Subject files are a primary reason visitors come to the Clay County Archives. This resource is a set of vertical files containing any conceivable form of document related to Clay County. Subject files include clippings, family histories, military records, essays and more.
During the last several years, volunteers refined the arrangement so that it now covers more than 1,000 subjects. The most interesting documents have been numbered and indexed, with a smaller set of truly important documents digitized for long term preservation.
In addition to our up-to-date catalog, the “County Archives for Clay” is a WPA-era publication describing the Clerk’s Office and Clay County government operations at that time.
While our operation is not considered a museum, the Clay County Archives does retain many artifacts that relate to our county’s history. These have been arranged into attractive displays both in the Archives Center, the 1890 Historic Courthouse, and in the main Clay County Courthouse.