Ray County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Richmond. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Ray County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.
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.
Doniphan, Alexander W. (1808-1887), Letters, 1861-1873, (C1926)
The collection contains letters to John Doniphan from Liberty and Richmond, MO, concerning convention of 1861, politics, business, and legal and family affairs.
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.
Miller, Henry C. (1858-1944), Papers, 1896-1898, (C2072)
The papers of Henry C. Miller contain fifteen letters to Miller, a Mercer County court clerk in Princeton, MO, about Republican Party affairs and appointments in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. The Chauncey I. Filley faction, support in Missouri of William McKinley for president in 1896, state and local Republican conventions and meetings, and factional fights are discussed.
Milligan, Jacob LeRoy (1889-1951), Scrapbooks, 1917-1968, (C3645)
Scrapbooks of clippings about Jacob LeRoy Milligan and Maurice M. Milligan. They contain information on Richmond, Ray County, MO; the law firm of Roberts, Milligan and Milligan; Company C, 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, U.S. Army [6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry]; and Maurice's prosecution of Thomas Pendergast.
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, Ray County Election Certificate, 1853, (C2033)
The records contain one certificate of election and swearing in of John A. Mason as justice of the peace.
Missouri, Ray County. Justice of the Peace, Docket, 1836-1851, (C1215)
Docket includes names of defendants and plaintiffs, nature of complaint, and synopsis of case. Some marriages recorded. Justices were P. Ewell, W. Berry, and W.L. Bransford.
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.
Pigg, E. L. "Early Post Roads and Post Offices in Ray and Clay Counties," 1942, (C0704)
Early routes, methods of travel, location of post offices, and postmasters in Ray and Clay Counties, with connecting towns on these postal routes, 1800-1857.
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.
Richards, William A., Letters, 1841-1854, (C1759)
The papers contain letters from William Richards of Ray County, Missouri, to his brothers in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. Describes life and the economy in Missouri.
Ringo, Andrew H., Papers, 1834-1870, (C1867)
Memorandum book; notes on MISSOURI vs. MOSES MC LELLAN; tax receipts; accounts; notice of sheriff's sale of land and slaves in Richmond, Ray County, MO; oath of loyalty of Ringo, exemption from military duty, 1862; military passes; and promissory notes.
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.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Trigg, George W., Scrapbook, n.d., (C1430)
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, photographs, Missouri Press Association convention buttons, membership cards, press passes, and programs collected by George W. Trigg, editor of the CONSERVATOR newspaper, Richmond, MO.
U.S. Post Office Department, Letters, 1941-1942, (C0906)
To E. L. Pigg, Jefferson City, MO, From Washington, D.C., concerning early mail routes between Richmond and Liberty, MO. Includes a list of postmasters at Richmond, 1822-1935, and at Liberty, 1822-1934.
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.