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Treasure Hunt seeks to uncover interesting Missouri history

Treasure Hunt seeks to uncover interesting Missouri history

July 8th, 2011 in News

Lisa Fox, an archivist with the Missouri State Archives, shows an oversized map of a topographical survey of the swamp lands of southeast Missouri.

Doodling during tedious or exhaustive processes is not new. But discovering the 150-year-old pencil sketches in official government documents was curious.

Research analyst Erika Woehlk found the line drawings of men in 1840s-style suits on the front and back of hand-written census transcriptions held by the Missouri State Archive.

That was a neat "treasure" of Missouri history.

An even more impressive finding, Woehlk said, was that the state of Missouri kept its own census every four years in the 19th century - meaning the archive holds two census for 1840 - one from the state, with the conspicuous doodles, and the federal government.

Woehlk's discoveries will be posted later this summer on The Great Missouri Treasure Hunt's Facebook page.