Manuscript Collection

Saint Charles County Collection Descriptions

Saint Charles County was organized in 1812. The county seat is Saint Charles. The collections listed below deal in some manner with Saint Charles 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."


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.

Bek, W.F., Notebook, n.d., (C1456)
1 folder
Synopsis of a geography written in German and used by Bek in the early 1860s when he taught in St. Charles, MO.

Bek, W.F., Papers, n.d., (C1457)
1 folder
A substitute for arithmetic texts, made by Bek for use in his classes at St. Charles, MO.

Blackwell, John A. (1834- ), Papers, 1852-1940, (C3732)
2.3 cubic feet
Contains the correspondence, diaries, writings, Civil War papers, and medical practice records of a doctor from Bedford, IN, who later lived in Foristell and Wellsville, MO. Also included are family letters, Woman's Christian Temperance Union records, and a history of the Clover family.

Block, Levi, Petition, 1848, (C1702)
1 folder
Petition from St. Charles businessmen about street repair.

Bohm, E. Dora, Photographs, (P0311)
2 photographs
Copy photos of Dr. Wilbur Harrison Smith Bohm and his class at the St. Charles Military Academy.

Boone Spring House Photograph, (P0301)
1 photograph
Photo of Boone Spring House in Matson, St. Charles County. Also known as Flanders Callaway home.

Boone, Daniel, (1734-1820), Affadavit, n.d., (C1467)
1 folder
The collection contains Daniel Boone's affidavit that his son, Daniel Morgan Boone, claimed 600 arpents of land in St. Charles, Missouri, granted by Zenon Trudeau, September 1, 1797, inhabited and cultivated before October 1, 1800.

Broadhead, William Ferrell, Letter, 1913, (C1944)
1 folder
The papers contain a letter to Mrs. Arthur McCluer from Clayton, Missouri, June 27, 1913. Reminiscence about Boonslick Road from St. Louis to Fulton, Missouri.

Bross, Theodore, Ledgers, 1899-1956, (C4215)
4 volumes
The business records of Theodore Bross, consisting of four volumes of a general blacksmith in Flint Hill, Missouri. The ledgers include name of customer, services rendered, such as horse shoes and wagon repairs, parts and various farm tools sold, and prices charged.

Brown, Dwight H. (1887-1944), Papers, 1928-1944, (C2529)
9.8 linear feet
The collection contains the papers of Dwight H. Brown, Missouri secretary of state, 1932-1944. The papers are arranged alphabetically by topics.

Brown, Robert C., Photograph Collection, (P0004)
51 photographs
Photographs of Missouri railroad depots, primarily for the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy Railroad. Photographs relating to A.F. Schliecker of Kansas City, Missouri.


Charles Golterman and Sons, Mill and Machinery Company, Papers, 1866-1928, (C3491)
0.4 linear feet
The papers contain ledgers, daybooks and papers pertaining to operation of a farm, grist and saw mill and steam threshing and agricultural implement business by Golterman and his nine sons in St. Charles County, Missouri.

Clark, Verna Lee, Collection, (P0373)
1 folder
Group portrait of Centralia High School students, ca. 1910. Postcards of Centralia, Columbia, and St. Charles.

Clark, William, (1770-1838), Letter, 1818, (C1545)
1 folder
To William Christy, Jr., St. Charles from St. Louis, Oct. 6, 1818.

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.


DeWard, Charles, Journal, 1839, (C1644)
1 volume
The collection contains field notes of an engineer and surveyor of the State Road from St. Louis to St. Charles.

Dorsey, Lloyd, Letter, 1855, (C2015)
1 folder
The collection contains a letter of introduction for Darius Heald, written to John Robb, Washington, D.C., from Plantersburgh, Feb. 3, 1855.


Election Returns, 1840, (C1736)
1 folder
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.

Emmons, Ben L., Photograph Collection, (P0422)
0.125 linear feet
Photos of St. Charles and St. Charles County, 1890-1916. Photographs of the Emmons family, 1930s.

Emmons, Benjamin, Jr., Appointment, 1846, (C1701)
1 folder
Appointment as deputy clerk of the St. Charles board of trustees.

Emmons, Benjamin, Authorization, 1841, (C1687)
1 folder
Authorization to pay John H. Fielding, a teacher at St. Charles College, $500.

