The Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library is a special library within the St. Louis Mercantile Library, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is one of America's great historical research libraries, serving St. Louis and the nation since 1846.  The Mercantile Library was founded by a group of businessmen who possessed a deep interest in the close relationship to the nation's inland rivers, particularly the Mississippi.  Throughout its history, individuals active in waterways businesses have been associated with the Library.  In 1985, the Mercantile Library built upon this long heritage of association with the rivers by greatly expanding its waterways-related holdings, and establishing the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library.

2015 Wright and Swift Award Presentation Ceremony
The ceremony will take place in the library on March 27, 2015 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Join us for a night to celebrate river and steamboat lore as we honor John W. White, Ann Amantea Blum, and J. Thomas Dunn for their immeasurable contributions to local river history. This evening will feature music by pianist Pat Joyce, a catered dinner, and remarks by the award recipients. For tickets or more information please call Amanda Schneider at 314-516-7248 or e-mail



The Steamer Admiral and Streckfus Steamers: A Personal View.  A book for sale by Annie Amantea Blum, published by the Mercantile Library