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Personal Papers

Unpublished papers of individuals, including letters, diaries and political papers

1948 Presidential Campaign

1948 Presidential Campaign

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection of 90 documents of President Truman's 1948 Presidential Campaign covering years 1946-1968.

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A. B. Nichols Panama Collection

A. B. Nichols Panama Collection

Contributed by: Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology

A. B. Nichols Panama Canal Materials were gathered and organized during Nichols' tenure as Office Engineer. Nichols was first employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1899 to survey the Nicaraguan route. In 1904, he was assigned to the Panama Canal. Most of the materials in these notebooks and albums dates from 1906 to 1917.

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American Civil War in Missouri

American Civil War in Missouri

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

The American Civil War in Missouri collection includes manuscripts (letters and diaries) offering valuable insight into how Missourians - both civilians and those in the military - experienced the Civil War.

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Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Andrew Taylor Still Papers

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

In 1874 Dr. A.T. Still (1828-1917) rebelled against standard 19th century medicine and launched his own health care system based on concepts of form and function, later named osteopathy. The Andrew Taylor Still Papers consists of Still's essays, letters, book drafts, and other writings. Also present are letters to Still, military records, other personal documents.

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Boone County Historical Society Civil War Collection

Boone County Historical Society Civil War Collection

Contributed by: Boone County Historical Society

This Civil War collection of personal letters, diaries and photographs is held by the Boone County Historical Society.

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Charles E. Still Sr. and Jr. Collection

Charles E. Still Sr. and Jr. Collection

Contributed by: Museum of Osteopathic Medicine (SM), A.T. Still University

The digitized portion of the Charles E. Still Sr./Jr. Collection includes typed and handwritten reminiscences to Dr. Charles Still Sr., regarding his father Andrew Taylor Still. Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri.

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Clarence M. Kelley Diploma Collection

Clarence M. Kelley Diploma Collection

Contributed by: School of Law, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Collection of 8 diplomas, honorary degrees, certificates conferred upon Clarence M. Kelley from 1936 through 1978.

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Cold War Confrontation: Truman, Stalin, and the Berlin Airlift, June 1948 - May 1949

Cold War Confrontation: Truman, Stalin, and the Berlin Airlift, June 1948 - May 1949

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

The collection focuses on the Berlin Airlift and includes 126 documents and some photographs covering the years 1948 through 1952.

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Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks

Community and Conflict: the Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Documents and artifacts that depict life in the Ozarks between 1850 and 1875. The collection contains first hand perspectives of the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, civilians, merchants and farmers, as told through letters, maps, diaries, court records and photographs.

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Confluence and Crossroads - The Civil War in the American Heartland

Confluence and Crossroads - The Civil War in the American Heartland

Contributed by: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University and Partners

Documents and artifacts that depict life in the Ozarks between 1850 and 1875. The collection contains first hand perspectives of the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, civilians, merchants and farmers, as told through letters, maps, diaries, court records and photographs.

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Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Constance Fauntleroy Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University

This manuscript collection of Missouri woman writer Constance Fauntleroy Runcie includes many original letters she wrote and received and materials that were used by the Runcie Club in St. Joseph that she organized.

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Copenhaver Collection

Copenhaver Collection

Contributed by: Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives Department

Papers of the brothers James Albert and H. H. Copenhaver, union members who worked in Springfield, Missouri's milling industry in the 1920s-1930s. The collection mainly documents the Missouri Farmers Association (MFA) Milling Company in Springfield, Missouri. This collection was scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

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Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

This collection focusing on Truman’s historic decision includes documents covering the years 1945-1964. Supporting materials include an online version of "Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History," edited by Robert H. Ferrell.

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Diary of Nancy Holmes Corse

Diary of Nancy Holmes Corse

Contributed by: Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Personal diary of Nancy Holmes of Enosburgh, Vermont from her eighteenth birthday on March 27, 1858 until May 4, 1859.

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Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"

Early Manuscripts by Charlotte Brontë: "The Secret" and "Lily Hart"

Contributed by: University of Missouri-Columbia Special Collections

An example of a Bronte manuscript written in the tiny handwriting that is a characteristic of almost all the Brontë juvenilia.

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Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Ellinor Dale Runcie Collection

Contributed by: Missouri Western State University Library

Ellinor Dale Runcie (1871 -1935) was the only daughter of Constance Faunt LeRoy Runcie, founder of the oldest existing women’s social club, The Runcie Club located in St. Joseph, Missouri. A teacher, Ellinor was a world traveler and prolific writer like her mother. The collection features samples of her letters, poetry, and short stories.

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Establishing the Marshall Plan

Establishing the Marshall Plan

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

A collection about the Marshall Plan, or European Recovery Program, as it was officially known, which provided aid to war-torn Europe. This collection includes 69 documents, 9 photographs, an exhibit titled George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace, and a teaching activity based on the exhibit.

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Fragments From the Botanical Frontier

Fragments From the Botanical Frontier

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

Information on three areas of the North American botanical frontier. Botanical exploration generally followed lines of transportation and military campaigns, as such there were unexplored pockets. These unexplored areas were finally closed as botanical "frontiers" in the twentieth century.

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George Engelmann Correspondence

George Engelmann Correspondence

Contributed by: Missouri Botanical Garden

The collection contains more than 5,000 letters from nearly 600 of Engelmann's correspondents between the early 1830s and his death in 1884. Because the collection was assembled by Engelmann's son, George Julius, there are additional letters and published materials from the late 1880s and early 1890s. 

