Pickler Memorial Library

About This Collection

Adair County in Photographs gathers several photograph collections from the Special Collections of Truman State University to showcase life in historic Kirksville.

  • Adair County Churches photographs were largely taken by local historian Paul Owen Selby for his self-published 1964 book, "The Rural and Village Churches of Adair County."
  • Adair County Schools photographs were published in Representative Wallace M. Pearson's 1954 booklet, "Schools in Adair County: A Pictorial Representation of Educational Institutions in Adair County, Missouri."
  • Kirksville Photos by Drake, 1893 is a collection of 35 images of Kirksville buildings, businesses and people created by "Drake, Fotografer" and originally owned by Clifford Elmore Henry.
  • Kirksville Photo Album, 1897 is comprised of 28 images of homes, places and events taken by an unknown photographer.
  • The D.A.R. Photo Album covers approximately 1897-1918 and was compiled by Dola Caldwell (1876-1952), a member of the Ann Haynes Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Kirksville. There are fifty-five black and white snapshots of Adair County citizens, sites, and events in the album.