Manuscript Collection

Pulaski County Collection Descriptions


Pulaski County, named for Revolutionary War hero Count Pulaski, was organized in 1833. The county seat is Waynesville. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Pulaski County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.


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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.

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.

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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.

Bennett, Lyman G., Collection, 1857-1865, (R0274)
10 folders
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.

Beydler, Van, Stereoscopic Photographs, (P0381)
1 folder
Contemporary stereographic photographs of Waynesville and Pulaski County.

Big Piney, Missouri, Photograph, 1926, (R1272)
1 item, oversize
This is a black and white panoramic photograph of "Big Piney Mo. after storm Nov 25 1926."

Boulson, Charles E., Papers, 1928-1990, (R0404)
56 folders
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.

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.

C

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.

Collier, Sharon, compiler, Robinson and Related Families, 2003, (R0989)
1 folder
This is the family history of Joe Charles Robinson of Richland in Pulaski County, Missouri. The family descended through Samuel, William, and Archibald Robinson of Botetourt County, Virginia. Archibald and his wife, Mary Ann Garrett, came to Missouri in 1854. The primary related families include Duncan, Shelton, and Zimmerman.

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Debo, Bruce, Collection, ca. 1930s-1950s, (R1011)
1 folder
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.

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.

Dixon Bluegrass Pickin' Time, Booklet, 1975, (R1211)
1 folder
This is a "souvenir and program book" for the seventh annual Dixon Bluegrass Pickin' Time, held on 29-31 August 1975 at the Fairview Community Center near Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri. Included are a schedule of events, photographs of featured performers, and many advertisements for area businesses.

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Elgin, Robert L., Photograph Collection, ca. 1950s-1990s, (R1015)
36 folders
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)
65 folders
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.

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Farris, Robert, Land Grant, 1845, (C3379)
1 folder
Grant for 40 acres of land in Pulaski County, MO.

Freemasons, Arlington Lodge No. 346, Dixon, Missouri, Booklet, 1948, (R1258)
1 folder
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.

G

Gingerich, Minnie S., Postcard Collection, (P0788)
5 postcards
Postcards of Pulaski County: Devil's Elbow and Hooker, MO

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.

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Hauck, Fred M., Letter, 1942, (R0829)
1 folder
This is a typewritten letter from Fred M. Hauck at Fort Lewis, Washington, to Chester Parker at Camp Haan, California. Hauck and Parker were U.S. Army enlisted men from Dixon in Pulaski County, Missouri.

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.

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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.

Koonse, April and Michael, Photograph Collection, (P0883)
16 photographs
Photos of Bill See and Battery B, 128th Field Artillery Battalion, Missouri National Guard, at Fort Leonard Wood and Columbia, MO, 1948-1950.

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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., 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.

Little Piney Baptist Association, Minutes, 1837-1935, (R0283)
90 folders
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.

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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.

Maries County, Missouri, Photograph Collection, ca. 1880s-1930s, (R0587)
46 views
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.

Maries County, Missouri, Scrapbook, ca. 1920-1950, (R0102)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an indexed scrapbook of obituaries, wedding announcements, and miscellaneous items from the Maries County Gazette. The material concerns individuals in Maries County and the Crocker and Dixon areas in Pulaski County.

Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
719 views
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)
MICROFILM
109 files
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.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Southwest Missouri Conference, Lebanon District, Waynesville Charge, Records, 1890-1894, (R0864)
1 folder
This collection includes a Quarterly Conference record book (1890-1893) and a postal card (1894) concerning the Waynesville Charge of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, Sixth District, Secretary's Record Book, 1932-1943, (R1175)
1 volume
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.

Mitchell, Ewing Young, Jr. (1873-1954), Papers, 1840-1949 (C1041)
MICROFILM
0.4 linear feet
Papers of a Springfield, Missouri, lawyer active in Democratic Party politics, who served as assistant secretary of commerce in Franklin Roosevelt's first administration. Material concerns family affairs, law practice with emphasis on county indebtedness, Ozark land speculation, and Democratic politics on the state and national levels.

