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Sargent B. Child, National Director '
' George Wh Hubley, Jr., Regional Supervisor }
‘ A. Loyd Collins, State Sunervisor of Missouri
DIVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS §
Florence Kerr, Assistant Commissioner i
Mary G. Meon, Regional Supervisor 4
Lena B. Small, State Director of Missouri ;
WORK mowers ADMINISTRATION 5
Howard 0. Hunter, Commissioner 5
George H. Field, Regional Director '
B. M. Casteel, State Administrator of Missouri ‘
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 , PREFACE .
, l The Historical Records Survey Program was initiated as a Nation-
1 wide undertaking in January 1956, as a part of the Federal writers'
3 Project of the'Works Progress Administration, which was operating in ;
' the State at that time. The Survey in'MiSsouri became a separate unit fl
x of Federal Project No. l on October]5,ߤ6,and continued to operate g
V as a part of the Nationdwide project.‘ By act of Congress Federal ‘
Project No. 1 was abolished August 31, 1939, and the Missouri project ‘
1 was converted into a Statedwide locally Sponsored project under the ‘
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2 Secretary of State. Its primary purpose is to compile and publish f
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f valuable historical documents, the better arrangement of records in I
A _ county offices, obtaining more adequate space for records, and the l
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: Dr. John F. Herget, President, William Jewell
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i John G. Putz, President, Cape Girardeau County 1
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1 Henry C. Chiles, President, Laxington Historical 1
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1 Prof. R. F. Wood, Associate Professor of History, 1
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I . Johnson County Historical Society. 1
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' Dr. Uel W} Lamkin, President, Northwest Missouri 1
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4 George Pohlman, President, Macon County Historical 1
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- Charles H. Whitaker, so... Editor, The Clinton Daily 1
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: Dr. C. H. McClure, Head of Division of Social Science, 1
: Northeast Missouri State Teacher's College,. 1
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:1 Dr. Jonas Viles, Professor of History, University of 3
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Society. In this meeting Mr. A. Loyd Collins was 1
' present and there was some discussion of the work 1
he is doing under your supervision in making a
= Survey of history in the State of Missouri. A 1
; motion was made and passed that we express to you 1
2 our very high appreciation for the excellent work I
1 that Mr. Collins is doing. It was the unanimous 1
‘ opinion of all of us that he is rendering a dis- 1
; tinct service to the churches of the State in 1
a compiling their histories. He is a fine men, is 1
deeply interested in his work, and we appreciate 1
‘ ;_ the service that he is rendering. By vote of our 1
1 Board, I was asked to express our appreciation to 1
1 you of the work of Mr. Collins. 1
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1‘ Dear Mr. Collins: 1
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1 office yesterday when you called. 1
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1 Thank you for leaving the copies 1
1 of the Inventories of County Archives. I have 1
1 looked through them carefully. 1
1 The bulletins contain material of 1
1 historical interest and, doubtless, would be of 1
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i I want to thank you 'very much for
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5 me. You have done a splendid piece of work, and
one that was in very much need of being done. A .
, few more years, and it would have been impossible 4;
' to have made these records. ‘
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The Missouri Historical Society wishes to 1
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. for which it returns sincere thanks. These archives I
3 are a wonderful addition to our Missouri collection ‘I
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'1 followed by copies of the Inventory Books of Cole, Jasper, 1
; Linn, Pottis, Ripley and Shelby Counties, the last of which i
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1 of them and to thank you for the same. ‘1
3 Those publications are very interesting, indeed, j
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15 additional inventory books as published and thank you in advance. 1
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9 Reformed Churches, Montreat, N. 0., January 26, 1939 - "I wish to M
3 commend the work of the Historical Records in the strongest terms I can M
3 command. The longer the lapse of time, and the many changes that time fi
3 will work in the development of these counties the more will these 3
1 volumes be appreciated, and their values be acknowledged." w
j John P. English, Recorder of Deeds, St. Louis, 1310., July 20, 1939 - 3;
f "I am taking this Opportunity to offer you my genuine thanks and express 3
my appreciation for the excellent manner in which Mr. August Peterson t
3 and his staff of the Historical Records Survey handled the project of 3
9 arranging our records alphabetically and chronologically. 3
3 It was a monumental task and its achievement commands the admiration of T
» everyone having any contact with Mr. Peterson and his entire staff. All 3
j these workers are to be genuinely congratulated." 3
i Frederick C. Ault, Acting Librarian, Municipal Reference Library, 3
. 480 City Hall, St. Louis, Mo., June 2, 1938 - "I wish to thank you for 3
3 the copy of Pike County Missouri inventory received today. If this is a
5 fair sample of the‘work of the Historical Records Survey, the entire
' project seems decidedly worth while."
