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M-572 Western Americana Vernacular Photograph Albums

ABSTRACT: Albums featuring vernacular photographs of the American West.

SCOPE: This collection includes two albums of vernacular photography from the early twentieth century. The photographs primarily depict travel through several areas of the Western United States, including Montana, Wyoming, California, Arizona, and New Mexico, though they also highlight other personal subjects. One volume contains handwritten captions alongside the photographs, some of which notably feature the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco as well as candid shots of Buffalo Bill. Several loose postcards and photographs are filed between the pages of the albums.

EXTENT: 2 volumes (1 box).

ACCESS: This collection can be viewed on-site in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room.  Some of the material may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition and other access restrictions. Information on conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ north campus.

PREFERRED CITATION: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."