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Harrison Gleim Civil War Papers, 1860-1891

Harrison Gleim Civil War Papers, 1860-1891

Contributed by: Maclay Home

Papers of Harrison Gleim, who served in the Civil War as Lieutenant and quartermaster in the Missouri Light Artillery, and later as Major and aide-de-camp in the 2nd Missouri Cavalry. Includes military orders, personal and official correspondence, and quartermaster records.

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Hezzie Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian

Hezzie Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian

Contributed by: University of Missouri Museum of Anthropology; State Historical Society of Missouri

World War I through the eyes of John Hezekiah ("Hezzie") Pattrick through his letters home to Mother and Dad, his photographs and postcards, and items worn, used and collected by him.

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James Merrill: Other Writings

James Merrill: Other Writings

Contributed by: Washington University Libraries Special Collections

An exhibit depicting James Merrill's literary archives housed in Washington University's Modern Literature Collection.

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Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens

Journal of Reverend Benjamin Stevens

Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library

Reverend Benjamin Franklin Stevens kept a journal of his trip to California by covered wagon during the 1849 gold rush.

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Korean War: The US Response to North Korea's Invasion of South Korea

Korean War: The US Response to North Korea's Invasion of South Korea

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

An online exhibit of documents, photographs, sound clips of individual participants in policy development, battlefield combatants, and observers affected by the human tragedy of the Korean War.

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Life in St. Louis: The Matthews Family 1811 - 2000

Life in St. Louis: The Matthews Family 1811 - 2000

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

Life of Leonard Matthews (1828-1931) and his family in St. Louis at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries through letters, autobiographies, journals, and newspaper articles.

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Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos

Medicine in the Jungle: Dr. Thomas Dooley and Earl Rhine in Laos

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

An digital exhibit documenting how Dr. Thomas A. Dooley and his American assistants, Earl Rhine and Dwight Davis, took medical care, American friendship and humanitarian aid to people in Laos.

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Missouri-Kansas Conflict: Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865

Missouri-Kansas Conflict: Civil War on the Western Border, 1854-1865

Contributed by: Kansas City Public Library

Documents related to the hostilities that shook the Missouri-Kansas border region before and during the American Civil War. The collection includes photographs, letters, diaries, maps, and military records from over 25 contributing institutions.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection of 112 documents of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) covering the years 1949-1952

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Otto Bowles Collection

Otto Bowles Collection

Contributed by: Missouri State University

Papers of Otto Bowles, which focus on the Western Missouri and Kansas District Laborers' Council, as well as memorabilia related to Bowles, who served on the Council for many years. This collection was scanned in its entirety. See the finding aid for more information.

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Over There: Missouri and the Great War

Over There: Missouri and the Great War

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Over There: Missouri and the Great War contains letters, diaries, memoirs, photographs, postcards, and other materials documenting the lives of Missouri soldiers and civilians during the First World War.

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Ozarks Digital Library - Greene County Missouri, History

Ozarks Digital Library - Greene County Missouri, History

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Collection of full text resources about histories of Greene County, Missouri.

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Ozarks Digital Library - The Turnbo Manuscripts

Ozarks Digital Library - The Turnbo Manuscripts

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District

Collection of approximately eight hundred short tales, stories and vignettes by Silas Claiborne Turnbo that reflect life along the White River Valley in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri during the latter half of the 19th century.

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Palmyra Massacre Collection

Palmyra Massacre Collection

Contributed by: Marion County Library Subdistrict #1; Gardner House Museum – Heritage Seekers of Palmyra, Missouri

The Palmyra Massacre occurred in 1862 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri, when 10 Confederate prisoners were shot in retaliation for the abduction of a local Union sympathizer. This collection includes letters containing personal recollections of the Palmyra Massacre, as well as a booklet, “The Palmyra Massacre: A Short, Concise but True History of the Execution of Ten Confederate Soldiers, at Palmyra, Mo., October 18, 1862.”

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St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project

St. Louis Area Civil War Digitization Project

Contributed by: Missouri History Museum

Gathered from the Civil War collections of twenty-five historical and archival institutions across Missouri and the U.S., this database contains many unique documents that tell the story of St. Louis during the Civil War.

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State Historical Society - Civil War eBook Collection

State Historical Society - Civil War eBook Collection

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

This collection contains various documents related to the Civil War in Missouri.

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State Historical Society of Missouri - Civil War Manuscripts

State Historical Society of Missouri - Civil War Manuscripts

Contributed by: State Historical Society of Missouri

A selection of Civil War era documents from various collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

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Trans-Mississippi Theater Virtual Museum

Trans-Mississippi Theater Virtual Museum

Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District; Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Civil War-era artifacts including letters, maps, diaries, weapons, flags, uniforms and photographs.

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Truman Administration's Civil Rights Program: The Desegregation of the Armed Forces

Truman Administration's Civil Rights Program: The Desegregation of the Armed Forces

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection documents President Truman's decision to desegregate the U.S. Armed Forces. It covers the years 1938-1953.

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Truman Doctrine and the Beginning of the Cold War

Truman Doctrine and the Beginning of the Cold War

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection of documents, photographs and interview transcripts about Truman doctrine.

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United Nations 1945-53: The Development of a World Organization

United Nations 1945-53: The Development of a World Organization

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection of 127 documents about President Truman and the United Nations, covering the years 1945-1953.

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United States' Recognition of Israel

United States' Recognition of Israel

Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum

Collection of 87 documents about the recognition of the State of Israel with a chronology of events spanning 1939-1949.

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Walter J. Ong Collection

Walter J. Ong Collection

Contributed by: Pius XII Memorial Library, St. Louis University

Comprehensive resource on the life and works of Walter J. Ong, S.J (1912-2003), an English professor at St. Louis University for thirty years.

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