The Cape Girardeau District dates from Missouri's French colonial period. Cape Girardeau County was organized in 1812, during Missouri's territorial era. The county seat is Jackson. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Cape Girardeau 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."
Ancient Order of United Workmen, Fruitland Lodge No. 429, Fruitland, Missouri, Records, ca. 1889-1900, (R0731)
These are records of the Ancient Order of United Workmen's lodge at Fruitland in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Much of the information is related to the fraternal organization's primary function of providing life insurance to its members.
Bangert Family Papers, (SP0008)
0.5 cubic feet (17 folders, 35 photographs)
The Bangert Family Papers chronicle two generations of the Bangert Family. They consist mostly of the personal papers of Nell Mabrey Bangert and the genealogy and family photographs of her husband’s family.
Barnett, Mary Jane (1908-1997), Papers, 1913-1997, (CG0004)
2.2 cubic feet (24 folders), 1 film reel, 1 videocassette
The collection of Mary Jane Barnett contains correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, business-related trade journal materials, a Narcotic Register, and miscellaneous papers for Mary Jane "Miss Jane" Barnett and her life and business partner, Elaine "Tommie" Davis.
Barr, Thomas Akers, Papers, 1861-1919, (R0270)
This collection consists of correspondence and papers of a native of Illinois and physician who began practice in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri, about 1869. Included are letters from Illinois soldiers serving in Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, 1861-1865, from physicians in Illinois and Missouri, and from Harry Woodson Barr at Camp Bowie, Texas, 1918-1919.
Bethel Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, Minutes, 1806-1867, (C1297)
Brief history of early Baptist settlers in the area, organization of the first church, constitution, rules of decorum, and record of the proceedings of the church. Two copies.
Bethel Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, Minutes, 1811, (C1298)
Excerpt from church minute book showing Baptist opposition to Freemasonry. Church member excluded for joining a Masonic lodge.
Bird Family, Papers, 1831-1959, (R0170)
5 folders, photocopies
This collection includes miscellaneous correspondence, estate papers, land papers, business records, and biographical material pertaining to the Bird, Byrd, Moore, and Hunter families of southeastern Missouri. The papers concern business and estates in Mississippi, New Madrid, and Scott counties in Missouri, and the Bird estate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Bollinger, George Frederick, Letter, 1839, (C2956)
To Charles Welling, Jackson, MO, from Jefferson City, MO, Dec. 20, 1838. Concerns the purchase of pork, election of officers in the Missouri legislature, and the Mormon War.
Bootheel Project, Records, 1993-1997, (C3928)
3.2 linear feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 records, 2 video cassettes
The records of the Bootheel Project document the art, culture and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers' notes, and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.
Byrd, Abraham, Letter, 1800, (C2012)
The collection contains a letter to Charles Dehault DeLassus, St. Louis, from Cape Girardeau, Jan. 13, 1800. The letter includes a request to the lieutenant governor of Upper Louisiana for a grant of land to establish a flour mill. A typed translation by J.A. Roldan is included.
Cape Girardeau Academy, Program, 1855, (R1056)
This is a "Programme of Exercises of the First Annual Exhibition of Cape Girardeau Academy," held at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on 28 June 1855. Included were elocutions and declamations by students, with musical interludes.
Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, Sesquicentennial Booklet, 1974, (R0960)
This is a booklet published to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, which was organized in June 1824. Included are a schedule of the 150th annual meeting of the Association, a historical summary by J. C. Maple, a list of member congregations, and a list of past meeting dates, places, and officers.
Cape Girardeau Business College, Booklet, 1920, (R1081)
This is a booklet promoting the Cape Girardeau Business College, a commercial trade school located at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. Records (R1413)
1 cubic foot (15 folders, 1 volume)
These are the records for the Cape Girardeau County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc. a location of the National Easter Seal Society originally known as the National Society for Crippled Children.
Cape Girardeau McAdamized and Plank Road Company, Papers, 1852-1858, (R1133)
These are receipts and certificates issued to members of the Rodney family concerning the Cape Girardeau McAdamized and Plank Road Company in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Central High School, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Booklets, 1923-1925, (R0920)
These are an "Official Guide Book" (1923) and an "Official Hand Book" (1925) of the fourth and sixth annual fairs presented by the students of Central High School "with Aid from the Faculty" at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The "follies" were held on the evenings of 20 April 1923 and 23 April 1925.
