Phelps County, named for congressman John S. Phelps, was organized in 1857. The county seat is Rolla. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Phelps 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.
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 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.
Arthur, George Clinton, Papers, ca. 1914-1939, (R0244)
These are reminiscences and miscellaneous papers assembled in connection with Arthur's work on "Bushwhacker" Bill Wilson during the Civil War in Phelps County, Missouri. There is also genealogical information concerning the Arthur and Turnure families, and correspondence regarding Arthur's books, Backwoodsmen and Bushwhacker.
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.
Atlasta Service Station, Saint James, Missouri, Road Map/Calendar, 1934-1935, (R0592)
1 oversize item
This is a road map of Missouri and calendar published for the Atlasta Service Station on Route 66 in St. James, Phelps County, Missouri. The front features a photograph of the Atlasta station, a highway map of Missouri, and fragments of a calendar for 1934-1935. The reverse bears an "Aeronautical and Topographical Map of the United States," and census data for the state of 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.
Bardsley, Clarence E., Road Surveys, 1928-1932, (R0859)
These are survey reports, field notes, and plats regarding relocation of the Old St. Louis-Springfield Road near Arlington in Phelps County, Missouri. The surveys were performed by Clarence E. Bardsley, Special Highway Engineer and Deputy Surveyor of Phelps County.
Barnitz, Franklin Hoke, Papers, 1860-1894, (R0164)
5 folders, 2 volumes
This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Franklin H. Barnitz of Lake Spring, Dent County, Missouri. He was a native of Pennsylvania and freighter who operated from the railhead of the Southwest Branch of the Pacific Railroad in Phelps County before moving to Lake Spring. The collection includes letters from his family in York, Pennsylvania, and from friends and business associates in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri.
Barnitz, George Alan (1936- ), Barnitz family photographs, ca. 1910-1980s, (R1296)
43 photographs (1 folder)
This collection consists of twenty-three black and white and twenty color photographs that were loaned for scanning. The photographs include agricultural activities and rural farm life from the early 1910s to 1980s in Phelps and Dent counties. The photographs include subjects such as cattle and hog raising, baling hay, showing livestock and the Lake Spring Homemaker's Club in 1953.
Beaver Creek United Baptist Church, Records, 1866-1888, (R0219)
These are minutes of meetings and membership records of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Phelps County, Missouri. The church was founded in 1866 as Willow Spring Baptist Church, and was relocated and renamed in 1874.
Beemer, Mary Alice, Photograph Collection, ca. 1885-1955, (R0496)
These are photographs of the town of Newburg and vicinity in Phelps County, Missouri. included are views of employees, equipment, and facilities of the "Frisco" railroad, businesses, buildings, and street scenes, and miscellaneous photographs of locations near Newburg including the Dana Lead Mine and Stonydell Swimming Pool.
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.
Blooming Rose School, Phelps County, Missouri, Photograph, 1916, (R0577)
This is a copy photograph of a class group in front of Blooming Rose School in Phelps County, Missouri, 29 November 1916.
Bolon, Leonard Valentine, Papers, 1865-1866, (R0313)
1 folder, photocopies
These are two Civil War letters, from Rolla and Benton Barracks in St. Louis, written by Leonard V. Bolon of Co. F, 49th Wisconsin Infantry. Also included is verse written at Cuba, Illinois, Bolon's home town, in 1866.
Boulson, Charles E., Papers, 1928-1990, (R0404)
These are personal and professional papers of an electrical engineer in Missouri. Boulson was general manager of the Sho-Me Power Corporation, 1954-1974, and member of the Board of Directors of Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. The collection includes correspondence, scrapbooks, professional and historical writings, speeches on rural electrification in Missouri, and corporate manuals and annual reports of Sho-Me Power Corporation and Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Bourbois Baptist Association, Annual Report, 1877, (R0221)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of the twenty-fifth annual meeting of the Bourbois Baptist Association. The Association included rural churches in Phelps, Crawford, Maries, and Osage counties. The minutes include statistics from the constituent churches.
Bradford, Louise, Collection, 1919-1985, (R0468)
This collection includes correspondence, printed material, and ephemera collected by Louise Bradford (1898-1986), and Eva Ann Bradford (1900-1966), during their careers as teachers in Missouri schools. Included are letters from former pupils, and printed materials from education and teachers associations, schools in Berkeley, Rolla, St. James, Salem, and Sullivan, Missouri, and women's clubs and service organizations in Dent and Phelps counties.
Bradford, Moses J. ( -1865), Letters, 1863-1865, (C2727)
The collection contains Photostats of letters from Moses J. Bradford to his wife in Rolla, MO, from various Union prison camps expressing fears about the war and about the safety of his family and describing prison life and conditions.
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.
Bradford Family, Papers, 1722-1998, (R0647)
These are papers collected by Dr. Vance A. Bradford while conducting genealogical research on the Bradford family. Included are six boxes of correspondence with and about descendants of Samuel Bradford of Snow Hill, Maryland, and two boxes of papers from the Duncan homestead in southern Phelps County, Missouri.
Bradley, George, Letter, 1863, (R0566)
1 item, photocopies
This is a letter from Little Rock, Arkansas, 13 April 1863, by a Confederate soldier from Phelps County, Missouri. George Bradley served in the 10th Missouri Infantry (formerly Col. Alexander E. Steen's regiment) in Mosby Monroe Parsons's brigade. Bradley commented on camp life, changes in command of the army, fellow soldiers from Phelps County, and the course of the war in Arkansas.
Bristol Shoe Company, Stock Certificate, 1928, (R0939)
This is a certificate for six shares of capital stock in the Bristol Shoe Company at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The certificate was issued to E. H. Kraft on 18 August 1928 and was signed by William Pennington, president, and Hazel E. Knapp, secretary.
Brown, Joseph, Records of Marriages, 1886-1920, (R0168)
1 folder, photocopies
These are records of marriages performed by an itinerant Baptist minister. Most of the marriages recorded took place at Newburg in Phelps County, Missouri, and involved residents of Phelps, Pulaski, and Dent counties.
Bushnell, Douglas Ritchie, Letters, 1861-1866, (R0675)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the letters of an officer of the 13th Illinois Infantry, written during campaigns in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Bushnell was killed in action at Ringgold, Georgia, in November 1863. There are also a few letters from his wife, Emily, and other correspondents.
Campbell, Love and Company, Ledger, 1868-1869, (R1266)
This is "Petty Ledger B" of Campbell, Love & Company, a general merchandise firm at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Joseph Campbell and Robert A. Love were the principals. The entries show the accounts of various individuals for groceries, tobacco, spirits, dry goods, hardware, and lumber, circa July 1868-August 1869.