Emmons, Benjamin, Certification, 1840, (C1695)
1 folder
Certification of contracted street work completed by Henry Bangs for the city of St. Charles, MO.


First Presbyterian Church, St. Charles, Missouri, Membership List, 1818-1849, (C1364)
1 volume
Name, date received and by what means, and remarks about what happened to people, including deaths, moves, dismissions, and marriages.

First Presbyterian Church, St. Charles, Missouri, Session Minutes, 1840-1864, (C1365)
1 volume
Minutes of session meetings of the church.

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.


Goebel, R., Photographs, (P0799)
14 photographs
Photos by Goebel of St. Charles and St. Louis Counties

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.


Heck, Earl Leon, The Rise of Higher Education in the Missouri Valley, 1818-1900, 1965., (C2914)
1 folder
Histories of academics, colleges, and universities in the Missouri Valley.

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.

Johnson, C.S., Genealogical Collection, 1924-1963, (C4330)
1.25 cubic feet (27 folders)
The papers of C.S. Johnson contain genealogical research material on the Johnson and other related families. The material includes genealogical correspondence, research notes, transcriptions, family lineage charts, wills, deeds and abstracts.


Keeble, Richard B., Papers, 1862-1863, (C2014)
1 folder
The papers of Richard B. Keeble contain a statement by citizens of St. Charles County, January 24, 1862, attesting to Keeble's loyalty and recounting attack on his house (fragment). Also included are charges of disloyalty against Keeble, n.d., and parole of Keeble.

Kratzer, Christian, Affidavit, 1842, (C1700)
1 folder
Kratzer's affidavit swearing to ownership of described land.


Langenbacher, R.A., "A Soil Improvement Program for St. Charles County," 1929, (C2677)
1 volume
The collection contains a paper submitted to the contest of Soil Improvement Committee of the National Fertilizer Association in a National Soil Improvement Program contest of the American Society of Agronomy.

Langenbacher, R.A., "St. Charles County in the Agricultural Limestone Contest," 1928, (C2678)
1 volume
The collection contains an entry prepared by a St. Charles County extension agent.

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.

Linnemann, Alice A., Papers, n.d., (C3270)
4 folders
Notes on mural decorations and Missouri state capitol decorations, compiled by Miss Linnemann of Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO. Also her correspondence with sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman, Arthur A. Kocian, and Ben L. Emmons.


Machette-Scott Family, Papers (CA6006)
0.8 cubic feet
Detailed correspondence between family members dating from the 1820s through 1930s. Letters concern travel from New York to Missouri, daily life, and how major events such as the Civil War, drought, and epidemics affected the family. Flood family correspondence is also included.

Machette-Scott Family, Papers, (CA6308)
1.7 cubic feet
The papers of a family that lived in St. Louis, St. Charles, and Fulton, Missouri were largely compiled by Margaret Baker Graham, a descendant of the family, for her book Victorian America: A Family Record of the Heartland and an unfinished sequel. Included are letters, photographs, news clippings, receipts, ephemera, and miscellaneous materials documenting the family from the early nineteenth century through the 1930s. For more Machette-Scott Family papers, see CA6006.

McNair, Alexander, (1775-1826), Letter, 1821, (C1593)
1 folder
To James Monroe, Washington City, from St. Charles, MO, July 10, 1821.

McNair, [Alexander], (1775-1826), Letter, 1821, (C1469)
1 folder
To William Rector, St. Louis, from St. Charles, July 3, 1821. Instructions to Rector to withhold from sale specific sections of land designated by the commissioners appointed to locate a permanent seat of government for Missouri.

McNair, Alexander, (1775-1826), Letters, 1821, (C1591)
1 folder
Letters to John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State, Washington City, from St. Charles, MO. Governor McNair acknowledged receipt of the Congressional resolution admitting Missouri into the Union, 31 May 1821. On September 18, 1821, McNair acknowledged receipt of the presidential proclamation which admitted Missouri as a state.

Menscher, Mrs. Sanford, Photographs, (P0800)
3 photographs
Photos of St. Charles County ca. 1957, including Pond Fort, the Bates house, and Dardenne Presbyterian Church.

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 Veterans History Project, Oral History Records, 2010- (C4052)
4.7 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, St. Charles. Certificate of Purchase, 1852, (C1698)
1 folder
To S.W. Rice from Robert McClarin, St. Charles marshal and ex-officio collector, 5 January 1852, for the purchase of a city lot owned by Elias Flint's Reps and sold for taxes.