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g R. U. Hem, The Library, Columbia University, New York, N. Y., June 2, 3
. 1938 - "These inventories are going to be as important to American 3
.‘ scholars as Medieval Inventories are now to students of the Middle Ages 3
in Europe." 3
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. Ruth O'Malley, Secretary, State of Missouri Library Commission, Jefferson
City, Mo., January 27, 1939 - "The Historical Records Survey is making 3
i accessible information which has been impossible to locate heretofore and 3
A we are in a position to appreciate its value." '
3 R. C. Kimberlin, Recorder, Office of Recorder of Deeds of Cass County, 3
1 Harrisonville, Mo., April 8, 1940 -'"I want to take this opportunity to j
3 to thank the Historical Records Survey for the many services which we I
" have received from them. 3
3 There is scarcely a day passes but what we find that the Historical
3 Records Survey has been of some service to us in this county.
: we appreciate this good work and want to thank the officials of the 3
Survey and compliment the work that is being done." 3
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' of Jasper County. It seems to me it will be very valuable as source fl
5' material to be used in the study of American History. Probably j
K Missouri next to Virginia is the most important state in the Union from W
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f to build up the Missouri material in our library. The inventories will i
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; "THIS BOOK WILL BE USED IN THE GOVERNMENT CLASSES." E
‘ "we would like to have this book as soon as possible." i;
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3 data on the manuscript collection of the Missouri Historical Society in 9
1f St. Louis, copy of the transcription of the old Bothel Baptist Church 9
'9 book, and booklet of typewritten ”materials" by you relating to the h
, history of Henry county "including a historical calendar of the county." 9
_5 For all of this valuable material I sincerely thank you on behalf of l
3 the State Historical Society. The material itself will be filed in the '
.f collections of the Society where it will be permanently preserved. 1%
i I read with unusual interest the copy of the material you I
~' sent me relating to the manuscript collections in St. Louis. I am ‘
Q surprised tonotc absence of any statement in regard to the Spanish :
-f_ districts in Missouri other than St. Louis. I have always felt certain _
fl that the Ste. Genevieve archives are also in the Missouri Historical
;3 Society and possibly the archives of other districts. At your conven-
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9: Missouri Historical Review of the transcription of the old Bethel j
E? Baptist Church Book which you have given the Society. This is a I
9} gift which I assure you is deeply appreciated. Especial comment 9
f‘ will also appear in the January issue of the Review on the typewritten {
‘g historical materials included in the booklet on Henry county. I am i
5 happy indeed to have this compilation on Henry county including the
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{L Palmyra visitors, Monday, and turned over to the Marion County L
4: Court, copies of three books prepared by the survey —- "Historical T
L’ Sketch of Marion County, Missouri,""Inventory of the County Archives, fl
Lf Marion County, Missouri" and "Missouri Historical Records Survey." E
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L? comprehensive research of Marion county records, made between march fl
3{ 6, 1956 and July 1, 1937. The "Historical Sketch" is one section of L
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LT the general public, and locates, classifies and catalogs all extant @
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:L The procedure and history of county government is described with L
f? specific dates of notable events and changes. Among the classifica~ I
r; tions are: administration, registrations of property titles, r
:3 administration of justice, law enforcement, finance, elections,
*1 education, health and miscellaneous. The book also contains maps,
LL drawings and tables pertaining to the county. This is the 64th vol- l
53 ume of this type to be published in the state. L
fl* These books are mimeographed, stapled and land bound. The largest L
