Reynolds County, named for Missouri Governor Thomas Reynolds, was organized in 1845. The county seat is Centerville. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Reynolds 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.
A. Buford & Son, Account Books, 1906-1928, (R0688)
These are daybooks of the mercantile operation of A. Buford & Son at Ellington in Reynolds County, Missouri. The firm dealt in groceries, hardware, furniture, shoes, clothing, and sundries. Many payments on account were made in kind.
A. Buford & Son, Daybook, 1908-1909, (R1038)
This is a daybook from the mercantile operation of A. Buford & Son at Ellington in Reynolds County, Missouri, and an addition to records previously microfilmed as collection R0688. Entries begin on 20 April 1908 and continue through 29 January 1909. They show purchases of groceries, hardware, and sundries, and payments on account.
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."
Barton, Lulu E., Photograph Collection, (P0682)
Copy photos of Reynolds County, mainly the Centerville area, including Reed's Spring, the Reynolds County Courthouse, the Barton home, and the Rayfield home.
Bridges, Mrs. Homer L., Postcard Collection, (P0377)
Postcards of University of Missouri Columbia, the Missouri State Capitol, St. Louis, Barnes Hospital (St. Louis), Uniontown, and Ellington, MO
Buford, Carter Martin, Letter, 1925, (R1003)
This is a letter dated 16 June 1925 from C. M. Buford at Ellington in Reynolds County, Missouri, to James B. Armstrong at Mexico, Missouri. The letter concerns possible land transactions in Reynolds County.
Cayce, Milton Pleasant, Record Book, ca. 1870, (R1039)
1 volume, oversize
This is a bound volume containing information about land parcels in Madison, Reynolds, Wayne, Iron, and Sainte Genevieve counties in Missouri, and miscellaneous clippings on such subjects as horticulture and cholera. The item has been attributed to Milton P. Cayce because his name occurs most often therein.
Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, Minutes, 1859-1996, (R0599)
These are minutes of the annual meetings of the Central Missouri Association of United Baptists, beginning with the organizational meeting in 1859. The Association consists of churches in southeastern Missouri, primarily in the counties of Dent, Iron, Reynolds, and Washington.
Copeland Store, Ledger, 1857-1860, (R0163)
This is an account ledger of a general store operated by William Copeland (ca. 1789-1877) at Logan Creek in Reynolds County, Missouri. The area, also known as Barnesville, was renamed Ellington in 1877.
Dugal, Edward, Mining Lease, 1873, (R1173)
This is a mining lease dated 4 October 1873 between Edward Dugal and his wife Melissa Dugal, and B. William Kennedy, Augustus Lotz, and Adolphus Lotz on a tract of land in northeastern Reynolds County, Missouri.
Ellington High School, Ellington, Missouri, Student Newspapers, 1934-1936, (R0792)
This collection consists of four issues of The Whippet's Tale, the student newspaper for Ellington High School at Ellington in Reynolds County, Missouri.
Farnsworth, Bills & Company, Map, ca. 1905, (R0973)
This is a two-sided map showing land parcels in Reynolds County, Missouri, available through Farnsworth, Bills & Company of Chicago, Illinois. On one side is a map of Missouri with Reynolds County highlighted, and on the other is a plat of 30,000 acres north and west of Ellington indicating the available parcels.
Funk, Ernest M., "The History of the Mann Cemetery…," n.d., (C2942)
The papers contain a brief account of how the Mann Cemetery in Reynolds County, Missouri, originated and of the history of the area.
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.
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.
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.
Kiefner, Charles E., Papers, 1925-1931, (R0189)
These are papers of a U.S. Representative from Perryville, Missouri. He represented the 13th District (Bollinger, Carter, Iron, Jefferson, Madison, Perry, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, and Wayne counties) in the 69th (1925-1927) and 71st (1929-1931) Congresses. Included are general subject files, post office files, and veterans' pension files.
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.
Mark Twain National Forest, Historical Photographs, ca. 1900-1985, (R0485)
These are photographs copied from holdings of the Mark Twain National Forest in Rolla, Missouri. Topics include National Forest facilities and projects; forest and wood industries; water mills; lakes, rivers, and springs; mines; dams; and the Civilian Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.
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.
Mark Twain National Forest, Missouri, Salem Ranger District, Photographs, ca. , (R0921)
These are photographic prints of Civilian Conservation Corps and U.S. Forest Service projects in what was then the Clark National Forest. Included are views from Centerville in Reynolds County, Loggers Lake in Shannon County, and Little Scotia Pond in Dent County, Missouri.