Carnahan, Robert Huston, Letter, 1861, (R0627)
This is a letter from an officer in the 3rd Illinois Cavalry at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, 3 December 1861. Carnahan commented on winter quarters and camp life.
Chase, Charles Monroe (1829-1902), Papers, 1861, (C2371)
4 folders, 1 roll microfilm
Letters, Civil War diary, and musical composition book of a band director from DeKalb County, IL. Chase enlisted in the 13th Illinois Regiment in July 1861 and was sent to Camp Rolla in Phelps County, MO. The diary describes camp life, the routine and practice that the band followed, military engagements, and Chase's opinions on the war. The letters to him were written by friends from Sycamore, IL.
Christ Church Episcopal, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1899-1985, (R0161)
These are records of Christ Church Episcopal in Rolla, Missouri, and its women's auxiliary, St. Margaret's Guild. Included are records of church services, minutes of committee meetings, and financial records, 1899-1970, the records of St. Margaret's Guild, ca. 1910-1983, and miscellaneous historical materials, ca. 1910-1985.
Church Baseball League, Rolla, Missouri, Rule Book, 1909, (R1144)
This single-sheet pamphlet contains the rules, schedule, and list of officials adopted on 22 June 1909 by the Church Baseball League at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Teams representing the Catholic, Christian, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopal, and Methodist churches participated in the league.
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 (U.S.), Company 1732, Blooming Rose, Missouri, Newsletters, 1935, (R1089)
These are five copies of The Oak Tree, the weekly newsletter of the Civilian Conservation Corps's Company 1732 at Blooming Rose in Phelps County, Missouri. The issues are dated between 17 October and 12 December 1935.
Coleman, Elizabeth C., Coleman Family, Correspondence, 1862-1865, (R0619)
These are letters written to Elizabeth C. Coleman and her parents during the Civil War, by relatives and friends in the 6th Missouri Infantry. Included are letters from Otterville and Rolla, Missouri, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1862-1863; one from Washington, D.C., in 1865; and two from Pilot Knob, Missouri, in 1865. The letters contain camp news and information on mutual friends. The letters from Pilot Knob concern postwar employment.
Condray, Deleta, Letter, 1933, (R1094)
This is a letter dated 27 March 1933 from Deleta Condray of Bangert in Dent County, Missouri, to the Directors of the Adams School District in Phelps County, Missouri. In the letter Condray applies for a teaching job at the school.
Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.
Cox, James Napoleon, Records, 1887-1926, (R0724)
2 volumes, 1 folder
These are the personal and official records and papers of James N. Cox, a farmer and justice of the peace of North Dillon Township in Phelps County, Missouri. The first volume primarily contains various business accounts; the second concerns various official matters such as stray livestock, poll taxes, and civil and criminal complaints. The folder contains miscellaneous papers removed from the volumes.
Cree, Alfred B., Letters, 1862-1863, (R0301)
These are Civil War letters of Capt. Alfred B. Cree of Co. F., 22nd Iowa Infantry. Cree wrote of family matters, camp life, and regimental politics from Benton Barracks at St. Louis, and from camps at Rolla, Salem, Iron Mountain and Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
Dare, Charles E., 1938-2014, Papers, 1964-1993, (R1326)
14 folders (.4 cubic feet)
These are professional papers and printed matter of a civil engineer and highway transportation specialist. Most of the material concerns traffic patterns, parking studies, and road planning around Rolla, Missouri, including the U.S. 66 By-Pass and the North-South Arterial Road. The collection includes Dare's work, reports of consultants, and publications of Missouri State Highway Department planners.
Daughters of Rebekah, Cuba Lodge No. 739, Cuba, Missouri, Records, 1888-1984, (R0968)
24 volumes, 7 folders
These are the record books and miscellaneous papers of the Rebekah lodge in Cuba, Crawford County, Missouri. The Cuba Lodge's collection includes earlier records of Martha Lodge No. 19 at St. James in Phelps County, which consolidated with the lodge at Cuba in 1978.
Daughters of Rebekah, Damaris Lodge No. 20, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1888-2003, (R0969)
32 volumes, 7 folders
These are the records of Damaris Lodge No. 20 at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. They consist of minutes of meetings, membership records, financial records, and miscellaneous papers beginning with the institution of the lodge in 1888 and continuing through 2003.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Phelps County, Missouri, Records, 1909-1984, (R0291)
10 volumes, 46 booklets
These are minutes of meetings, scrapbooks, and yearbooks of the Noah Coleman Chapter of the DAR. Members from Phelps County organized the chapter at Rolla in 1909.
De Forest, Sarah Ann Reed Sturgeon, Scrapbook, ca. 1920-1950, (R0073)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a scrapbook of genealogical information on residents of Phelps and Texas counties in Missouri. The scrapbook includes clippings of obituaries, wedding announcements, and biographical notes from the Rolla and Licking newspapers. The collection is indexed.
Debo, Bruce, Collection, ca. 1930s-1950s, (R1011)
These are photographs of Newburg, Arlington, Hooker, and Waynesville in Phelps and Pulaski counties in Missouri. Also included are a printed map showing "Float Stations on the Gasconade and Big Piney Rivers," n.d., and the business card of Roubidoux Woodworkers of Devils Elbow, Missouri.
Denny, Franklin Spilman, Papers, 1853-1917, (R0548)
3 folders, photocopies, typescripts
This collection contains family correspondence, a Civil War diary, and military service and pension records of Franklin S. Denny of Company C, 1st Missouri Cavalry. The correspondence includes letters from relatives in California, Nevada, and Wisconsin, 1853-1874. The Civil War diary covers operations around Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Independence, Missouri, and Little Rock, Arkansas, 1862-1864.
Dixon Baptist Association, Annual Report, 1884, (R0220)
1 folder, photocopies
These are minutes of the tenth annual session of the Dixon Baptist Association. The Association was composed of churches in Phelps, Osage, Maries, and Pulaski counties. The tenth annual session was held at the Mount Zion Church in Osage County, 9-11 October 1884.
Doolittle, Missouri, Home Movie, 1946, (R0799)
1 video cassette
This is a brief home movie, transferred to VHS videocassette, featuring the dedication of Doolittle in Phelps County, Missouri, on 12 October 1946. The highlight of the dedication was the visit by Lieut. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, the town's namesake.
Dry Fork Regular Baptist Church, Lake Spring, Missouri, Records, 1834-1903, (R0406)
1 volume, 1 folder, typescripts
These are a record book and papers of the Dry Fork Regular Baptist Church in the Lake Spring community of Dent County, Missouri. The volume includes the rules of decorum, articles of faith, membership records, and minutes of church business meetings, 1834-1879. The papers include letters of dismission and church correspondence.
