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St. Louis Mercantile Library
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Contact Information

E-mail:  Reference/Research Request Form

Address:[1]

St. Louis Mercantile Library - University of Missouri
Thomas Jefferson Library Building
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400

Telephone:[1]  314-516-7240 or 314-516-7247
Fax:  314-516-7241

Hours and holidays:  Library hours and holidays

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Google map:  St. Louis Mercantile Library
  • Public transportation:  The Metro Transit-St. Louis bus route 4-Natural Bridge stop (Natural Bridge @ University) is 1100 feet south of the Library. The Metro Link train UMSL North stop is 1750 feet northeast of the Library. The North Hanley Transit Center  a mile to the northwest connects bus routes 4-Natural Bridge, 35, 37, 38, 39, 47, 49, 61, 77, 79, 98, and the Metro Link train.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The University of Missouri St. Louis Mercantile Library has collections that concentrate on Westward Expansion, American rail and river transportation history as well as the history, development, and growth of the St. Louis region, and broadly developed subjects related to the humanities, with a core collection numbering over 250,000 books. The special collections of the library consist of over 400 individual collections with archival materials numbering in the millions, including over 100 historic newspaper titles, presidential letters, early travel diaries and civil war era letters, fur trade records and the newspaper and printing morgue of the St. Louis Globe Democrat.[2] The Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library focuses on United States river and inland waterways history. It has 2,500 books and a large pictorial/photographic collection.[3] The John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library is one of the largest (45,000 volumes) and finest railroad history collections focused on railway economics, finance, corporate history, management practice, regulatory history, mergers, labor relations, operations, and engineering.[4]

Founded in 1846, and chartered by the State of Missouri in that year, the St. Louis Mercantile Library is the oldest general library in continuous existence West of the Mississippi River.

Established by civic leaders and philanthropists wishing the citizens of frontier St. Louis to have a fine library even in the city's earliest days, the Mercantile, as it has now been known by generations of Missourians, exists today as a vibrant, active community asset, celebrating its heritage while making great collections accessible to new scholars.

The Mercantile Library has been from its inception a membership library, with members today having access to millions of books in the University of Missouri's catalog (also available in WorldCat). Mercantile Library members are also entitled to other benifits, including special lectures, openings of special exhibitions of the collections, receptions, informal talks and discounts on library services and publications.

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Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the St. Louis Mercantile Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • National Archives at College Park, Maryland collects records of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.[6]
  • National Archives at Kansas City, MO, records of federal agencies and courts for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, military records.[7] [8]

Neighboring Collections

St. Louis CITY offices In 1876 St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County, but retained all of the original St. Louis County records prior to 1876.

St. Louis COUNTY offices:

Mixed City and County of St. Louis repositories:

Outside of St. Louis:

Outside of Missouri:

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