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St. Louis has many good libraries and archives for genealogists. The St. Louis County Library Special Collections and the St. Louis Public Library have excellent genealogical collections.

The Missouri Historical Society Library specializes in early Missouri and St. Louis history. It has a library and archival facility with many original documents.

The Mercantile Library also has a library and archives, housed on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, with emphasis on St. Louis. Two special collections deal with the railroads and rivers.

The Western Historical Manuscript Collection is located in the Thomas Jefferson Library on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. This collection is a branch of the State Historical Society of Missouri based in Columbia, Missouri.

Religious Archives and Libraries


The St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese has an archival facility; however, most of their records are available on microfilm at the St. Louis County Library, Special Collections.

Eden Seminary houses the archival collection for the former Evangelical and Reformed Church now called the United Church of Christ, and Concordia Seminary is the repository for Lutheran records.

Many books and maps on Jewish genealogy, including a comprehensive set of Yizkor books, can be found at St. Louis County Library, Special Collections. The archives for Jewish records in St. Louis is located at the Brodsky Library on the campus of the Jewish Community Center.

Military Related Archives


Military-related archives are at the National Military Personnel Records Center.

The former military hub of St. Louis, Jefferson Barracks, has a wonderful history. You can learn more about Jefferson Barracks in their museum, bookstore, and Friends of Jefferson Barracks organization. Plans are underway for a Civil War museum and archives to open in the near future on the Jefferson Barracks grounds.

The Civilian Conservation Corps museum and archives is located in St. Louis County on the grounds of Jefferson Barracks.

Local Historical Societies


Some local historical societies have archival holdings pertaining to their communities. To review their records, make an appointment with a historical society representative.

University Libraries


St. Louis University, Washington University, and the University of Missouri each have a full library with a history department that is beneficial to genealogists. St. Louis University and Washington University have law libraries that can be of assistance genealogists.

Further information is available on some of these facilities within this website.


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