Archival Collections A-Z

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“Land We Live In” Radio Scripts Collection

The collection contains the “The Land We Live In” radio scripts, intermittently from 1939 to 1951; clippings, and brochures. The show first aired on KMOX in 1937 and was then moved to KSD in the late 1940s and continued until its last show in 1952. “The Land We Live In” was a presentation of Union Electric, heard at 5:30 Sunday evenings and performed before a studio audience. Each episode was a recreation of an historic event or series of events from the St. Louis area. Finding aid »

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1904 St. Louis Auto Tour

Collection of materials and artifacts related to the 1904 St. Louis Auto Tour arranged by the American Automobile Association.  The tour began in New York and concluded in St. Louis at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition with a parade of participating cars.  Various events were held in cities along the tour path. Finding aid »

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Academy of Science of St. Louis: Meeting Minutes

The collection contains a bound journal of the inaugural meeting minutes of the Academy of Science of St. Louis. The minutes were compiled by BF Shumard, a prominent geologist and paleontologist in the St. Louis area. Dr. Shumard came to St. Louis in 1853 as the Assistant Geologist and Paleontologist of the Missouri Geological Survey. The Academy of Science of St. Louis is still in existence and is affiliated with the St. Louis Science Center at 5050 Oakland. Finding aid »

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Autograph Album

Autographs of individuals dating from 1822 through 1901, including such prominent persons as Edward Evert Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Robert C. Winthrop, Henry W. Longfellow, Jefferson Davis, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, Booker T. Washington, John Wilkes Booth, and Charles Scribner. Some of the autographs came by way letters addressed to George O. Carpenter or his wife, Caroline (Greeley) Carpenter. Others were sent to the Commercial Club, where G. O. Carpenter was a member. Provenances for most of the letters or autographs cannot be traced. Finding aid »

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Bob Kochan Public Relations and Advertising Collection

The Bob Kochan Public Relations and Advertising Collection is a collection of public relations and advertising material pertaining to St. Louis media and its professional organizations. Some of the material in the collection includes advertising packets for radio and television stations; KSHE button; audio recordings of advertisements by St. Louis based companies and the 1995-96 Marconi Awards; I believe in St. Louis record with introduction by Sammy Davis Jr.; video recording of ad promos from Louis London Advertising; slides of St. Louis radio station photos and of the 1992 Marconi’s; and advertisements for the Advertising Club of St. Louis, the St. Louis Radio Association and Marconi Awards, Six Flags, and Alphen Brau Beer. Finding aid »

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Buford L. Pickens Papers: Architecture Student Reports

he collection contains reports completed by students of Professor Buford L. Pickens’ architecture classes. Subjects of the reports are historic buildings in St. Louis, most of which were in disrepair at the time of the writing of the reports. Reports contain written histories, floor plans, sketches, and photographs. Professor Pickens taught architecture at Washington University from 1953-1974 and was Dean of the School of Architecture from 1953-1956. Finding aid »

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Caralee Strock Stanard Papers

The papers of Caralee Strock Stanard consist of biographical materials, correspondence related to Stanard’s work as Post-Dispatch fashion writer, Sylvia Stiles, and fashion press releases.  The collection also includes items relevant to her affiliation with Alpha Delta Pi.  Stanard served as Grand President and wrote the Creed of Alpha Delta Pi.  Finding aid »

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Daniel Schlafly Board of Education Papers

The Daniel L. Schlafly Papers are a chronicle of Mr. Schlafly's years of public service as a member of the St. Louis Board of Education. Mr. Schlafly served on the Board as member and sometimes President from 1953-1981, and during that time amassed a large amount of notes, correspondence, reports, and other printed materials. He continued to follow Board of Education news even after his term of service ended, therefore, there is some coverage of Board happenings through the year 1993. Finding aid »

