flat River, Missouri, Letterbooks, 1907-1913, (R0520)
These are letterbooks of outgoing correspondence maintained by Harry Adelbert Guess, general manager of the Federal Lead Company's mine and mill at Flat River in St. Francois County, Missouri. Topics include production, exploration, shipping, labor relations, and environmental pollution.
Federal Mining and Smelting Company, Booklet, 1945, (R1158)
This booklet contains the annual report for the year ending 31 December 1944 for the Federal Mining and Smelting Company, which had mines in Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. There are production statistics and profit-and-loss statements for each property.
First Christian Church, Neosho, Missouri, Booklet, 1985, (R0917)
This is a history of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. It was compiled by Helen Morse and Michelle Morse, with Violet Mills Carrick and Marilyn Land Walker.
First Congregational Church, Neosho, Missouri, Manual, 1868, (R0730)
This is the Manual of the First Congregational Church of Neosho, Missouri, printed by E. Skewes & Co. of Neosho, Newton County, Missouri, in 1868. It includes a brief history of the congregation, which was organized in 1866.
Freemasons, Neosho Lodge No. 247, Neosho, Missouri, Bylaws, 1964, (R1141)
This is a small booklet containing the bylaws of Neosho Lodge No. 247, A.F. & A.M., at Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. The bylaws were printed "as revised January 1, 1964."
Granby, Missouri, Poll Book, 1895-1904, (R0316)
1 volume, photocopy
This is a poll book of voters of the First Ward in Granby, Newton County, Missouri. included are lists of voters, oaths of the judges of election, and certified returns of municipal and county races.
Granby Commercial Club, Minute Book, 1933-1934, (R0292)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of meetings of a businessmen's association at Granby in Newton County, Missouri. Included are minutes from 6 July 1933 through 26 November 1934.
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.
Hershey, Charley, Diaries, 1883-1888, (R0188)
These are diaries of a young itinerant peddler from Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri. Hershey and his brothers canvassed the mining towns in Jasper County and in Kansas. They made a journey down the White River in Arkansas in 1884, and went to California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado in 1886. The collection also includes a fragment of a short story, "Goldeye's Trip to the Hills," n.d.
Holbrook, Arthur E., "Seeing the Light," 1950, (C2135)
Account of photographing "The Light at Hornet" an unidentified light in Newton County, MO, August 11, 1950.
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.
Hubbert, George, Papers, 1875-1881, (C1899)
The George Hubbert Papers contain text of an address given by George Hubbert at a 4th of July picnic in Neosho in 1875 and apparently revised in 1881.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Granby Lodge No. 113, Granby, Missouri, Minute Book, 1867-1873, (R1242)
This is a minute book for Granby Lodge No. 113 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Granby in Newton County, Missouri. The minutes begin on 30 March 1867 and end on 12 February 1873. Minutes between 12 October 1867 and 11 April 1868 are missing.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Wentworth Lodge No. 732, Wentworth, Missouri, Records, 1914-1972, (R0711)
11 volumes, 1 folder
These are the records of the Odd Fellows lodge in Wentworth, Newton County, Missouri. The records consist of minutes of meetings, cash books, membership records, reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and miscellaneous papers.
Joplin Tornado Oral History Project, Records, 2011- , (C4095)
0.1 linear feet, 3 CD
The collection consists of interviews with people who experienced, were affected by, and/or were a part of the devastating EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. The focus of this project is to help document the community of Joplin both before and after the tornado, as well as the rebuilding of this community. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews, transcripts (forthcoming), and ephemera.
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.
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.
Macy Family, Correspondence, 1943-1945, (R1129)
These are V-Mail letters sent from soldiers overseas during World War II to the Macy family of rural Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. The letters are from Wayne H. Macy, Wayne G. Palmer, Lee B. Macy, and David C. Jones. The letters were sent to Mr. and Mrs. W. Arnold Macy and Mrs. Sue [Lue?] Macy. They were sent from North Africa, Italy, New Guinea, the Netherlands East Indies, and Maluka (Indonesia).
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.
Mary McClintock, History of the Neosho Methodist Church, 1952, (R0912)
This booklet is a brief illustrated history of Methodism at Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. Included are accounts of the major congregations and the Neosho (later Scarritt) Collegiate Institute, a list of known pastors, and a directory of church committees.
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.
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.
New-Mac Electric Cooperative, Bylaws, 1944, (R1108)
This is a booklet containing the bylaws of the New-Mac Electric Cooperative, Inc., which served members in Newton and McDonald counties in Missouri. The cooperative was formed in 1939 and these revised bylaws became effective on 14 July 1944.
Newton County, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1874-1899, (R0514)
These are records of marriages performed by justices of the peace in Newton County, Missouri, 16 April 1874--3 April 1899. Volume 1 contains records of marriages by David A. Chapel, W. H. Coleman, A. H. Duree, Josephus Hewett, William Jackson, and Wesley H. Warren in Shoal Creek Township. Volume 2 includes marriages by A. P. DeGroff in Neosho Township.