Missouri, St. Charles. Circuit Court Seal, 1840, (C1683)
1 folder
Impression of the seal of the St. Charles circuit court.

Missouri, St. Charles, Citizens' Petition, 1820, (C1692)
1 folder
Petition to the judge of the St. Charles circuit court from the inhabitants of St. Charles recommending the appointment of Daniel Howland as constable, March 1820.

Missouri, St. Charles. Election Certificates, 1822, (C1682)
1 folder
Certification of the election of Antoine Durocher, Benjamin Emmons, Nathaniel Simonds, Joseph Evans, and John Jacoby as trustees of St. Charles.

Missouri, St. Charles. Leases, 1831-1835, (C1688)
1 folder
Leases to lots in the city commons to Sarah Ann Cole, 1831, and John Lilly, Jr., 1835.

Missouri, St. Charles. Licenses, 1849, (C1696)
1 folder
List of merchant, dray and cart, circus menagerie, inn and tavern, beer house, ten pin alley, insurance company, and ferry licenses granted. Names, occupations, dates of issuance, capital, and amounts.

Missouri, St. Charles, Papers, 1801-1831, (C1566)
1 folder
Typed copies of auction and requirements of ferrying privileges across the Missouri River by Charles Dehault Delassus, 24 September 1801; records of the auction 27 September 1801; records of the auction 27 September-11 October 1801; letter from J[ean] B. Belland to Auguste Chouteau, 30 October 1801, about ferrying bill; and receipt from J[ean] B. Belland to Mr. Prieur, 7 August 1804. Original and typed copy of public roads report by Robert Spencer to St. Charles County Court, 28 November 1831.

Missouri, St. Charles. Receipt, 1844, (C1699)
1 folder
Receipt to William G. Pettus from Benj[amin] Emmons, Jr., St. Charles treasurer, for interest on warrants issued to George Collier.

Missouri, St. Charles. Receipts, 1821, (C1694)
1 folder
Receipts to Nath[aniel] Simons and Timothy Flint from John Jacoby, treasurer, St. Charles Corporation, for interest paid on city lot purchase loans, 1821.

Missouri, St. Charles County, Portage des Sioux Township, Public Road Work List, 1817, (C1693)
1 folder
List of persons under overseer Asa Griffith subject to work on the public roads.

Missouri, St. Charles County. Road Commissioners' Report, 1828, (C1690)
1 folder
Report to the St. Charles County court by road commissioners Benjamin Emmons and Osborn Knott, appointed to view and mark out a road from St. Charles to the Maumelles, 11 March 1828.

Missouri, St. Charles County. Road Commissioners' Report, 1829, (C1689)
1 folder
Oath of office and report to the St. Charles County court from road commissioners Osborn Knott, William Eckert, and Benjamin Emmons, appointed to view and mark out a public highway from St. Charles to Elm Point.

Missouri, St. Charles County, Survey Notes, 1825, (C1691)
1 folder
Field notes of T.P. Robbins' survey of the prison bounds for St. Charles County, May 1825.

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.


Oliver, Lillian H., ""Some Spanish Land Grants in the St. Charles District,"" 1965, (C2904)
1 folder
The collection contains brief biographies of some of the earliest holders of Spanish land grants in the St. Charles District. Included are the Boone, Callaway, Howell, Zumwalt, Hays, and Darst families. Also included is a general highway map of St. Charles County, 1965, showing locations of land grants.

Olson, Edna McElhiney, Photograph, (P0170)
0.2 linear feet
Photos of St. Charles street scenes and historic houses.

One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Records, 2008- (C4051)
0.9 cubic feet, 50 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.


Parmer, Thomas, Papers, 1805-1837, (C0383)
1 folder
Deeds to land in [Charette] Village, District of St. Charles, to Thomas Parmer from Joseph Chartrau and Joseph Larrevy, and instruments recording the deeds, 1834. Also plan of town of Rockcastle, MO, 1837.

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.

Prewitt, Reuben C. (1915-1958), World War II Notes, 1945, (C3326)
1 folder
Notes on Air Force experiences. Cross-country trip to Seattle and description of voyage from Seattle to Iwo Jima and situation at Iwo Jima.


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.