Clarke, Giles T., Broadside, 1855, (C2716)
The papers contain one advertisement for sale of real estate and slaves from the estate of Hiram L. Sloan, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Crawford, John D., Civil War Letters, 1862-1863, (R0472)
These are Civil War letters by John D. Crawford, 2nd Missouri State Militia Cavalry, and his brother, H. T. Crawford. The letters note events in Adair, Knox, Schuyler, and Scotland counties in Missouri, and the execution of prisoners by Union authorities at Palmyra, Missouri.
Collins, A. Loyd, "The Spirit of Bethel, 1806-1956," 1956, (C1299)
Historical pageant written for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church in Missouri, Bethel Baptist Church in Cape Girardeau County. Also a printed program (4 pages).
Corbin, Kenneth E., "William Marion Fulbright," 1976, (R0327)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the family line of William Marion Fulbright of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, compiled by Kenneth E. and Ella Dee Wampler Corbin, 1976. The family emigrated from Germany sometime around 1700, coming to Missouri after 1800 via Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
Dingeldein, Otto F. (1906-1991), Papers, 1944-1990, (C4291)
1.0 cubic feet (19 folders), 8 oversize items
The papers contain photographs and information relating to silver products created by silversmith, Otto F. Dingeldein.
Eaker, Lorena Shell Genealogical Papers, (CG0024)
0.2 cubic feet (5 folders)
Lorena Shell Eaker transcribed family Bible records provided to her by several families in southeast Missouri and North Carolina. These records were used to compile her two-volume work The Shoe Cobbler’s Kin, A Genealogy of the Peter (Ecker) Eaker, Sr. Family (1701-1976). These papers include both hand-written transcriptions and photocopies of the original Bible records. Also included is the marriage record and sermon notes for Presbyterian minister William G. Peyton of Piedmont, Missouri.
Eddleman, William R., Papers, (CG0022)
0.4 cubic feet (6 folders)
Correspondence between Barbara and Christopher Eddleman and their four sons, William H., Harley, Riley Russell, Rodney J. during World War II. William H. Eddleman died as a prisoner of war in the Philippines in 1942. Included in this collection is correspondence from the War Department about his death benefits to his parents, William H. Breen, Jr. and his wife Enid Breen, and Abie Abraham, after the war. Abraham was with William when he died.
Ellis Family, Papers, 1787-1948, (R0251)
10 folders, photocopies, 1 roll of mircofilm
This collection includes correspondence, business records, and legal papers, and genealogical information pertaining to two early families of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The Ellis family came from Georgia about 1805; the Ranneys from Indiana about 1825. Other names represented in the collection are Beckham, Cobb, Giboney, Ogle, Waters, and Wathen (Warthen-Worthan).
Elmore, Patricia Shively (1935-2015), Papers, 1878-2015, (CG0013)
1 cubic feet (14 folders), 8 film reels, 2 oversized volumes
The papers of Patricia Shively Elmore contain diaries, correspondence, genealogy, scrapbooks, and photographs related to the donor's family. This collection also contains diplomas, commencement programs, military documents, photographs, souvenir postcards, films, and funeral memorabilia of the donor's second husband, William "Bill" Elmore.
Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Jackson, Missouri, Souvenir Booklet, 1928, (R1275)
1 folder, 1 item
This is the souvenir booklet for the dedication service of Emmanuel Evangelical Church's new building on 20 May 1928. The church, founded in May 1867, is located at Jackson in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Fairview United Methodist Church Records (CG0017)
0.3 cubic foot (5 folders, 4 volumes)
The Fairview United Methodist Church Records contain four volumes of the quarterly conference minute book for the Farmington District of the St. Louis Conference from 1893-1909. Also included are correspondence, appointment cards, and assorted notes from 1894 and 1902 to 1903.
First Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Booklet, 1928, (R1091)
This is a an illustrated booklet prepared for the dedication of the new building for the First Baptist Church at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Included are photographs of the building and its major rooms, portraits of the staff, and a program of events. The Rev. George S. Ellyson served as pastor.
First Baptist Church, Jackson, Missouri, sesquicentennial booklet, 1974, (R0959)
This is a booklet issued in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the First Baptist Church at Jackson in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Included are previous short histories compiled in 1934 and 1949, as well as a sesquicentennial update to 1974.
Freemasons, Mystic Tie Lodge No. 221, Oak Ridge, Missouri, meeting Program, 1952, (R1022)
This is a program for the 71st meeting of the 49th District Association of Freemasons, hosted by Mystic Tie Lodge No. 221 at Oak Ridge in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on Wednesday evening, 28 May 1952. W. Glenn McCain presented the "lecture and charge" to the meeting.
