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University Archives
Partial front page of the December 1880 issue of Student Life (Volume IV, number 3).

University Publications Collections

Repository for publications such as the University newspaper, alumni publications, departmental newsletters, admission publications, and more.

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Local History
A black and white photo of a gentleman in a top hat helping two ladies off the cobblestone street and onto the Wayne & Carpenter #63 Streetcar in Saint Louis.

St. Louis History

The St. Louis History Collection holds the City of St. Louis Mayor's administrations and board of aldermen files, offering a…

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Rare Book Collections

Isador Mendle Memorial Collection

The collection focuses on developments in printing since the Industrial Revolution with an emphasis on the last 100 years.

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East Asian Library Special Collections

Japanese Special Collection

The Japanese Special Collection includes: About 15 titles (20 volumes) of pre-Meiji (pre-1867) watoji bon (books in Japanese binding) and…

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Manuscript Collections Modern Literature Collection
Joy Williams wears a collared t-shirt with white shorts and shoulder length hair as she sits in a small rowboat holding herself and her dog, a German Shepherd.

Joy Williams

Described as one of the masters of the contemporary short story, the Joy Williams Collection spans over five decades consists…

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