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P-50: Alan Bates Manuscript Copy of the Western River Steamboat Cyclopedium

ABSTRACT: Early manuscript version of Alan Bates' work, The Western Rivers Steamboat Compendium.

CREATOR: Bates, Alan L., 1923-2012

DATE: circa 1968

SCOPE: This collection consists of one typewritten copy of The American Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopedium, a very early version of Bates' published work, The Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopedium, published by Hustle Press in 1968.  The manuscript contains substantial variations from the finished work, including pen edits and a different layout.  The manuscript also contains many pen and ink drawings of steamboats and steamboat construction, which would later appear in the finished work.

EXTENT: 1 file

ACCESS: This is collection P-050. This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, depending on condition. Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building. More information about conducting research with the archival collections of the Library, including current building hours and reading room policies, can be found on our Research page.

Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.”


Location note Transportation archives -- Vertical Files

Controlled Access Headings:


  • Bates, Alan L., 1923-2012


  • Steamboats

Related materials note

Bates, Alan L. The Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopedium. Great Hustle Press. Leonia, N.J. 1968. 

Call Number: MERC WTR WYS VM461 .B3 1968