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Research Archives and Agencies


MIssouri History Museum Library and Research Center
Located across from Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum library and research center contains a vast range of archived materials including books, photographs, objects, personal papers, and maps. The museum website also allows access to the library's Genealogy and Local History Index.

St. Louis Art Museum
"Dedicated to Art and Free to All," the St. Louis Art Museum houses internationally renowned exhibitions as well as creative works by Missouri artists in a variety of mediums. The museum has an excellent collection of prints and drawings as well, and a viewing room for researchers.

St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project
The St. Louis Circuit Court retains millions of records that document the judicial, social, cultural, and economic history of the city, county, state, and nation. The project, a broad partnership of government, university, legal, and business organizations, preserves and makes available judicial records to the citizens of Missouri and the nation. The records include land disputes, torts, divorce proceedings, and immigration and naturalization files.

St. Louis Mercantile Library
The St. Louis Mercantile Library, founded 150 years ago and now located on the first two floors of the Thomas Jefferson Library at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, was the first library west of the Mississippi River. Specializing in serving local and national researchers, it also is a storehouse of historical works, newspaper photograph morgues, valuable art and artifacts.

St. Louis Public Library
Another outstanding local resource for records and research, the library is especially strong in city planning documents, maps, city ordinances, agency annual reports, and other municipal published records. The library also has a very strong newspaper clipping file.

Saint Louis University Archives
The University Archives, in the Saint Louis Room on Level Three of the Pius XII Memorial Library, houses rare books, limited editions, Saint Louis University publications, and memorabilia. The archives also keeps a number of record collections, including the Vatterot collection and the papers of the late urban studies professor George Wendel.  

State Historical Society of Missouri–St. Louis Research Center
Located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the State Historical Society's St. Louis center contains extensive manuscript holdings such as personal papers and records of various local companies and communal associations, particularly dating fom the middle and latter half of the twentieth century. The center also has an extensive photographic database. 

Washington University Special Collections
Washington University's special collections are divided across two locations. The film and media archive, university archives, and the modern graphic history library can be found at the West Campus Library in Clayton, while the manuscript and rare book collections are housed in Olin Library on the Danforth Campus.

Western Historical Manuscript Collection
University of Missouri–St. Louis is home to one branch of this extensive collection, housed in the lower level of the Thomas Jefferson Library. The WHMC is especially strong in records of non-governmental organizations such as reform groups, labor unions, civil rights organizations, arts institutions, ethnic societies, and civic clubs. The collection is also strong in photographs, personal and family papers, oral histories, radio broadcasts, and other media.  


Bi-State Development Agency
Public transportation in and around St. Louis is safe and clean thanks to Bi-State, an agency that strives for "regional economic development through excellence in transportation."

City of St. Louis Cultural Resource Office
The Cultural Resources Office honors the built and living treasures of the "Mound City on the Mississippi."

City of St. Louis Housing Authority
The SLHA is a federally funded agency operating independently of city government that administers low and moderate-income public housing programs for St. Louis.

City of St. Louis Parks, Recreation and Forestry
This branch of the city government nurtures and preserves some of the nation's most eclectic and historical parks.

Downtown Now
Downtown Now dedicates its energies to assessing and revitalizing the downtown core area of St. Louis.

City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency
The Planning and Urban Design Agency was created in the summer of 1999 to focus on future planning for St. Louis.

East-West Gateway Coordinating Council

The EGCC, incorporated in 1965, provides a forum for cooperative problem-solving and the coordinated development of regional policy.

International Institute of St. Louis
The International Institute provides a variety of services to more than 10,000 newcomers annually and serves as our community's central clearinghouse for information about St. Louis' many ethnic communities.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse.

Landmarks Association of St. Louis
Dedicated to preserving St. Louis' historic buildings and material culture resources, the Landmarks Association is an excellent starting point for delving into the city's rich architectural history.

Land Reutilization Authority
The LRA, a branch of the St. Louis Development Corporation, maintains, markets, and sells acquired properties and performs land assemblage for future development.


Black World History Wax Museum
Housed in a renovated former school building, the Black World History Wax Museum is a multimedia educational and cultural center that aims to present and interpret American history through Missouri's rich black heritage.

