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M-143: Howard Day Photograph Collection

DATE: ca. 1930 - 1979

CREATOR: Day, Howard. Saint Louis photographer.

SCOPE: A mid-twentieth-century collection, this large group of photographs is particularly strong in St. Louis views, buildings, events and aerial shots of the urban environment. It is also strong in transportation subjects, especially concerning the barge and towing industry.

EXTENT: Approximately 7500 negatives and photographic prints

HISTORY & PROVENANCE: Howard Day was a premier downtown St. Louis portrait photographer from the 1930s to the 1970s. His company also was employed by various businesses in the St. Louis region for site assignments. Day also documented the city of St. Louis in transition after the World War II through his camera. This collection was donated to the Mercantile Library in 1990 by the Day Photo Company.

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-143 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 not yet available. Please contact the staff in advance of your visit to coordinate access to these materials for research purposes.

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.