Benton County was organized in 1835. The county seat is Warsaw. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Benton 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 Revolution Bicentennial, Missouri Committee for Agriculture, Papers, 1974-1976 (C4276)
1.2 cubic feet (42 folders), 1 audio tape
The papers of the committee contain correspondence, newsletters, reports, updates, events awards programs, lists of elected members, historical information on "Centennial Farms," and "Liberty Trees," meeting minutes, announcements, newspaper clippings, and audio-visual material for a slide presentation entitled "The Spirit of 76."
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.
Army Corps of Engineers, Photographs, (P0098)
0.2 linear feet
Photographs of historic sites and construction sites, 1956 and 1978-1979. Includes images of bridges, dams, roadways, churches, businesses, and other buildings.
Barker Chapel Methodist Church, Benton County, Missouri, Records, 1893-1968, (C3717)
Includes four Sunday school record books for a church near Windsor. The dates for these books are 3 December 1893-27 August 1897, 24 October 1915-30 December 1917, 3 November 1935-28 July 1940, and 3 May-20 September 1942. Also includes photograph of Southwest Missouri Conference Methodist Episcopal Church South delegates, Warrensburg, MO, 1908, and brief church history written in 1968.
Barrows Family Letters, 1834-1865, (C3264)
Correspondence between Freeman Barrows, his brother John and his sister Sarah; between Elizabeth Vaill Waldo and her sister Asenath B. Vaill Barrows, wife of Freeman Barrows. Freeman Barrows tells of business, social and economic conditions in Batesville and Papinville, MO, and urges his family to join him there.
Benton County, Missouri, Balke Prairie School, Records, 1947-1957, (R0264)
These are daily and term attendance records kept by teachers of the Balke Prairie School in northern Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County, Missouri, Chapman School, Record Book, 1889-1896, (R0256)
This is a record book of Chapman School in central Benton County, Missouri. The volume includes daily and term attendance records kept by teachers, 1889-1896.
Benton County, Missouri, Cole Camp High School, Records, 1870-1910, (R0253)
These are records of Cole Camp High School at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. Included are records of the district clerk, 1870-1910, and daily and term attendance records kept by teachers, 1870-1884 and 1898-1901.
Benton County, Missouri, Cole Camp Public School, Records, 1880-1939, (R0255)
These are records of the Cole Camp Public School at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. Included are records of the district clerk, 1910-1939, and daily and term attendance records kept by teachers, 1880-1934.
Benton County, Missouri, Edmonson School, Record Book, 1956-1958, (R0266)
This is a daily and term attendance record book kept by teachers at Edmonson School in central Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County, Missouri, Fordney School, Records, 1952-1958, (R0262)
These are daily and term attendance records kept by teachers at Fordney School in northern Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County, Missouri, Hink School, Records, 1919-1958, (R0263)
These are records of Hink School in northeastern Benton County, Missouri. Included are records of the district clerk, 1919-1957, and daily and term attendance records kept by the teachers, 1938-1958.
Benton County, Missouri, Ionia School, Records, 1941-1958, (R0257)
These are records of Ionia School in northern Benton County, Missouri. Included are records of the district clerk, 1941-1958, and daily and term attendance records kept by teachers, 1955-1958.
Benton County, Missouri, Lake Creek School, Records, 1904-1958, (R0268)
These are records of Lake Creek School in the northeastern corner of Benton County, Missouri. Included are daily and term attendance records kept by teachers, 1904-1953, and records of the district clerk, 1905-1958.
Benton County, Missouri, Mora School, Records, 1870-1957, (R0254)
These are records of Mora School in northern Benton County, Missouri. Included are the records of the district clerk and attendance records kept by the teachers.
Benton County, Missouri, Rocky Ridge School, Record Book, 1940-1946, (R0261)
These are daily and term attendance records kept by teachers at the Rocky Ridge School in northern Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County, Missouri, Ross Creek School, Record Book, 1952-1957, (R0265)
This is a daily and term attendance record book kept by the teachers at the Ross Creek School in Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County, Missouri, School Records, 1870-1956, (R0217)
These are records of Kreisel School, which was located southwest of Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. The records include daily and term attendance records, 1870-1871 and 1885-1956; and the records of the district clerk, 1907-1954.
Benton County, Missouri, Yeager School, Record Book, 1945-1957, (R0267)
This is a record book kept by the district clerk of Yeager School in eastern Benton County, Missouri.
Benton County Agricultural and Mechanical Society, Cole Camp Fair, Premium List, 1942, (R0842)
This is the Premium List booklet for the Cole Camp Fair, held on 17-19 September 1942 at Cole Camp, Missouri, under the auspices of the Benton County Agricultural and Mechanical Society.
Benton County Medical Society, Missouri, Record Book, 1915-1954, (R0278)
1 folder, photocopies
This volume includes a roster of members, financial records, and minutes of meetings of the Benton County Medical Society, organized in 1897. Included are several applications for membership.
