Letters, diaries, and memoirs describing people, cultures, geography, and other aspects of domestic and foreign travel.
*Collections marked with DIGITIZED MATERIALS have additional digitized items available.
American Field Service, Columbia, Missouri Chapter, Records, 1975-2004, (C3990)
1.8 linear feet
These records contain local, regional, and national newsletters, financial records, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, correspondence, administrative information, publicity, and photographs of the student exchange program.
Arrot, James, Letter, 1840, (C2614)
The papers contain a letter to a colleague describing St. Louis.
Ayres, Nellie F., Collection, 1860, 1948, (C2752)
The Nellie F. Ayres collection consists of a typescript done by Ayres of a diary of Lavinia Priest, written while on a visit to Kentucky in 1860; and a letter to "LOML" from Ayres describing a bus trip to Idaho and Yellowstone Park in June 1948.
Baldwin, Clara (1908-2001), Papers, 1947-1993, (C3953)
0.2 linear feet
Papers of Clara Baldwin, a trade reporter and published author of poetry and children’s books. The papers consist of personal correspondence, biographical materials, published trade journal articles and poetry, and photographs.
Baldwin, Evelyn, B. (1862-1933), Scrapbooks, 1898-1929, (C1381)
The papers contain a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, letters, and telegrams relating to Baldwin's Arctic explorations with the Wellman polar expedition, 1898-1899, and the Baldwin-Ziegler polar expeditions of 1901-1902. Two copies.
Bedell, Ralph C. (1904-1991), Papers, 1929-1986, (C2543)
50.25 linear feet, 36 audio tapes, 2 films, 1 filmstrip
Papers of an educator and psychologist who specialized in counseling and guidance. Bedell directed NDEA Counseling and Guidance Institutes, taught at the Universities of Nebraska and Missouri, and served as secretary-general of the South Pacific Commission. Collection includes materials from Counseling and Guidance Institutes, counseling case files, and papers of South Pacific Commission.
Bedell, Ralph C., Papers, (WUNP5047)
0.2 linear feet
Addition to papers of educator and psychologist. Includes materials about the South Pacific Commission of 1953 and correspondence and documents relating to the gift of the Bedell papers in 1986.
Bedell, Ralph C., Papers, (CA5084)
16.5 linear feet
Addition of papers relating to the South Pacific Commission, the National Defense Education Act, U.S. Naval Flight Preparatory Schools, the University of Missouri, and other topics. Includes photos and slides.
Berry, J. Calvin, Letter, 1842, (C1461)
The papers contain one letter written by Berry to John H. Marmon, April 16, 1842. He writes his brother about a tour of Missouri and compared opportunities in Missouri and Illinois. The letter includes descriptions of the countryside, markets, southern market route to Europe, fertility of soil, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, administration of land in Missouri, and business affairs in Illinois.
Bingham, Henry Vest ( -1823), Diary, 1818, (C0999)
Diary kept by Henry Vest Bingham during his trip from Virginia to Missouri. Descriptions of St. Louis and St. Charles, MO, and the country through which he traveled. Published in MISSOURI HISTORICAL REVIEW, Vol. 40.
Bledsoe, Fields Trammel (1818-1880) Letter, 1851, (K0229)
Letter from Bledsoe to his brother-in-law William C. Rhodes of Harrisonville, MO. Written on letterhead with a woodcut entitled "View of Coloma, the place where the first Gold was discovered", Bledsoe mentions his gold claim in California, his concerns for the welfare of his wife and children in Harrisonville, and acquaintances they have in common.
Bograd, Abe (1901-1993) Oral History Collection, 1977, (K0267)
4 folders, 5 ct
Interviews touching on many aspects of Bograd's life, including recollections of his early years in Russia; his family's immigration; his education; the neighborhoods he lived in; his social life, and the political climate of the city under Pendergast; and his employment with the Kansas City Star.
Booth-Lang Family Papers, ca. 1895-1987, (K0658)
6 cubic feet
Papers and photographs documenting the history of the Lang, Imboden, Fornefett, Booth and related families. Includes genealogical information, certificates of baptism, confirmation, naturalization papers, military records, obituaries, and correspondence. Also family activities and interests, residences, military, and travel.
Brandt, Raymond P. (1896-1974), Papers, 1917-1974, (C0850)
2 linear feet, 5 audio cassettes
The papers of Raymond Brandt contain correspondence, newspaper articles, interviews, notes, financial accounts, audio cassettes and photographs of a Sedalia, Missouri, man who was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1923 to 1967. Brandt wrote on politics, economics, and the Soviet Union, which he visited five times.
