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M-440: John Duxbury Sports Research Collection

HISTORY: John Duxbury was a nationally recognized sports reporter based in Saint Louis, Missouri. His career began at The Sporting News, where he wrote a column titled "The Answer Man," before being hired onto the staff at the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch sports department. Duxbury wrote for the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch for 42 years until his retirement in 2011. During his career he belonged to the Baseball Writes Association of America.

Duxbury was noted among colleagues for his expansive knowledge of sports history and statistics, as well as a significant home library of sports books and handmade research notes from which he was able to draw his answers.

You can read the official St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary and tribute to John Duxbury on their website here.

SCOPE: The Duxbury Collection spans several decades of sports history and statistics. While most sports are represented in some form, the collection consists primarily of baseball and basketball subjects. The collection is a combination of published books, college catalogs, handmade statistic logs of teams and individual players, and some professional correspondence related to Duxbury's journalism career.

HOLDINGS: This collections consists of over 100 boxes of archival material as well as many published books on the subject of sports history and sports writing. 

The book collection has been catalogued in it's entirety and is available through the UMSL library catalog. The archival materials are currently being inventoried and a finding aid will be published to this page when it is available. Until then, please contact reference services with questions regarding research with this collection. 

ACCESS: Access to this collection may be restricted until a complete inventory and finding aid is available. When available, the collection is for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. For questions regarding conducting research with restricted access collections, please contact reference services. 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.