Duncan, J. J. H. Letter, 1864, (R0655)
This is a Civil War letter from Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri, written by J. J. H. Duncan, Co. C, 145th Illinois Infantry. Written to a cousin, the letter discusses the death of Duncan's father and contains miscellaneous camp news.
Dyer, Walter W., Letters, 1918, (R0041)
These are photocopies of fourteen letters from Walter W. Dyer during his military service in World War I. Dyer was an Army teamster stationed at Camp McArthur and Waco, Texas.
Elgin, Robert L., Collector, Travel and Tourism Collection, ca. 1930s-1960s., (R0623)
This is a miscellaneous collection pertaining to travel and tourism in Missouri. The collection consists of maps, postcards, and ephemera, and a series of promotional booklets produced by the Missouri State Division of Resources and Development.
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.
Elgin, Robert L., Research Collection, 1960-1993, (R1261)
These are the research files of a civil engineer, surveyor, and historian from St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The collection includes reports, scale sketches, and photographs concerning the restoration of various historic sites in Missouri, charcoal iron furnace sites in Missouri, and prehistoric petroglyph and pictograph sites in the Missouri Ozarks.
Falkenhainer, Berthold, Scrapbook, 1907-1928, (R1281)
1 volume, oversize
This is a scrapbook concerning activities at the State Federal Soldiers' Home at St. James in Phelps County, Missouri, created by Berthold Falkenhainer, official press representative of the Home. It contains newspaper articles written by Falkenhainer, correspondence, and photographs.
Findley, Susan H., 1930-2010, Papers, 1953-2010, (R1317)
50 folders (3 cubic feet)
These are the personal papers of Susan H. Findley and her husband, Marshall E. Findley, a chemical engineer at the University of Missouri-Rolla and USAID teacher in South Vietnam. The papers include correspondence from South Vietnam and Malaysia, descriptions of southeast Asia, the Vietnam War and USAID program, family news, information regarding the Chemical Engineering Department and international student exchange at UM-Rolla, and papers from Susan's work with the Democratic Party in Phelps County, Missouri.
First Baptist Church of Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri, Record Book, 1886-1954, (R1227)
2 folders, original, typescript
This is the record book and accompanying transcript of the First Baptist Church of Edgar Springs in Phelps County, Missouri, containing minutes of business meetings and membership records, ca. 1894-1954. Also in the volume are earlier records of the Corn Creek Baptist Church in Phelps County, 1886-1887.
First Baptist Church, Rolla, Missouri, Collection, 1938-1974, (R0493)
This collection includes minutes of the Business Women's Circle (1938-1944), a capital campaign booklet (1954), a "Centennial Record" (1970), directories (1960, 1970), other printed material, and items concerning member Sadie Goggin (1884-1965), including three Sunday School class records (1952-1955), and an obituary.
First Christian Church, Rolla, Missouri, Collection, 1954-ca. 1960s, (R0670)
This collection consists of a building dedication program (1954) and brief history (ca. 1960s) of the First Christian Church at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri.
First Presbyterian Church of Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1864-1997, (R0668)
15 volumes, 2 folders
These are records of the First Presbyterian Church at Rolla, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings of the church Session, membership and marriage records, minutes of meetings of the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees, and church bulletins.
First United Methodist Church, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1899-1969, (R0570)
5 volumes, 8 folders
These are historical records of the First United Methodist Church of Rolla, Missouri. Included are a general history of the church, membership rolls and vital records, and records of the Official Board and Quarterly Conferences.
Flanner, Henry Beeson, Collection, 1856-ca. 1936, (R0139)
2 folders, photocopies
This is a typescript of a diary by Henry Beeson Flanner describing his travels between Mount Pleasant, Ohio, and Lake Spring in Dent County, Missouri, where he purchased land. There is also a pamphlet, ca. 1936, by Anna Flanner Buchanan concerning the Flanner family.
Foree, Rudy, 1934-1997. Miscellaneous Papers, 1913-1997, (R1289)
These are personal papers, photographs and miscellaneous items of Rudy Foree, a resident of Washington County, Missouri, and U.S. Army veteran of the Pacific campaigns of World War Two. The collection contains genealogical material compiled by Esther M. Ziock Carroll of Potosi, Missouri, including Foree's birth and death certificates and a family history.
Freemasons, Arlington Lodge No. 346, Dixon, Missouri, Booklet, 1948, (R1258)
This is a booklet containing the bylaws of the Masonic Lodge at Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri, adopted on 21 September 1944, with amendments through 1 April 1948. Included are lists of the organizing members, Worshipful Masters, and current members.
Freemasons, Rolla Lodge No. 213, Rolla, Missouri, Register and Bylaws, 1905, (R0729)
This is a booklet containing the "Register and By-Laws of Rolla Lodge, No. 213, A.F. & A.M. Rolla, Missouri. 1905." It was published by "Herald-Democrat Print." of Rolla on 8 September 1905.
Frisco Travelers, Souvenir Programs, 1915-1921, (R0456)
These are illustrated souvenir programs of annual meetings of the Frisco Travelers, a businessmen's association, at Rolla, Union, and St. James, Missouri, in 1915, 1920, and 1921. The programs include rosters of members, photographs of officers, schedules of events, articles on the host towns, and advertisements.
Frost, Archie Patrick "Jack", Frost family photograph collection, ca. 1930-1970s, (R1294)
31 photographs (1 folder)
This collection consists of twenty-nine black and white and two color photographs showing scenes and businesses in Rolla, Missouri from the 1930s into the 1970s.
Fuller, Harold Q., Papers, 1950-1987, (R0611)
These are the personal papers of a physics professor and community leader in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. The papers concern Fuller's work with the Rolla School Board, the Phelps County Nutrition Program, the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, and the family farm.
Gasconade Writers' Guild, Anthology, 1941-1942, (R0563)
This pamphlet contains poems by members of the Gasconade Writers' Guild. The Guild, founded in 1941 by Carl B. Ike, was composed primarily of authors from Phelps County, Missouri, but also included members from Pulaski County, Dent County, Carthage, and Bolivar, Missouri. In addition to poems, the anthology contains biographical sketches and photographs of the authors.
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.
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.
Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Papers, 1931-1944, (C3563)
1.2 linear feet
Correspondence and miscellaneous information on Missouri compiled by Guitar during her employment, under the direction of Floyd C. Shoemaker, as Reference Librarian for the State Historical Society of Missouri. Includes one card box of reference notes.
Happy Hatters Club, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1960-1970, (R0770)
These are records of the Happy Hatters Club, a women's club dedicated to hat-making at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, membership records, and miscellaneous papers
Harrison, Samuel A., Genealogical Records, n.d., (R0078)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "Samuel Aaron Harrison, 1842-1940; His Ancestors and Descendants," by S[amuel] Claude Null. Null was a grandson of Samuel Aaron Harrison. It is an account of the life of Harrison, with detailed genealogical information. Included is an "Insert on the Ancestry of Presidents Harrison," and a general history of the surname of Harrison.
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.
Henninger, Mary Adalaide, Poems, 1935, (R0564)
This is a pamphlet containing poems by Mary Adalaide Henninger, a resident of Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The pamphlet was published posthumously by her daughter, Edith Henninger Hess (Mrs. C. A. Hess).
Holm, Anton, 1834 -1911, Holm family papers, 1873-1920, (R1311)
The collection consist of Anton Holm's declaration to become a United States citizen at Manitowoc County, Wisconsin in 1873, and a receipt to Holm regarding a Phelps County civil court case in 1905. There is also a letter from an attorney for the University of Missouri regarding a sale of sixty acres to the University by Anton J. Holm in 1920.
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.
Hughes, John Calvin, Papers, 1862-1863, (R0309)
2 folders, photocopies
These are typescripts of the Civil War letters of John C. Hughes, a native of Washington County, Missouri, and member of Co. I, 33rd Missouri Infantry. He wrote to his wife from camps at St. Louis, Rolla, Salem, Houston, and Hartville, Missouri, Columbus, Kentucky, and Helena, Arkansas. Folder 2 contains genealogical data and copies of military service and pension papers from the National Archives.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Frisco Lodge No. 871, Newburg, Missouri, officers roll book, 1923-1929, (R0966)
This is a record of attendance of officers of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Newburg in Phelps County, Missouri. The records are for meetings beginning on 31 December 1923 and continuing through 31 December 1929.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Rolla Lodge No. 416, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1928-1958, (R0962)
10 volumes, 1 folder
These are records of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Edgar Springs, later (1936) at Rolla, in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are minute books, membership records, roll of officers, abstracts of semi-annual reports to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, a visitors register, and a letter (30 January 1958) concerning consolidation with the lodge at St. James, Missouri. Until 1948 the chapter was known as Spring Creek Lodge No. 416, after which it became Rolla Lodge No. 416.
James Foundation, Papers, 1912—1980s, (R1316)
These are papers, photographs, news items, and other materials concerning the estate of Lucy Wortham James, creation of the James Foundation in Missouri, administration of Maramec Spring Park, and community betterment projects in St. James, 1930-1980s.
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.
Johnson, Allen Bolles, Papers, 1860-1861, (R0289)
2 folders, photocopies, typescripts
These are letters from Rolla and St. Louis, Missouri, by a native of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. They include descriptions of rail travel from Binghamton, New York, to Missouri, the controversy over secession at Rolla, and the Camp Jackson affair and civil unrest in St. Louis.
Johnson-Stephens & Shinkle Co., Scrapbook, 1938-1938, (R0146)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a scrapbook containing "Factory Facts," a column with news of the personnel at the Johnson-Stephens and Shinkle shoe factory at Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. The column was written by Ann Ralston and was published in the Rolla New Era. Also included in the scrapbook are miscellaneous items concerning the Rolla area.
Kentucky-Tennessee Light and Power Company, Industrial Survey of Rolla, 1931, (R0661)
This is a survey of Rolla, Missouri, by the Industrial Development Department of the Kentucky-Tennessee Light and Power Company of Bowling Green, Kentucky. The report contains narrative and statistical information on businesses, professional services, civic organizations, schools, and public buildings in Rolla, as well as natural attractions of the surrounding area in Phelps County. Photographs of many of the sites are tipped in.
Killian, Ralph D., "M.S.M.," 1965, (C2920)
Recollections of life as a student at the Missouri School of Mines, c. 1910.
Knapp, Lucy Russell Letter, 1903, (R0069)
This is a letter from Lucy Russell Knapp, Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri, dated 13 December 1903, to Asa Stoddard of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The letter contains a general description of Rolla and information about members of the Knapp family. A cover letter by the donor includes comments about Rolla in 1941.
Knights of Columbus, Rolla Council 2627, Rolla, Missouri, Collection, 1936-2000, (R1119)
These are newsletters, printed materials, and miscellaneous papers of the Knights of Columbus council at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri.
Kullman, Frederick A., Papers, 1855-1980, (R0120)
3 folders, photocopies
These are miscellaneous papers and a Civil War diary of Frederick A. Kullman, a resident of Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri, and a soldier in the 13th Missouri Cavalry. His papers include confirmation and emigration certificates from Bavaria, military service records, correspondence, photographs, and genealogical information on the Kullman family. The wartime diary covers service at Rolla and Licking, Missouri, in 1865.
Lake Spring Mercantile, Records, 1866-1941, (R0171)
These are account ledgers and daybooks of a general store at Lake Spring in the northwestern corner of Dent County, Missouri. The business was operated, first, by John Hyer and John R. Flora, and, then, by Alexander C. Donnan.
Larson, Sidney, Photograph Collection, (P0210)
A collection of photographs of and relating to the work of Sidney Larson, art curator for the State Historical Society of Missouri. 15 b/w photos, photocopied news clipping feat. Thomas Benton, artist (MO State Fair 1990). b/w photo of Truman, Benton, and Larson (artist; donor) (with negatives). 3 35mm b/w slides, State Capitol restoration. b/w of Rolla mural. b/w Shane Drawings exhibit, 1964. 2 b/w photos of paintings with notes on figures depicted. 4 colour photos of Larson's artwork shown at Columbia College, August 1999.
Ledgerwood, Samuel, Memoranda Book, ca. 1851-1853, (R0401)
1 folder, photocopies, typescript
This is a memoranda book of an early resident of Relfe in southern Phelps County, Missouri. The entries concern the operations of a general store and mill.
Lee, Richard L. (1925-2011), County Courthouse Photographs, ca. 1955, (P0003)
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.
Little Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
These are minutes of annual meetings of the Little Piney Association, which was composed of churches in Camden, Cole, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Shannon, and Texas counties in Missouri. At various times, the organization had also been titled a "United" and "Primitive" Baptist association.
Lynch, William Henry, Papers, 1859-1905, (R0202)
16 volumes, 8 folders
These are diaries and miscellaneous papers of an educator in southern Missouri. Lynch was a native of Houston in Texas County, Missouri. He served in the 32nd Missouri Infantry during the Civil War, and was principal of schools in Steelville, St. James, Salem, West Plains, and Mountain Grove, Missouri, following the war.
Maggi, Esther, Collection, ca. 1910, (R1010)
This is an undated postcard view showing Esther Maggi and a group of young women in a drawing class in front of the Phelps County Courthouse in Rolla, Missouri. Also included are copies of the funeral card and obituary of Maggi, who died of burns suffered at St. Louis in 1912.
Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), "A Tour with Alladin's Lamp," 1944, (C1159)
A history of the Meramec Iron Works, St. James, MO.
Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), "The Story of Dunmoor," 1963, (C0985)
Speech delivered at the reenactment of the marriage of Lucy James and William A. Rucker, held at the Federal Soldiers' Home in St. James, MO, which was formerly the James family mansion, Dunmoor. Refers to the James family, the Maramec Iron Works, and the establishment of Dunmoor as the Federal Soldiers' Home.
Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), Cemetery Records, 1942-1949, (C2667)
0.1 linear feet
Tombstone inscriptions compiled by Clair V. Mann from cemeteries in Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties in Missouri.
Mann, Clair V. (1884-1974), Collection, 1821-1973, (C3556)
12.4 linear feet, 5 volumes
Papers pertaining to the Meramec Iron Works, James family, Frisco Railroad, School of Mines and Metallurgy at Rolla, engineering education, testing of students, and other subjects of interest to Mann as an historian and engineer.
Maries County, Missouri, Photograph Collection, ca. 1880s-1930s, (R0587)
These are photographs copied from Volumes 1-9 of the scrapbook collection at the Old Jail Museum at Vienna, Missouri. They feature significant locations, buildings, events, and individuals, mostly in Maries County, Missouri. Many of the views are of Vienna, but there are also photographs of Belle, Paydown, Safe, Summerfield, Vichy, the Gasconade River, St. James in Phelps County, Meta in Osage County, and Dixon in Pulaski County. The views have been copied on 35mm black and white film.
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.
McPherson, George, "History of Friends Meeting of Rolla," 1997, (R0798)
This is a brief history of the Friends' Meeting of Rolla, written by one of its members. The Society of Friends (Quakers) began meeting in Rolla in 1973.
McPherson, George E., Jr., McPherson family papers, 1930-1986, (R1304)
These are diaries and personal papers of Elizabeth J. McPherson, her daughter, Constance, and son, George, Jr. They include Elizabeth's diaries of daily life in Ohio and Rolla, Missouri, 1930-1977; correspondence and diaries by Constance regarding her travels and Peace Corps service in the Philippines, 1960-1964; and George's scrapbook and personal papers regarding his family, extended circle of friends, community activities, and career at the University of Missouri-Rolla, 1969-1988. A detailed guide to the diaries and papers is available with collection.
Maramec Iron Works, St. James, Missouri, Scrip, 1869, (C1515)
The collection contains ten cent merchandise certificate No. 1463 issued by the Maramec Iron Works, 1 February 1869.
Meramec Regional Planning Commission, historic site surveys, 1980-1989, (R0454)
These are historic site surveys, with accompanying photographs and research materials, for Crawford, Dent, Gasconade (southern portion only), Maries, Phelps, and Washington counties in Missouri. Included are houses, churches, schools, bridges, businesses, and other structures.
Mid-Missouri Angus Association, Booklet, 1967, (R1213)
This is a booklet published for the Mid-Missouri Angus Association's "show and sale" of Aberdeen-Angus cattle at the fairgrounds near Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, on 16 September 1967. Forty-eight head of registered cattle were offered, with Nick Iman serving as the auctioneer.
Millard, A. M., Letter, 1886, (R1216)
This is a letter of 2 October 1886 from A. M. and C. R. Millard, dealers in dry goods at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, to Eagle & Phenix Manufacturing Company of Columbus, Georgia. The letter concerns an order for cotton yarn.
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 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 Women's Progressive Farmers' Association, Friendly Neighbors Club, Phelps County, Missouri, Minute Book, 1952-1955, (R0506)
These are minutes of meetings of the Friendly Neighbors Club of the MWPFA, made up of women in the rural community around Dean School in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings from 14 November 1952 through 21 July 1955. Meetings featured discussions of topics of rural concern, charitable contributions for needy children, and support for the fair board.
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.
Modern Woodmen of America, Camp No. 6670, Norman, Missouri, Record Book, 1907-1930, (R0518)
This is the record book for the Modern Woodmen camp at Norman in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are minutes of meetings, membership records, assessments, and accounts of the benefit and cash funds.
Montgomery, Lee Diehl (1910-1997), Papers, ca. 1929-1999, (R1298)
160 photographs, 1 folder
This collection consists of high quality scans of various paper and photographic materials of a former pilot and prominent businessman in Rolla, Missouri. The papers, circa 1929-1999, include a promotional brochure for Rolla and news clippings from the Rolla Daily News featuring Montgomery. There are thirty-nine images of the Montgomery family, businesses and buildings in Rolla, and 118 photographs of the Parks Air College in St. Louis, 1928-1932.
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.
Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, Alhambra Grotto, Booklet, 1933, (R1253)
This is the "20th Anniversary Souvenir -- 1913-1933" booklet for Alhambra Grotto of the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, Alhambra Grotto maintained a "country club" on the Frisco Railway west of Newburg along Little Piney Creek in Phelps County, Missouri.
National Congress of Parents and Teachers, Rolla Circle, Rolla, Missouri, Minute Book, 1927-1930, (R0492)
This is a minute book of the Rolla chapter of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. Within the volume the chapter refers to itself as the "Rolla Parent-Teacher Association" and similar variants. Included are minutes of meetings from 1 April 1927 through 13 May 1930.
Newburg, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1870s-1910s, (R1203)
These are copies of stereoviews, photographs, and postcards from the collection of the William H. Harris family, proprietors of railroad hotels at Dixon in Pulaski County and Newburg in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are views of hotels, businesses, street scenes, and Frisco railroad roundhouses and turntables at Dixon and Newburg.
Newburg, Missouri, School Photographs, 1928-1937, (R0998)
These are five black and white photographs of grade and high school classes at Newburg in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are views of the 1st Grade (1928), 2nd Grade (1929), 3rd Grade (1930), 8th Grade (1935), and High School (1937) classes. Students and teachers are identified on the backs of the photographs.
Newburg High School, Newburg, Missouri, Collection, 1921-1939, (R0629)
This is a collection pertaining to the Newburg High School in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are a photograph of the Newburg High School girls' basketball team (1921), a program for a theatrical performance at the Lyric Theatre (1930), and commencement programs (1935, 1939).
Oak Grove Congregation of the Church of Christ, Phelps County, Missouri, Record Book, 1888-1926, (R0803)
This is the record book of the Oak Grove Church, north of St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The records consist primarily of a roster of members, 1888-1902.
One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 33 CDs
The collection consists of interviews with people who attended or taught at one-room schoolhouses. The collection consists of digitally recorded interviews and transcripts of the interviews, photographs, textbooks, as well as some biographical information on the interviewees.