Bright, Mary Dwight Eaman (1888-1981), Papers, 1912-1913, (C0960)
0.75 linear feet
At age 24, Mary Dwight Eaman spent a year traveling around the world with her cousin, Mary A. Eaman. Traveling westward, they made stops in Hawaii, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, and New York City. The journal, correspondence, photographs, and postcards in the collection relate specifically to this trip.
Brower, Jacob Vandenberg (1844-1905), Letters, (WUNP6108)
0.1 linear feet
Includes a 1904 letter written by Julius Chambers of New York to Missouri River explorer Brower. Also includes a letter written in 1901 by J.V. Brower to a Professor Kingery in Crawfordsville [Minnesota?]
Brown, John (1800-1859) Collection, 1855-1904, (K0218)
Photocopies of letters written from Kansas Territory by Brown and his son, John Brown, Jr. to Orson Day of White Hall, NY. Brown, who "just returned from the Kansas War," details his concerns for the Territory and gives travel instructions to Day who apparently planned to move his family to Kansas. Also copies of various newspaper accounts (1859) of the action at Harper's Ferry; and a reprint of an anti-Brown article.
Burford-White Photograph Collection, (P0038)
Snapshot and studio photos, including tintypes related to the White-Burford-Taylor-Adkins-Harness-Marolf families plus scenes from Ladue, Vista and Independence, as well as vacation scenes outside of Missouri.
Bush Family, Papers, 1819-1923, (C3887)
0.2 linear feet on 1 roll of microfilm
Journals, farm records, and correspondence of a Boone County, Kentucky, family who settled in southeastern Arkansas. The papers detail 1819-1820 steamboat trips up the Missouri River to Council Bluffs and 1850s farm operations.
Cairns, Mary Margaret (1915-2003), Papers, 1901-2004, (C3996)
1.4 linear feet
The Mary Margaret Cairns Papers document the life of a Kansas City area woman who worked at Sears Department Store and traveled across North America and Europe. The papers consist mostly of photographs and slides relating to her travels, as well as travel notes, postcards, and brochures from places she visited. The collection also contains materials concerning the family burial plots at the Huntsville Cemetery in Huntsville, Missouri and relating to her retirement party from Sears.
Chandler, Sarah Ann (1804-1865), Papers, 1832-1938, (C0840)
The papers contain a diary of family's trip from Louisa County, Virginia, to Cooper County, Missouri. Account of a similar trip in 1938 by Charles Quarles Chandler, II. Ralph Dickinson's comments on the 1836 diary. Photographs and miscellany.
Clark, William (1770-1838), and Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809), Memorandum Book, 1809 (C1076)
Journal of a trip from St. Louis, Missouri, to Washington, D.C. It contains the list of debts due by Clark; the trip expenses from St. Louis, Missouri, and Louisville, Kentucky; a memorandum of instruction by Meriwether Lewis with a list of private debts; and memoranda of drafts and transactions with Indian agencies. Microfilm copy available for loan.
Clark, William (1770-1838), Notebook, 1798-1801 (C1075)
Notes on Clark’s second journey to New Orleans from a starting point in Ohio, 9 March to 16 June 1798, thence from New Orleans to Kentucky, arriving 24 December 1798. Notebook also includes memorandum of distances and expenses on a journey from Kentucky to Philadelphia and back, 1801, and a map of the Mississippi River. Microfilm copy available for loan.
Dearing, Julia Ann, Letter, 1839, (C0494)
To James Jones, High Hill, MO, from Ste. Genevieve, MO, Sept. 19, 1839. Letter to her father describing river travel on a wedding trip on the Mississippi. Original in the possession of Mrs. J.D. Ebert.
Delk, Edward Buehler (1885-1956) Collection, 1917-1962, (K0243)
1 cubic foot
Personal and professional photographs and some personal papers belonging to Delk, a prominent Kansas City architect, and his wife, Jane Willis Delk. They relate to the Delks' travels around the world; with a strong focus on the architecture; and photos of residences and buildings designed by Delk.
Denslow, William R., (1916-1993), Collection, 1841-1929, (C0822)
0.4 linear feet
The collection contains materials collected by William R. Denslow, including his father's memoirs, articles on local history, letters (1859-1861), written by a young boy working on a whaling ship, and a typescript copy of an 1898 diary describing the Yukon gold fields.