Freemasons, Star of the West Lodge No. 133, Ironton, Missouri, Records, 1849-1962, (R0446)
34 folders, 13 volumes
These are records of the Masonic Lodge at Ironton in Iron County, Missouri. The records include minute books, membership records, personnel files, and miscellaneous lodge papers, 1849-1962. The collection also includes the record books of the Iron Mountain Lodge, 1864-1894, which consolidated with the Star of the West Lodge in 1894.
French and Spanish Archives, 1763-1841, (C2965)
23 rolls of microfilm
The French and Spanish Archives is a collection of documents from the St. Louis area dating primarily from the colonial and territorial periods.
Fruitland Grange No. 611 Record Book (CG0016)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
The Fruitland Grange No. 611 record book contains detailed by-laws and minutes of the meetings held by members from 1873 to 1876. The fraternal organization focused on agriculture and local farmers. The group’s goal was to promote agriculture and provide a unifying voice to farmers against capitalism. Men and women were eligible for membership and officers were given ranks and titles to establish order and responsibilities.
Galilee Association of General Baptists, proceedings, 1913-1980, (R0077)
These are proceedings of the annual sessions of this organization of General Baptist congregations in southeastern Missouri. Also included are Old Liberty Association proceedings (1913), Liberty Association proceedings (1916), and a reprinted sermon of Benoni Stinson (1858).
Gammon, William J., Papers, (CA6361)
0.4 cubic feet
Historical and genealogical research pertaining to Center Point School, Jackson County, Missouri, and Jackson Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Grace Methodist Church, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Centennial Booklet, 1955, (R0776)
This is 100 Years to the Glory of God, a booklet published to celebrate the centennial of Grace Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The congregation was organized as Ebenezer German Methodist Episcopal Church in 1855, and became Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in 1923.
Gray, Edmund (1834-1912), Papers, 1831-1955, (C3611)
1.8 linear feet
Mississippi River pilots' charts, ships; logs, steamboat directions, and personal papers of Edmund Gray, a resident of Gray's Point, Scott County, Missouri, and Cape Girardeau and steamboat pilot on the Mississippi for many years.
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.
Hale, Donald R., Photographs, (P0832)
Postcards depicting the exterior of KKK birthplace (Pulaski, Tenn) and exterior of Big Spring Inn (Neosho, MO). 2 colour: exterior of Ben Franklin Hotel, Springfield, and levee scene, Cape Girardeau.
Hebron Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, Minutes, 1829-1878, (C1311)
The records contain minutes of meetings of the church, including official action taken on matters brought before it and the admission and dismissal of members. Also miscellaneous personal material of various recorders.
Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.
High School Athletic and Oratorical Association for Southeast, Missouri, (R0728)
This is the program for the "Twenty-First Annual Meet" of the High School Athletic and Oratorical Association for Southeast Missouri, held at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on 23-24 April 1926.
High School Meet for Southeast, Missouri, Program, 1933, (R0999)
This is a program booklet for the 28th annual "High School Meet for Southeast Missouri," held at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on 28-29 April 1933. The meet included competitions in academic subjects, music, and debate as well as athletics. The meet was "under control of the Teachers College Athletic Committee."
Hill, Commodore Perry, Collection, 1885-1982, (R0125)
101 folders, 3 volumes, 91 photographs
These are newspaper clippings, maps, miscellaneous items, and photographs pertaining to lead mining and related railroad development in the Old Lead Belt, principally of St. Francois and Madison counties in southeastern Missouri. The material is arranged in topical and biographical series.
Himmelberger-Harrison Land Selling Company, Letters, 1915-1920, (R0893)
These are typescript copies of letters dated 27 November 1915 and 27 May 1920 from John H. Friant, President of the Himmelberger-Harrison Land Selling Company at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, to the Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber Company in Cape Girardeau and A. W. Wilkey at Risco in New Madrid County, Missouri.
Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber Company, Papers, ca. 1906-1958, (R1259)
These are miscellaneous records of the Himmelberger-Harrison Lumber Company and the Himmelberger-Harrison Manufacturing Company in southeastern Missouri. Included are abstracts of land records, ca. 1906-ca. 1921, and President John E. Himmelberger's correspondence subject files for 1958.
