If you’ve been searching city directories in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) for St. Louis people, but either don’t seem to be finding them or just don’t like Ancestry LE’s search, you may wish to try searching in Fold3.com.
Fold3.com doesn’t have directories for every city, but it does have them for Kansas City (1865-1923) and St. Louis (1863-1923). You can search for a particular person, or browse alphabetically in a particular directory year. The quality of scans seems uniformly good, and you can easily adjust the brightness and contrast of a scanned page. You can download (as a JPG or PDF) or print pages of interest.
You may use Fold3.com at Central Library or any of our branches. You may also use it at home, if you have a valid SLPL Library Card and PIN.