Big Buffalo United Baptist Church, Benton County, Missouri, Record Book, 1869-1894, (R0417)
This is a record book of the Big Buffalo United Baptist Church in southeastern Benton County, Missouri. The volume includes the declaration of faith and rules of church order, minutes of church business meetings, 1 August 1869 -- 29 April 1894, and membership records.
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company, Promotional Booklet, 1916, (R0815)
This is A Good Dairy Country: Central Missouri, Along Rock Island Lines, a booklet published by the "Rock Island" railroad to promote dairy farming and other agricultural pursuits along its route between Kansas City and St. Louis in Missouri.
Cole Camp, Missouri, Collection, ca. 1887-1940s, (R0530)
3 folders, photocopies, 35mm negatives
This is a collection of miscellaneous material pertaining to Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. Included are a program celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the Cole Camp Municipal Band (1933), a souvenir booklet produced for the Cole Camp Centennial (1939), and black and white negatives of scenes in Cole Camp (ca. 1887-1940s).
Cole Camp, Missouri, Sesquicentennial booklet, 1989, (R1263)
This is a souvenir booklet produced for the sesquicentennial celebration of Cole Camp (Benton County, Mo.), held 8-10 September 1989. Shirley Cash edited the booklet, which includes historical items by Leonard Brauer, Jack Dieckman, Roy Donnell, and Evelyn Goosen, "then and now" illustrations of Cole Camp, and advertisements of local businesses.
Cole Camp High School, Cole Camp, Missouri, Programs, 1955-1980, (R0528)
1 folder, photocopies
These are programs for commencements and homecoming reunions of the Cole Camp High School in Benton County, Missouri. The collection includes programs for 1955, 1956, 1960, 1970, and 1980.
Drake-McGraw, Papers, 1829-1918, (R1371)
.25 linear feet, 3 folders
The Drake-McGraw papers document the personal and professional lives of several members of Drake and McGraw families. The McGraw family lived in Greene County, and the Drake family lived in Benton County. The collection consists of professional documents, correspondence, and a journal collected from multiple members of these families.
Duncan, Herbert E., Architectural Records, (K0722)
31.18 cubic feet (276 rolled items)
The architectural records of Herbert E. Duncan consist of 276 architectural drawings drafted between 1937 and 1992. These buildings were primarily built in Kansas and Missouri and were designed and constructed by Herbert E. Duncan. The bulk of the collection consists of residential buildings.
Election Returns, 1840, (C1736)
Missouri presidential election returns for Barry, Boone, Rives, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren and Wayne Counties. Returns for state senator in Wayne County and circuit attorney in Rives and St. Louis Counties.
Esser, Gilbert F., Reminiscences, 1970-1972, (R0527)
2 folders, photocopies
These are booklets by Gilbert F. Esser, containing descriptions of the people, businesses, and buildings of Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. Included are descriptions of "old" (pre-1880s) and "new" Cole Camp, with photographs of individuals and buildings.
Ferguson, H. N., Booklet, 1920, (R0971)
This is a real-estate promotional booklet by H. N. Ferguson of Warsaw in Benton County, Missouri. Ferguson was a representative of the E. A. Strout Farm Agency. The brochure extols the virtues of Benton County's agricultural economy and describes specific farms that are for sale.
First United Methodist Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Records, 1896-1983, (R0157)
7 volumes, 14 folders
These records include minutes of meetings, financial records, membership rolls, and miscellaneous material of the First United Methodist Church of Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri, which was organized in 1885 as a Congregational church, but which has been affiliated with the Methodists since 1945. Also included are records of the Ionia (Mo.) United Methodist Church, whose pastor was supplied by the Cole Camp church after 1965.
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.
Hall, Charles F. House, Benton County, Missouri, Architectural Drawings, 1977, (C2852)
Measured drawings by the Historic American Buildings Survey including plans, profiles, details, elevations, and sections. House was probably built c. 1860 by Calloway G. Heath. OVERSIZE.
Hare, C. G., Letter, 1901, (R1124)
This is a letter and cover, dated 11 September 1901, from C. G. Hare at Lincoln in Benton County, Missouri, to the Harding Signery in Wurtsboro, New York. The letter concerns Hare's desire to place "large signs ... on bill boards, vacant houses, etc."
Harry S Truman Reservoir Architectural Survey, Records, 1975-1976, (C3758)
4.4 linear feet
Maps, site survey sheets, and photographs of vernacular architecture in Benton, Henry, Hickory and St. Clair counties. The images include barns, bridges, cabins, chicken coops, churches, corncribs, garages, granaries, houses, outhouses, post offices, root cellars, schools, sheds, silos, stores, wells, and windmills.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Booklet, 1955, (R0979)
This is a booklet containing the "amended articles of agreement," constitution, and bylaws of Holy Cross Lutheran Church at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. The booklet is dated 1 April 1955, although the amended articles were adopted on 15 December 1953.
