***The College Archives and the Partee Center are currently closed to members of the public***


The William Jewell College Archives are located on the intermediate floor of Charles F. Curry Hall.

Limited in-person resesarch access to the collection is reserved for WJC students, staff, and faculty by appointment only.

To obtain digital access to items in the Archival collection, please submit an Archives Information Request form, found below.

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Appointments are currently limited to WJC students, staff, and faculty only.

Please use the Archives Information Request form if you are a community member or off-campus.

Archives Information Request

Please submit an Archives Information Request form to locate information about a specific document, manuscript, photo, person, or building associated with the Jewell Archives or the Partee Center for Baptist Historical Studies. If you are wanting information about multiple items please submit a single request for each item.

Due to limited resources and ongoing repair issues in the Archives space, requests may require an extended time to fulfill. Please be patient while we work on your request.

Contact the William Jewell College Archives by email. If you are wanting to request information, please fill out the Archives Information Request form.

The College Archives and the Partee Center Collections

Please see the Archives Reference Policy for specific details regarding access to the collections. 

Capps–Truman Collection
Retired Brigadier General and Mrs. Jack Capps gave this collection of letters from Harry and Bess Truman, and books by and about Mr. Truman, to the college in 2006. Some of the books are signed by the author or by Mr. Truman. The collection also contains some photographs.

Herget Collection
Dr. John F. Herget, former president of William Jewell College and an 1895 alumnus, presented this collection of Limited Editions Club books to the college in 1948. Dr. Herget was president of the college from 1928-1942. The collection includes books printed on special paper, illustrated by a talented artist, or bound in a unique fashion.

Hubmaier Collection
This is a collection of the writings of Dr. Balthasar Hubmaier, an Anabaptist, who was burned at the stake in Vienna in 1528 because of his religious beliefs. The collection consists of 6 bound volumes of photographs of the original German works. These photographic documents were collected by Dr. W. O. Lewis, former commissioner of the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society of Europe, from libraries in Berlin, Vienna, and Czechoslovakia. Dr. George D. Davidson, former head of the Foreign Language Department at Jewell, created an English translation of Hubmaier’s works in 1939. The English and German editions are also available on microfilm.

Hull Papers
William R. Hull, Jr., a former Congressman from the Sixth Missouri District, donated his collection of personal and political papers from his years in the 84th to 92th Congresses. The papers were divided between Park College and William Jewell College. Jewell’s collection consists of 1080 folders, 14 scrapbooks, and a complete set of microfilm.

Archival records of the college as well as articles and books published by alumni and faculty are kept in the Jewelliana Collection. Some items included are college catalogs, newspapers, directories, yearbooks, alumni and staff newsletters, student handbooks, special events programs, biography and history files, and photographs.

Lenski Collection
Miss Lois Lenski, well known writer and illustrator of children’s books, presented books and original illustrations to Curry Library in 1958.

Littleford Collection
Mr. Frank Littleford donated his collection of books and magazines to the library in the 1980’s. Although many of the items are about the Civil War, the collection includes materials related to several world conflicts involving the United States.

Missouri Collection
The Missouri Collection, established in 1970, emphasizes western Missouri history. Special emphasis is given to acquiring material on Clay County and Liberty. Items include books, articles, newspapers, pamphlets, and maps.

Partee Collection 
A repository for Missouri Baptist materials that provides programs to assist all Missouri Baptists in their own preservation and planning needs.

Payne Military Collection
Mr. Houstin Payne, a former officer in the U.S. Strategic Tactical Air Force department of photo intelligence in England and a 1932 alumnus of the college, gave this five volume collection of maps charting movement of American troops in the European theater during World War II. Maps include rare aerial reconnaissance photographs of German bomb installations, daily records of road and reconnaissance attacks and attacks on enemy installations, captured monthly data on German bomb production, bomb launchings and targets in England.

Settle Collection
Mrs. Pauline Sharp, a 1937 alumnus of the college, gave the Settle Collection to the library in 1974 in honor of her father, Rev. Raymond W. Settle, a 1922 alumnus of the college. The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts and photographs covering various aspects of Western Americana.

Valentine Collection
Ms. Irene Renfer Valentine, a 1955 alumnus of the college, gave this collection of autographed children’s books to the library.

Ted Malone Collection
The Malone Collection has been transferred to the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Charles H. Spurgeon Collection
The Spurgeon Collection has been transferred to the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri

Achieve - The Alumni Magazine of William Jewell College
Achieve, the Alumni Magazine of William Jewell College, has been published on an occasional basis since 1971. Volumes up through 2001-2002 are available here. Also included in this collection are some President’s Annual Reports and Honor Roll of Donors.
  • Featured Issue 1983
My Memories of William Jewell College
An account by John Eustace Davis, an alumnus and later a faculty member, of his time at Jewell over a span of 50 years published in 1959.
Civil War Civil War on the Western Border, Curry Library Collections
The resources that are available include newspapers, yearbooks, student applications, event programs, histories of campus organizations, and biographical information of people involved with William Jewell College and the surrounding area.
Cardinal Is Her Color
The third William Jewell history written in twelve chapters, begins from the period of Jewell is Her Name and focusing on the years of 1949-1999 to celebrate Jewell’s sesquicentennial anniversary.
Jewell Hall Jewell Is Her Name
The second authoritative history of William Jewell College was published in 1967 by Hubert Inman (H. I.) Hester. Dr. Hester is an integral figure in the history of Jewell.
First History of William Jewell College History of William Jewell College
The first publication of William Jewell College’s history was authored by James G. Clark at the request of the college’s Board of Trustees in 1893.
The Tatler
The full run of Tatler yearbooks has been digitized. Please click on the link to view or download volumes.