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David Friedmann Library Drawings

he collection contains 6 drawings by St. Louis artist David Friedman(n) from his series “Enjoyment in Libraries with the Candid Pencil of David Friedman.”  100 of these drawings were completed by Friedman over the year 1962-1963 at various libraries.  Friedman was born in 1893 in Mahrisch Ostrau, Czechsolovokia.  Moving to Berlin in 1911, he studied art and had a successful career as a newspaper sketch artist.  He fled Nazi Germany to Prague in 1938, but was deported to the Ghetto Lodz in Poland in 1941.  After liberation in 1945, he emigrated first to Israel.  In 1954 he came to St. Louis and worked for the General Outdoor Advertising Company until his retirement at age 68.  Friedman passed away in St. Louis in 1980.   Finding aid »  

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Dorothy Brainerd Papers

The collection consists of the professional papers of Dorothy Brainerd (1906-1989) from 1952-1972.  The collection contains clipping scrapbooks, food articles and recipes, article drafts, and professional awards.  The bulk of the collection contains correspondence of letters from readers asking for solutions to a variety of homemaking & household issues.  Finding aid »

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Elihu Hotchkiss Shepard Collection

The collection contains the bound manuscript handwritten by Elihu Hotchkiss Shepard entitled “History of St. Louis and Missouri.” The history narrative spans the years 1843-1859. Mr. Shepard published several history books about St. Louis and was a professor of languages at St. Louis College. Finding aid »

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Foliophiles, Inc: Pages from the Past Collection

The collection contains leaves/pages of various examples of the written word.  Items are significant either for the printing method, author, content, or combination thereof.  The collection was the product of a group of New York book collectors who began to meet in the early to mid 1920’s to discuss various aspects of books and publishing.  Attuned to the fact that the prices of rare and historical material often made complete copies beyond the means of most collectors, they decided to form a company to market original leaves of rare books and manuscripts from broken or otherwise damaged examples.  They called themselves the Society of Foliophiles (“lovers of pages”).  They offered various thematic portfolios of leaves for sale. Finding aid »

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Francis Frith Album of Photographs: England and Scotland

The collection contains an album of photographs taken by Francis Frith, a UK photographer famous for his work in the Middle East. Also included in the album are postcards presumably from his postcard company, Francis Frith & Co. Most of the items are subjects from England and Scotland with four Switzerland subjects. Finding aid »

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James H. Campbell Collection

The collection contains a typewritten manuscript by James H. Campbell that details his memories of the US Civil War. James H. Campbell was a US House of Representatives member from Pennsylvania and is unrelated to the Campbell family of St. Louis. It is unclear as to when the typewritten manuscript came into existence. Finding aid »

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Jefferson Barracks Hub

The Jefferson Barracks Hub, also known as the HUB, was published by the U.S. Army Reserves and was an “Official publication of the Air Corps Replacement Training Center, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.” The collection houses an incomplete run of volumes 1 through 4 from Dec. 12, 1941 to April 30, 1944 (v. 1, no. 36-v. 4, no. 18). Volume 4 is complete and volume 3 is missing four issues. Finding aid »

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JJ Howard Collection

The collection contains a two volume set entitled Collectanea. The volumes contain family trees, wills, notes, correspondence, and genealogical notes and records. Information about JJ Howard is unknown. Finding aid »

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John McGuire Papers

The collection contains letters written to John McGuire, chiefly fan letters. The collection also contains one photo (1992 letter from Carl Payne). John McGuire spent five years at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1950s with the intent of becoming a painter. Instead, he spent the 1960s through 2005 as a journalist, most of which was spent at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1967-2005). He began writing special interest stories and conducting interviews. In the latter part of his career, he specialized in obituaries. McGuire was beloved by many. He had knack for being a great storyteller, which resulted in his success as a Post-Dispatch feature writer. He was awarded the Riverfront Times’ Best of Award for the Best St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter in 2000. McGuire died in his sleep at the age of 71. Finding aid »

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Joseph Crouch Collection

The collection contains Joseph Crouch’s original drawings, painting, and sketches; clippings from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and its supplemental sections and magazines—Sunday Pictures, Everyday and You Sections, and TV Magazine—where his much of his work was published. Finding aid »

