St. Louis Public Library, Rare Books and Special Collections

Open to the general public for reference use. Items in Rare Books & Special Collections do not circulate. TheArchives are at present being organized and only collections which have been processed are available for use. Unless restrictions have been placed by donors, processed collections in the St. Louis Media Archives are open for public use. t. Louis Public Library Archives date from the library's founding in 1865 as Public School Library Society of St. Louis, and include institutional records and publications, as well as photographs, ephemera, and other materials. The St. Louis Media Archives, established in 1987, is a collection of local media-related materials, including materials on journalism, broadcasting, advertising, and public relations. Printed and manuscript material, photos, radio and television programming, oral histories, memorabilia and promotional materials. Grolier Collection: 100 volumes illustrative of the history of writing and the book. The collection contains cuneiform tablets written in Sumerian about 2375 BC, an Egyptian religious text on papyrus and a vellum scroll of the Book of Esther in Hebrew letters, as well as illuminated manuscript leaves and leaves from early printed works, early printed books and fine editions.

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