Dent, Lester B. (1904-1959), Collection, 1924-1984, (C3071)
36.2 linear feet, 1 video cassette; also available on 64 rolls of microfilm
The Lester B. Dent Collection contains the manuscripts, publications, correspondence, personal papers, research notes, scrapbooks, and photographs of a native Missouri fiction writer, explorer, aerial photographer, and dairy farmer. Lester Dent is perhaps best remembered as the principal author of the Doc Savage adventure stories of the 1930s and 1940s. This collection is also available on microfilm, with the exception of the printed and miscellaneous materials.
Doniphan, Alexander W. (1808-1887), Letters, 1880, (C2917)
Two letters to Jennie Hockaday, Plattsburg, MO, describing the landscape and population of Denver and Manitou Springs, CO.
European Tourist Company, Letter, 1900, (C2347)
The papers contain one letter to L.H. Jocelyn, of Albany, New York, from New York, NY, Mar. 12, 1900. Letter confirms Jocelyn's reservation for Professor Hailes's tour to the Paris Exposition.
Field, Gabriel, Journal, 1819, (C1891)
The papers contain a journal of a trip from Camp Missouri to Chariton kept by Gabriel Field from October 31 to November 27, 1819, for Colonel H. Atkinson. Journal includes detailed directions and observations of the area. Two maps of route.
Flam, Paul (1922-2013) and Marion Doris Lichtor (1926-2006) Papers, 1910s-2006, (K1121)
12 cubic feet
Family papers and records relating to a Kansas City based tour service and various community activities of the Flams. Also family papers for the Lichtor family. Includes letters and postcards, journals, certificates, scripts, pilgrimage brochures, Beth Shalom programs/newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and VHS cassettes.
Fletcher, Alma Olivia (1879-1979), Papers, 1841-1968, (C3623)
0.2 linear feet
Papers of the Fletcher family of Arcadia, MO. Included are two Civil War muster rolls; Missouri will and land deed; scrapbook of Alma's European tour, 1910; and detailed daily birdwatching charts, 1960-1968.
Forman, Ferris, Letter, 1836, (C0833)
To Clark Hyatt, from St. Louis, Mar. 8, 1836. Reprint of letter describing St. Louis and Potosi.
Gallaher, William Houston, (1840- ), Journal, 1865, (C3924)
The 1865 journal of William H. Gallaher, kept during his journey from St. Charles, Missouri, up the Missouri River to Montana Territory, and while living in southwest Montana.
Gauldin, Martin A., Diary, 1845, (C0696)
Trip to Austin, TX, from Marshall, MO, November and December 1845. Remarks on campsites, towns and settlements, fertility of soil, and variety and condition of timber seen enroute.
Geary, Daniel M. (1835-1924) Letter, 1915, (K0350)
Reminiscence of Kansas City written to Dr. W.L. Campbell, by Geary, early settler, real estate agent and former City Clerk of Kansas City, MO.
Geiger, Louis G. (1913-2002), Papers, 1803-2002, (C4058)
17.5 linear feet
The papers of a history professor who specialized in the subjects of higher education and local history. Geiger was a Fulbright lecturer to India, Finland, and the former Soviet Union. He corresponded with family and friends, and traveled extensively after his retirement.
Griffen, Mrs. Walter, Scrapbooks, n.d., (C1402)
Newspaper and magazine clippings of pictures and articles of Missouri scenes, the Ozarks, and Hannibal. Volume 4 contains souvenir postcards.
Hadley Family, Letters, 1838-1869, (C1997)
The collection contains letters written to Moses and Susan Hadley by Elizabeth Hadley Wyman and her husband Edward, who were teachers. The letters describe a trip from Boston to Illinois in 1839.
Hawley, J.E. Letter, 1855, (C1548)
To his wife from Columbia, MO, June 10-12, 1855.
Hill, Henry Edward (1863-1927) Diary, 1922-1923, (K0298)
Diary detailing Kansas City architect Hill's work in China on the campus expansion of Beijing University. Includes details of his work, military conflicts, daily life, and descriptions of Peking and other, nearby locales.
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.
