Pettis County was organized in 1833. The county seat is Sedalia. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Pettis County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
Behrens, E.T., Papers, 1896-1947, (C2413)
0.9 linear feet
Photographs, financial records, scrapbooks, correspondence, bills, receipts, and tax forms of Sedalia cigar-maker. Accounting records relate to Sedalia Independent Company and Behrens Cigar Manufacturers. Scrapbooks are collection of information preparing for 1921 Missouri centennial.
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.
Edwards, John Newman (1839-1889), Letters, 1882-1885, (C1531)
The collection contains letters to Frank [James], giving him information and advice about public opinion, reward for his capture, and negotiations for his surrender to Governor Crittenden.
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.
Lamm, Henry, Papers, 1904-1916 (C0128)
0.7 linear feet
Letters of congratulation on election as justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, 1904, and Republican nomination for governor, 1916; articles; addresses; and reminiscences entitled Flatsam, Jetsam, and Ligan, stories involving a number of Missouri law cases.
McCormick, Mamie J., Papers, 1818-1952, (C2094)
Genealogical material gathered by McCormick concerning the McCormick and other related families who settled in Pettis County, MO. Includes photocopy of pension application of Revolutionary War veteran George McCormick; will of George McCormick; deposition of Massina Moreau McCormick, an early Missouri settler; and lists of those buried in family cemeteries in Pettis County and from family Bibles.
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 Trust Company, Sedalia, Missouri, Debenture, 1891, (C1600)
Debenture for fifty pounds to Lionel Fitzgerald Kirwan, Collin, Castle Douglas, Great Britain, from the Missouri Trust Company.
Missouri. Circuit Court, 6th, Pettis County, Record Book, 1870-1875, (C1202)
Record book of court cases, containing synopsis of each case, listing witnesses, and giving the outcome.
Missouri, Pettis County. School Sub-District No. 4, Township No. 47, Range No. 23, Record Book, 1870-1873, (C1203)
Record of expenses incurred by the local directors. Receipts and expenditures.
Missouri, Sedalia, Credit Record Book, 1873-1881, (C1248)
The records contain credit records of individuals and businesses in Sedalia. Includes newspaper clippings of business transactions or any items of information affecting the financial status of the businessmen.
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.
Nelson, Arthur T., Collection, n.d., (C3745)
Twenty-six photographs of the Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, taken by A.B. Duncan of Springfield, MO. Views include architecture and livestock exhibitions. Photos were apparently taken in the early years of the fair.
Petefish, David W., Commission, 1871, (C1625)
Commission as public administrator for Pettis County, MO, to complete unexpired term of James S. Porter. Signed by B. Gratz Brown.
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.
Sampson, Francis Asbury (1842-1918), Collection, 1796-1958, (C3813)
12.9 linear feet
This collection, compiled by Sampson, includes Democratic and Republican party campaign literature for national and Missouri elections, 1838-1958; speeches and pamphlets concerning national and state political issues; materials concerning the history of Boone, Schuyler, Pettis, and Ste. Genevieve counties and Sedalia; papers of Garland C. Broadhead and William Switzler; and speeches, notes, bibliographies, and personal papers of Sampson.
Sedalia Board of Trade, Sedalia, Missouri, Proceedings, 1872-1888, (C1247)
The collection contains the minutes of a group of businessmen organized to promote Sedalia.
Sedalia Commercial Club, Sedalia, Missouri, Guest Book, 1889-1895, (C1250)
The collection contains a register of club visitors.
Sedalia Library Association, Sedalia, Missouri, Minute Book, 1871-1874, (C1249)
The records contain minutes, roll of members and subscribers, constitution, and articles of association. Also some Pettis County historical data.
Sterett, Smith A. ( -1887), Papers, 1861-1899, (C2074)
The papers of Smith A. Sterett contain letters from business associates, friends, and family; business papers; Sterett's Confederate Army discharge; and an elementary spelling book. Sterett was a Montana Territory prospector, Helena, MT, merchant, and Nevada, MO, hardware merchant.
Switzler, William Franklin, (1819-1906), Scrapbooks, n.d., (C1444)
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings attributed to William F. Switzler. Volume 3 contains a handwritten description of Sedalia, MO, around 1865 with pictures of Sedalia buildings and countryside.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Tolson, Fannie Marie (1911-2005), Papers, 1890s-2005, (C1704)
2.3 linear feet, 3 audio cassettes, 2 video cassettes, 1 dvd
Fannie Marie Tolson was the first African-American educator to teach in the desegregated schools of Fayette, Missouri. Her papers include family correspondence and photographs, memorabilia from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, teaching aids, documents concerning St. Paul's Methodist Church in Fayette, and recordings of two interviews conducted with Tolson.
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.
Williams, C.C., Papers, 1897, (C1530)
The papers contain a quitclaim deed to Williams of Pettis County, MO, from the Equitable Fire and Marine Insurance Company and the Merchants Insurance Company, under the name of Rhode Island Underwriters Association.
Williams, Roy D. (1881-1972), Papers, 1853-1972, (C3769)
2 linear feet
Papers of Judge Roy D. Williams of Boonville, Missouri, containing speeches (primarily on local and regional history), historical notes, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellany.