Manuscript Collection

Platte County Collection Descriptions


Platte County was organized in 1838. The county seat is Platte City. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Platte 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.


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A

Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service Aerial Photographs, (P0335)
107.5 linear feet
Missouri county aerial photographs produced by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Aker, Mary B., Papers, 1872-1968, (C3424)
0.5 linear feet
Feature articles and news stories, many written by Mrs. Aker, which appeared in newspapers in the area near Parkville, Platte County, MO. Deed of land to Female Orphan School in Camden Point. History of the telephone company in Parkville.

B

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.

Boggs, Lilburn W., (1792-1860), Papers, 1838-1839, (C1753)
1 folder
Acts of the General Assembly during the administration of Governor Boggs, concerning organization and boundaries of Clark, Buchanan, Grundy and Platte Counties, declaration of Ni-chi-ne-ba-to-na River as a navigable stream; and payment for services of grand jurors.

C

Chew, Dr. Joseph, Special Orders, 1863, (C1490)
1 folder
Orders, September 1863, forbidding Dr. Chew of Kansas City, MO, to reside in Platte, Clay, or Carroll Counties during the Civil War.

Chick, Washington Henry, "As I Remember," 1965, and Program, Dedication of William M. Chick Post Office, 1964, (C2577)
1 folder
Pamphlet about the life of Washington Henry Chick in western Missouri and Kansas. Program of dedication of William M. Chick post office.

Christy, E.A., Letter, 1863, (C1834)
DIGITIZED MATERIALS
1 folder
To J.H. Marmon, Liberty, MO, from Platte City, MO, Feb. 24, 1863. Written to her father, the letter discusses the Civil War, particularly jayhawkers and marauding bands. Mentions conscription and health of various family members.

Civil War Scrapbook, Missouri, 1823-1868, (C1379)
1 folder
The papers contain a collection of newspaper clippings on Missouri, 1823-1868, from New York and Boston newspapers, primarily the New York Daily Tribune. Most of the items pertain to the Civil War in Missouri, 1861-1862, and include maps and diagrams of the war in the west.

Collins, A. Loyd, Scrapbook, 1938, (C1392)
1 volume
Newspaper and magazine articles on the history of Missouri: Champ Clark, Kansas City in 1830, Westport in 1855, John J. Pershing, Platte City, Santa Fe Trail, John Mason Peck, Civil War Battle of Westport, land grant to Evan B. Blair in 1844.

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.

D

Doniphan, Alexander, W., Letter, 1856, (C1942)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter from Doniphan of Liberty, Missouri, to his nephew John, on December 15, 1856, concerning business and banking opportunities in Liberty, Weston, and St. Joseph.

Dyers, Leslie, Photographs, (P0786)
3 photographs
Photos of Platte County historic homes, ca. 1958-1960.

F

Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.

G

Gird, George, Photographs, (P0149)
208 photographs
B/w aerial views of Clayton, Hermann, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Nevada, St. Louis, Springfield, Webb City, and Weston from around 1955.

Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 linear feet
Card file compiled by Sarah Guitar, reference librarian of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as a guide to county boundaries of Missouri, 1812-1929; Missouri congressional district boundaries, 1845-1933; Missouri senatorial districts, 1820-1931; and Missouri judicial circuits, 1815-1915.

H

Haslag, Leonard, Photographs, (P0775)
11 photographs
Photos of historic sites in Osage and Platte Counties, ca. 1959-1961.

J

James, David A. (1937- ) Papers, 1790-2008, (C4126)
5 cubic feet
The research material of a hotel management instructor whose work resulted in the publication Historic Hotels of Missouri: Hotels, Inns, and Taverns of 19th Century Missouri.

Jones, Herbert S., "Missouri--O Promised Land, "1960, (C2721)
1 folder
Migration of Bays, McKee and Blue families to St. Joseph, MO, in the 1830s, and their descendants to 1960.

L

Lee, Richard L., Courthouse Photographs, (P0003)
DIGITIZED MATERIALS
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.

M

Miller, Hester Burgess, Papers, 1936-1938 (C0134)
7 folders
Certifications for the payment of salaries to members of the House of Representatives and Senate and various judicial officers.

Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.

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, Weston. City Council, Records, 1856-1875, (C3007)
MICROFILM
1 roll of microfilm
The records of the Weston City Council contain minutes from the weekly meetings of the council. Included in the minutes are the mayor's reports, reports from various committees, and notations of approval for appropriations and new ordinances in the city. This collection would be useful to anyone researching city government.

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.

O

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.

P

Park College Alumni Office, Photographs, (P0785)
6 photographs
Photos of Park College, Parkville, MO.

Paxton, William McClung (1819-1916), Papers, 1760-1915 (C1025)
1 linear foot
Business and personal correspondence, miscellaneous papers and genealogical material.

Paxton, William McClung (1819-1916), Papers, 1839-1892, (C2584)
0.4 linear feet
The papers of William McClung Paxton contain letters concerning the Paxton and Marshall families, including letters to George Forman of New Orleans, Paxton's brother-in-law, and to Paxton from members of the Marshall family containing genealogical information for his book, The Marshall Family (1885).

Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
DIGITIZED MATERIALS
RESTRICTED
1.8 linear feet
Interviews with Missouri legislators, politicians, aides, and other participants in Missouri politics. The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts of the interviews.

Pollock, David Wilson, (1841-1910), Letters, 1861-1863, (C2569)
1 folder
Letters from an enlisted man and officer of the 18th Missouri Infantry. The letters comment on the Civil War in Illinois, Mississippi, and Tennessee, as well as personal family matters.

Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.

Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
MICROFILM
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.

R

Ramsay Place Names File 1928-1945, (C2366)
12 cubic feet
Card file of origins of Missouri place names, compiled by students of Robert L. Ramsay, University of Missouri professor of English.

Rupe, J. N. & Sons, Account Book, 1887-1903, (C2474)
1 volume
The papers contain the account book of a general store owner and physician in Edgerton, Missouri; both types of accounts are entered in the book.

S

Shield America, 1941, (C2548)
1 folder
Six issues of paper of the America First Committee, Kansas City, MO, August-November 1941.

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 Valley Farm, Platte County, Missouri, Lithograph, n.d., (C0805)
1 folder
Pictorial representation of Spring Valley Farm, the residence of Thomas F. Stone, located seven miles north of Weston, Platte County, MO.

Stallings, James W., Letter, 1858. To Stallings, Ky., from his friend Linton, Parkville, MO., Jan 20, 1858, (C1924)
1 folder
Letter to Stallings in Kentucky from his friend Linton in Parkville, MO, describing richness of land and living conditions.

State Historical Society of Missouri, Typescript Collection, (C0995)
RESTRICTED
MICROFILM
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 Photograph Collection, (P0018)
462 photographs
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.

T

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

U

Unity Baptist Church, Platte County, Missouri, Records, 1840-1909, (C3029)
MICROFILM
1 roll of microfilm
The Unity Baptist Church was organized in 1840. The record books contain the church covenant, articles of faith, and rules of decorum. Minutes were kept of the monthly meetings and contain the names of new members received into the church.

U.S. Selective Service System, Missouri, Records, 1917-1918, (C2681)
445 folders negative Photostats, 8.7 cubic feet
Lists of persons by county and district selective service boards whose cards were held by those boards. Arranged alphabetically by county.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, "Church Bibliography, Baptist Bodies of Missouri, Associational Minutes," 1941, (C1312)
1 volume
The collection contains a list of the various Baptist associations in Missouri and the dates for which their records are in existence.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, 1935-1942, (C3551)
MICROFILM
302 linear feet; also available on 817 rolls of microfilm
Correspondence, records, and working files. Originally designed to survey and inventory all county government records, the survey finally included inventories of church records, manuscript collections, vital statistics, American imprints, and federal archives. Incorporates records of the Federal Writers Project for Missouri.

V

van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
RESTRICTED
21.8 linear feet, 1 audio cassette
Correspondence, research notes, photographs, and literary manuscripts of historian and author Charles van Ravenswaay, former director of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts; and the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Wilmington, Delaware.

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