"The first time ever I saw St. Louis I could have bought it for six million dollars, and it was the biggest mistake of my life that I did not do it." - Mark Twain (Life on the Mississippi)

Researching St. Louis history can be a fascinating journey. All you need is a light to steer your research by. While this brief guide cannot illuminate all available resources, it will help you get started. For additional assistance, please stop by or call our reference desk: (314) 516-7247.

GENERAL HISTORIES

NEIGHBORHOODS & LANDMARKS

NEWSPAPERS

The Mercantile Library has an extensive collection of 19th and 20th century St. Louis newspapers, including St. Louis Suburban newspapers such as the South Side Journal. Consult staff at the Mercantile Reference Desk for titles and dates. Thomas Jefferson Library has the following newspapers in microfilm on level 5:

A complete listing of St. Louis newspapers for different periods is available online from the St. Louis Media History Foundation.  Some Missouri newspapers, including are available on Missouri Digital Heritage, and some St. Louis stories are found in national newspapers available through the Library of Congress' Chronicling America project.

PICTORIAL & MAP SOURCES

BIOGRAPHY & GENEALOGY

JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES

BIBLIOGRAPHIES, DIRECTORIES & TIPS

MERLIN Online Card Catalog.

When doing a subject search about Saint Louis on MERLIN, spell out Saint Louis and add Mo. Combine Saint Louis, Mo. with other subject terms to find books of interest, for example:

Ask for assistance or consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings books for help with specific subject terms.