Hutchison, Gregory L. (c. 1910-2013) and Mary Folse (c. 1911-2007), Collection (CA5861)
8.4 cubic feet, 2 oversize volumes
Papers of two University of Missouri-Columbia alumni, United States veterans, and federal employees. Mrs. Hutchison was in the first class of WAVES officers at the start of World War II, and later a CIA staff officer for twenty-five years. Includes a scrapbook related to theater and other activities at the University of Missouri in the 1930s, correspondence, diaries, photographs, travel materials, writings, and miscellaneous items.
Kansas City Expo '92 Records, 1987-1992, (K1036)
1 cubic foot
Organizational records for the Kansas City exhibit at the last World's Fair of the 20th century in Seville, Spain (Kansas City's sister city). Includes planning documents, correspondence, committee minutes and reports, promotional material, brochures, and newspaper and magazine clippings,
Kees, Beverly (1941-2004), Papers, 1941-2004, (C4025)
27.75 linear feet, 2 volumes, 1 video cassette, 1 computer disc
The papers of Beverly Kees, a journalist, editor, and journalism instructor in Minneapolis, North Dakota, Indiana, and California; the first female executive editor at a Knight-Ridder newspaper; and editor and programs director for the Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center. The collection contains both personal and professional material, including office files, clippings, editorials, correspondence, photographs, reports, resources, and handbooks.
Kenny, Thomas Henry, Papers, (CA5238)
0.3 linear feet
Addition of journal, photographs, postcards and other materials for trip around the world; steamboat research files; correspondence.
Leake, Harold H. (1891-1978) and Dorothy V. (1893-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C4011)
40.25 linear feet, 4 card files, 9 audio discs, 8 video cassettes
The papers of Harold H. Leake, music teacher, radio broadcaster, and Episcopal priest, and Dorothy V. Leake, educator and biologist, consist of correspondence, radio scripts, manuscripts, diaries, subject files, and other materials relating to the personal and professional lives of the Leakes and their family.
Lester, Robert Ridenour (1894-1997) Papers, 1877-1997, (K1158)
5 cubic feet
Correspondence, photographs, ephemera, and some printed and published material related to Lester and the Ridenour Family. Seventeen scrapbook volumes depict travel in the U.S. and Europe, as well as Lester's involvement in France in WWI.
Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809), Astronomy Notebook  (C1074)
Set of formulae prepared by Robert Patterson of Philadelphia for Lewis to use in determining geographical locations by astronomical observation. Also includes a “sketch given us by Yallept, the principal chief of the Wollah-wollah nation,” and a drawing, probably by Lewis. Microfilm copy available for loan.
Leyden, John (1775-1811), Papers, 1800, (C0893)
Biography of the life of John Leyden, including short accounts of incidents and short letters of Leyden's describing his work; and journal of a trip through Scotland, describing the country, people, and institutions. The journal covers July to October, 1800. Original journal and typed copy is in the collection.
Lobenstine, William C. (1831- ), Diary, 1852-1858, (C0525)
Photocopy of privately printed edition of diary kept while traveling to California to mine gold in 1852. Includes scattered entries for years Lobenstine was in Volcano and Camp Secco, CA, as a miner and, later, a merchant. Entries from 20 April to 1 July 1858 describe his return to the East via the Isthmus of Panama and his intent to settle in Leavenworth, KS.
Mahin, Milton Fletcher (1849-1934), Memoirs, 1933, (C0701)
Reminiscences of the son of a Methodist minister. The family moved from Indiana to Nebraska, and to Kansas before the Civil War. Mahin recalls the antebellum period, various important events in his life, and his travels to all sections of the United States.
Marker, Mariska Pugsley (1918- ) Papers, 1813-2008, (K0500)
8 cubic feet
Family papers of descendants of John Campbell of Kansas City, in particular the Frederic and Charlotte Pugsley family and their daughter Mariska.
Martin, Maude Williams (1879-1953), Papers, 1896-1989, (C3909)
3 linear feet
The papers of Maude Williams Martin, a collector of Missouri folk songs and ballads, and a writer of short stories and poetry, include correspondence, school lecture notes and papers, poems, short stories, essays, travel material; and her husband Charles F. Martin's school lecture notes and papers. Also included is material regarding the Missouri Folk-Lore Society; an article by Susan L. Pentlin about Mrs. Martin; a published book of Martin's poems entitled, Selected Poems; other publications associated with poetry; and works by her father James Williams, her son Frank E. Martin, and her husband.
McConn, Mrs. Charles A., Scrapbooks, 1875-1950, (C1412)
The scrapbooks of Mrs. Charles A. McConn contain McConn family memorabilia; as well as newspaper clippings of travel articles by Charles A. McConn.