Ransford, Charles Orrin, Papers, n.d., (C3164)
1 folder
The papers of Charles Orrin Ransford contain three articles written by Ransford concerning Methodist churches in Wentzville, MO.


Schroeder, Victor J. (1925-2015), Papers (CA6496)
4.4 cubic feet
The papers of a Methodist minister from Troy, Missouri, contain a transcription of his journals, along with correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous material. Schroeder served churches in Georgia, Ohio, and Illinois, as well as Warren, Lincoln, St. Charles, and St. Louis Counties, Missouri. The collection also includes family material, including papers concerning his father, John Ernst Schroeder, a chiropractor who served in WWI.

Smith, Nancy K., Postcard Collection, (P0029)
268 postcards
Postcards, all views of hospitals and clinics and some sanitariums across Missouri.

Spencer, Robert, and Pierre Pallardie, Papers, 1840, (C1792)
1 folder
Copies of testimony in the case of Hugh H. Wardlow vs. George Gaty heirs, regarding land in St. Charles, MO.

St. Charles County Historical Society, Scrapbook, 1958-1959, (C1384)
1 volume
Articles and news releases of THE DAILY BANNER-NEWS, St. Charles, MO, on the Nathan Boone home, general history of St. Charles, and activities of the Historical Society. Prepared as a contest entry for American Association for State and Local History.

Stanwood, Mrs. Joseph, Letter, 1830, (C1827)
1 folder
The papers contain one letter to Mrs. Stanwood in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, from her cousin Hamilton P. in St. Charles, Missouri, and describes fashion and society in St. Charles and discusses family and friends.

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 State of Missouri: An Account with Special Reference to Immigration, by Friedrich Muench; translated by Elsa Nagel, n.d., (C2662)
0.4 cubic feet (54 folders)
The papers consist of two translated copies of the book, The State of Missouri; An Account with Special References to German Immigration, 1859, written by Friedrich Muench, an influential German writer and later Missouri politician. The translations were done by Elsa Nagel from the original German, and include one handwritten and one typed copy.

Stiegemeier, Ryne T., Photographs, (P0801)
23 photographs
Photos by Stiegemeier of St. Charles County historic sites and buildings, ca. 1957

Stoddard, Cashers, Receipt, 1821, (C1648)
1 folder
The collection contains a receipt for interest paid on a lot purchased in St. Charles, MO.


Tannor, Dr. J.G., Letter, 1844, (C2005)
1 folder
To Julia G. Tannor, Dinwiddie County, VA, from St. Charles County, MO, Sept. 9, 1844. Writes his sister about plans to practice medicine in St. Charles County.

Tebbetts, Jonas M., Emancipation Deed, 1863, (C1527)
1 folder
Emancipation deed freeing William Harris, a Negro slave, September 29, 1863.

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

Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Charles, Missouri, Records, n.d., (C1338)
1 volume
Brief historical sketch of the church and lists of baptisms, confirmations, and marriages performed by its ministers.

Trudeau, Zenon, Decree, 1796, (C1653)
1 folder
The collection contains a decree in French to the inhabitants of St. Charles, MO, settling a land and boundary line dispute as recommended by the arbitrators.


U.S. Surveyor-General Surveys, 1834-1862, (C1287)
1 volume
Copy of surveys of St. Louis, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, Mine a Breton, New Bourbon, Carondelet, and surrounding territories, copied from plat book in office of secretary of state of Missouri.

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.


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.


Wilbur, Russel (1877-1940), Papers, 1856-1919, (C4283)
0.25 cubic feet (4 folders)
The papers of Russel Wilbur contain minute books and correspondence from St. Louis organizations attended by Reverend Russel Wilbur. Other volumes include personal diaries and poetry books that belonged to Wilbur's mother, Charlotte Wilbur.

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.

World War II Letters, 1941-1945, (C3222)
2 cubic feet
This collection of World War II letters was collected by W.W. Gillespie for publication in the Memphis Revielle, a weekly newspaper in Scotland County, Missouri, and by Frederick Tainter for publication in the Bugle, published monthly in St. Charles, Missouri. Also included are letters collected by the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1946 from various donors. Most are concerned with acknowledging receipt of the letter.


Zumalt, Henry, Sr., Papers, 1804, (C1671)
1 folder
The papers contain a bill of sale, inventory and settlement of the Henry Zumalt, Sr., estate St. Charles, Missouri, March-August 1804.