Hinchey-Cochran, Katherine Jane (1908-1995), Family Papers, 1790-1999, (R1280)
These materials were compiled by Katherine Jane Hinchey-Cochran (1907-1995), a newspaper columnist, writer, historian and artist, primarily from the Cape Girardeau and Jackson, Mo. area.
Holley, Debra, Photographs, (CG0028)
0.02 cubic feet (2 folders)
The Debra Holley Photographs relate to the April 1922 flood in Cape Girardeau and daily life in the city which includes unidentified citizens and buildings from the 1920s-1940s. The collection also includes a certificate for perfect attendance of Norma Etherton (later Stausing) when she attended Cape Girardeau Public Schools in May 1913.
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.
Hunter, Stephen B., "Boundary Line Between Cape Girardeau Co. & New Madrid Co., 1800 to 1813," n.d., (C2173)
The collection contains a history of changes in the counties' boundary line.
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, John W., Receipt, 1858, (C2922)
Receipt showing payment of $40 for 320 acres of land at Jackson, MO.
Kasten, Mrs. John H., ""History of the First Apple Creek Presbyterian Church,"" 1933, (C2912)
The collection contains a history of the church, its members, ladies' group, cemetery and Sunday school, with a list of ministers, elders, and deacons.
Kelley, Max L., Historical Essays on Southeast Missouri, n.d., (C0779)
Five articles including "The Heel of Missouri," "Consolidated School District Number 8," "Louis Houck, the Father of Southeast Missouri," "The Execution of Tewanya," and "The Awakening of the Big Swamp."
Killian, Ralph D., "The Melting Pot," n.d., (C2895)
The collection contains a history of Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, and Cape Girardeau Counties, MO, describing the geology, natural resources, and early settlers.
Kinder, A. Aven (1902-1986), Papers, 1918-1967, (CG0005)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders)
The papers of A. Aven Kinder contain 29 photographs dating from the early 1900s to 1967, yearbook pages from Central High School's "The Giradot," Southeast Missouri State University's "The Sagamore," and University of Missouri's "The Savitar," correspondence, and miscellaneous papers.
Laramore, Edmond, collector, Baptist Associations Minutes, 1912-1980, (R0394)
This collection consists largely of printed minutes of annual meetings of United or Missionary Baptist associations in southern Missouri. The minutes include the records of annual sessions, committee reports, and statistical information on the associations and their constituent churches. Also included are a few miscellaneous Baptist publications.
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.
Little River Valley Land Company, Booklet, ca. 1908, (R0946)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a promotional booklet for the Little River Valley Land Company, which marketed land made available by the drainage of the swamps in southeastern Missouri. A. L. Harty served as president and W. F. Smith served as secretary of the firm, which was based at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
Lorimier, Louis, Will, 1808, (C2124)
The collection contains a typed copy of the will of Lorimier of the District and Town of Cape Girardeau, Louisiana Territory. Lorimier named as his executor and heir the Shawnee woman with whom he lived, Pemanpich. The will lists names and ages of their six children.
Mann, Henry Perrin Civil War Diaries, 1862-1865, (R0455)
1 folder, photocopies
These are typescripts of the Civil War diaries of Henry P. Mann, Co. B Cavalry, 36th Illinois Infantry. The company was later assigned to the 15th Illinois Cavalry as Co. K. The diaries cover the Pea Ridge campaign in Missouri and Arkansas, the occupation of Corinth, Mississippi, the battle of Chickamauga, the siege of Chattanooga, and the Atlanta campaign. The entries for 1865 concern personal business and finances.
Mark Twain National Forest, Local History Collection, 1930s-1980s, (R0471)
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.
McKendree Chapel, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, Class Books, 1852-1884, (C1342)
Names and financial records.
Millar Family, Papers, 1840-1899, (R0162)
2 folders, photocopies
These are miscellaneous papers of the Millar family of Mississippi County, Missouri. The collection includes a diary of a trip from Scioto County, Ohio, to Mississippi County in 1840, land and tax papers, slave papers, and receipts issued by the Missouri State Guard at New Madrid during the Civil War.
Missouri & Illinois Mineral & Land Co., Papers, 1834-1900, (R0058)
These are records of the acquisition and disposition of lands in a speculative industrial development scheme in Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Cape Girardeau, and Madison counties in Missouri.
Missouri East Conference, United Methodist Church, Records, (CA3013)
0.2 linear feet
Addition of a transcript of an interview of Rush H. Limbaugh, Sr. of Cape Girardeau, MO, with portions regarding Centenary United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.
Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1997-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource professionals and other individuals related to the environment in Missouri. The records include audio cassettes, CDs, audio logs, and transcripts.
Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones and Stained Glass Windows," Project, 1977-1980, (C3723)
7.1 cubic feet
Statewide documentation of local churches by county. Includes cultural arts reports, church histories, floor plans, architectural details, clippings, slides, photographs, and miscellany.
Missouri Territory. Cape Girardeau Court of Common Pleas, List of Cases, 1809, (C1907)
List of cases for the March term of court.
Missouri, Cape Girardeau County, Records, 1794-1842, (C3676)
0.2 linear feet
French colonial and territorial records of the Cape Girardeau District and Cape Girardeau County records and court records. A microfilm copy of the collection is available.
Missouri, Cape Girardeau County, Tax Lists, 1814-1829, (C3677)
Copies of lists of persons from whom taxes were collected in Cape Girardeau County in 1814 and 1815, and accounts of the public securities and money received for 1827-1829. Nature of claim, water course, original owners, number of arpens, slaves, town lots, houses, improvements, carriages, and valuations are given on tax lists.
Montgomery, Samuel (1810-1885), Papers, 1863-1866, (CG0014)
0.2 cubic feet (3 folders, 1 volume)
The papers of Samuel Montgomery contain letters, military documents, and family genealogy information from copied pages and the bound genealogy “My Ancestors and Kinfolk.”
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.
Naeter Brothers Publishing Company, Ten Mile Garden ... Cape Rock Drive (booklet), 1949, (R0773)
This booklet describes the Ten Mile Garden (U.S. 61 between Cape Girardeau and Jackson), Cape Rock Drive, and Boulder Crest (a "nature laboratory"), in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. These areas featured decorative plantings and landscaping.
Newell, Mary Dalton, Collection, (P0131)
0.25 linear feet
Items from Mary Dalton Newell's scrapbook, including photos of the Dalton and and Denman families, ca. 1923-1978, the Osage and Niangua rivers, Ha Ha Tonka, Camden County, Lake Taneycomo, Cape Girardeau, and Bennett Springs. Photos of Columbia and the University of Missouri, ca. 1918-1930, include images of May Day, the Farmer's Fair, football, and the Columns. Postcard of bridges, steamboats, and from travels out-of-state.
Normal Chapel, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Program, 1896, (R0882)
This is a program for the W. B. Wilson Medal Essay Contest held at Normal Chapel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on 8 June 1896. The subject of the contest was "The Poetry of Edgar Allen Poe."
Oliver Family, Papers, 1805-1977, (C3731)
18.1 cubic feet
Papers of a prominent Cape Girardeau, MO, family including family and professional correspondence, patriotic organizations materials, legal firm records, family financial and legal records, speeches and writings, genealogical materials, information on Missouri State Normal School and First Presbyterian Church of Cape Girardeau, photographs, and miscellany.
Oliver, Jack L., Collection, n.d., (C2932)
The collection contains an address and four essays concerning the history and work of the First Presbyterian Church, Cape Girardeau, MO.
One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 58 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.
Ozark Trails Bridge, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Brochure, n.d., (R0772)
This is a promotional brochure for the "Ozark Trails Bridge" over the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Although undated, the brochure appears to have been printed in the 1930s.
Perkins, Adam (1834-1891), Journal, 1861-1871, (R1335)
The typescript copy of Adam Perkins' journal, a farmer from Bollinger County, Missouri, is dated from January 1861 through December 1871. The journal was discovered in 1990 in Plainfield, Illinois. It was then transcribed by Jean Scott of Orlando, Florida and sent to Lorena S. Eaker of Bollinger, Missouri for editing.
Pfefferkorn, Michael Gene, Papers, (S1219)
9.25 cubic feet
The papers of Michael Gene Pfefferkorn contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newsletters, and speeches concerning the historic preservation of St. Louis landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Major John Stevens Bowen House; the integration of St. Louis City Schools during the 1970s; and the establishment of the American Tax Token Society in 1971. Other topics of interest include the publication of the Missouri Journal of Numismatics, which Pfefferkorn edited from 1976 to 2001. The papers date from 1964 to 1993.
Pfefferkorn, Sandra Jo, Papers, (S1220)
0.25 cubic foot
The papers of Sandra Jo Pfefferkorn contain evaluations, reports, and writings concerning Central High School and the development of its curriculum, student writing abilities, and student and faculty morale at Central High School. Other items of interest include a 1967-1968 annual report published by the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. The papers date from 1967 to 1981.
