Rare Books and Special Collections was delighted to host local historian and author NiNi Harris and her groups from Oasis on November 9th and 10th. St. Louis is the headquarters for Oasis, a national organization whose mission is “to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement.” We were just one stop on Harris’ Historic Images of the North Side walking tour, which also featured the newly-opened Henry Miller NBEW-IBEW Museum and the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site.
We displayed an array of prints from the Dubach Photo Collection 1901-1920. This collection of more than 400 glass plate negatives, as well as early film negatives, was donated to St. Louis Public Library in 2015. Father and son amateur photographers Albert J. and Albert W. Dubach captured the everyday joys of family life in and around their North St. Louis home in the Greater Ville neighborhood. Fortunate for us, the “who, what, where and when” of the images was provided by the Dubachs themselves in their own hand on many of the envelopes that originally housed the negatives.
While our guests viewed the photographs, NiNi provided historical context for the images, explaining the architectural details of the homes, demographic make-up of the neighborhood, and social and cultural customs of St. Louisans in the early years of the last century.
You can meet NiNi Harris when she discusses her latest book, Downtown St. Louis this Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at the Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Avenue.
Please call Special Collections at 314-539-0370 to plan your upcoming visit.