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