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KDHX Collection

The collection contains papers, publications, ephemera and memorabilia of KDHX. Included is an incomplete run of Airwaves from 1983 to 2008. Airwaves is the the official publication of KDHX issued to members that contributed $40 or more annually to the station. KDHX is a community radio that KDHX began construction in March of 1982, but did not go on the air until 1987. It broadcasts at 88.1 mHz. The station is licensed to the Double Helix Corporation. In 2013, KDHX moved to the Larry J. Weir Center for Independent Media (3524 Washington Avenue) after more than twenty-five years at 3504 Magnolia Avenue. Finding aid »

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KDNA Papers

The collection contains the papers and memorabilia of KDNA and its later ownership by the Double Helix Corporation. KDNA was a St. Louis listener-supported radio station that operated in St. Louis's Gaslight Square district from 1968 to 1973. It broadcasted at 102.5 MHz. The station was licensed to the Double Helix Corporation in 1972 and in the call letters were later changed to KEZK. Finding aid »

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Keith Library

The collection contains individual leaves from a variety of old books, with most leaves being religious in nature. Some leaves contain informational posters that provide the history of the book. Harold and Diane Keith sent individual leaves to numerous libraries throughout the United States. Finding aid »

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L.E. Hammel Watercolor Collection

The collection contains watercolor paintings done by St. Louis artist and architect, Leland E. Hammel. Subjects for the paintings are from a variety of locations in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. SLPL hosted an art show of Hammel’s work at Central, January-February 1960. Finding aid »

Laclede Little Symphony Television Program Collection

The collection contains photographs, communications, a 1950s St. Louis Symphony script featuring Frank Eschen and Judge Otto, the film "St. Louis City of Flight”, and a scrapbook containing schedules, press releases and clippings on the Laclede Gas 1962 Park Band Concerts. The collection is organized into three subseries, the bulk of which consists of photographs from the Laclede Little Symphony and other Laclede Gas sponsored programs. Finding aid »

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Mark Twain Drinking Fountain Scrapbook

The Mark Twain Drinking Fountain Scrapbook is a collection that contains two scrapbooks, photographs, and publications. “The Mark Twain Drinking Fountain was given to St. Louis to be erected in Forest Park at the Zoo in 1940” – Ora Hill. The bronze statue of Mark Twain atop the Mark Twain Drinking Fountain was made by Frank Vittor who was born in Italy and lived in New York at the time the statue was made. Finding aid »

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Mary Kimbrough Papers

The collection contains scrapbooks, clippings, articles, publications, correspondence, a draft manuscript of the Veiled Prophet, a draft manuscript of the History of St. Louis Country Club, materials from the Women’s Association of the St. Louis Symphony Society and audiovisual recordings. The dated material covers the years 1942-2010 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1970-1989. Finding aid »

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McAnally Collection

The collection contains various items belonging to Rev. David Rice McAnally. A Methodist Episcopal minister, McAnally came to St. Louis in 1851 and founded the Carondelet ME Church, South. He was also editor of the St. Louis Christian Advoate. Items include a day book, receipts, a handkerchief, and portraits. Finding aid »

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Nick Charles Papers

The collection contains ephemera and correspondence related to Charles’ work at KXOK and his involvement with St. Louis Local AFTRA. The dated material covers the years 1965-1993 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1969-1974. Nick Charles aka Nicholas A. Pukish was a radio disc jockey on KXOK during the 1960s and 1970s. Charles, one of the three Johnny Rabbitt radio personalities, helped bring the Beatles to St. Louis in 1966. After leaving radio work, Pukish operated a locksmith company in west St. Louis County. He also freelanced as a booth announcer for KTVI and did commercial voice overs. Pukish died in July of 1993. Finding aid »

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Old Post Office Collection

The collection contains scrapbooks, correspondence, and newspaper clippings mainly related to the controversy surrounding the Old Post Office’s renovation or demolition. Other items include old ledger books and scrapbooks relating to the renovation. Finding aid »

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Peter Ferman Photograph Collection