Pilot Knob, Missouri, Civil War Telegrams, 1862-1863, (R0137)
2 folders, photocopies
These are telegrams sent and received by Col. John B. Gray, commander of the Union post at Pilot Knob, Iron County, Missouri. The dispatches include communications with district headquarters at St. Louis, and with detachments throughout southeastern Missouri, especially those at Fredericktown, Patterson, Van Buren, and Barnesville. The telegrams cover the period from November 1862 to April 1863.
Politics in Missouri Oral History Project, Records, 1996-, (C3929)
2.2 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.
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.
Scrapbooks, Marvin E. Proffer, (CG0006)
0.2 cubic feet (2 volumes)
The Marvin E. Proffer Scrapbooks contain two scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings, postcards, and other memorabilia related to Proffer.
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.
Reilly, Philip A., Letters, 1858-1863, (R0084)
These are Civil War letters, with annotated typescripts, of Philip A. Reilly of the 29th Missouri Infantry. Reilly served in the operations against Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, and was captured at Ringgold, Georgia. He died at Andersonville, Georgia, on 24 May 1864. The collection includes a letter written by Reilly's father at Jackson, Missouri, 16 August 1858.
Reynolds Family, Collection, 1875-1997, (CG0007)
2.6 cubic feet (45 folders), 9 film reels
The collection of the Reynolds family of Morehouse, Missouri contains correspondence and papers, guest and autograph books, postcards, barbershop business ledgers, educational awards and diplomas, photographs, and films for John Clayborn, Louella (Harmon), Charles Baker, Thelma, and Nell Reynolds.
Rodney Family, Papers, 1854-1874, (R1329)
0.1 cubic foot (1 folder)
These are mostly legal papers regarding the probate of various estates within the inter-related families of Rodney, Garrett, Ramsey, Walls, and Whitelaw of Cape Girardeau and Mississippi Counties, Missouri. There is also a postwar letter from J. M. Brown at Charleston, Missouri to William F. Rodney about establishing Rodney's loyalty to the Union during the Civil War.
Roussell, George R., Photographs (CG0023)
0.02 cubic feet(3 folders)
Photograph album of George Rousell during his time serving in World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Also includes oversize photographs of members of Company C, Mobile Construction Battalion 10 in the United States Navy.
Russell, Jos[eph] W[illia]m, Letter, 1847, (C1640)
The collection contains a letter to Mary L. Russell, Jackson, Cape Girardeau County, MO, from Chicago, [IL], July 4, 1847. Russell, at a convention in Chicago as a member of the Cape Girardeau delegation, wrote his wife about the convention, the crowds, American House, and Chicago, and listed the Cape Girardeau delegates.
Rutledge, Anne Blanche, "Old York Chapel, 1824-1965" n.d., (C2180)
History of the Abernathy Settlement and the Old York Chapel, second oldest Methodist organization in the Louisiana Purchase, Perry County and Cape Girardeau County, MO.
Schaper, Dorothy Fullbright, Genealogical Collection, (CG0031)
1.0 cubic foot (24 folders)
Genealogy family charts, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to the Fulbright family of Cape Girardeau County.
Shanks, Attie Zelpha Mitchell, Genealogical Records, 1890-1960, (R0061)
This is a photocopy of genealogical records for southeastern Missouri compiled by Attie Zelpha Mitchell Shanks. The records cover the "Upper Hog Creek" area of eastern Bollinger and western Cape Girardeau counties. There is a partial index.
Shell, Casper, Papers, 1832-1849, (R0243)
These are a journal and miscellaneous papers of Casper Shell (Schell), Jr., a blacksmith and justice of the peace who lived near Lutesville in what was then Cape Girardeau County, now Bollinger County, Missouri. The collection pertains to Shell's trade as a blacksmith as well as his official duties. A transcript, prepared by the donor, is available.
Shinn, George W., Papers (CG0015)
0.11 cubic feet (1 folder)
This collection contains Civil War correspondence from Private George Shinn to his family in Canton, Illinois. Shinn writes about camp life, picket duty, and friends he met while stationed in Cape Girardeau. Shinn enlisted in the Union Army in Company H of the 17th Illinois Infantry. This collection also contains a letter from Solomon Kittrell to his mother and friends. The Kittrell letter was purchased by the donor and included with Shinn letters. There is no known relationship between the two.
