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M-244: African American Images Collection

DATE: ca. 19th century

CREATOR: various. Major artists include illustrators:

Nast, Thomas (1840-1902) and

Sheppard, William Ludwell (1833-1912)

SCOPE: This collection is comprised of images pertaining to the social and political lives of African Americans. The collection is divided into four series: Political, Lifestyle, Advertising and Entertainment. The majority of the images are of 19th century origin and were published in major magazines at the time, such as Harpers Illustrated, Puck and Ladies Home Journal. 

A finding aid of this collection is available for download:

M-244 African American Images Collection (.rtf)

M-244 African American Images Collection (.pdf)

A digital copy of this collection is available in Adobe .pdf format.

M-244 African American Images Collection

EXTENT: 1 box .5 linear feet.

HISTORY & PROVENANCE: This collection was purchased by the Mercantile Library in 2001.

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-244 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 of this collection is available for download:

M-244 African American Images Collection (.rtf)

M-244 African American Images Collection (.pdf)

A digital copy of this collection is available in Adobe .pdf format.

M-244 African American Images Collection

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.