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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.

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.


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?

Drawing of Dred Scott from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1857

In 1846, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom at the St. Louis Courthouse. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, where the verdict set the stage for the Civil War. Today, the Old Courthouse is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Click to learn more about Dred Scott. More...