Clay County Archives
and Historical Library
Preserving the Past for the Present
The History of Clay County, Missouri was originally published in 1885 by the National Historical Company of St. Louis. Over the years, this comprehensive work has proven to be an important resource for anyone wanting to explore the fascinating history of the frontier days in Clay County and northwest Missouri. The History of Clay County, which has been out of print for decades, has now been reprinted by the Clay County Archives and Historical Library. The key events as well as the people who helped shape the county during those early days are examined including the Lewis and Clark Expedition, incarceration of Joseph Smith, Alexander Doniphan and the War with Mexico, the Civil War, the exploits of Frank and Jesse James and much, much more. Biographies are presented for 230 prominent Clay County citizens. These stories provide a treasure trove of information that will be of interest to those who are researching the genealogy of Clay County ancestors. Also included is an 85 page history of the State of Missouri.