Newton County, Missouri, Military Service Record Book, ca. 1946, (R1162)
This volume lists residents of Newton County, Missouri, who served in the military during World War II. Included for each veteran are a photographic portrait, rank, names of parents and spouse, education, a summary of service, and the date of discharge.
Newton County, Missouri, School District No. 86 (Thompson Grove School), souvenir booklet, 1913, (R1065)
This is a "souvenir booklet" for Thompson Grove School southeast of Seneca in Newton County, Missouri. It was presented by teacher Rosa Kellhofer to her pupils at the close of the school year in 1913.
Newton County Health Unit, Neosho, Missouri, Annual Report, 1944, (R0801)
This is "Your Health Department," the third annual report for the Newton County Health Unit of Neosho, Missouri. It includes summaries of public health efforts and community health services in Newton County.
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.
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.
Reynolds, Frank, Photograph Collection, ca. 1925-1942, (R0796)
These are postcards and photographs collected by Frank Reynolds when he worked on construction projects including Bagnell Dam in Missouri, Lock and Dam No. 14 on the Mississippi River at LeClaire, Iowa, and Camp Crowder, Missouri.
Second Baptist Church, Neosho, Missouri, Centennial Booklet, 1976, (R0821)
This is We've Come This Far by Faith, a "Centennial Anniversary" booklet for the Second Baptist Church of Neosho in Newton County, Missouri. The African American congregation was founded in 1876.
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.
Shoal Creek Baptist Association, Minutes, 1938, (R0906)
These are minutes of the 67th annual session of the Shoal Creek Baptist Association, which met on 23-25 August 1938 with the First Baptist Church of Newtonia in Newton County, Missouri. The Association was comprised of congregations in Newton and McDonald counties in southwestern Missouri.
Sitton, John James, Civil War memoir, n.d., (R0377)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a memoir of service with the Oregon County company of the 2nd Regiment, 7th Division, Missouri State Guard, 4 July -- 1 December 1861. The narrative also includes biographical data on selected Oregon County soldiers.
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.
Spring River Baptist Association, Booklet, 1937, (R1214)
These are the minutes of the 98th annual session of the Spring River Baptist Association, held with the First Baptist Church of Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri, on 22-23 September 1937. B. A. Pugh served as moderator, and C. T. Sanders was clerk of the session.
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.
Stark, William H., Letter, 1912, (R0578)
This is a letter from William H. Stark of Stark Nursery Co. at Chester, Newton County, Missouri, to C. E. Stoddard, Washington, D.C. The letter concerns the introduction of a new variety of peach and its potential for profitable cultivation.
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.
Tallman Family, Tallman-Brown families letters, 1861-1868, (R0447)
2 folders, photocopies, typescripts
This is correspondence of related families of Miller County, Missouri. The principal correspondents are John, Martha, and Matthew Tallman, who wrote to their brother, Jeremiah, while he served in the 1st Missouri Light Artillery, and John D. Brown, of the same regiment, who wrote to his sister, Hannah M. Brown. Topics include military activity in Miller County and southern Missouri, farm life, and family matters.
Tri-County Burial Association, Certificates, 1935, (R1177)
These are Certificates of Membership in the Tri-County Burial Association of Wheaton in Barry County, Missouri, for Floyd Roller and Lela Roller of Purdy. The Association provided burial benefits for members in Barry, McDonald, and Newton counties in southwestern Missouri.
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 Spanish War Veterans, Dept. of Missouri Booklet, 1940, (R1096)
This is a souvenir program booklet for the 36th Annual Encampment of the United Spanish War Veterans, Department of Missouri, held at Neosho in Newton County, Missouri, on 16-19 June 1940.
Wise, Paul Sheldon, Letters, 1942-1943, (R1255)
These are nine letters from Paul Sheldon "Shel" Wise, a Signal Corps trainee at Camp Crowder in Newton County, Missouri, to his parents and family in Steubenville, Ohio. Wise was assigned to the 804th Signal Service Regiment at the Midwestern Signal Corps Replacement Training Center.
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.
Yates, Paul C., Medical Journal, 1880-1905, (R0648)
This is a journal diary kept by Dr. Paul C. Yates, a physician in Newton County, Missouri. Included are narratives of individual cases (particularly maternity "calls"), notes for addresses to meetings of medical associations, and a few personal items.
Zeta Land and Mining Company, Stock Certificate, 1902, (R1016)
This is a certificate for 150 shares of stock in the Zeta Land and Mining Company of Independence in Jackson County, Missouri. The certificate was issued to John P. Jackson, who was the president of the firm. The company owned mineral land and mines in Newton County, Missouri.