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The St. Louis Globe-Democrat photograph collection contains thousands of images taken by the newspaper during the the 1920s -1980s. Images are filed at the library by broad subjects (sports, education, and so on) as well as by proper name.

The majority of the photograph collection has not been digitized, but are available to researchers at the Rare Book Reading Room for study. Photograph files are retrieved by library staff from secure storage areas.

Thanks to a grant from the Missouri State Library, and with the help of the University of Missouri Digital Library and the Missouri Library Network Corporation, the Mercantile Library has scanned and entered the collection of glass plate negatives and a selection of photographs to the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative (formerly Virtually Missouri) searchable database.

The University of Missouri Digital Library also provides access to the glass plate negatives in addition to a growing number of Globe-Democrat photographs. The Mercantile Library staff continue to add photographs to this database on a regular basis. Access to digitized images is available through the links provided here. Please use your browser's back button to return to this web page.

For more information, hours, and procedures for use of the images collection please call (314) 516-7247.

For more information about purchasing reproduction of images for publication please see our price list.

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Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative

UMSL Digital Library

Selected Subjects:


  • Aviation
  • Aircraft
  • Railroad
  • American Car and Foundry
  • Waterways

General Subjects

  • Aerial Views of St. Louis
  • Architecture
  • Apartments
  • St. Louis Gateway Arch
  • Banking
  • Fire / Fire Fighting
  • Parades
  • Recreation
  • Weather (including 1927 tornado damage)


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