Sikes Family, Papers, 1845-1859, (CG0019)
The papers contain eight slave bills of sale to William Sikes of New Madrid County, Missouri. These documents reflect the names, ages, and prices of enslaved persons who became the property of Sikes. Three additional documents show land transfers and a tax assessment of personal property.
Smith, E. Herbert, Autobiography, 1954, (R0184)
1 folder, photocopies
This is a thirteen-page autobiography by a newspaper publisher and editor of southeastern Missouri. At one time or another during his sixty-year career, Smith was associated with the Benton Record, the Charleston Democrat and Enterprise, the Sikeston Star, and the Clarkton News.
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dept. of MO, William T. Stewart .... No. 7. Minute book, 1920-1929, (R1287)
This is a 152-page minute book Auxiliary No. 7 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the United States of America (SV), William T. Stewart Camp No. 14 (Cape Girardeau, Mo.).
Southeast Missouri District Fair Association, Booklets, 1949-1976, (R0925)
These are a "Program, Premium List and Catalog" (1949) and a souvenir booklet (1976) for the "SEMO District Fair," which was sponsored by the Southeast Missouri District Fair Association and held on 12-17 September 1949 and 14-18 September 1976 at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Included are schedules of events, admission prices, and advertisements for area businesses.
Southeast Missouri District Fair Association, Horse-Show Program, 1950, (R0782)
This is the program booklet for the "Horse Show" at the Southeast Missouri District Fair, held at the fairgrounds in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on 11, 13, and 14 September 1950.
Southeast Missouri Medical Society, Collection, 1877-1967, (CG0003)
0.5 cubic feet (7 folders)
The Southeast Missouri Medical Society Collection consists of miscellaneous records from physicians and hospitals in the southeast region of Missouri.
Southeast Missouri Odd Fellow Association, Program, 1892, (R0769)
This is a program for the "73rd Annual Celebration" of the "S. E. Mo. Odd Fellow Association," held at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on 26 April 1892.
Southeast Missouri Teachers Association, Program, 1942, (R0761)
This is the "Victory Program" for the 67th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Missouri Teachers Association, held at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on 22-23 October 1942.
St. Francis Hospital, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Booklet, 1939, (R1092)
This is an illustrated booklet concerning "the new addition" to St. Francis Hospital at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Included are photographic views of new rooms and medical equipment, along with a brief history of the hospital.
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.
Ste. Genevieve Telephone Co., Records, 1899-1906, (R0339)
These are bills for various goods and services rendered to the Ste. Genevieve Telephone Company. John Tlapek and Henry L. Rozier organized the company, which later became part of the Bell system.
Standard Egg Farms, Booklet, 1929, (R1126)
This is a promotional/sales booklet for chicks marketed by Standard Egg Farms at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Included are descriptions of the varieties offered, shipping arrangements, and prices. Victor H. Drumm was the owner and manager of the firm.
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.
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.
Stein, Weldon (1911-1964), Papers, 1928-2016, (CG0008)
0.6 cubic feet (8 folders)
The papers of Weldon Stein contain correspondence, military service records, a personal diary, high school and college graduation programs, and genealogical information.
Sutter, John Jacob, Collection, 1865-1871, (R0624)
2 folders, photocopies
These are a notebook and travel journal by John J. Sutter, a native of Germany and resident of St. Louis, Missouri. The memoranda book covers Sutter's service as inspector of artillery in the Department of the Missouri in 1865, and inspections at Cape Girardeau, Macon, Rolla, and Springfield, Missouri; and Fort Leavenworth, Fort Scott, and Paola, Kansas. The journal, in German, covers a trip from St. Louis to Germany and return in 1871.
Taubert, A. G., Photograph Collection, (P0184)
Series of four original photos showing aftermath of train wreck on Frisco Railroad, circa 1920. Additional postcards of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, and photos of Ha Ha Tonka.
Tayloe Family, Papers, 1879-1942, (C2510)
4 linear feet
The papers of the Tayloe Family contain personal letters and business papers of the John R. Tayloe family of Bem and Owensville, MO. The collection includes correspondence to John R. Tayloe, his sons John L. and William L. Tayloe, and his wife Lizzie Miller Tayloe from relatives and friends concerning family affairs, farming, and teaching. Some business papers are also included.
