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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, Market St. and Pine St. bridges are closed. This leaves Walnut St. as the only point of entry to the Arch grounds from the city. If you park in the Arch garage there is access from the north end of the park. See maps. More »

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?

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...