Finding Aid, Stockton Lake Project 1984-1985

Part of the Stockton Lake Project 1984-1985 project

Author(s): Douglas Blain; Douglas Glassey

Year: 2015


This collection is referred to as “Stockton Lake Project 1984–1985.” This name is consistent throughout the finding aid, the file folders, and the box labels. The extent of this collection is four and three-quarters (4.75) linear inches.

The records in this collection include paper, photographic, oversized, and electronic documents categorized as Administrative, Background, Field, Analysis, and Report Records. The documents include correspondence, reservoir maps, survey and test excavation forms with sketches and maps, color photographic prints and negatives, lab catalogs, artifact analysis documents, and the final report with drafts and reviewer comments.

The records were originally divided into nine folders organized into a general record series by the original repository, University of Missouri. The documents were reorganized to reflect the appropriate series, and as a result, twelve project folders were produced. The documents within these folders were organized chronologically and by site number when applicable. Although no final report was originally present, this document was obtained through the Defense Technical Information Center’s website ( and integrated into the investigation.

The original condition of the contents of this investigation were assessed as fair to good. The majority of the documents were in good condition and required only minimal surface cleaning, repair of small tears with tissue mending tape, and/or metal containment removal. A majority of the oversized documents, however, required cleaning and mending as they were in relatively poor condition. The original field maps were heavily creased, and in the case of the field map labeled as Exhibit 2 (asset 1050_0008), stained with dirt. Efforts were taken to restore these maps, which included surface cleaning, humidification, and flattening. Several of the oversized analysis documents required humidification and flattening, as they also arrived in a folded state, which manifested as ripples in the paper. Additionally, non-archival, pressure-sensitive tape was prevalent on these oversized documents, which were pieced together from several sheets of paper. Removal of this tape was attempted, but resulted in disturbance of the medium. As a result, the tape was left in place to maintain the integrity of the documents. Where necessary, acid-free tissue mending tape was used to cover areas where the pressure-sensitive tape was present and the adhesive was leeching from underneath the tape.

Special care was taken while processing the photographic materials, which included 15 negatives with associated prints. The materials arrived in plastic sleeves labeled as “Blackjack Access.” Although in good condition, removal of non-archival, pressure-sensitive tape was implemented on four sets of photographic prints. The four sets were constructed using tape to create a panoramic image. Non-archival, pressure-sensitive tape was removed from the following scanned assets: 1050_0033 to 1050_0036, 1050_0037 to 1050_0038, 1050_0039 to 1050_0040, and 1050_0041 to 1050_0046. Many of the photographic prints contained image descriptions on the back, including the prints created from exposures 11, 12, 14, and 15. The images are described as views of the “Blackjack Access-MDC land.”

The dates and locations of the photographic materials are noteworthy as well, as the images were produced in 1987, outside of the project’s timeframe at the Blackjack Access. The Blackjack Access is an area in St. Clair County, Missouri, bordering the Sac River and owned by the Missouri Department of Conservation. This river also drains into the Stockton Reservoir, the focus of the project records. It is possible that the original photographic materials have some indirect association to the original project not documented within the final report or were possibly mislabeled.

There are other details about the investigation that are worthy of note. Although the projects dates span 1984 to 1985 to reflect the fieldwork dates, the records span from 1983 to 2001. The earliest record reflects information contained within a Stockton Lake field map, while the latest documents were created as a result of correspondence between staff members at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, and the University of Missouri. Additionally, the original repository’s record organization scheme made a distinction between field records that contained sites evaluated for NRHP eligibility within the easement areas versus those sites not evaluated for NRHP eligibility and located adjacent to the easement areas. The majority of the field records in the collection reflect work conducted at the sites tested within the easement areas and evaluated for the NRHP (23CE14, 23CE255, 23CE256, 23CE401, 23CE403, 23CE405, 23CE406, 23CE408, 23CE410, 23CE412, 23CE417, 23CE418, 23CE419, 23CE420, and 23CE421). Field Record folders containing information specifically from these sites are located within folders 6/1 to 8/1. Records associated with sites adjoining the easement boundary and not evaluated for NRHP eligibility (23CE223, 23CE400, 23CE402, 23CE404, 23CE407, 23CE409, 23CE411, 23CE413, 23CE414, 23CE415, 23CE416, and 23CE422) can be found throughout the collection.

Cite this Record

Finding Aid, Stockton Lake Project 1984-1985. Douglas Blain, Douglas Glassey. 2015 ( tDAR id: 427294) ; doi:10.6067/XCV80R9S24

Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.047; min lat: 37.364 ; max long: -93.432; max lat: 37.764 ;


General Note: The digital materials in this collection were processed by the Veterans Curation Program (VCP), and include archival photographs, finding aid, original investigation report, oversized material spreadsheet, photographic material spreadsheet, and a scanned asset key. Additional digital materials held by the VCP include the archives database, administrative files, box label, correspondence, document folder listing, initial data collection, notes, oversized document labels, photographic material labels, photographic material slides, and records removal slides. For additional information on these materials, refer to the Finding Aid.

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