The Voice • July 2018


This month, we would like to recognize our Missouri County Partners and the Recorder’s Association of Missouri (RAM) for receiving the 2018 Jonas Viles Award from the Friends of the Missouri State Archives. In the spring of 2017, flooding damaged permanent records of the Carter County Courthouse located in Van Buren, Missouri. Recording officials from all over the state volunteered their time and energy to assist with drying and restoring Carter County’s records. For this reason, the Friends of MSA selected RAM as their 2018 recipient.

Each year, the Jonas Viles Award is presented to an individual or institution that performs a significant contribution to the continued preservation of Missouri state heritage. The award itself is named after Jonas Viles, a University of Missouri history professor that rescued thousands of documents from being destroyed by fire in 1911. [1]

We are very impressed by the work of our Missouri County Partners and their efforts to preserve and protect the Official Public Record. We are pleased to see them receiving such well-deserved recognition.

County volunteers working to dry Carter County records.

Loretta Brookshier, RAM Treasurer-elect/Linn County Recorder of Deeds (left) and Jamie Nichols, RAM President-elect/Saline County Recorder of Deeds (center) receive the Jonas Viles Award June 9, 2018 in Jefferson City, MO.