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    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.

Archival Collections

Due to current short staff levels in the Library/Archives researchers must make an appointment to do research in the archives. If you have examined the finding aids and know which boxes you'd like to see, please let the staff know when you make your appointment. This will expedite the process for both researcher and staff. In order to make an appointment, please call (314) 655-1600 and say that you'd like to make an appointment to do research in the library.


The following is a list of JNEM Archives collections that are processed and available for research. Each title will link to a description of the collection and a full finding aid.

Record Unit 101 Indian War Widows Project, Records c.1864-1965
Record Unit 102 Streckfus Steamers Inc. Records, 1888-1970
Record Unit 103 United States Territorial Expansion Memorial Commission Records, 1933-1973
Record Unit 104 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Records. c.1930-1975
Record Unit 107 Fur Trade Illustration Project, 1945-1948
Record Unit 111 Donald M. Dosch Collection, c.1969-c.1979
Record Unit 112 Richard E. Lemen Photograph Collection
Record Unit 113 Mechanics' Institute of St. Louis Records, 1816-1894
Record Unit 115 St. Louis Recorded Archives Transcription Project, 1938-1940
Record Unit 116 Grace Lewis Miller Papers
Record Unit 118 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Research Reports
Record Unit 119.00 Newspaper Clippings: Creation of the Memorial
Record Unit 119.01 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent John L. Nagle
Record Unit 119.04 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent H. Raymond Gregg, August 26, 1962-July 31, 1965
Record Unit 119.05 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent LeRoy R. Brown, August 1, 1965-December 29, 1968
Record Unit 119.06 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent Harry W. Pfanz, December 30,1968-January 12, 1971
Record Unit 119.07 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent Ivan D. Parker, January 13, 1971-February 16, 1974
Record Unit 119.08 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent LeRoy R. Brown, Febrary 17, 1974-March 23, 1975
Record Unit 119.09 Newspaper Clippings: Superintendency of Superintendent Robert S. Chandler, March 24, 1975-February 10, 1979
Record Unit 123 Richard Bowser Papers
Record Unit 125 Administrative History Collection
Record Unit 126 Adeline Smith Boyd Papers
Record Unit 136 Harold A. Bulger Western Forts Collection

The Archives also contains unprocessed collections that are currently being arranged and made ready for research use. If you have any questions regarding archives holdings, please contact our archivist, Jennifer Clark, at (voice) 314-655-1600. Researchers are encouraged to make appointments in advance, if possible.

Did You Know?

Dinosaur cartoon

On September 10, 1804 on Cedar Island, in South Dakota, William Clark discovered the fossilized remains of the ribs, backbone and teeth of a plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were animals who lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, but swam rather than walking on land. Clark thought it was a giant fish bone! More...