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.
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.
Lamine Baptist Association, minutes and history, 1913-1972, (R0422)
4 folders, photocopies
These are records of an association of Baptist churches primarily in Morgan and Cooper counties of Missouri. Included are minutes of annual conferences in 1913, 1965, and 1972, and an institutional history compiled for the association's centennial in 1972.
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.
McGuire, Martin E., Memoranda Book, 1871-1883, (R0505)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a memoranda book of a teacher at schools in Benton and Pettis counties in Missouri. Included are the names of students, attendance records, and other information for Fordney (Benton), Prairie Grove (Pettis), and Pin Oak (Pettis) schools, 1871-1875. There are also notes on personal business by Bettie McGuire, 1876-1883.
Miesner, Magdalena, Confirmation Certificate, 1869, (R0154)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a certificate of confirmation, in German, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri.
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.
Morrow, Lynn, Papers, (R1000)
21 cubic feet (964 folders, 4 oversize)
The papers of Lynn Morrow contain correspondence and research papers, with an additional significant collection of late twentieth-century promotional and advertising items. The papers reflect major areas of Morrow’s research on the southwest Missouri region; Iron, Shannon, and Washington counties; Theodore Pease Russell and his writings; and the writings of Silas C. Turnbo. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.
Old Path Association of Baptist Churches, Missouri, minutes of annual meetings, 1896-1949, (R0646)
These are minutes of annual sessions of the Old Path Association of Baptist Churches in Benton, Hickory, Polk, and St. Clair counties in Missouri. Included are minutes of the meetings, the articles of faith, rules of decorum, lists of churches, officers, and representatives, statistical information, and correspondence with other associations.
Osage River Regular Baptist Association, Minutes, 1847, (R0285)
These are minutes of the meeting in 1847 of the Osage River Association, which was composed of Baptist churches in Benton, Camden, Polk, and Webster counties in Missouri. The minutes include lists of churches and delegates to the meeting, a summary of the association's business, and an "Abstract of Principles."
Osage Valley Bank, Minute Book, 1908-1912, (C2321)
Minutes of board of directors meetings, including financial statements.
Overland Mail Centennial Scrapbook, 1958, (C3457)
Clippings, photographs, brochures, and miscellaneous records which marked the hundredth anniversary of the first overland stage route in the U.S.
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.
Rainwater Family, Papers, 1863-1939, (R0227)
2 folders, photocopies
These are Civil War letters of Maj. Charles C. Rainwater, a Confederate officer, to his wife, Sarah Fowler Rainwater, at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. The letters mention fighting at Hartville and Cape Girardeau, and Rainwater's disabilities from wounds. There are also genealogical data on Samuel Fowler and his family, and biographical sketches of Sarah Fowler Rainwater.
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.
Saint John's Lutheran Church, Benton County, Missouri, Records, 1881-1945, (R0546)
These are records of St. John's Lutheran Church at Boeschenville in Benton County, Missouri. Included are the constitution, by-laws, registers of members, lists of births, baptisms, communicants, and deaths, and minutes of meetings, 1912-1941. Most of the records are in German.
Saint John's Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Collection, 1922-1971, (R0525)
1 folder, photocopies
These are a program for the dedication of the church building (1922), ninetieth anniversary booklet (1961), and centennial booklet (1971) of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri.
Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Collection, 1918-1972, (R0524)
1 folder, photocopies
These are programs for the dedication of a new church building (1918) and fortieth anniversary celebration (1922), and the church directory (1972) of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri. The church was founded in 1882 as St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. See also Collection R0122.
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Records, 1882-1939, (R0122)
7 volumes, 1 folder
These are minutes of congregational meetings, church registers, and records of the Ladies Aid Society of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri. Nearly all of the texts are in German.
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.
Sterett, Smith A. ( -1887), Papers, 1861-1899, (C2074)
The papers of Smith A. Sterett contain letters from business associates, friends, and family; business papers; Sterett's Confederate Army discharge; and an elementary spelling book. Sterett was a Montana Territory prospector, Helena, MT, merchant, and Nevada, MO, hardware merchant.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Booklets, 1946-1972, (R0529)
These are the constitution and bylaws (1946) and an illustrated roster of the members of Trinity Lutheran Church (1972) at Cole Camp in Benton County, Missouri. The church was organized in about 1896 as the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Congregation.
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 Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cole Camp, Missouri, Collection, 1934-1976, (R0526)
1 folder, photocopies
These are the Easter Cantata (1934), church directory (1972), and fiftieth anniversary program (1976) of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Benton County, Missouri.
Warsaw, Missouri, Branch of the Mechanics' Bank, Checks, 1860, (C2395)
The records contain two checks on a Warsaw, Missouri, bank.
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.