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M-212: American Indian & Popular Western Culture Collection

DATE: ca. 19th century - 20th century

CREATOR: various

HISTORY & PROVENANCE: This recently assembled collection of twentieth-century Western and American Indian ephemera was established to augment the Library's strength in nineteenth-century Western Americana.

SCOPE: Collection includes three anonymous scrapbook volumes, "Our Trip West," 1948-50, and includes snapshots, postcards, hotel brochures and stationery, and other vacation ephemera. The collection also includes two boxes containing such items as reproductions of William H. Jackson's chromolithographs for the Detroit Publishing Co., spectacular Western scenes, as well as American Indian portraits; popular periodicals dating from 1904-1930 and include Sunset Magazine, (Leslie's) American Magazine, Peason's Magazine, and other single issue periodicals devoted to the West and the American Indian; postcards; and other ephemera. The collection documents the persistence of the frontier myth in twentieth-century American culture.

EXTENT: Two print boxes of ephemera; 3 volumes

M-212 American indian and popular culture finding aid.

M-212 American indian and popular culture spreadsheet.

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-212 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.

A finding aid for this collection is available for download:

M-212 American indian and popular culture finding aid.

M-212 American indian and popular culture spreadsheet.

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.