Smiley Library

The Smiley Library is located on the campus of Central Methodist College, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO. The library is open at the following times:

  • Sunday - 2:30-11:00 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday - 7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 1:00-5:00 p.m.
    Note: These hours may vary when classes are not in session. If you are planning a research trip from out of town, it would be best to double check these hours with the library. Also, Rita Gulstad, Library Director, says that they are more than happy to provide assistance, but it is a good idea to call ahead and make an appointment since these collections are primarily in archives. To do so, you may contact the library at (816) 248-3391, ext. 271, or by e-mail muma@cmc2.cmc.edu.

    To visit the Missouri United Methodist Archives home page, click here.


    Genealogical Resources

    Howard County

  • Howard County Atlas, 1876.
  • Missouri Miscellany, various volumes.
  • Missouri Pioneers, various volumes.
  • Howard County Advertiser Weekly, January 1877 - December 23, 1887 and January 9, 1890 - December 24, 1891.
  • Howard County Democrat, 1890 - 1891.
  • Howard County Leader, 1895 - 1897.
  • Democrat Leader Weekly, November 1897 - November 1901 and January 1945 - December 1954.
  • Daily Democrat Leader, November 1897 - November 1901.
  • Fayette Advertiser / Democrat Leader, 1940 - current (paper/incomplete).
  • History of Howard and Cooper Counties, circa 1880.
  • History of Chariton and Howard Counties, 1923.
  • Howard County Cemetery Records
  • Register of Deaths, Howard County, MO., 1883 - 1892.
  • Birth Records of Howard County, Missouri, 1883 - 1889.
  • Permanent Record of Births, 1883 - 1889.

    County Records on Microfilm

  • Will Index, v. 1-9 1818-1896.
  • Wills, v. 3 1839-1848, v. 4 1849-1857, v. 5 1856-1864, v. 6 1864-1870, v. 7 1870-1877,
    v. 8 1877-1882, v. 9 1882-1897, v. 10 1897-1908, v. 11 1901-1918.
  • Permanent Record of Births, 1883-1888.
  • Register of Deaths/Stillborn 1883-1893.
  • Deed Index (Direct and Indirect), v. 1 1816-1852, v. 2 1853-1879, v. 3 1879-1889.
  • Index to Marriages, Male/Female 1816-1972.

    Miscellanea

  • Obituary File (Central Methodist College created): 1993-current.
  • Other County Histories and Histories of Missouri.
  • Boonslick Historical Society Papers. Collection is cataloged and searchable by topic and author through the online catalog.
  • Various publications by Warren Kingsbury.

    Central Methodist College Archives

  • Ragout (School Yearbook).
  • Ditedom (Howard-Payne Annual).
  • Collegian (School newspaper).
  • Other college related materials.

    Methodist Archives

  • Ministerial File.
  • Church Files.
  • Histories of Methodism.
  • St. Louis Christian Advocate, 1850-1931.

    Family Search CD-ROM Databases

  • International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  • Family History Catalog.
  • Addenda. (IGI additions since 1990).
  • Ancestral File.
  • Social Security Index - 1993.
  • Military Records - Korea and Vietnam.
    Send comments to sbarger@uark.edu, Howard County MOGenWeb Coordinator

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