St. Louis 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.

The City of St. Louis Mayor’s administrations and board of aldermen files are some of the most heavily utilized in the Local History collections.

Documents and records in this St. Louis History collection include those for the Mill Creek Valley, public housing (particularly the Pruit-Igoe complex), city services (including Homer G. Phillips Hospital), and the relationship with St. Louis County.

Organizational records of the St. Louis Urban League and American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri offer further views on key topics such as civil rights, racial division, and social policy.

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Explore the St. Louis History Research Guide

This page is an overview of primary and secondary sources available about local history in St. Louis, with an emphasis on community groups and urban planning.

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