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.

Mottag, Mabel M., Photographs, (P0789)
2 photographs
Photos of the Alias Black Hotel, Waynesville, and the first Pulaski County Courthouse.

Mussman, Albert H., “Implications of Land Use Adjustments in Connection with the Defense Program,” 1941, (C1188)
1 volume
Report on activities of agencies concerned with the assisting in the relocation of families disturbed by the construction of Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Includes photographs and case studies."

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Newburg, Missouri, Photographs, ca. 1870s-1910s, (R1203)
41 views
These are copies of stereoviews, photographs, and postcards from the collection of the Wil-liam 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.

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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.

Prosperity Baptist Church, Pulaski County, Missouri, Record Book, 1874-1892, (R0444)
2 folders, photocopies, typescript
This is the record book of the Prosperity Baptist Church near Crocker in Pulaski County, Missouri. The volume includes minutes of monthly business meetings, membership records, and miscellaneous entries, 1883-1892. Included are minutes of meetings of the Tavern Creek Baptist Church, 1874-1876.

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.

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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.

Richland Hotel, Richland, Missouri, Collection, ca. 1930s-1940s, (R0625)
1 folder
This is a collection pertaining to the Richland Hotel in Richland, Pulaski County, Missouri. Included are two photographs of the hotel, a blotter, an envelope, and two rate cards.

Routh, Roberta M., "The Army Comes to the Ozarks," 1941, (C1224)
1 volume
Establishment of U.S. Army troops at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, as seen through the eyes of the county director of Pulaski County Social Security Assistance. Includes illustrations, diagrams and case histories of displaced persons.

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Schuttenhelm, A.A., Photographs, (P0790)
6 photographs
Photos of the construction of Fort Leonard Wood, 1940-1941.

Seever, William J., Memorandum, 1894, (C1741)
1 folder
The collection contains field notes of an archaeological trip down the Gasconade River, describing caves in Pulaski County, MO, by a Missouri archaeologist.

Shepard, Edward Martin, Lantern Slides, n.d., (R1184)
41 slides
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)
1 folder
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.

Smith, Eleanor E., Letters, 1944, (R0935)
1 folder
These are two "V-Mail" letters from Eleanor E. Smith at Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri, to S/Sgt R. J. Bettis, Jr., an Army enlistee serving overseas. The letters are dated 18 January and 20 January 1944.

Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

Sowers, Edward W., Papers, 1942-1980, (R0135)
107 folders
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.

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, Seventy-Five Years in Rolla, 1862-1937, (R0665)
1 folder
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.

Stansbery, Mrs. C.D., Collection, (P0791)
2 photographs
Photos of Waynesville: Pippin Place, Bartlett Mill (Pulaski Co)

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.

Summers, Russell, Photographs, (P0792)
2 photographs
Photos of log houses in the Duke area, Pulaski Co

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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.

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Watts, John J., Collection, 1874-1912, (R0038)
MICROFILM
38 volumes
These are manuscript notebooks of genealogical records kept by a circuit-riding Baptist minister in the northern Ozarks. The records cover Ph.elps, Pulaski, Texas, and parts of Maries, and Dent counties in south-central Missouri. An index is included.

Welch Family, Correspondence, 1839-1854, (R0391)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of letters to and from members of the Welch family in Pulaski and Dade counties in Missouri, and Scott County, Illinois. Topics include family news, acquaintances, health, crops, and the weather.

White River-Ozark Land and Development Company, Onyx Cave Park, Pulaski County, Missouri, Ledger, 1929, (R0743)
1 volume
This is a ledger of expenditures and receipts at Onyx Cave Park on the Gasconade River in Pulaski County, Missouri, May—August 1929. Operated by the White River-Ozark Land and Development Company, the park was under local supervision of Henry Humphrey. Included with the ledger is a letter to Humphrey by Clifford E. Lewis, secretary-treasurer of the company.

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.

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