HISTORY: Ralph Horton was a writer and publisher in St. Louis for many years before his death in 1998. As a result of his interest in sports history, he set about reprinting many of the annual guides to the major professional athletic leagues, for baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. His interest in general sports and sports history led him to collect deeply in the entire field. The collection was donated to the Mercantile Library in several gifts from the mid-1990s, and today the collection gives comprehensive depth to additional sports history holdings in the Mercantile Library.

SCOPE: The collection covers the range of American sports history and life, and is represented in runs and files of periodicals, newsletters, annuals, and monographs, as well as in a small collection of Horton's correspondence.

HOLDINGS: 3000 volumes; 20 linear feet of papers.

ACCESS: Special Collection M-129 is currently uncatalogued; a on-site inventory exists. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed.