In addition to the alphabetical listing of collections below, a list by broad subject heading is available.
This list includes processed collections, as well as select unprocessed materials. Unless otherwise noted below, the collections are housed in the Special Collections and Archives Department (Meyer Library, Room 306). Collections housed at other branches of the University Libraries are available under the guidelines established in those departments.
Researchers should contact Special Collections to learn about the collections that are not yet included here. Use policies are outlined under General Information, but it should be noted that access to the unprocessed collections is at the discretion of archives personnel.
The information below includes the collection name, collection number, dates and quantity of the material, and a brief description of the holdings. When available, the collection name links to a detailed finding aid or file list.
American Civil Liberties Union-Ozarks Chapter (M028), 1994-2000, 1 c.f.:
Materials from the local ACLU chapter, notably the lawsuit against the city of Republic for the icthus symbol inclusion on the town sign logo.
Harry E. Appleby Veterans Oral History Project (M013), 2004-2006, 24 c.f.: Ongoing oral history project focusing on veterans in Southwest Missouri.
Bakery, Confectionary and Tobacco Workers International Union (BC&T),
Local 235 – Records (LA 1), 1921-1985, 24 l.f.:
Documents membership and details the local's interaction with various businesses.
Barrows Family Collection (M031), 1804-2002 (Bulk
1840-1889), 2.5 c.f.:
Focuses on the family of Freeman Barrows, who settled in Bates County in 1838. Correspondence includes information on the growth of the area in the 1840s and 1850s. There is also research material compiled by a descendent of Barrows.
Otto Bowles Collection (1904-1998) (LA 4), 1934-1983 (Bulk
1966-1981), 0.5 l.f.:
Western Missouri and Kansas District Laborers' Council minutes, as well as memorabilia related to Bowles, who served on the Council for many years.
Bricklayers and Masons Union (SC-LA-003), 1912-1921:
Three booklets related to the BMPIUA, including the 1921 Constitution and By-Laws of Local 10, Springfield.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (B.L.E.), Ozark Division No. 83 (LA 2), 1871-1954, 1.5
One of the earliest known unions in the Ozarks.
Center for Ozarks Studies (RG 8.11), 1919-2001(Bulk 1980s-1990s), 50 c.f.:
Established in 1979 by Missouri State University, the Center for Ozarks Studies was created to research and study the Ozarks region.
Central Electric Company Collection (M029), 1938-1954, 1 c.f.:
Includes documents and correspondence from the Central Electric Company and its owner Leonard C. Reynolds.
David A. Clouser Diaries (M011), 1894-1945, 1.5 c.f.:
A collection of diaries that tell the day-to-day story of Clouser and his wife, May, mainly in Lamar, Missouri.
Community Free Press Collection (M021), 2003-present, 2 c.f.:
Local newspaper focused on Springfield. Collection consists of a full run of the publication.
Copenhaver Collection (LA022), 1924-1938, 1 c.f.:
Materials regarding the Missouri Farmers Association Milling Company in Springfield, Missouri.
Dr. Virginia Judith Craig Collection (M020), 1878-1976, 1.5 c.f.:
Photographs, memorabilia, and publications of one of the first faculty members of MSU (then State Normal School #4).
Domino Danzero Collection (Unprocessed):
Approximately 2,000 photographs taken by Domino Danzero, 1871-1952, Springfield businessman and noted photographer.
Fred DeArmond Collection (M030), 1891-2004, 10 c.f.:
Materials collected and written by freelance writer, Fred DeArmond. Subjects include the Civil War, literature, personal correspondence and scrapbooks of his experiences.
Essie DeCamp Collection (LA 3), 1916-1970, 6.5 l.f.:
Provides a look at the role and function of women within the larger arena of male unionism in the region.
Discovery Center of Springfield Collection (M039), 1989-1993, 1 c.f.:
Materials documenting the planning and founding of the Discovery Center.
Roy Ellis Collection (M003), 1839-1973, 8 c.f.:
Primarily information accumulated by former President Roy Ellis on the history of Missouri State University.
Folk Card Collection (M017), 2002-Present, 2 c.f.:
Information gathered by students in MSU folklore classes. Generally on index cards but some student research papers are included.
Gillioz Family Collection (M023), 1881-2004, 3 c.f.:
Focuses on M.E. Gillioz, noted local road and bridge contractor and founder of the Gillioz Theatre.
Gillioz Theatre Collection (M024), 1911-2006, 3 c.f.:
Contains information about the Gilloiz Theatre and its renovation. Includes research and drafts for “Theatre Beautiful” book compiled by MSU English students.
Gillioz Theatre – Records (LA 18), 1940-1980 (Bulk 1960s), 2.5 l.f.:
Correspondence, general office files, and financial records from one of the oldest movie houses in Springfield.
Robert Gilmore Collection (M006), 1910-1996, 7 c.f.:
Materials from Gilmore’s time as a professor at Missouri State, his interest in the theatre, and his research of the Ozarks.
Greater Springfield [Missouri] Central Labor Council (Springfield Labor Council) – Records (LA
14), 1891-1979 (Bulk 1940s - 1979), 9 l.f.:
Depicts the interaction between diverse unions within the region and their relationship with the national and international organizations.
Greene County Historical Society Records (M038), 1954-2010, 6 c.f.:
Materials related to the creation and workings of the Greene County Historical Society. Collection includes publications, financial records, meeting minutes, and research files.
John Haskell and Telescope (SC-M-005), pre-1938:
Photograph and handwritten description of Haskell, a Frisco mechanic, and his telescope.
Historic Springfield Collection (M026), 1837-2005, 12.5 c.f.:
The Historic Springfield organization focused on the preservation of Springfield’s cultural resources. The bulk of materials are photographs and date from 1999 to 2005.
Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union
(HEREBIU), Local 336 – Records (LA 5), 1945-1964 (Bulk 1955-1962), 1 l.f.:
Records of Ralph Dillard, business agent of the Bartenders' Union, Local 472, and President of the Local Joint Executive Board.
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stagehand Employes and Moving Picture Machine
Operators of the United States and Canada (I.A.T.S.E.), Local 447 – Records (LA 6),
1916-1989 (Bulk 1950-1989), 5 l.f.:
Also includes records of Local 465, Joplin, Missouri, which merged with 447 in 1978.
International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers – Monthly Report
One monthly financial report from the international office.
International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America
– Cypher Code (SC-LA-001), 1909:
One of the union’s "Cypher Code" books.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.), Local 1453 –
Records (LA 7), 1967-1995, 47 l.f.:
IBEW Local 1453 represented the workers of Zenith Electronics Corporation in Springfield until the plant closing in 1995.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 245 (In Process), 1941-1988,
Local 245 represents several local transport companies.
International Typographical Union (ITU), Local 158 – Records
(LA 19), 1924-1987, 3.25 c.f.
Includes records of Local 158, plus a small amount of material from the Allied Printing Trades Council of Springfield.
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (B.A.C.),
Local 10 – Records (LA 10), 1909-1991 (Bulk 1947-1980s), 11.5 l.f.:
One of the largest unions in Springfield, representing craftsmen who work for a number of local contractors.
Jackson-Head Collection (SC-M-003), 1936-1940:
Missouri State University memorabilia.
William J. Jones French Literature Collection
The collection contains primarily published material and focuses on the work of French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Michel Butor.
Sherry Kramer Collection (M033), 1977-2005, 4 c.f.:
Playwright Sherry Kramer is from Springfield. The collection includes copies and drafts of several of her plays.
Labor Union Charters Collection (LA 29), 1899-1994, 43 items:
Includes charters and certificates of affiliation for a variety of unions.
Labor Union Photograph Collection (Unprocessed), 7 l.f.:
Photographs of labor union leaders and activists, union activities, strikes, Labor Day parades, work areas, union halls, and meetings. Some files contain documentation which accompanies photographs.
Katherine G. Lederer Ozarks African American History Collection
Materials collected by former Missouri State University professor, Katherine Lederer, including photographs, documents, books, and her research notes.
Birdle Mannon Collection (M008), 1890s -2002, 3.5 l.f.:
Collection of personal papers and artwork from an Ozarks family.
Curtis F. Marbut Collection (M014), 1923-1928, 1.5 c.f.:
Lecture notes and photographs from noted geologist and soil scientist.
Leola (Danzero) Maschino Papers (M044), 1924-1928, 1 c.f.:
Notes and materials belonging to former Springfield area music teacher.
Medieval Manuscript and Early Printing Collection (M048), 1300-1610, 25 items:
Individual pages from early manuscripts and printed works. Most are original pages, with a few modern facsimiles.
Missouri Governors Photographs (SC-M-006), 1820-1984:
46 black-and-white photographs and three pages of reference material of Missouri governors.
Missouri State Fruit Experiment Station
Photograph Collection (digital collection), 1897-1957:
Digitized images from 873 glass plate negatives showing regional orchards, vineyards, orchard workers, and detailed photographs of varieties of fruit. NOTE: This digital project and the original images are maintained by the Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science at Missouri State University's Mountain Grove campus.
Missouri State Labor Council AFL-CIO – Records (LA 11), 1942-1997
(Bulk: 1965-1985), 21 l.f
Chronicles, among other events, the successful effort of the State Labor Council to defeat a state-wide "Right-To-Work" ballot initiative during the 1970s.
Missouri State University (various record groups):
A list of processed materials in the University Archives can be found here. This includes information on catalogs, student newspapers, various departmental files, and other permanent records of the university.
Howard Orms Collection (M012), 1920s-2001, 5.5 c.f.:
Materials from Orms’ life, including his time as a Theatre professor at Missouri State.
Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners Collection (M016), 1978-2010, 2 c.f.:
Newsletters from the OMRR, a not-for-profit group of runners from the Springfield area.
The Ozarks: A Living Legacy Oral History Interviews (SC-M-004),
Transcribed oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Mark Biggs for his documentary, “The Ozarks: A Living Legacy.”
Ozarks Jewish Archives Collection (M043), 1924-present, 2.5 c.f.:
Documents pertaining to Jewish people and Jewish organizations in the Ozarks.
Ozarks Land and Lumber Company (M004), 1840s-1962, 17.5 c.f.:
Information about the Missouri timber industry based on the records of John H. Hahn.
Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA) (M018), 1980-Present, 15
Information about the lesbian and gay community in the Ozarks, including records from various LGBT organizations and materials on issues relevant to the community.
Ozarks Lesbian and Gay Archives (OLGA) Oral History Project (M019),
2004-Present, 2.5 c.f.:
The Oral History Project includes over 45 interviews with members of the region’s GLBT community, as well as other advocates for gay rights.
Ozarks Water Mills Collection (M015), 1972-1996, 2 c.f.:
Photos and information primarily on local mills, compiled by Dr. Richard Bartley (MSU faculty emeritus).
Grace Palmer Collection (M005), 1931-1976, 2 l.f.:
Postcards collected by Palmer, a former University Librarian.
Robert Palmer Collection (M022), 1952-1991, 8 c.f.:
Cartoons by Robert Palmer for the Springfield News-Leader and New York Daily News.
Milton Rafferty Slides Collection (M009), 3 c.f.:
Collection of photographs taken all over the world by Rafferty, a former professor of Geology at Missouri State.
These volumes are located in Special Collections because of their early date of publication, rare or unique format, subject matter, scarceness, or fragile condition.
Religious Lives of Ozarks Women Collection (M040), 2008-present, .5 c.f.:
Interviews of influential religious women in the Ozarks recorded by MSU students.
Retail Clerks Union, Local 503 – Records (LA 20), 1954-1972, 2 c.f.:
Includes contracts, membership information, correspondence and other materials related to the operation of Local 503.