McCoy, Eleanor (Ellen) Waddle (1818-1893) Papers, 1838-1863, (K0226)
Letters to Ellen McCoy, wife of William McCoy (1813-1900), first mayor of Independence, MO. They were written from Independence from Washington, D.C. detailing the writer's experiences and observations.
McDaniel Family Diaries, 1836-1843, (C2628)
Reuben E. McDaniel diary of a trip from Virginia to St. Louis, MO, 1836. Delia Richerson McDaniel diary of a trip from Caroline County, VA, to Boonville, MO, 1841. Also her diary of a trip from Boonville to Virginia in 1843.
McDearmon, James R., Letters, 1830-1831, (C0490)
Letters to wife Martha in Buckingham County, VA, from St. Louis County, MO, describing trip west and conditions in the area.
McGee, Elijah Milton (1819-1873) Papers, ca. 1870, (K0471)
Reminisce by McGee, early settler, real estate developer, and mayor of Kansas City, entitled, "Our Hero…Account of McGee's trip to California in 1843, prefaced by an account of his previous life, written by himself." Also letters and other documents relating to McGee and his family.
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.
Meeter, William, Letter, 1827, (C2200)
The collection contains a letter to John McClure, Greenville, Augusta C[oun]ty, VA, from William Meeter, Callaway County, MO, Dec. 20, 1827. The letter includes a description of a trip from Virginia to Missouri titled ""A Virginia Youth's Impressions of Missouri,” discussing the appearance of the country, people, water, industry, prices, and marriageable women.
Metzner, Alice Pearl (1869-1948) Scrapbook, 1900-1901, (K0198)
Photographs, programs, postcards and letters, and other memorabilia documenting Alice and her father Theodore Metzner's excursion from Kansas City to Germany and France where they attend the Exposition Universelle, 1900. Also unidentified photographs of family and friends, as well as pictures presumable taken in Colorado of trains and mining operations.
Meyer, Karl Friedrich (1801-1870), Diary, 1833, (C1713)
Diary of a voyage on the WESER from Tundern, Germany, to New Orleans, 11 August-16 October 1833 or 1834. Translated by Helen Evers, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO. Meyer recorded accounts, a list of the passengers, the crew, appearance of the coasts of Santo Domingo and Cuba.
Miller, Merritt F. (1875-1965), Collection, (CA6316)
0.4 cubic feet
Addition of correspondence, postcards, photograph albums, diary of Merritt Finley Miller, and miscellaneous material, largely dated 1900s-1910s. The material mostly concerns Miller's travel in Europe from 1910-1911.
Miller, Merritt F. (1875-1965), Collection, 1906-1927, (C3921)
682 photographs and 14 negatives (.4 linear feet)
Photographs, negatives, and caption notebook of a University of Missouri professor of soils, 1904-1938, and dean of the College of Agriculture, 1938-1945, depicting scenes of the Ozarks, European landmarks and agriculture, a North American tour of the International Society of Soil Science, and various Missouri, Columbia, and University of Missouri scenes.
Mississippi River Map, 1750, (C0953)
"A New Map of the River Mississippi from the Sea to Bayagoulas," c. 1750.
Missouri Pacific Railway Company, Summer & Winter Health & Pleasure Resorts, 1888, (R1001)
1 folder, photocopies
This is an illustrated promotional booklet published by the passenger department of the Missouri Pacific Railway. It concerns resorts along the rail lines in the western and southwestern states, especially those in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas.
Missouri, Boone County, Reception Program, 1917, (C2958)
"To Our Boys From the Mexican Border," program for reception by the citizens of Boone County, MO, at Union Building, 6 March 1917.
Missouri, Hermann, Clippings, 1945, (C0836)
Clipping reprinting section of journal of the Reverend William A. Helffrich of the early Reformed Church, describing river trip from Pennsylvania to Hermann, MO, in 1848, and the social life among pioneer settlers. From The Advertiser Courier, Hermann, MO, 27 April 1945.
Mitchell, Frances Pearle (c. 1864- ), Papers, 1858-1919, (C1703)
0.3 linear feet
The papers of a Rocheport, Missouri woman consist of appointments, certificates, correspondence, invitations, programs, and dance cards. Mitchell, a graduate of Stephens College, was involved in many civic and women’s organizations, including the Missouri Women Farmers’ Club.
