Manuscript Collection

Ray County Collection Descriptions

Ray County was organized in 1820. The county seat is Richmond. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Ray County. This list is not comprehensive, so be sure to browse collection descriptions by subject.

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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."


Clay, Grace, Photograph Collection, (P0763)
20 photographs
Twenty copy photos of Moniteau (California and Lupus) and Ray counties.

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.


Darneal, Louise, Collection, (P0796)
10 photographs
Photos of Richmond, MO historic sites and monuments, ca. 1958.

Doniphan, Alexander W. (1808-1887), Letters, 1861-1873, (C1926)
1 folder
The collection contains letters to John Doniphan from Liberty and Richmond, MO, concerning convention of 1861, politics, business, and legal and family affairs.


Guitar, Sarah (1892-1963), Collection, n.d., (C3391)
1.5 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.


Hill, Mrs. Howard, Photographs, (P0797)
2 photographs
Photos of the Baber house and old Ray County Courthouse in Richmond, MO.


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)
210 photographs
The collection includes photographs of county courthouses for the state of Missouri, taken in the mid-twentieth century by Richard L. Lee.

Leyda, Norine, Diary, 1912, (C3573)
1 folder
The papers contain a diary documenting the day by day happenings in the lives of a family who lived on a farm in Ray County, Missouri. Weather and chores are the main topics.


Miller, Henry C. (1858-1944), Papers, 1896-1898, (C2072)
1 folder
The papers of Henry C. Miller contain fifteen letters to Miller, a Mercer County court clerk in Princeton, MO, about Republican Party affairs and appointments in Missouri's 3rd Congressional District. The Chauncey I. Filley faction, support in Missouri of William McKinley for president in 1896, state and local Republican conventions and meetings, and factional fights are discussed.

Milligan, Jacob LeRoy, (1889-1951), Scrapbooks 1917-1968, (C3645)
1 reel (2 volumes)
Scrapbooks of clippings about Jacob LeRoy Milligan and Maurice M. Milligan. They contain information on Richmond, Ray County, MO; the law firm of Roberts, Milligan and Milligan; Company C, 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, U.S. Army [6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry]; and Maurice's prosecution of Thomas Pendergast.

Missouri Ex-POWs Oral History Project, Records, 2000-, (C3975)
Interviews with ex-prisoners of war (POWs). The records include audio cassettes and transcripts.

Missouri Extension Homemakers Association, Inc., "Sacred Stones 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, Ray County Election Certificate, 1853, (C2033)
1 folder
The records contain one certificate of election and swearing in of John A. Mason as justice of the peace.

Missouri, Ray County. Justice of the Peace, Docket, 1836-1851, (C1215)
1 volume
Docket includes names of defendants and plaintiffs, nature of complaint, and synopsis of case. Some marriages recorded. Justices were P. Ewell, W. Berry, and W.L. Bransford.

Morrow, Lynn, Collection, 1982-ca. 2010, (R1000)
296 folders, 7 cubic feet
These are the correspondence and research files of a Missouri historian. Topics include history, personages, architecture, culture, and folklore, particularly of the Ozarks region of Missouri, but also areas in the central and northern parts of the state. The papers include wide-ranging correspondence concerning research into and publication of the 19th century historical writings of Theodore P. Russell of Iron County and Silas C. Turnbo of southwest Missouri. The collection also includes a large selection of promotional publications and ephemera associated with late 20th century tourism in Missouri and Arkansas.


Pigg, E. L. "Early Post Roads and Post Offices in Ray and Clay Counties," 1942, (C0704)
1 folder
Early routes, methods of travel, location of post offices, and postmasters in Ray and Clay Counties, with connecting towns on these postal routes, 1800-1857.

Presbytery of Missouri, Minutes, 1920-1943, (C1353)
0.2 linear feet
The records contain official copies of minutes of the Presbytery of Missouri. Minutes for 1920-1939 are bound; others are in pamphlet form.

Presbytery of Missouri Records, 1817-1920, (C1354)
1.4 linear feet, 6 oversize volumes
The records of the Presbytery of Missouri contain minutes, reports, and other records of an organization composed of ministers and representative elders of Presbyterian churches in Missouri. Volumes 1-6 have been microfilmed. Volume 7 is available onsite. See also collection C1353.


Radical Union Party, Central and Advisory Committees of Ray County, Convention Proceedings, 1866, (C2833)
1 folder
Proceedings of the 22 February 1866 meeting. Statements concerning reconstruction; withdrawal of support from the Missouri Freeman as a party organ.

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.

Richards, William A., Letters, 1841-1854, (C1759)
1 folder
The papers contain letters from William Richards of Ray County, Missouri, to his brothers in Richmond, Virginia, and New York City. Describes life and the economy in Missouri.

Ringo, Andrew H., Papers, 1834-1870, (C1867)
1 folder
Memorandum book; notes on MISSOURI vs. MOSES MC LELLAN; tax receipts; accounts; notice of sheriff's sale of land and slaves in Richmond, Ray County, MO; oath of loyalty of Ringo, exemption from military duty, 1862; military passes; and promissory notes.


Skidmore, Jim, Photograph Collection, (P0049)
11 photographs
Copy photos of the filming of "Range Rider", 1910, in Fleming, MO, and photos of actor Tom Mix, and performer Sally Rand.

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)
486 photographs
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.


The Missouri Collection, (C3982)
The Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining miscellaneous small acquisitions related to Missouri places, individuals, organizations, and events.

Trigg, George W., Scrapbook, n.d., (C1430)
2 volumes
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, photographs, Missouri Press Association convention buttons, membership cards, press passes, and programs collected by George W. Trigg, editor of the CONSERVATOR newspaper, Richmond, MO.

Turnage Family Records, 1965, (C2910)
1 folder
The records of the Turnage family contain genealogical information on the Turnage, Carter, Transue and allied families, and positive photostatic copies of lists of those married by J.C. Turnage and churches for which he was pastor.


U.S. Post Office Department, Letters, 1941-1942, (C0906)
1 folder
To E. L. Pigg, Jefferson City, MO, From Washington, D.C., concerning early mail routes between Richmond and Liberty, MO. Includes a list of postmasters at Richmond, 1822-1935, and at Liberty, 1822-1934.

U.S. 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)
1 volume
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 Mine Workers of America, Local No. 298, Richmond, Missouri, Records, 1901-1945, (C3044)
9 reels
Membership records for the organization known locally as the Welsh Miners' Union. Contains members' names, record of dues payments, suspensions, transfers, and death claims.