DATE: mid-1960s - present
CREATOR: Lafayette Square Restoration Committee
SCOPE: The collection includes newspapers, photographs, slides, legal incorporation papers, civic planning documents, lists of residents, and many papers covering house tours, awards ceremonies, and historic house preservation and rehabilitation.
EXTENT: 100 linear feet of archival material; approximately 1000 photographic images of historic buildings; posters, maps, and a complete run of the early neighborhood newspaper, The Marquis.
HISTORY: This collection, the corporate archives of the Lafayette Square Restoration Committee, documents the role over the last thirty years that this neighborhood group has played in the rehabilitation of one of St. Louis's most historic and beautiful Victorian residential areas. The work that LSRC accomplished has continued to receive national attention as Lafayette Square remains one of the most historically preserved and inviting of inner-city neighborhoods. The collection was donated to the Mercantile Library in 1992. Items continue to be added to the collection from the LSRC.
ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-128 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.
Copies of the finding aid are available for download
M-128 Lafayette Square Restoration Committee Papers (.rtf)
M-128 Lafayette Square Restoration Committee Papers (.pdf)
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