Moody, Frederick W. (1838-1937) Reminiscence, 1838-ca. 1869, (K0347)
Typed transcript of Moody describing his immigration from England in 1857, vignettes of his travels to Colorado and New Mexico, and about early Kansas City and Westport, farm life, and his marriage.
Moore, Meredith Tarlton (1827-1911) Interviews, 1906-1908, (K0202)
Notes and transcript reports from interviews with Meredith Tarlton Moore, a soldier in the Mexican War and a trader on the California Trail
Morgan, T. Clifford, Collection, (SUNP2684)
0.25 linear feet
A Summary Of Advantages Offered To Emigrants And Capitalists, By Northwest Missouri, Including The Celebrated Platte Purchase, 1880; Scrapbook containing Kaucher and Bruner family clippings from Oregon, MO; Bonnell's Improved System Of Flouring, 1853; membership book late 19th century, I.O.O.F., Oregon, MO, Lodge; transcription of Mary Kaucher's trip diary, 1894.
Morgan, Wick, Journal, 1854, (C3817)
Journal of Wick Morgan describing his trip to California from Dade County, MO, with a wagon train. The notes detail the availability of food, the conditions of the roads, and the mileage traveled daily by the group.
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.
Muhl, Eduard (1800-1854), Letters, 1842-1848, (C3744)
Letters of a Hermann, MO, newspaperman to his wife as he traveled to St. Louis, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York selling subscriptions to his papers. Also included is a biographical sketch of Muhl and a translation of the letters from German to English, done by the donor.
Mumpower, Daniel L. (1882-1969) and Edith B. (1889-1977), Papers, 1913-1971, (C3900)
0.8 linear feet
Correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous papers of Methodist missionaries to the Belgian Congo. The Mumpower family along with two other couples were the first white missionaries to the Otetela village of Wembo-Nyama in the central region of the Belgian Congo, now Zaire.
Ohio Riverboat Diary, 1870, (K0089)
Small annual diary describing daily observations by an unnamed employee of a riverboat on the Ohio River. Includes descriptions of the weather, the health of his family and his evaluation of various entertainments he attended including the theater, camp meetings, and church festivals.
Philpott, Charles H., ed., "Letters of a Missourian Who Died in the Gold Rush," n.d., (C0387)
Synopsis of letters written between 1848 and 1850 by Alexander M. Philpott, the editor's uncle. A.M. Philpott was a medical student in Jefferson City when he left for the gold fields. He died in Sacramento, 1850. Also genealogical information.
Poehlman, Rose Kentner, Papers, (WUNP5683)
3.5 linear feet
INVENTORY. Correspondence, travel materials, and other papers. Includes papers of University of Missouri agronomist John Milton Poehlman. Mostly correspondence with family and friends.
Pogson, P.W., Down The Mississippi, (SUNP2958)
0.2 linear feet
Account of a trip down the Mississippi River in a small boat, from Davenport, IA to Cairo, IL in the summer of 1895.
Purdy, Thomas D., Diary, 1870 (C0457)
1 folder, typed copy
Notes of a trip from Sullivan County, Missouri, to Colorado, May 14-July 4, 1870.
Quirk, Patrick J. (1845-1921), Diary, 1865, (C3943)
The diary of Patrick J. Quirk relates the details of a trip made in 1865 by railroad and steam-boat from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Yankton, South Dakota, on the way to the Montana Territory.
Reick, Addie Henry, Diary, 1910, (C0556)
Diary, kept 1 May-30 June 1910, of a trip from Seattle, WA, to Ophir, AK. Mrs. Reick wrote the journal for relatives and friends in Missouri. A map showing the route is filed with the diary.
Ritchie, Letitia, Diary, 1878, (C1216)
The diary, written between May and August 1878, describes Ritchie’s travels from London to Chicago and back. The volumes include daily entries, ship log readings, photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings. The ocean voyage was made aboard the Steamer Alsatia.
Rogers, Margaret, Diary, 1909-1910, (C3588)
Diary kept by a Denver, CO, student of music on tour of Russia during the winter of 1909-1910. The group was guided by one doctor Babcock and his assistant, Dr. Seal, "of Philadelphia and Leipsig." Includes casual descriptions of people, churches, museums, social events, a funeral and a Christmas celebration attended.
Roland, Laura Effie (1867-1957), Diary, 1883-1889, (C4102)
0.2 cubic feet
The papers of Laura E. Roland contain small excerpts of her diary, not always in complete sentences, from the age of sixteen in 1883 up to and including her marriage at the age of twenty-two in 1889, all of which took place in or around Hannibal, Missouri, in Ralls County.
