HISTORY: McCaughen & Burr is the oldest continuously operating art gallery west of the Mississippi River. The gallery was established in 1840 in Saint Louis, Missouri and has remained in the McCaughen & Burr families. As of 2018 the gallery is run by the sixth and seventh generations. The gallery is known for their work in the 1950s restoring the Missouri State Capitol’s art collection and rotunda.
HOLDINGS: 9 McCaughen & Burr ledger books, cloth bound, approximately 15 x 11.5 inches and 2 inches thick. 4 ledgers have deteriorating binding.
The volumes in this collection are:
75900-76403 / August 1911 – December 1911
80908-814047 / July 1913 – December 1913
83908-84407 / August 1916 – January 1916
84908-85407 / January 1916 - September 1916
96444-96947 / October 1924 – January 1925
106998-107587 / April 1941 – February 1942
112149-112705 / August 1945 – December 1946
113264-113773 / March 1947 – July 1947
124758-125258 / July 1958 – November 1959
ACCESS: The collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. 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.
These materials are currently kept in a curator’s office and availability may be limited. Please contact the Head of References Services before arriving for your research visit to ensure access.
In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.