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M-112: St. Louis Globe-Democrat Collection

Acquired by the Mercantile Library in 1986, when the 137 years old newspaper ceased publication, this vast collection covers the history, culture and life of the St. Louis region and the state of Missouri. The clips and photos cover a wide array of topics, from individuals, to events, to a multitude of other subjects.

Clippings Files :Known as the newspaper "morgue," over 10,000,000 separate articles were cut out and filed by the newspaper between the 1920s and 1980s. The clipping files also include much material preserved from various competing newspapers (Post and Star), giving this newspaper morgue unusual depth. Currently the library is compiling an on-line database of clipping envelope headings, with more headings added each day. Also, a special listing of banks and financial institutions located within the collection is available.

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Two complete sets of microfilm are held for the paper, including reels comprising the issues of the predecessor Democrat. Available at the University of Missouri - St. Louis Thomas Jefferson Library, microfilm/periodicals call number AN.S2 G54 (May 20,1875-Oct.29,1986). Microfilm is recommended if searching for an article with a specific date, or for information prior to the mid-1920s.

Images: Filed in a separate series are over 225,000 photographs and approximately 700 glass plate negatives dating from the 1920s through the 1980s. A portion of this collection is digitized and available through Virtually Missouri.
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Also included in the collection are the business records of the newspaper, giving a picture of the growth, progress and demise of a major urban daily and bound volumes of final editions for both the Globe-Democrat and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In their earliest days, the predecessor newspapers which eventually merged to form the St. Louis Globe-Democrat were staunch advocates of freedom and anti-slavery in Missouri. The Globe-Democrat eventually became the most widely-read morning paper in St. Louis, with a huge circulation, and used this base of support to promote civic responsibility and great causes regarding urban improvements. For a historical look at St. Louis newspapers see the St. Louis Reference Record by W.A. Kelsoe and A Brief History of the Globe-Democrat by William J. Feustel.

A casualty in the 1980's of dwindling circulation due to competing forms of media, less income from advertising, and crippling strikes, the Globe-Democrat went the way of many urban dailies in the past generation, leaving a record of unmatched documentary and journalistic achievement as represented in its files.

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