Cass County, called Van Buren until 1849, was organized in 1835. The county seat is Harrisonville. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Cass 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.
Allen, O.E. (1900-1983), A Soil Improvement Program for Cass County, Missouri, 1928, (C2676)
The collection contains a paper submitted to the contest of the Soil Improvement Committee of the National Fertilizer Association.
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."
Baker, Thomas Frazier, III (1918- ), Papers, 1959-1967, (C2465)
716 folders, 8 volumes, 8.4 cubic feet
Papers of a state representative from Stoddard County, 1961-1967. Campaign correspondence and publicity, correspondence with constituents in regard to legislation and welfare assistance, political correspondence on such matters as gubernatorial succession, reapportionment, conflict of interest legislation, and ouster of House Speaker Graham.
Bledsoe, Fields Trammel (1818-1880) Letter, 1851, (K0229)
0.01 cubic feet
The collection contains a letter from Fields Trammel Bledsoe to his brother-in-law William C. Rhodes of Harrisonville, Missouri.
Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.
Catlin, Florence, Photograph Collection, (P0482)
Photos of Air Force Appreciation Night for personnel of Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Memorial Park, Belton, Missouri. August 22, 1957.
Chick, Washington Henry, "As I Remember," 1965, and Program, Dedication of William M. Chick Post Office, 1964, (C2577)
Pamphlet about the life of Washington Henry Chick in western Missouri and Kansas. Program of dedication of William M. Chick post office.
Coombs, Kenneth E., Papers, (CA5865)
5 linear feet
Project files of a Kansas City architect related to historic restoration projects in Missouri. Includes correspondence, photographs, survey material, planning documents, financial records, and architectural drawings, 1960s-1970s.
Copus, Phyllis Miller, Collection, (CA6286)
4 cubic feet
Genealogy and other family history materials, both printed and video, from the Howell, Holden, Shutt, and Sandifer families, of Dallas, Jackson, Cass, and Lafayette County, Missouri. The collection also includes the Margie Ellis Howell Papers, a collection acquired by Copus after Howell’s death. These papers include information on the Ellis, Howell, Parkes, Perry, and Hammonds families of Missouri.
Davis, True (1919- ), Campaign Newspaper, 1968, (C3341)
A paid political advertisement, ""The True Davis Story"" aimed at informing Missourians about Davis' background, experience, and political reputation during his 1968 campaign for Democratic nomination for U.S. senator from Missouri. The paper also gives Davis' views of the major campaign issues.
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.
Fike, Henry C., (1832-1919), Diaries, 1851-1919, (C2215)
0.1 linear feet, 43 volumes
Diaries written by Fike while a student in McKendree College, IL; while a soldier in the Civil War; and about his migration to and life in Warrensburg, MO, and his work in Kansas City, MO, and various cities in the West.
Foard, Rebecca, Scrapbook, 1860-1880, (C3376)
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, mostly of a philosophical nature, kept by a resident of Kansas City, MO.
Friends of Sacred Structures Records, 1991-2015, (K1370)
5 cubic feet
The records of Friends of Sacred Structures documents, photographs, and notebooks related to religious structures assisted by FOSS, covering the period 1991 through 2015. The records also include materials related to locations targeted by the organization for assistance as well as board, council, and committee records.
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.
Hardin, I., Veteran's Records, 1823-1857, (C2400)
Application for transfer of pension funds and original claim of Thomas Hardin, Howard County, MO, veteran of the Revolutionary War, who served in a Virginia regiment and Virginia militia, 1776-1800; also pension application papers of heirs of John Long, who served in the North Carolina militia.
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.
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.
Lexington, Lake and Gulf Rail Road Company Bond, 1871, (C1992)
The collection contains a $1000 bond issued in Cass County, MO.
Long, William C., Papers, 1859-1891, (C2624)
Nineteen Civil War letters; letters to and from Irwin Walley, Long's son-in-law; miscellaneous family papers; and photographs of the opening of the Oklahoma Territory, 1891.