The collection consists of photographs widely undated but consistently marked with “Peter Ferman Photographers”.  The material ranges from the late 1950s to the early 1970s with the bulk of the material from the 1960s.   The collection is organized into five subseries of black and white photographs of assorted sizes.  The bulk of the collection consists of photos of individual actors and casts from the MUNY. Finding aid »

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Radio and Entertainment In and Around St. Louis Collection

The collection contains an incomplete run of Radio and Entertainment In and Around St. Louis (RAE) from September 26, 1931 to November 25, 1933 which was transferred from the SLPL Periodical Room. The collection contains duplicates of issues published in 1932-33, which were donated by Frank Absher and A. J. Cabanellas.  RAE provided readers with the weekly radio schedule as well as listings of current movies, plays, sports, and special events such as dairy show. "Free at your McKesson Service Drug Store"-- cover verso. Finding aid »

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Rae Londe-Kozloff Scrapbook

The collection contains a scrapbook compiled by Rae Londe-Kozloff entitled “My Girlhood Memories.” In addition to handwritten notes, items pasted in the scrapbook include newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, invitations, cards, letters, school papers, programs, and miscellaneous items.   Finding aid »

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Rex Davis Papers

The collection contains clippings, manuscripts, publications, and photographs. Broadcaster Rex Davis (1910-2001) was born in Cincinnati as Frank W. Zwygart.  He started working in radio in Cincinnati in 1931 as a singer and later as a newscaster with WCKY radio, a CBS affiliate in Cincinnati.  Davis began working for St. Louis radio station KMOX in 1946 where he was awarded nom de air Rex Davis. He continued there until his retirement in 1981.  In 1985 he came out of retirement to become a part-time voice on the late Bob Hardy's morning show on KMOX. During his tenure with KMOX Davis held the positions of news director and director of community relations.  Finding aid »

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Richard Bartholdt Collection: Interparliamentary Union Scrapbook

The collection contains a scrapbook of newspaper clippings during the Interparliamentary Union conference at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. Mr. Bartholdt was elected president of the IPU, a United Nations organization still active today. The cover of the scrapbook contains the inscription: Souvenir of Interparliamentary Union 1904, Presented to Richard Bartholdt by Hayne Davis. Finding aid »

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Second 50 Forum, The

The collection consists of an incomplete run of The Second 50 Forum, an independent monthly newspaper written especially for older adults in the St. Louis area. The publishing dates of the paper are unknown, but it is suspected that volume 1, number 1 was printed on November 1979. The newspaper went out of print sometime after February 1988. Finding aid »

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St. Louis Auto Manufacturers Collection

Local Interest, Photographs, Advertising & Public Relations Content/Scope: Collection of newspaper articles pertaining to and photographs of early automobiles made by St. Louis manufacturers.  Most information donated by St. Louis native, John. A. Conde.  Conde was a noted automotive historian who was particularly interested in the early days of the automobile industry.  He served as the Curator of Transportation at the Henry Ford Museum and as a Public Relations Director at American Motors.  While at American Motors he created a corporate archive and also published several books on the subject of automobiles. Finding aid »

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St. Louis City Building Department House Numbering Certificates

hese are certificates assigning street numbers to new buildings (mostly homes) in St. Louis city ca. 1880 – 1976.  There are @112,000 certificates arranged chronologically by reference number.  Reference numbers are found on the Building Department Atlases.  If there is a reference number on a property there is a certificate for the property.  The certificate includes the block number, lot number, house number, owner and contractor.  Certificates also have a rough sketch of the property in relation to the street and a dated stamp of approval from the Street Department.  Finding aid »

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Collection

Although the date of many of the pieces is unknown, the dated material covers the years 1878-2014 with the bulk of the material ranging from the 1910s-2000s. The collection is organized into three subseries, the bulk of which consists of publications that represent the history of and changes within the Post-Dispatch as well as the greater world of (newspaper) publishing trends and standards. Finding aid »