Rottmann, Larry, Collection, (CA5858)
Compilation of correspondence, subject files, manuscripts, publications, newspaper clippings, teaching material, production material, organizational records, and audio and video recordings related to Vietnam, the Vietnam War and anti-war activity, veterans, and conflict literature; 1960s-2000s.
Salisbury Diary, 1887 (C0458)
An eight weeks’ diary kept by a sixteen-year-old boy named Salisbury on a train trip from the East to Topeka, KS. He spent most of the time visiting relatives in Salisbury, Kansas City, Glasgow, Keytesville, and St. Louis.
Shake Rag Cemetery, Macon County, Missouri, Records, 1985, (C0557)
The records of the Shake Rag Cemetery contain the names and birth and death dates from tombstones located in Shake Rag, also known as Pleasant Hill, Cemetery, in Macon County, Missouri.
Sharp Family Papers, ca. 1845-1994, (K0553)
11 cubic feet
Personal correspondence, financial records, scrapbooks, slides, photographs and records the Sharp family and the Wells family of Kansas City, MO and Johnson County, KS. Includes the papers of Hazel Wells Sharp (1910-2002) an educator for more than 40 years who taught school in Kansas City, MO and in the Wiesbaden American Schools in Germany.
Shibley, Henry (1815-1902), Diary, 1880-1881 (C0286)
Diary of a man from Arkansas who spent two months visiting friends and family in Adair and Ralls Counties, Missouri. He had lived in Adair County for twenty years, then moved to Van Buren, Arkansas. Diary includes short family histories of various relatives, descriptions of farms, crops, and livestock, and descriptions of travel by railroad and steamboat. Original in the possession of William Bullard, Independence, Missouri.
Smith, Thomas Adams (1858-1919), Papers, 1852-1919, (C0166)
0.2 linear feet,1 oversize volume
The papers of a Saline County, Missouri, doctor and landowner include family corre-spondence, clippings, miscellaneous bills and papers, and a copy of a slave record book provid-ing the births, death, and sales of slaves belonging to the estate of Thomas Adams Smith and Crawford Early Smith.
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.
Stein, George, Travel Report, 1881, (C3287)
Account of George Stein family migration to America in the fall of 1881 aboard the SS Necker and settlement in Clark County, MO.
Stephens, Ruth, Collection, (WUNP5399)
1 linear foot
INVENTORY. Addition of photograph albums, scrapbooks, memoirs, travel materials and genealogy of the Parks family of Missouri. Primarily the family of R.R. Parks.
Stephens, Ruth, Collection, (CA5304)
0.4 linear feet
Collection of 19th century family letters, business papers and miscellaneous for Griffin and Stephens families in Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska; genealogical materials for Griffin, Stephens, Douglass, Shannon, and Ellis families.
Stoddard, L.T., Journal, 1832, (C1923)
Journal of a voyage from New York to Liverpool, 16 April-14 May 1832, aboard the packet ship NEW YORK.
Stoddard, L.T., Travel Diary, 1830, (C1855)
The collection contains a handwritten diary entitled "Memorandum of a Tour--Spring 1830." The diary describes a two-month trip from Boston to New York, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The diary includes comments on city layouts, the decay of Monticello, slavery, southern hospitality and the temperance movement in the South.
Swenson, Godfrey G. (1876-1946) Film Collection, 1930-1958, (K0315)
2 cubic feet
Motion picture film documenting building built by the Swenson Construction Company, who built such buildings at the Jackson County Courthouse and the Kansas City City Hall. Also home movies made by Swenson of family activities.
Switzler, William Franklin (1819-1906), Papers, 1836-1905, (C0461)
MICROFILM (folders 7-60 only)
1 linear foot
Papers of Gottlieb A. Hoehn, a journalist and labor organization supporter from St. Louis, Missouri. The papers consist of printed minutes, anniversary booklets, and programs pertaining to labor organizations. They also include articles written by Hoehn and some miscellaneous materials.
The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Todd, Thomas M. (1917-1987), Papers, 1938-1950, (C3790)
0.8 cubic feet
Papers of Thomas McCutcheon Todd, a World War II soldier from Nevada, Missouri, comprised primarily of letters written to Todd's family. Many of the letters were written while Todd was in military training and during his enlistment in the U.S. Army; they detail issues of work, family, war, and death during the 1940s.