XL contains 250 pages. The cover displays an ink drawing of Mark Twain, 3
L? with a boat traveling along the Mississippi in the background. L
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3; Inventory of the local records was taken under the direction of f
LL Mrs. Lucy Tucker, district supervisor, and her successor, Mr. Mc- L
;} Clenning. The field personnel consists of Fred Jones, Press Lane, L
3* Marvel Little and Clyde Miller. Other work was done by Lola Baker L
LL and Made Carter. LL
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fig The historical sketch of the county includes the fOIIOWing items: L
‘L physical description, early history (describing the aboriginals of f
;{ this territory and the Indian tribes that lived here later), early R
Li explorers and settlers, pioneer life, creation and boundaries, early L
‘Q; officials, county seat, first courts, transportation, agriculture 5%
3, and industry, social aspects and famous personalities. All material it
i is handled in an interesting style. M
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HISTORICAL SURVEY (i
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£15 The Missouri Historical Records Survey, which is new a division m
p: of the Community Service Programs of the flcrk Projects Administration, W
if is making an outstanding record in the scope of this important work fi
‘;‘ in the State. many valuable historical materials have been published. h
;": To date twenty~three different books have been published concerning M
’1‘ various phases of Missouri History. The Survey has been operating F
5; in Missouri since 1936. Its publications include an inventory of the 1
‘9 county archives in Missouri for Pike, Ripley, Reynolds, Cole, Linn, a
g Shelby, Pettis, Jasper, Henry, Dallas, and Marion Counties. Similar ;
:“T books are to be made for each county in the state. The books contain N
9 a short history of the county, an essay on county government, and the E
5; functions of each county office, and a list of public records contained 3
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T: Other books issued by the survey include church histories,
f; Minutes of the St. Louis Board of Trustees, information on manuscript h
; collections in Missouri, transcription of old records, etc. The 1
f? Survey published its first county inventory in 1937; to August 1940 F
a nine books were published. '
5} On August 16, 1940, A. Loyd Collins, of Clinton, who is recognized {
i. as one of Missouri's leading historians, was made State Supervisor of
§; this project. The project has made an outstanding record under his i
3? efficient administration. During the seven months that he has been t
;5 in charge of the project, production has increased in a most marked W
5; degree, and fourteen different books have been published which are H
7L1 valuable contributions to various phases of Missouri history. The ' I
:3 volume or guide to public and semi—public depository collections of
:” manuscripts has attracted wide attention, and Mr. Collins advises 5
3} that requests for this publication have been received from all parts / ;
mi of the United States. The list covers a wide range of subjects, in- j
a; cluding the location and description of valuable papers on the Civil i
_3 War, Santa Fe Trail, Spanish and French'doouments dated from the early ,
?‘ settlement of the Missouri territory, and baptismal and marriage
5? records from Kaskaskia as early as 1695. i
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1; The essay on the governmental organization and records system #
,5 of Jasper county was reproduced at the request of the washington Ii
;; office several months ago and distributed to every state as an ex- l
_:- ample of an efficient treatise on county government. The Survey has 1
5? also published the old manuscript of the minutes of the proceedings L
5‘ of the Bethel Baptist Church. Bethel Baptist Church, 1806, was the t
2; first permanent Protestant church to be established west of the i
f Mississippi. Its records are of special significance and interest 2
.l in that they throw much light on the religious life, customs and E
5‘ conditions incident to pioneer times in early Missouri. The discovery 5
‘i and publication of this book is considered one of the most valuable ‘
'3 contributions of this generation to pioneer Missouri History. H
