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.
Due to current short staff in the library, researchers must make an appointment to do research in the archives. In addition, if you have already examined the finding aids and know what boxes you wish to examine-please let the staff know when you make your appointment. This will expedite the process for both researcher and staff. To make an appointment please call 314-655-1600 and state that you'd like to make an appointment to do research in the library. Thank you for your cooperation.
The JNEM Archives is charged to preserve records and manuscripts that document the administrative history of the park and its associated themes. As the corporate memory of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, the Archives also makes its resources available to the public in accordance with objectives outlined in the park's Statement for Management:
The JNEM Archives is open to the public for research. Materials may not be checked out, but may be used in the library reading room. Please see our research procedures.
The JNEM Archives contains 39 individual collections. Most of the collections contain material relating to the development and administration of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial site, including the construction of the Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion. Other collections contain materials that relate to the park's main theme of St. Louis's role in the settlement of the American West. See a list of the processed collections.
The JNEM Archives contains many visual images of the park and other subjects. Get more information on visual images. The JNEM Archives can provide photographic reproductions of images in its collections. Please see our price list for prices. Click here for the scanning policy.
The Archives is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed on federal holidays. You can contact Archivist Jennifer Clark at 11 North Fourth Street St. Louis, MO 63102 Phone: 314-655-1600 Fax: 314-655-1652
If you are interested in volunteering in the JNEM Archives, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mike Corns at (voice) 314-655-1600. The Archivist is also interested in working with students to develop internships. Learn more about volunteering and internships.
The JNEM Archives launched a project to identify the workers in the Gateway Arch construction images.
These images are slides, mostly taken by amateur photographers from approximately 1963-1966. They have been scanned and uploaded into our Flickr account. If you worked on the Gateway Arch yourself, or if you know someone who did and you can help us to identify people in the photos, the park would be very appreciative.
Even if you don't know anyone who worked on the Arch you may enjoy the photographs! On the Flickr site you can tag, make notes on or comment on the images. If you would like to use the images in a project, they may be downloaded, the archivist would really love to hear about it if you do use them and the park should be credited: National Park Service, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
You can contact the archivist if you have any questions about the project or about the Flickr site or would like to come in to see the slides in person.
Did You Know?
The Old Courthouse at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was a gathering place for pioneers going west. It was also the site of several important nineteeth century trials which helped fuel major changes to the American way of life. To learn more about the Old Courthouse click here. More...