Ousley, Mayme Hanrahan, Papers, 1889-1967, (R0173)
This collection consists of correspondence and miscellaneous papers of a civic leader and mayor of St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. She was the first woman to be elected to the mayoralty of a city in Missouri. The papers include material regarding city business, her position on the board of Missouri State Training Schools, and her activities with the Rebekah Lodge (I.O.O.F.).
Peace Lutheran Church, Records, ca. 1884-1984, (R0199)
These are records of Peace Lutheran Church at Elk Prairie in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are the constitution, membership rosters, minutes of quarterly meetings, and the centennial history of the church. Records to 1924 are in German.
Pennington-Gilbert Shoe Company, Papers, 1925-1930, (R1131)
These are stock certificates and correspondence from the Pennington-Gilbert Shoe Company sent to Robert L. and Louise D. Ayers of Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The papers concern the shoe industry, the Pennington-Gilbert shoe factory at Rolla, and the Bristol Shoe Company.
Perkins, James, Death Certificate, 1864, (R1265)
This is a report of the death of Pvt. James Perkins of Co. G, Ninth Missouri State Militia Cavalry. Perkins died 3 November 1864 of acute bronchitis at the U. S. Army General Hospital at Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri.
Phelps County, Missouri, Booklet, 1925, (R0678)
1 folder, photocopies
This is "A Message to the Homeseeker," advertising the towns and principal businesses of Newburg, Rolla, and Saint James in Phelps County, and Salem in Dent County, Missouri. The booklet contains brief descriptions of businesses and illustrations of commercial establishments and public buildings.
Phelps County (Mo.), Collection, 1921-2012, (R1303)
This is a collection of miscellaneous printed materials and other ephemera regarding the history of Phelps County, and promotional and advertising items from late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Most of the collection concerns Rolla, but there are also folders for St. James and Arlington, and individual items for rural areas of Phelps County.
Phelps County, Missouri, Financial Statement, 1901, (R0036)
This is a photocopy of a detailed statement of the financial affairs of Phelps County, prepared by B. H. Rucker, county clerk, and published by public subscription for general distribution. It includes advertisements for local businesses, fraternal societies, and churches.
Phelps County, Missouri, Financial Statement, 1913, (R0277)
This is a pamphlet containing an itemized account of the financial affairs of Phelps County, prepared by F. A. Germann, county clerk. The statement was published as a supplement to the Rolla Herald, 9 April 1914, and includes advertisements by local businesses.
Phelps County, Missouri, Hospital Bond Campaign Leaflet, 1946, (R0337)
This is a leaflet promoting a bond issue for construction of a public hospital in Phelps County, Missouri. The proposition was accepted by voters in the general election of 5 November 1946. The Phelps County Memorial Hospital opened at Rolla in 1951. It is now (1988) known as the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.
Phelps County, Missouri, Ledger, 1869-1923, (R0013)
The author of the ledger is unknown, but may have been Jonathan Marber. Two receipts were enclosed inside the ledger, made out to Marber in April and July 1928. The author may have been the owner of a mill or general store, indicated by sales of hardware and dry goods. The first entry, dated 1869, is listed as "cost of building" and details the cost of construction and labor.
Phelps County, Missouri, School District No. 2, Big Bridge School, Record Book, 1894-1908, (R0596)
This is the district clerk's record book for School District No. 2 (Big Bridge School), located west of Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are minutes of annual meetings of the district and the board of directors, teachers' contracts, estimates of expense, records of warrants, and enumeration of tax payers and students.
Phelps County, Missouri, School District No. 2, Bridge School, Record Book, 1895-1910, (R0508)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the district record book for Bridge School, a few miles west of Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The records include the minutes of annual meetings, proceedings of the Board of Directors, teachers' contracts, financial records, and enumeration of taxpayers and children in the district.
Phelps County, Missouri, School District No. 3, Harrison School, Records, 1909-1939, (R0585)
These are records of Harrison School in northeastern Phelps County, Missouri. Included are the clerk's minutes of annual meetings of the district and regular meetings of the directors; the clerk's register of warrants issued; teacher's registers of students, visitors, public programs, and grades; and teacher's reports to the county superintendent.
Phelps County, Missouri, School District No. 44, Fairview School, Records, 1901-1966, (R0595)
These are the records of the district clerks and the teachers of Fairview School, a rural school near Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. The records include minutes of meetings, annual enumeration of students, reports to the county superintendent, financial records, and teachers' reports.
Phelps County, Missouri, School District No. 62, Colon School, Booklet, 1911, (R1103)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a souvenir booklet for the school year 1910-1911 for Colon Public School in Liberty Township in Phelps County, Missouri. Charles E. Brown was the teacher and A. C. Gabel was president of the district school board.
Phelps County Memorial Hospital, Rolla, Missouri, Scrapbook, 1949-1950, (R1293)
The collection consists of a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and black and white photographs documenting construction of the Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Rolla, Missouri, 1949-1950. Newspaper accounts include coverage of the ground breaking ceremony on 1 July 1949 and completion of the building's exterior in October 1950. The bulk of the scrapbook consists of over a hundred "Kodak" views (nearly all 3 ¾ by 5 ¾ inch prints) showing sequential progression of showing site preparation and completion of the hospital's exterior. Clair V. Mann made the photographs for architect Friton; Mann's typed index and a description of the photographs are tipped in at the beginning of the scrapbook.
Phelps County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Records, 1950-2001, (R1262)
These are minutes of meetings, printed newsletters, and scrapbooks of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary at Rolla, Missouri. Organized in 1950 as a women's auxiliary to the Phelps County Memorial Hospital, the Auxiliary grew to coordinate a number of programs including volunteer services, fundraising, programs for youths, and nursing scholarships.
Phelps County School District No. 54 (Greenbush School), Records, 1927-1947, (R1310)
2 volumes and 1 folder
These are the teacher's register, district clerk's record book, and miscellaneous papers of the Greenbush School, a small rural school in Phelps County, 1927-1947.
Phillips, L. N., Letter, 1871, (R0863)
This is a holograph letter dated 31 March 1871 from L. N. Phillips in Dubuque, Iowa, to D. Lansing in New York, New York. In the letter Phillips tries to interest Lansing in the St. James and Little Rock Rail Road Company and lead mining opportunities in Missouri and Iowa. Included is a hand-drawn map of existing and proposed rail lines.
Pratt, Benjamin Franklin, Letters, 1861-1862, (R0329)
1 folder, photocopies
These are Civil War letters written at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, by Benjamin F. Pratt of the 13th Illinois Infantry. Pratt commented on the march to and skirmish at Linn Creek in Camden County, camp life, rations, and sickness.
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.
Reeder, Walter V., Letters, 1861, (R0512)
1 folder, photocopies, typescripts
These are Civil War letters of Walter V. Reeder, 36th Illinois Infantry, written from Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, 2 October—6 November 1861. The letters contain inquiries after family and friends, comments on the journey from Aurora, Illinois, and camp news from Rolla.
