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Chouteau's Pond seen looking south from Eighth and Clark Streets
The Missouri History Museum's Photograph and Prints Collection contains more than 800 separate collections in a wide variety of formats that document the physical growth of St. Louis and surrounding communities, prominent citizens, industries and institutions, important community events, and the everyday life of the region's diverse inhabitants.



Highlights and strengths include:
  • Over 500 daguerreotypes taken by Thomas Easterly from 1847 -1872 including the earliest known photographs of St. Louis
  • Charles Lindbergh  and the history of aviation in St. Louis from its earliest days to the mid 20th century 
  • 1904 World's Fair (Louisiana Purchase Exposition) from construction to demolition 
  • Katherine Dunham's life and career as a dancer, choreographer, and activist
  • Family album collections and portraits
  • Swekosky Notre Dame College Collection documenting the history of St. Louis's historic homes and buildings during the 1930s-50s 
  • Several collections documenting American Indians in Missouri and the West dating from 1836-1925 including History of the Indian Tribes of North America and works by Alexander Gardner and Edward Curtis 
  • Selections of photojournalism work from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Globe Democrat from the 1950-1970s 
  • Street scenes and city views from mid – late 19th century photographers Emil Boehl, Robert Benecke, and Robert Goebel 
  • City views, community events, and portraiture from 20th century photographers W.C. Persons, Irv Schankman, and the Sievers, Block Brothers, and Schweig Studios 
  • Lithographs and engravings documenting views and events from St. Louis and Missouri history throughout the 19th century including the works of J.C. Wild and George Catlin

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