University of Missouri, Lantern Slide Collection, n.d., (C3776)
1 folder and 209 lantern slides
This collection of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century glass lantern slides depicts buildings, people, and street scenes in China and Palestine; the culture and manufacture of silk in Japan and the U.S. by the Corticelli Silk Mills in Massachusetts; and the history of education and elementary schools.
Van Brunt, Hope Casey (1865-1952) Papers, ca. 1830s-1998, (K0252)
2 cubic feet
Correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, printed materials, as well as photographs and memorabilia dealing primarily with the National Old Trails movement in the early 20th century and Van Brunt's activities in marking the Santa Fe Trail for the Kansas City Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) Also Van Brunt's personal correspondence with her children, family, and friends, and other family memorabilia.
Van Horn, Robert Thompson (1824-1916) Family Papers, 1832-1965, (K0297)
2 cubic feet
Van Horn was a newspaper owner/editor, a mayor of Kansas City, U.S. Congressmen, and civic leader. Includes correspondence, Civil War service records, business and property records, and some artifacts and ephemera. Also contains the papers of Van Horn's granddaughter Adela Cooley Van Horn, who traveled extensively, and kept correspondence, passports, narratives, and photographs, and genealogical records.
Vanmeter Family, Papers, 1836-1948 (C0414)
Business papers, tax receipts, real estate documents, and World War I letters of a Saline County, Missouri, family. Farm record books kept by A.J. Vanmeter, 1859-1871; bank checkbook; and travel diary of a motor trip from Missouri to California and back in 1922.
Votaw, Maurice E. (1899-1981), Papers, 1909-1978, (C3672)
The papers of a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism primarily pertain to his years as professor of journalism at St. John's University, Shanghai, China, and ad-viser to the Nationalist Chinese Ministry of Information. Included are transcripts of oral inter-views, correspondence, literary productions, minutes, printed materials, maps, lists, photographs, and books. Contained is information on Votaw's life; writers, missionaries, political and military leaders, and events in China (1922-1977); U.S. China policy; Chinese and American journalism and newspapers; Shanghai Short Story Club; and St. John's University and University of Mis-souri School of Journalism.
Walton, Robert Emmett (1905-1975) Papers, 1928-1974, (K0973)
3 cubic feet
Walton, a Catholic priest, was an army chaplain during World War II, parish priest and pastor in Kansas City, a missionary in Bolivia, and a priest on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Includes yearbooks, magazines, programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and newsletters, and photographs, slides, and negatives chronicling Walton's adventurous life.
Warren, Susan (1919-1989) Papers, 1943-1989, (K0508)
5 cubic feet
Personal correspondence, research materials, lecture notes, photographs, audiotapes, travel materials, ephemera and journals containing Warren’s observations of China during her work as an editor and writer and her travels to China.
White, Robert M., II (1915- ), China Journey, 1973 (C3410)
Report of 1972 tour by American newspaper editors of People’s Republic of China, written by editor of Missouri’s Mexico Ledger. Topics covered include trips to Great Wall, Peking and Shanghai; meetings with Chou En-lai; and social, economic and political conditions of life in China.
Williams, Nellie J. Hall (1901-1997) Papers, 1920-1983, (K0141)
1 cubic foot
Personal notes and records documenting the Hall, Colton, and Williams families in the Maryville, Nodaway County, MO. Diaries of Nellie Hall and her mother, during their trip to California in 1923. Also a diary by Nellie during her final year in high school and her several reminiscences of her life and career as a teacher in rural Missouri.
Williams, Walter, (1864-1935), Scrapbooks, 1901-1902, c. 1910, 1930-1931, (C3985)
0.8 linear feet
Walter Williams’ scrapbooks are four volumes of photographs from trips that he took to Europe, the Holy Land, and South America, and a scrapbook of photographs of students, faculty, and the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. Williams was the dean of the School of Journalism and president of the University of Missouri.
Zahn, Edward, Papers, 1899-1900, (C3936)
0.1 linear feet, photocopies
Papers of Edward Zahn, a resident of Canton, Missouri, and Arenzville, Illinois, who undertook a tour of the United States, and countries of the Pacific region, Asia, North Africa, and Europe in 1899 and 1900. The papers consist of a one volume travel journal, passport, travel schedules, a certificate of initiation from Zahn’s Masonic lodge, and miscellaneous items.