Black Family Businesses in St. Louis

St. Louis Public Library needs your help to build an amazing new online collection which will feature and highlight the inspiring history of black-owned businesses in St. Louis.

Do you have memorabilia such as photographs, advertisements, letterhead, publications or office records from past black-owned businesses in the area? By donating these items to SLPL, you will help preserve the rich history and to share the stories of these businesses with future generations. Once created, this online collection will be accessible to the public through the Library's website.

Not ready to part with these items? Let us digitize them for use in the collection and return the originals to you.

Use the form below to submit items to the collection.

If you have questions about the collection, contact the Rare Books & Manuscripts Department at Central Library by phone at 314-539-0370 or by sending an email to

Black Family Businesses in St. Louis

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