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    Jefferson

    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Pedestrian Access to the Gateway Arch From Downtown

    Pedestrian traffic on the Chestnut bridge will be closed as of today Monday, March 31, 2014. This will leave the Pine St. bridge as the Arch grounds point of entry to and from the city. The new Walnut St. bridge will open next Friday to foot traffic.

Library Holdings

Book Collections

The Grace Lewis Miller Book Collection reflects the JNEM Library's main theme of American westward expansion, and also includes materials on Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and other early American historical figures and events. The Lewis and Clark Book Collection contains a variety of books including biographies, reprints of the journals, juvenile books, and various scholarly works.

Periodicals

The JNEM Library subscribes to a variety of periodicals, some of which are specific to the National Park Service or the Department of the Interior. Most of the periodicals reflect the park themes. For specific requests, or other inquiries about the periodical collection, please contact the JNEM Library.

St. Louis City Directories

The St. Louis City Directories contain both residential and commercial listings. The directories in the JNEM collection roughly cover the years 1889-1937. The books are primarily used for genealogy work and for locating addresses and names of old St. Louis business firms.

Museum Gazette

The Museum Gazette explores historical subjects reflecting park themes in short, summary narratives without footnotes. Some issues are available online, and others can be requested through the JNEM Library.

JNEM Oral History Project

The JNEM Oral History Project is a collection of interviews of former JNEM employees and others who have played an important role in the history of the Gateway Arch or the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Both audiotapes and transcriptions of the interviews are available in the JNEM library.

Audio-Visual Collection

The JNEM Audio-Visual Collection contains audiotapes and videotapes. The topics of the tapes are varied, and include: U.S. westward expansion, St. Louis history, Native Americans, National Parks, and other related themes. All tapes must be used in the JNEM library.

Vertical File Collection

The Vertical File Collection contains booklets, pamphlets, brochures, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other materials. These files reflect the major subjects of the library's book collection: U.S. westward expansion history, St. Louis history, and related themes. The files do not circulate, but may be photocopied, (subject to copyright regulations) on the premises.

Did You Know?

Cast iron fence outside the Old Courthouse, part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

During the 19th Century St. Louis was the premier ironwork city. After the great fire, many of its buildings were made using iron framework topped off by beautiful iron ornamentation. Jefferson National Expansion Memorial showcases St. Louis architecture in the Old Courthouse. More...