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Archie L. Musick Diaries

Identifier: MS M11

Scope and Contents

Archie Musick's 1925 diary, kept while he was attending Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University). This diary includes daily entries from 1925 March 5-1925 September 7. Entries include brief details of classes and schoolwork for each day, who he spent his days with, and mentions the weather and state of each day. Class information such as class names and grades are included. He also mentions his frequent travels to Colorado and other places such as Oklahoma. The collection also includes some waterlogged pages from his diary from his years of attending high school in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1921.


  • 1921
  • 1925


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Biographical Note

Archie Leroy Musick (1902-1978) was born in Kirksville, Missouri, where he grew up and attended, and later graduated with his Bachelors in Science degree from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University). Musick became a well-known American painter, and by the time he graduated from NMSTC, his class of 1928 commissioned him to paint the snow-covered ruins of Old Baldwin Hall after the fire in 1924. This painting hangs today on the third floor of Pickler Memorial Library outside of the Special Collections Department. After Musick's time in Kirksville, he spent the rest of his life in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While in Colorado, he taught at various colleges and art institutes, including the Broadmoor Art Academy and Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. His art style is classified as Regionalism. He was commissioned for mural work for the Public Works of Art Project, which was part of the New Deal program. Most of the work he did through the WPA included painting murals in post offices in Colorado and Nebraska. His most well-known WPA painting is located in the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs, titled "Hard Rock Miners." Musick was not the only successful artist in his family; his sister Ruth Ann Musick was a well-known author and folklorist, and his uncle John R. Musick was an American author.


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Language of Materials



Kirksville native and artist Archie L. Musick's diaries from Kirksville High School and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University).


This collection is organized into 2 series.

  1. Kirksville High School Diary Pages, 1921
  2. Kirksville State Teachers College (KSTC) Diary, 1925

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Special Collections Department, Pickler Memorial Library, Truman State University.

Related Materials

Special Collections also holds John R. Musick's scrapbook collection. John R. Musick is Archie Musick's uncle.

Processing Information

This collection is in its original order.

Archie L. Musick Diaries, 1921, 1925
Finding aid prepared by Emma Christensen.
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Truman State University, Pickler Memorial Library, Special Collections Manuscripts Repository