We at the St. Louis Public Library are interested in preserving the history of Our Fair City; in building collections that document its history. So we are interested in getting materials about or related to the St. Louis region. An example - we get many requests for St. Louis City high school yearbooks. We have many for various City high schools (past & present) but there are gaps in our collection. We would love for people to contact us to see if they have just the ones we need to fill these gaps.
Do you have other St. Louis books or materials? St. Louis neighborhood material; books by local authors; and works on St. Louis businesses, churches, schools, and cemeteries are other categories that we look for. If you have St. Louis books or other materials, check with us.
We also know that some of you have collected on specific subjects for years, carefully compiling a collection that cannot be found elsewhere. The Library will also consider donations of such unique collections that can complement items we already have. Examples are African-American materials; sheet music; architectural subjects; the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 World’s Fair); and (of course) family or county histories.
To find out if you can help us—or if we can help you—call or email our Special Collections Department (314-539-0399).