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STL Special Library Spotlight: Mercantile Library June 28, 2009

Posted by Cynthia in Library Stuff.
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This was a fabulous library and presentation! Located in the Thomas Jefferson Library on the UM-St. Louis campus. This special library is a combination of a library and a museum. The Mercantile also houses the Barriger Railroad and Pott Waterways libraries. The collection concentrates on Western Expansion and the rail and river industries. Since its relocation to the UMSL campus in 1998, it is now free and open to the public. Patrons have access to 210,000 books in addition to 10 million clippings of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, 700 glass plate negatives, and 225,000 photos, rare books and art collections. The library itself has so many interesting exhibits, historical pieces, and art work. Collection Highlight: 435 signed plates of John Audubon’s, Birds of America.

HAK

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