St. Louis Mercantile Library

Research Guides


Guides to Researching St. Louis History

General St. Louis Research

Literary St. Louis

Neighborhoods of St. Louis

Researching with Newspapers

Printable Guides for Transportation Research

General Waterways Research

Railroad Research

Resources for research in Labor Art

Bruce and Barbara Feldacker Labor Art Collection Reference Collection

Links to other Libraries, Societies and Digital Collections

St. Louis County Public Library Special Collections Library specializes in local history and geneaology.

St. Louis City Public Library Special Collections - many indexes to books on St. Louis History, and an index of obituaries in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Argus.

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center (located on Skinker Blvd. near Forest Park)

State Historicial Society of Missouri (Columbia, MO) - focus of collections include newspapers, photographs and the Missouri Historical Review.

Virtually Missouri is a cooperative resource to access digital collections from libraries and museums across the state. Includes full text searchable books and photographs. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is proud to include sections from the Globe-Democrat Photograph Collection in this database.

American Memory from the Library of Congress - access to historical images, maps, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, narratives, photographs, and more.

Making of America- Michigan

Making of America - Cornell

The Making of America project includes thousands of digitized and searchable documents, periodicals, and books dealing with topics across the spectrum of American History. Some examples include Harper's New Monthly Magazine (1850 -1859), Scribner's Monthly (1870 - 1881), and Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War fo the Rebellion (1894 - 1922).

American Historical Print Collector's Society - For over 33 years, the AHPCS's purpose has been to foster the collection and study of historic prints, to encourage and support research and the development of publications on historic prints, and, to cooperate with societies and museums with similar interests.

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