June Runk Brass Rubbings Collection (M045), 1972-1976, 31 items:
British brass rubbings donated to MSU by Mrs. Runk.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 50 – Records
(LA 12), 1963-1984, 12 l.f.:
Springfield and Southwest Missouri area union that organized local and regional nursing home workers.
Shannon County Film Digitization Project (SP-2004-14), 1920s, 1978-1979, 106 streaming video files: Footage used in the documentaries Shannon County: Home and Shannon County: Hearts of the Children, which focuses on the rural Ozarks, specifically Shannon County, Missouri.
Records of the Sheet Metal Workers, Local 146 (LA026), 1952-1986, 7 c.f.:
Documents include remittance reports from S.M.W.I.A., receipt books for member dues, records from the Paul Mueller Company and material related to running Local 146.
Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (S.M.W.I.A.), Local 208 –
Records (LA 13), 1974-1983, 6.5 l.f.:
Information about Local 208, as well as Local 146 files related to production workers.
Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (M046), 1896-2009, 1.5 c.f.:
Materials related to the SMBA including meeting minutes, financial records and correspondence. The bulk of the materials are from 1949 to 2009.
Ruth Stanley Collection (SC-M-001), 1929:
1929 yearbook and other mementoes from Stanley’s first year of college.
Stone County Documents (SC-M-002), 1851:
Facsimiles of pages from the “Report of the Commissioners who selected the Co. seat.”
Robert F. Stroud Collection (M082), 1943-1963, 1.55 GB:
Two manuscripts by Robert F. Stroud, a federal prisoner portrayed in the movie Birdman of Alcatraz. Looking Outward is a history of the prison system, and Bobbie is an autobiography.
Otho Jefferson Thomas Collection (M041), 1924-1929, 6 items:
Artifacts and documents belonging to Otho Jefferson Thomas, former Frisco employee.
Ullmann Postcard Collection (M007), early 1900s, 2.5 l.f.:
Collection of postcards and memorabilia from around the world.
Union Labor Record (unprocessed), 1937-1985:
The newspaper was published in Springfield, Missouri.
United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), Local 178 – Records
(LA 15), 1948-1989, 26 l.f.:
Covers a variety of topics related to Local 178.
United Garment Workers of America (UGW), Local 216 – Records
(LA 9), 1936-1982 (Bulk
1955-1978), 13.5 l.f.:
Chronicles the difficulties encountered within the garment industries.
United Nations Association of Springfield Missouri (M027), 1947-2008, 2 c.f.:
Information includes minutes, agendas, reports, communications and events from the Springfield chapter of the UNA.
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America (URW),
Local 662 – Records (LA
16), 1962-1992, 38 l.f.:
Local 662 represents the workers of Dayco of Springfield (formerly Springday Company).
United Transportation Union (UTU), General Committee of Adjustment GO-001 –
Records (LA 17),
1921-1985, 13 l.f.:
Represented rail workers for a broad period of time.
Vertical Files, bulk dates 1998-Present:
An easy-reference collection of newspaper articles that complement the department’s holdings. Predominantly articles from the Springfield News-Leader and the Southwest Standard. The vertical files are divided into three broad categories:
Albert Verweire Memorial Concert Collection (M042), 1971, 1975, .5 c.f.:
Taped concerts honoring former MSU music teacher. Includes performances by local musicians Dallas Bartley and BeBop Brown.
Robert Wallace Collection (M001), 1936-1994, 17 l.f.:
Manuscripts of poems and books written by Wallace, as well as information dealing with his publishing business, Bits Press.
War Memorial Album Collection (M010), 1942-1959, 1 c.f. and 1
Photographs and biographies of students and alumni who lost their lives in World Wars I and II and the Korean Conflict, as well as Springfield Leader and Press articles about other soldiers from the Ozarks.
Lena Wills Collection (M002), 1969-1986, 16 l.f.:
Books and periodicals that Wills accumulated as writer of a genealogy column for the Springfield News Leader.
H.A. Wise Collection (M034), 1906-1939, 1 c.f.:
Materials belonging to the former MSU education department head.