5 _ The project is new one of the largest state wide projects in the 3
112 Record and Research Division of the W.P.A. Mr. Collins and his effi- 1
g? cient office force are doing a splendid piece of work which will grow I 1%
E 5 in importance and value as time goes on. He has been instrumental in M
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g\1 The inventory of Henry County has been published and the his- 6
', torical sketch was reprinted for use in schools. A history of the {
Qil Tebo Church association also has been issued as a part of the E
7“ inventory of Missouri churches. fi
_;3 The state headquarters of the survey is in St. Louis E
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~ j MISSOURI HISTORICAL RECORDS LISTED IN THREE VOLUMES PREPARED BY WPA
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5., Baptismal Books Dating From 1695 Included L
jj‘ ' In Index of Depositories-Baptist Temperance T
f‘ Resolution of 1857 Reprinted. 1
§, Three volumes of Missouri historical records, prepared by a sur- E
(p vey section of the WPA, were issued in mimeographed form last week, i
;_ including a guide to public and semi-public depositories of collections 3
j of manuscripts. E
f] The manuscripts listed cover a wide range of subjects of general E
1. or specialized interest-~Arrow Rock Tavern in Saline County has, V
*f for instance, an 1846 blacksmithing account of John Sappington & 00.; a
{4‘ Conception Abbey of the Benedictine order in Nodaway County possesses 3
;* 25 volumes of Tenth Century Gregorian chants and papers on early Mis- E
”q souri and Dakota missions; the Lexington Historical Society has records y
g3 of trade on the Santa Fe Trail and kindred material. g
? Prominently listed in the St. Louis University library are four &
3‘ volumes of baptismal and marriage records from Kaskaskia, starting in m
f{ 1695, including signatures of noted figures of the settlement’s early g
j days, such as George Rogers Clark. Outstanding also are papers of Q
H' early Jesuit leaders here. Washington University's library has a t
5; large collection relating to the works of Robert Burns, Rudyard t
Kipling and Eugene Field. ;5
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2; The Missouri Historical Society has Spanish and French documents !
y‘ dating from the early settlement of the Missouri territory, early H
'. public records of St. Louis, 200 letters of Thomas Jefferson, some W
‘?J Burr-Hamilton items, material on Andrew Jackson and the Mexican and ' F
3; Civil wars, a large and important Chouteau collection, covering In-
;E dian affairs, civic and social matters, geology, genealogy, archeology ’
£3 and the fur trade, and many other notable items and groups.
Tfi Other local depositories catalogued are: Lindenwood College, St. i
EQ‘ Charles; Concordia Theological Seminary's historical institute; the E
{5 historical commission library of the Evangelical and Reformed Church,
3% at Eden Theological Seminary, Nebster Groves, and lobster College's ‘
fil extensive Gallery of Living Catholic Authors.
7‘ Second of the NRA books is an inventory of the county archives ‘ 4
g2 of Dallas County, Southwestern Missouri. It goes into elaborate de- j
a tail, and is the tenth volume of its sort dealing with records of ;
j various counties of the State. ‘
3, The third new work illustrated on the cover with a drawing of a f
; pioneer log church, is an account of the Tebo Baptist Association, f
Q part of the WPA inventory of Missouri church archives. This deals l
5- with one of the earliest Baptists groups in the State, centered around i
g‘ a church established in 1839 on Tebo Creek, Henry County. It is g
‘ ' Shown that in 1857 the association adopted the following report by its 2
2‘ Committee on Temperance: :
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j} 1 who will stoop to the degrading business of dramshop keeping and that i
g' 3» there is as much sin in dram buying; and drinking as there is in dram ;
f_ selling, and while whisky may be good for snake bites and sick horses, :5
5 it is far better to let the horses die and depend on the physician to f
"* cure the sick than to fill the state prison with convicts and the
poorhouse with paupers and crowd the infernal regions with so many 1
j . thousands of drunkards, for the Scriptures say, 'No drunkard shall El
' inherit the kingdom of heaven.” 3!
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