Saturday, December 5, 2009

St. Louis Globe Democrat Clipping File

I just learned that the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - acquired St. Louis Globe Democrat's clippings file - also known as the newspaper's 'morgue' - when the paper ceased publication in 1986. Over 10,000,000 separate articles.

They are in the process of compiling an online database. (I'm not certain how many articles they've indexed so far, but I've found several articles to look up on a future outing.)

If one finds an article of interest, one can go to the Mercantile Library to find the clipping. If you don't live in St. Louis, there are also research guidelines if you'd like someone to copy the clipping for you.

One could also go to the St. Louis County Library, which has the newspaper on microfilm. For those who don't live in St. Louis, they too have research guidelines if you'd like someone to copy the article for you. (And their prices are a bit less.) Unfortunately, the Mercantile Library's database doesn't provide a page number - just a date, and description. This is enough for the County Library to do the research for you if it's an obituary. But they might not search the entire issue for an article.

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