HISTORY: The Norbury Wayman Collection contains the working library of this St. Louis city planner, architect and historian. Acquired shortly after his death in 1986, the collection spans his fifty-year research of the by-ways of St. Louis--its buildings, streets, infrastructure and mapping. The collection was complied for his work, which centered on many civic improvements projects, as well as, for his own publications and presentations. Additionally the collection contains many travel related materials from various countries and regions. Together with a deep concentration of materials on nineteenth and twentieth century St. Louis history, the Wayman collection´s strengths include, twentieth century transportation issues and comprises one of the largest holdings of separate maps in the Mercantile Library.

SCOPE: The collection is arranged in 14 series, with approximately 5000 folded maps and other separates..

Series 1 - Metropolitan St. Louis, holds material related to the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, as well as other Missouri and Illinois counties.

Series 2 - St. Louis, is alphabetically arranged by subject, and covers material from Aerial Views to the Zoo.

Series 3 - United States, contains material about and from throughout the United States, and is alphabetically arranged by state, with heavy emphasis on Missouri.

Series 4 - World, holds material from various foreign countries and regions and is alphabetically arranged by continent, and then country or region.

Series 5 - Architecture and Urban Planning, is alphabetically arranged by subject matter, and covers material from Architecture to Works, relating mainly to St. Louis and Chicago.

Series 6 - Art and Advertisements, holds general material related to art and advertising.

Series 7 - Fairs, contains general material related to fairs.

Series 8 - Transportation, covers subjects related to air transportation, automobiles, railroads, river transportation, and ships.

Series 9 - Postcards and Ephemera, contains postcards from various states, as well as the Catherine Schumann Collection of family postcards.

Series 10 - Life on the River, contains the photographs and some text from Wayman's Life on the River.

Series 11 - Oversize, contains some of the many maps and scrapbooks of Wayman, as well as various miscellaneous oversize materials. (This series has not yet been processed.)

Series 12 - Personal, holds some of Wayman's personal papers and materials.

Series 13 - Maps, contains the large maps of the collection.

Series 14 - Garnett Collection, holds additional travel related items, such as maps and brochures, purchased by the library in 2001.

HOLDINGS: Approximately 75 linear feet, alphabetically arranged by subject; approximately 5000 folded maps and other separates.

ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-109 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

Copies of the finding aid are available for download

M-109 Norbury Wayman Collection (.rtf)

M-109 Norbury Wayman Collection (.pdf)

*Important* this collection is housed in an off site location and is therefore not available on demand. Patrons are urged to contact the library before their arrival. Contact information is provided below, or by calling 314-516-7247.