DATE: 19th - 20th century
SCOPE: The Utopian Studies Collection is comprised of Journals and Monographs related to the study of Utopian themes, organizations, philosophy and history as well as rare utopian books and manuscripts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
EXTENT: All materials in the Utopian Collection have been cataloged and are accessible via in the Online Catalog.
HISTORY: Utopia, a phrase coined by Sir Thomas Moore in 1516, is common shorthand for an impossible or difficult to reach place where society is idealized and percieved as superior to modern society. Utopias have featured in fiction and scholarly study for centuries, with a strong resurgence in American literature appearing in the 19th century.
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-133 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.
Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.
In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.
Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.