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M-149: De Pew Magazine Collection

DATE: 1937-1973

CREATOR: Life Magazine, collected by the De Pew family

SCOPE: The collection consists primarily of the domestic issues of Life Magazine, and is a near complete run spanning the years of 1937-1973. Additionally there are a few issue of Life Magazine´s special overseas edition published specifically for the armed forces as well as a few individual issues of other general interest periodicals.

Series 1: Life Magazine

By far the largest series this contains the domestic run of the magazine.

Series 2: Life Magazine Special Series/Editions

Collection of articles and covers of the magazine organized by special series of articles.

Series 3: Life Magazine Overseas Edition

Small run of isses published specifically for the U. S. Armed Forces

Series 4: Look Magazine

Series 5: Saturday Evening Post

Series 6: Time Magazine

Series 7: Various

Single issues of various other magazines in the collection


Acquired by the library in the 1990´s this collection consisted of numerous general interest magazines accumulated over the years by the De Pew Family. Unlike most periodical housed in the library these remain unbound and in their original condition.

EXTENT: Approximately 1800 individual issues house in 48 boxes comprising approximately 72 linear feet of collections.

ACCESS: This collection is housed in an off site location and is therefore not available for walk-in reference access. Please contact the staff in advance of your visit to coordinate access to these materials for research purposes.

When available, 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-149 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.

Copies of the finding aid are available for download:

M-149 De Pew Magazine Collection (.rtf)

M-149 De Pew Magazine Collection (.pdf)

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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.