SCOPE: Books are included from the mid nineteenth century to 1900, in all subjects, especially travel, biography, and art and architecture.
HOLDINGS: 100 volumes; approximately 500 images.
HISTORY: This collection grew out of the early collecting of the Mercantile Library. Long recognized for holding certain key photographically illustrated portfolios of the American West, such as those by Gardner and Houseworth, among others, it was only relatively recently that the Library expanded this collection to include more general works which have never been recorded as possessing early photographic illustrations.
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-134 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.
Special Collection M-134 is catalogued by title; special files exist on site.
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.