Missouri Association of the Future Farmers of America, Records, 1928-1980, (C3644)
4 reels (2 folders, 3 volumes, 16 scrapbooks), 1 filmstrip
Records of the state organization of affiliated high school FFA chapters. Papers include constitution and bylaws, applications for and articles of incorporation, minutes of meetings, and scrapbooks on state and local chapter activities.
Missouri Environment Oral History Project, Records, 1998-, (C3966)
Interviews with Missouri land use and natural resource protection professionals. The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.
Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes, compact discs, and transcripts.
Missouri Place Names Study, 1927-1928 (C3459)
0.6 linear feet
Correspondence, term papers, and information collected by graduate students at the University of Missouri during a study of the origin and history of place names in forty-two Missouri counties.
Missouri, Cass County, Enrollment Notice, 1866, (C2876)
Notice of enrollment by Rush G. Leaming, lieutenant and enrolling officer of Cass County, Missouri, of all able-bodied male inhabitants between the ages of 18 and 45. OVERSIZE.
Muldrow, William, Papers, 1848-1869, (C1902)
Deeds, copies of deeds, and other legal papers pertaining to a suit of Muldrow against John A. Sutter.
Missouri, Cass County. Bond, 1872, (C1723)
The collection contains a Photostat of funding bond no. 1 for $1000 issued by Cass County, MO, February 22, 1872, to Francis Marion Cummings, Harrisonville mayor.
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.
Poyntz, John, Order, 1863, (C1955)
Headquarters of District of the Border, Kansas City, MO, orders John Poyntz out of the state for the duration of the war, 19 September 1863.
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.
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.
Rupe, James F., Collection, 1885-1943, (C3463)
0.8 cubic feet
Records of Dr. James F. Rupe of Clay County, Missouri, including ledgers; account books, Paradise, Missouri, Christian Church treasurer's books; two warranty deeds; and four diplomas, including his diploma from medical college in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1886, and photographs.
Saunders Family, Papers, 1877-1973, (C4248)
0.1 cubic feet (13 folders)
The Saunders family papers contain family photographs, correspondence to and from Eva Pearl and Ed Saunders and other documents related to the Saunders and Danner, families of Cass County, Missouri.
Shield America, 1941, (C2548)
Six issues of paper of the America First Committee, Kansas City, MO, August-November 1941.
Short, David W. Collection, (K0690)
0.98 cubic foot (20 folders, 20 glass plate negatives, 3 oversize folders, 4 rolled items)
The David W. Short Collection includes correspondence, memorial cards, family and military photographs, scrapbooks, two magazine issues, glass plate negatives, a marriage certificate for Moses Wood and Rossie Bellis, election poster of Moses Wood for County Court Judge, a photograph depicting the Grand Chapter of Missouri, Order of the Eastern Star, and architectural drawings of streetcar plans, railway terminals, and rail lines.
Spencer, George A. (1906-1997), Papers, 1931-1963, (C2466)
4.6 cubic feet
Correspondence, publicity, and legislative papers of a Boone County, MO, Democrat. Spencer's election campaigns and positions as city attorney, prosecuting attorney, and state representative and senator, and candidacy for Democratic nomination for attorney general. Activities of the Columbia, MO, Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
Veterans History Project, Cass County, Missouri, Collection, (CA5974)
1.2 linear feet, 42 audio cassettes, 1 video cassette
Taped oral history interviews and transcripts of Missouri veterans conducted as part of the Veterans History Project in Cass County, Missouri. Collection also includes some photographs.
World War I Collection, 1917-1921, (C3223)
1.4 cubic feet
Clippings largely from Kansas City and St. Louis, MO, newspapers regarding World War I soldiers from Missouri; the 35th, 89th, and Rainbow Divisions; and the Red Cross and hospital work. Also includes political cartoons, war statistics, and county casualty lists.