Rhea Church, Phelps County, Missouri, Records, 1844-1900, (R0123)
These are letters of recommendation for individuals joining Rhea Church in southern Phelps County, Missouri. Baptist churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Missouri issued most of the letters.
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.
Rolla, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1885-1945, (R0205)
These are photographs and postcard views of Rolla and Phelps County, Missouri, from the family collection of Margaret Isabelle Rauch. Included are views of businesses, public buildings, and street scenes in Rolla, the Phelps County Fairground, and U.S. Highway 66. The photographs have been copied on 35mm black-and-white-film.
Rolla, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1910s, (R0663)
These are two photographs made at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. One view is of the booth of James A. Spilman, a merchant and dealer of Studebaker farm wagons, at the Phelps County Fair in Rolla. The other is a panoramic collage of the Missouri School of Mines at Rolla, taken from the school's water tower.
Rolla, Missouri, Photographs, 1950, (R1145)
These are three black-and-white photographic prints of views along Rolla Street at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Two views show the Ritz Theater while the third shows the west side of Rolla Street, south of Eighth Street. The photographs were taken on the fifth or sixth of March 1950.
Rolla, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1950s, (R0913)
These are five black and white photographs of Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. They include views of the interior of the Pennant Tavern, the parts department and employees of the Ford dealership, the delivery trucks of Tucker Dairy, and a parade on Pine Street.
Rolla, Missouri, Promotional Recording, 1980, (R0118)
This is a promotional phonograph recording entitled "The Good Life Is Here In Rolla, Missouri." It was recorded by Sinkin' Creek, and produced on a 45 rpm phonodisc by the American Bank of Rolla.
Rolla, Missouri Local Council of Girl Scouts, Records, 1936-1975, (R0608)
7 volumes, 6 folders
These are the records of the Rolla Local Council of Girl Scouts. Included are minutes of meetings, financial records, and miscellaneous papers. The collection begins with the organization of the local council in 1936 and continues through its reorganization in 1968 as part of the Dogwood Trails Council of Missouri.
Rolla Chamber of Commerce, Rolla, Missouri, Booklet, ca. 1931, (R1212)
This is a promotional booklet for Rolla, the seat of Phelps County in south-central Missouri. Although undated, it includes data from the 1930 census and a view of the Edwin Long Hotel, which opened in 1931. Also included is a poem, "In the Ozark Hills of Old Missouri," by Dr. J. Curtis Lyter.
Rolla Civics Club, Rolla, Missouri, Yearbooks, 1938-1977, (R0902)
These are yearbooks of the Rolla Civics Club, a women's club founded in 1912. The year-books contain listings of officers, members, and committee assignments, and programs for the monthly meetings.
Rolla Friendship Homemakers Club, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1946-1994, (R0994)
These are the record books, yearbooks, correspondence, and miscellaneous papers of the Friendship Homemakers Club in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. The home economics club for adult women was organized in 1946 under the auspices of the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension Service.
Rolla Saturday Club, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1904-2002, (R0901)
12 volumes, 76 booklets, 16 scrapbooks
These are records of the Rolla Saturday Club, a women's club organized to promote individual, social, and civic improvement. The records consist of minutes of meetings, financial records, yearbooks, and scrapbooks.
Rolla USO Council, Rolla, Missouri, Papers, 1970-1971, (R0638)
This collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and miscellaneous materials concerning the USO center at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, on the occasion of its thirtieth anniversary.
Rosati, Missouri, Collection, 1918-1983, (R0181)
2 folders, photocopies, audio cassette
This is material on the Italian community at Rosati (formerly Knobview) in Phelps County, Missouri. The collection includes the business notebook of Antonio M. Piazza, 1918-1931; a tape-recorded interview with Jodie Donati, 1982; and a research paper by Francesco Brogi, 1983.
Rosati, Missouri, Labels, ca. 1930s-1940s, (R1013)
These are two unused labels for strawberries packed by the Knobview Fruit Growers Association at Knobview and Concord wine made by R. M. Cardetti & Sons at Rosati in Phelps County, Missouri.
Saint James Civics Club, Scrapbooks, 1928-1972, (R0479)
These are scrapbooks of a women's club at St. James in Phelps County, Missouri. The club was organized in 1928 for "civic improvement and social enjoyment." The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, yearbooks, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to the activities of the club.
Saint James Public School, Saint James, Missouri, Photograph, ca. 1905, (R0576)
This is a photograph of a class in front of the public school building at St. James, Phelps County, Missouri. The photograph was produced by Philip Kraher, a commercial photographer at St. James.
Sands, William D., Photograph collection, ca. 1900-1930s, (R1291)
3 photographs (1 folder)
This collection consists of three black and white photographs loaned for copying. Two images show the historic building that now houses Sands Farm and Home Center at 107 East 6th Street in Rolla. The third photograph is a birds-eye view of Rolla, circa 1930, showing downtown Rolla from the railroad tracks looking southwest along West 7th Street.
Scott Family, Papers, 1874-1957, (R0453)
These are photographs and miscellaneous papers of the Scott family of Rolla, Missouri. included are the personal papers and memorabilia of John W. Scott (1870-1950), a businessman and musician who directed the Rolla town band and other local ensembles, catalogs of the Western Conservatory of Music operated by Ephraim H. Scott at Rolla, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois, and other materials pertaining to the Dean and Morris families, and the town of Rolla.
Self, Jesse N., Letters, 1860-1863, (R0304)
1 folder, photocopies
These are letters to his family by Jesse N. Self, a schoolteacher at Irondale, Missouri, and captain of Co. F, 32nd Missouri Infantry. The collection includes letters from Irondale, 1860, and from camps in Rolla and Benton Barracks in St. Louis, 1861-1862. Capt. Self died of erysipelas at Memphis, Tennessee, on 25 February 1863.
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.
Skyway Airlines, Timetable, 1977, (R1219)
This is a schedule effective 24 April 1977 for Skyway Airlines, a commuter carrier that served Columbia, Fort Leonard Wood, Lake of the Ozarks, and Rolla in Missouri, with gateway connections at St. Louis and Kansas City.
Sowers, Edward W., Papers, 1942-1980, (R0135)
This collection consists of correspondence, business papers, and miscellaneous printed material of a newspaper editor and publisher at Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. Topics include the Sowers family, journalism and the newspaper business, the University of Missouri, and United States politics and foreign relations.
Spilman, James Andrew, Photograph Collection, ca. 1880s-1920s, (R1009)
These are photographs from the collection of James A. Spilman, a businessman at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Included are portraits of Spilman and his wife, scenes in Rolla, Maramec Spring, and Jerome, and views of the Spilman hardware pavilion on the Phelps County fairgrounds.