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch/W9XZY Papers

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, by radio from station W9XZY was the world’s first daily newspaper transmitted by radio signals to facsimile printers located in homes. The daily special edition of the Post-Dispatch was published for two years beginning on December 7, 1938. KSD, which was owned by the Post-Dispatch until 1977, operated the experimental facsimile station W9XZY out of the Post-Dispatch Building. The newspaper was dubbed the “radio edition” and was transmitted via ultra-high frequency. Finding aid »

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St. Louis Radio Collection

The St. Louis Radio Collection contains historical information on radio stations in the St. Louis area. The files include correspondence, administrative files, memorabilia, ephemera and memorabilia about individual radio stations as well as those employed at the stations. The majority of the material is related to marketing and advertising, particularly promotional items. Finding aid »

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St. Louis Television Photograph Collection

The collection contains photographs of St. Louis television personalities, performers and staff.  The collection aims to serve researchers of St. Louis media by providing them with photographs of St. Louis area television personalities, performers, and staff as well as images of the television studios. Acquisitions for the St. Louis Television Photo Collection are still ongoing. Finding aid »

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St. Louis Today Papers

The collection consists of St. Louis Today issues published from Sept. 7-8 to Oct. 5-6, 1973 (vol.1:nos.1-12) which were printed to replace the Post-Dispatch and the Globe-Democrat during their strikes—“St. Louis Today...will continue in operation until the end of the current newspaper strike.”; “...produced by local newsworkers from the two metropolitan dailies.” Finding aid »

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Stereograph Card Collection

The collection contains the stereograph cards produced by several different publishing companies, Underwood & Underwood being the most prevalent. Covers travel, both foreign and domestic as well as optical illusion cards and miscellaneous subjects. Finding aid »

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Sue Ann Wood Papers

The papers of Sue Ann Wood Poor (1930-2016) span the years 1946-2010, with the bulk of the materials date ranging from 1960s-1990s.  The papers consist of a large collection of personal correspondence, publications and professional articles, University of Missouri, Rotary International Foundation Fellow, photographs, clippings, along with St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and professional awards memorabilia. Finding aid »

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Wednesday Club

The collection contains yearbooks and miscellaneous items related to the Wednesday Club of St. Louis. The club was founded in St. Louis in 1890 by a group of women who wanted to continue independent intellectual studies. Miscellaneous items include programs as well as constitutions and bylaws. Finding aid »

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WEW Radio Collection

The collection contains show scripts, publications, and ephemera of WEW Radio. WEW received its broadcast license on March 23, 1922. The station was owned by and operated out of St. Louis University, who claims the station had actually began broadcasting seismological and weather information in Morse code in 1912 under call letters 9YK. Thus, making WEW the oldest broadcast station west of the Mississippi River. Finding aid »

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WIL Radio Collection

The collection contains show scripts, publications, ephemera, and memorabilia of WIL Radio. WIL radio began broadcasting at the 1430 AM frequency under the call letters WEB on April 5, 1922, though the station might have been established as early as 1920 under letters 9ZB which was owned by Lester “Eddie” Benson. WEB and WIL was a low-power, local-coverage station until 1939 when it went from 100 to 250 watts. In March 1949, WIL increased to 5,000 watts. Finding aid »

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William Powell and Marjorie Williams Collection

The collection contains mainly letters written by William and Marjorie Williams during Mr. Williams’ military career in WWII. Other items in the collection include newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and a wide variety of Army uniform pins and ribbons. After the death of Mr. Williams, Marjorie remarried to Ernest Eddy, whose dog tags and other small Army items are contained in the collection. Finding aid »

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Yale Scrapbooks

The collection contains 3 scrapbooks filled with Yale memorabilia from Walton Dennis’ time at Yale. Items include examinations, event programs, newspaper clippings, and certificates. Mr. Dennis died suddenly in his junior year at Yale. Finding aid »

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Youth’s Companion Magazines

The collection contains nine issues of the Youth’s Companion Combined with American Boy Magazine from 1934. The Youth’s Companion published from 1827-1929 before combining with rival American Boy magazine, which published from 1899-1941. Finding aid »

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