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 Lumber and Mining Company Records, 1853-1945, (C2557)
82.3 linear feet, 110 oversize volumes and documents, 1 reel of microfilm
The records of the Missouri Lumber and Mining Company contain Correspondence, minutes of board of directors' meetings, and financial and operating records of a Grandin, MO, land and lumber company, which operated in Butler, Carter, Reynolds, Ripley and Wayne Counties.
Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, Records, 1957-1967, (C2583)
1.8 linear feet
The records of the Missouri Rural Area Development Committee are organized into four sections: organization, policy, projects, and progress reports. The Missouri Rural Area Development Committee, directed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was designed to coordinate efforts to revitalize agricultural and natural resources in the rural areas.
Missouri Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010-
6.0 cubic feet
The records of the Missouri Veterans History Project contain the local copy of veteran oral history interviews recorded for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. The records include audio, video, interview logs, and some transcripts. The former Western Historical Manuscript Collection, a joint collection with the State Historical Society of Missouri, was a founding partner of the Veterans History Project in 2001.
Missouri, Centerville, Plat, n.d., (C1486)
The collection consists of positive Photostats of a plat map with a description by W.M. Davidson, surveyor.
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.
Montgomery, Christine, Photographs, (P0144)
0.08 linear feet
Photographs of Walnut Grove, Sappington, and Bellefontaine Cemeteries, the 1993 Missouri River flood near Boonville, New Franklin area, Soulard Farmer's Market 1999, Johnson's Shut-ins 1994, Saline County Courthouse 1998, Jesse Hall 1997 restoration, 2002 Olympic Parade in Columbia, and Ste. Genevieve.
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.
Munger Securities Company, Advertising Pamphlet, 1916, (R0308)
This is an illustrated pamphlet published by the Munger Securities Company, promoting real estate offerings in southern Missouri. The tracts were primarily in Carter County, but extended into portions of Butler, Reynolds, and Ripley counties. The local offices were in Hunter, Missouri.
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.
Railroads Unimproved Land Association, Certificate, 1914, (R1202)
This is "Full-Paid-Up Certificate" number 6763 AA in The Railroads Unimproved Land Association, which had a "development office" at Fruit City in Reynolds County, Missouri. The certificate was issued to Mrs. C. Border of Union, Ohio, on 28 May 1914.
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.
Rodgers, Harris D., Papers, 1949-1965, (R0294)
6 folders, 38 photographs
These are newspaper clippings, correspondence, miscellaneous papers, and photographs pertaining to the tenure of Harris Rodgers as chairman of the Missouri State Highway Commission. A native of Scott County, Missouri, Rodgers served from 1949 to 1957.
Scott, David S., Letters, 1862-1863, (R0634)
These are Civil War letters of David S. Scott, Co. H, 8th Indiana Infantry, written to Kate Missimer in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The letters, from Pilot Knob, Black River, Van Buren, and Oregon County, Missouri, concern camp life and the campaign of the Army of Southeastern Missouri.
Southern and Central Missouri Collection (R1442)
4.5 cubic feet (194 folders, 1 VHS, 6 CDs, 1 45 record, 1 cassette)
The Southern and Central Missouri Collection is an artificial collection combining acquisitions related to individuals, places, organizations, and events. The Southern and Central Missouri Collection continues to have material added. New additions are added at the end of the collection.
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.
Standifird, Aquilla, Civil War Diary, 1862-1865, (R0458)
1 folder, photocopies
This is the Civil War diary of a sergeant and, later, lieutenant of Co. D, 23rd Iowa Infantry. The diary covers duty in Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, 26 July 1862 -- ca. 15 April 1865. Included are descriptions of service in the Army of Southeastern Missouri, the Vicksburg Campaign, including the battles of Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge, and Milliken's Bend, and furlough and medical leave in Iowa.
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.
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.
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 Daughters of the Confederacy, Missouri Division, Booklet, 1954, (R1254)
This booklet contains the minutes of the 57th annual convention of the Missouri Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, held at Black River Lodge near Lesterville in Reynolds County, Missouri, on 28-30 September 1954. Lucile V. Wallace was President.
Vickery, Margaret Ray, Papers, 1887-1974, (R0366)
These are papers of Margaret Ray Vickery, a newspaperwoman and author of Salem, Dent County, Missouri. The papers consist of clippings, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous historical research material, most of which pertain to her award-winning weekly column, "Sugar and Spice," published by the Salem News, 1952-1971. The collection also includes papers of the Vickery and Ray families.
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.
Woodson, Richard Goodrich, Papers, 1862-1865, (R0410)
This collection consists of correspondence, orders, and miscellaneous military papers of Richard G. Woodson, of Pike County, Missouri, colonel of the 3rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry (New). The papers concern the administration of the post at Pilot Knob, Missouri, and the activities of the 3rd Missouri State Militia Cavalry.