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Photograph collections in Special Collections


This list indicates photographs and related collections in the Special Collections department at St. Louis Public Library.

Special Collections is open without an appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 2 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 2 to 5 p.m.,and by appointment at most other times. For more information call 314/539-0381.

Fred A. Bill. Photographs and pictures of river steamers, ca. 1860-1920. 5 vol. Also one box of photographs of river steam boats.

Boehl collection. Approx. 120 photographs (2 boxes) by Emil Boehl showing scenes of “old St. Louis” from the mid 19th to the early 20th century.

Elinor M. Coyle collection. 1248 photographs, ca. 1960s-1980, of St. Louis buildings, monuments and landmarks, used to illustrate Coyle’s four books: Old Saint Louis homes, 1764-1865: the stories they tell (1979); Saint Louis homes, 1866-1916: the golden age (1971); Saint Louis: Portrait of a river city (1966); and Saint Louis treasures (1966).

Daguerreotypes. 6 photographs identified as Louis Sostennes Le Bourgeois, Elizabeth Ann Charless Le Bourgeois and their children, ca. 1860. Two of the daguerreotypes are by the studio of E. Long, St. Louis.

Forest Park photographs, 1962. 3 boxes.

Gerhardt Kramer slide collection, 1960-1987. Approx. 2400 slides, chiefly historic buildings in the Midwest, especially in the St. Louis area and Missouri.

The great flood of ‘93 / created by Ultimate Choice. St. Louis, Mo. : Ultimate Choice, c1993. 12 commercial photographs of the 1993 flood.

Lafayette Park photographs / Lawrence Bolles. 11 photographs. 1960?

Lantern slides. 500+ slides. Chiefly historic and public buildings in St. Louis and Jefferson City, St. Louis Public Library, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Pageant & Masque, but also a number showing social conditions -- tenements, playgrounds, business, billboards. Another set of lantern slides put together for the St. Louis bicentennial 1964 reflects St. Louis history.

Liberty Bond Campaign photos, 1917-1918. ca. 20 photos.

Theodore C. Link papers, 1850-1923. 26 photographs of buildings designed by architect Link.

Louisiana Purchase Exposition photographs. 5 albums, three boxes (approx. 800 photographs) of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair; also, postcards, lantern slides and stereograph views of the Fair.

Missouri Centennial photographs, 1921. 3 photographs taken by A.W. Sanders for the celebration of 100 years of Missouri statehood.

Missouri Education Exhibit, 1876. Approximately 100 mounted photographs compiled by William Torrey Harris for exhibit at the Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876. Mostly St. Louis public and private schools, with some photographs from St. Louis County and outstate Missouri, including Lincoln Institute, Booneville, St. Joseph and Warrenton.

Municipal Theater, St. Louis. 13 photographs from MUNY productions, 1917-1926.

Panama Canal photographs, 1904-1926. 70 photos.

Grace and Williamina Parrish photographs. 175 photos. ca. 1900-1930. Grace Parrish (1882-1954) and her sister Williamina Parrish (1880-1940) maintained a photographic studio in St. Louis. Collection includes portrait photographs, landscapes and scenes, mostly from Europe.

[Pictures taken during St. Louis Centennial Week, Oct. 3 to 9, 1909] / Charles H. Dette. 1 vol.

Postcards. Extensive collections of picture postcards: scenic views, art reproductions, military (World War I), topical.

Ralston Purina Company photographs. 15 photographs. Probably used for company history, 1894-1934.

Fritz Radler photos, ca. 1920?. 7 photos. Olive Street looking west; new Mason Temple; Shaw’s Garden; Forest Park; aerial views.

St. Louis Arch Club. 7 photos. Grant’s cabin; Thomas Riddick house; Union Methodist Church; Robert S. Brookings house; Eugene Field School; Washington University warehouse; Lindell Realty Company warehouse.

St. Louis illustrations. 10 photographs of graphics of early to mid 19th century St. Louis.

St. Louis Media Archives. 500+ photographs showing St. Louis media personalities, radio and television studios; small number of newspaper photos; photos from the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women’s Advertising Club, and other professional organizations; Sun newspaper (unprocessed); Al Fleishman photos of Israel, etc.

St. Louis Municipal Workhouse. 7 photos, 1929-1933, by Oldfield.

St. Louis Pageant and Masque, 1914. 4 boxes of photographs, some by Gerhart Sisters, showing scenes from the theatrical pageant held in Forest Park.

[St. Louis photographs], 1920s-1930s. 20 b/w snapshot photos of Eads Bridge, riverfront, river boats, Old Court House, Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, Forest Park, other street scenes.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch operational departments, ca. 1899. 1 album (16 photos).

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reference department, 1949. 6 photos.

St. Louis Public Library. 500+ photographs in the St. Louis Public Library archives show library buildings, Board members, staff, patrons, programs and collections, 1880s-

St. Louis public works photographs, ca. 1910-1930. 181 photos, chiefly showing bridges, sewers, drainage ditches, etc. being constructed by the St. Louis Water Department and other public works endeavors.

St. Louis schools. ca. 20 photographs of St. Louis school buildings, chiefly designed by architect William Ittner: Baden, Cote Brilliante, Blow, Clay, Wyman, Shepard, Fanning, Carr, Horace Mann, Clark, Soldan, Farragut, Shaw, Hempstead, Walnut Park public schools and Villa Duchesne.

St. Louis streets. ca. 200 photos, ca. 1900-1930. Also a number of photos of schools, churches, hotels, persons, etc.

St. Louis views / photographs, 1900-1930. 177 photographs collected by Dick Lemen and Dr. William Swekosky.

St. Louis Visitors and Publicity Bureau. 30 photographs of St. Louis landmarks and attractions, ca. mid-1950s.

Sievers Commercial Photographers. St. Louis after the tornado of 1927. 28 photographs.

Stereograph views. Approximately 1500 cards of scenic views, Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

J.C. Strauss portrait collection. Approximately 250 studio portrait photographs of St. Louis men prominent in government, business and industry, and professions, taken by Julius Caesar Strauss before 1912.

Subway construction, St. Louis Electrical Terminal Railway Company, 1936. James Arthur Hooks, engineer. Approximately 60 photographs, master plan chart.

Swekosky photograph collection, ca. 1900-1930s. ca. 60 photos of St. Louis scenes.

Tornado of 1896 photographs. ca. 100 mounted photos, chiefly made by studio photographers to be sold as mementos of the event.

United States. Army. Air Corps. Official photographs of St. Louis, Missouri / by 21st Photo Section, Air Corps. 14 b/w aerial photos.

Winged Camera Service (McLean, Va.). Cityscape, St. Louis [1955]. 432 aerial photos.

World War I photographs, including Committee of Public Information and local collections.

Compiled by Jean M. Gosebrink
Special Collections
November 1999

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