Campbell House Museum and Institute
The Campbell House is a historic property museum that educates and encourages an appreciation of nineteenth-century art and humanities through the Robert Campbell family, which served an integral role in developing St. Louis, Missouri, and the American West.

Cinema St. Louis 
Cinema St. Louis is the sponsor of the annual St. Louis International Film Festival, enhancing cultural diversity by bringing American independent productions, horizon-expanding international films and high-quality studio films to audiences before their commercial release.

City Museum
The mad scientists at this St. Louis funhouse have upended all preconceptions of what a museum should be—a unique entity that demands multiple visits.

Eugene Field House and St. Louis Toy Museum
The Eugene Field House introduces the general public to Eugene Field, "The Children's Poet" and creator of the personal column in daily newspapers. In addition to preserving his childhood home and displaying his family's memorabilia and other period artifacts in a nineteenth-century domestic setting, the home collects and exhibits toys, an outgrowth of Field's abiding interest in collecting children's toys and dolls.

KDHX 88.1 FM
St. Louis' Community Radio—an eclectic mix of marginalized music, news and views.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier is a 98-acre park of unique and contemporary sculpture that presents monumental works by internationally acclaimed artists.

Mad Art Gallery
Mad Art Gallery is a restored 1930s Art-Deco police station converted into a contemporary art gallery exhibiting contemporary art from emerging regional artists.

Missouri Botanical Gardens
Located on a 79 acre site in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden is world renowned for its fundamental botanical research, horticultural display and education programs.

Missouri Historical Society
The Missouri Historical Society, founded in 1866, collects, preserves and interprets objects and materials pertinent to an understanding of St. Louis and Missouri history.

Museum of Contemporary and Religious Art (MOCRA)
Officially opened in 1993, Saint Louis University's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is the world's first museum of interfaith contemporary art, dedicated to the ongoing dialogue between contemporary artists and the world's faith traditions.

Museum of Transportation
Stocked with one of the largest collections of transportation vehicles in the world, the Museum of Transportation includes over seventy real locomotives, aircraft, boats, and many other automobiles, some dating back to the turn of the twentieth century.

Museum of Westward Expansion
The Museum of Westward Expansion, located below the Arch, is as large as a football field and contains an extensive collection of artifacts, mounted animal specimens, an authentic American Indian tipi, and an overview of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is a unique resource for contemplation, enjoyment and study which, through art, its building, its programs and collaboration with other art institutions, seeks to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art in the context of architecture.

Scott Joplin House
This is the St. Louis home of the "King of Ragtime," a modest flat where Joplin, composer of "Maple Leaf Rag," penned numerous classics.

Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries
The Sheldon, designed by the noted 1904 World's Fair architect Louis C. Spiering, has earned a reputation as "The Carnegie Hall of St. Louis," a cultural resource offering concerts by some of the world's finest musicians, and art exhibits and educational programs of local and national importance.

St. Louis Black Repertory Company

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company (commonly known as "The Black Rep") is the largest African American performing arts organization in Missouri, providing platforms for the arts, dances and other creative expressions from the African American perspective that heighten the social and cultural awareness of its audiences.

St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
Through its collections, exhibits, and programs the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center strives to educate all people about the history and consequences of the Holocaust in hope of preventing such events from happening again.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis' primary newspaper provides a great site for news and things to do in the "Gateway City."

St. Louis Science Center
The St. Louis Science Center seeks to stimulate interest in and understanding of science and technology throughout the community through interactive exhibits as well as the city's only Omnimax theatre. 


Missouri Historical Society
The Missouri Historical Society, founded in 1866, collects, preserves and interprets objects and materials pertinent to an understanding of St. Louis and Missouri history. The records are housed in the Library and Research Center at the Western edge of Forest park in St. Louis.

Missouri State Archives
The Missouri State Archives, created in 1965, s the officially designated repository for all state records of permanent value, including state government proceedings, almanacs, charters, constitutions, reports, and committees. Its holdings include documents relating to French and Spanish colonial rule, the New Madrid Earthquakes, Supreme Court case files, the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James, and Harry S. Truman.

National Archives and Records–Kansas City
The NARA of the Central Plains Region maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The archives are especially strong in records from 1930 through 1980, including various New Deal agencies and their successors, as well as collections related to agricultural extension, state parks, federal lands, housing development, and rural health and welfare.

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