Spring Creek Baptist Church, Phelps County, Missouri, Records, 1880-1991, (R0445)
This collection includes minutes of meetings, 1880-1987, and membership records, 1880-1991, of the Spring Creek Baptist Church in northern Phelps County, Missouri. Volume 1 includes records of two earlier organizations: the Corinth Baptist Church, 1880-1891, and the Macedonia Baptist Church, 1881-1883.
St. James Grade School, Saint James, Missouri, Papers, 1935, (R0723)
This collection includes a commencement program for the "Class of 1935" at St. James Grade School in St. James in Phelps County, Missouri, and a diploma issued to Eunice Giesler, a member of the class.
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.
St. Patrick Church, Rolla, Missouri, Records, 1918-1921, (R0144)
These are records of income and expenditures of St. Patrick Church in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri. Included are entries for collection offerings, miscellaneous donations, operating expenses, and outstanding indebtedness. There are annual financial summaries for 1918-1920.
St. Patrick Church, Rolla, Missouri, Seventy-Five Years in Rolla, 1862-1937, (R0665)
This is a pamphlet written by Father Sidney P. Stocking and committee members of St. Patrick Catholic Church at Rolla, Missouri. It contains photographs and brief historical sketches of the parish, early pastors, nearby churches established as missions, and lists of baptisms and marriages.
Staggs, Reba, comp., Scrapbook, ca. 1928-1933, (R0586)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the scrapbook of Reba Staggs of Newburg, Phelps County, Missouri. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, photographs, programs for theatrical productions and other events, and miscellaneous materials concerning Newburg High School, and Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.
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.
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.
Sutter, John Jacob, Collection, 1865-1871, (R0624)
2 folders, photocopies
These are a notebook and travel journal by John J. Sutter, a native of Germany and resident of St. Louis, Missouri. The memoranda book covers Sutter's service as inspector of artillery in the Department of the Missouri in 1865, and inspections at Cape Girardeau, Macon, Rolla, and Springfield, Missouri; and Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, and Paola, Kansas. The journal, in German, covers a trip from St. Louis to Germany and return in 1871.
Tilford, Carolyn Parry (1947- ), Parry-Tilford family photograph collection, ca. 1900-1930s, (R1295)
14 photographs (1 folder)
This collection consists of fourteen black and white photographs loaned for copying by Carolyn Parry Tilford. The photographs include images common to rural and agricultural life from early 1900 to the 1920s such as a barn-raising, church construction, cattle and mules, steam-powered farm equipment, and a gasoline-powered sawmill. Most of the images are from the Elk Prairie neighborhood of Phelps County, but there are also three views of cattle ranching at the Rhinehart Ranch in Shannon County. Rhinehart Ranch, also known as Spring Valley Ranch, is located northwest of Eminence in Shannon County, Missouri. It was most active 1900-1924. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its agricultural and architectural significance.
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.
United Service Organizations (U.S.), USO Club, Rolla, Missouri, Booklet, 1943, (R1084)
This is a dance card booklet for the "First Anniversary Military Ball" held at the USO Club at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, on 6 February 1943. Included are the names of the club's managers, the staff, and the officers of the "Hostess Corps".
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.
United States Army Air Forces, Observation Squadron, 14th, Photographs, 1942, (R1036)
These are five black-and-white photographic prints concerning the 14th Observation Squadron (later the 14th Liaison Squadron) and its training base at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. There are two aerial views of the camp and training field, a view of the main building, and two views of a "Formal Dance" held at the Rolla USO in August 1942.
United States. Post Office, Rolla, Missouri, Letterbook, 1913-1915, (R0399)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a letterbook containing correspondence regarding the construction of the U.S. Post Office at Rolla, Missouri, 15 September 1913 -- 13 March 1915. Included are letterpress copies of letters from F. W. Pease, superintendent of construction at Springfield, Missouri, to the contractor, Robert McCaw, Jr., at Rolla.
University of Missouri, Board of Curators, Mining School Committee Minutes, 1870, (C2277)
Minutes of committee of six members of the Board of Curators appointed to select the location of the proposed School of Mines and Metallurgy, 6 October-9 December 1870.
Upton, Lucile Morris (1898-1992), Papers, 1855-1986, (C3869)
1 linear foot; 9 linear feet and 71 volumes on 25 rolls of microfilm; 1 video cassette
The personal and professional papers of a Springfield, Missouri, journalist and writer consisting of newspaper clippings, correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, pamphlets, photographs and scrapbooks. The papers are especially strong in the history of Springfield and the Ozarks region, and in Ozark folklore.
Walker, Charles P., Daily Express, Rolla, Missouri, 1861, (R0649)
This is Volume 1, No. 29 of the Daily Express, published 11 December 1861 at Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri. Charles P. Walker, editor of the weekly Rolla Express, published the daily sheet for the military market during the Civil War. It contains an address to Congress by President Lincoln, camp news, and official notices.
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 Phelps, Pulaski, Texas, and parts of Maries, and Dent counties in south-central Missouri. An index is included.
Wheelock, Edwin D., Papers, 1862-1901, (R0654)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the Civil War letters of Edwin D. Wheelock, Co. G, 17th Illinois Cavalry, written from camps at Alton, Illinois; St. Louis, Rolla, and Pilot Knob, Missouri; and Fort Scott, Kansas. There is also a letter from Boonville, Missouri, from a friend in the 37th Illinois Infantry, a copy photographic print of Wheelock in uniform, postwar information on veterans of the unit printed by the Nunda (Ill.) Herald, and a brief family record.
Williams, Matthew Z., Williams family papers, ca. 1861-1990, (R1308)
10 folders, 121 images
These are photographs, business papers, genealogical materials, and other items from the Williams, Sturgeon, Watson and allied families of Phelps County, Missouri. Included are papers concerning pyrite mining in Phelps County and a rare view of the village of Beulah around 1906. High quality scans of the images are available.
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, Photograph Collection, (P0535)
Copy photo of Presbyterian Church, ca. 1871, Boonville. Photos of Phelps, Franklin, Carter, Greene, and Crawford counties, focusing particularly on caves and other natural features.
Williamson, Jacob P., Letter, 1862, (R0664)
This is a Civil War letter written 27 February 1862 from Camp Rolla in Phelps County, Missouri, by a soldier in the 13th Illinois Infantry. The letter notes the Union capture of Springfield, Missouri, by soldiers who had marched from Rolla, and rumors of future movements.
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.
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.
Young Americans for Freedom, Rolla High School Chapter, Rolla, Missouri, Papers, (R0639)
These are papers concerning the Rolla High School Chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom. They consist of the constitution, by-laws, and charter, newspaper clippings concerning the chapter's events and activities, and printed materials from the national headquarters.