The Missouri Collection (C3982)
17.9 cubic feet, 9 audio cassettes, 3 audio discs, 9 CDs, 1 computer disc, 1 film, 6 film strips, 3 DVDs, 2 video cassettes (791 folders, 21 oversize ite The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
The Purian Poultry Man Booklet, (R1435)
0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
The Purian Poultry Man is a booklet published by the Farmer's Cooperative Association, Inc. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The Southeast Missouri Collection, (CG0001)
The Southeast Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.
Tlapek, John, Correspondence, 1897-1935, (R0037)
This is business correspondence addressed to John Tlapek as general manager of Louis Houck's Chester, Perryville, Ste. Genevieve and Farmington Railroad, 1897-1902. Tlapek also was a partner in the Southeast Missouri Telephone Company, 1909-1911.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, "Bethel Church Book: Minutes of the Proceedings of the Bethel Church, 1806-1867," 1940, (C1300)
Brief history of early Baptist settlers in the area, organization of the first church, constitution, rules of decorum, and record of the proceedings of the church. Church located in Cape Girardeau County, MO.
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Historical Records Survey, Missouri, "Bethel Church Minutes," "Early Days with the Churches," and "Supplement to Bethel Church Minutes," 1941, (C1305)
Brief history of early Baptist churches in Missouri, after the Louisiana Purchase. Index to members and churches mentioned in Bethel Church book. List of tombstone inscriptions in Old Bethel Church cemetery. Church located in Cape Girardeau County, MO.
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 States. Army. Illinois Artillery Reg't, 2nd, report, 1865, (R0293)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the final muster roll and service history of Battery F, 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. The battery was organized at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in late 1861 and included many residents of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, and Stoddard counties in Missouri.
United States Army Air Forces, Flying Training Detachment, 73rd, Newsletter, 1943, (R0944)
This is a single issue of Cape Cadet (Vol. 1, No. 37, 4 December 1943), the newsletter of the 73rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment. This unit was stationed at Harris Field in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The commanding officer was Captain Clarke Simonds.
Vallé Family, Papers, 1798-1870, (R1378)
.25 linear feet, 1 folder
The Vallé Family Papers document the history of multiple generations of the Vallé Family. The collection contains documents in French and English. Several versions of the will of François and Marianna Vallé, a family tree, untranslated French writings, and an advertisement for St. Vincent’s Young Ladies Academy in Cape Girardeau are included in the collection.
Van Ravenswaay, Charles (1911-1990), Papers, 1841-1990, (C3873)
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.
Vandivort Family Papers, (CG0025)
0.2 cubic feet (7 folders)
Correspondence from Arthur Clayton Vandivort from 1941-1945. Work related correspondence and membership cards for Leon Vandivort from 1910 and 1943-1944. Also includes genealogical information, graduation announcements, and high school basketball tournament brackets for members of the Vandivort family.
W.A. Russell and Company, Records, 1895-1929, (C2407)
The records contain volumes from a general store located at Neelys Landing, Cape Girardeau County, MO. Neelys is a ferry landing on the Mississippi River.
Whitledge, Thomas B., Papers, 1874-1916, (R0276)
These are letters to Thomas B. Whitledge, an attorney and politician in St. Marys, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri. Correspondents include Edward A. Rozier, Benjamin B. Cahoon, and Richard C. Kerens. Subjects include levee districts, railroads, oil exploration, and the Republican Party. Topics in the latter category include patronage, religious toleration, and the Taft/Roosevelt split of 1912.
Wiley, Robert S., Collection, 1869-1994, (R0521)
This is a collection of legal documents, newspaper clippings, magazines and printed material, advertising items, and miscellaneous paper ephemera pertaining to the history of Stone County, and to travel, tourism, and recreation in the White River Lakes region of southwestern Missouri. Much of the collection pertains to Stone County, Missouri, but there is also material on Greene, Lawrence, and Taney counties in Missouri, and some locations in Arkansas.
Wilkinson, James, (1757-1825), Proclamation, 1806, (C1810)
Proclamation altering the boundary between the New Madrid and the Cape Girardeau Districts of the Louisiana Territory.
Withers, Ethel Massie, Scrapbook, ca. 1916, (C1440)
0.3 linear feet
The Ethel Massie Withers Scrapbook is an album of photographic copies of lantern slides used to illustrate the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution lecture, Pioneering in Missouri, 1916. The scrapbook also includes a copy of the lecture, written by Ethel Massie Withers, with explanations of the photographs. The lantern slides are located in the Editorial Department of the State Historical Society of Missouri.
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.