Albert Koch owned the St. Louis Museum until he sold it to William McPherson in 1841. During the later years of the 1830s he began traveling to excavate fossils to display in his museum. The Missourium, like his later Zeuglodon skeletons, was a specimen so great that Koch closed his museum and took it on a tour to Europe where it was eventually sold. This publication of Koch's description of the Missourium was published in St. Louis prior to his departure and accompanied his exhibitions.
The meeting record of the Saint Louis Lyceum is a large hand-written book recording the institution's founding constitution, by-laws, and meeting minutes as recorded by various elected secretaries. It documents the organizations membership, lectures, and debated questions from 1838 into the 1840s.
This document contains the third annual report for the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association published in January of 1849 about the year 1848. The first and second reports were not published, which makes this one the very first.
1849 description of Leon Pomarede's Mississippi Panorama. Mississippi panoramas were a phenomenon of the mid to late 1840s where artists would travel the length of the river taking sketches and compile their efforts into a single rolling canvas which would be displayed on a stage behind them as they presented scenes from their journeys. Pomarede's panorama was considered of higher quality as it was based off original detailed oil paintings rather than quick sketches.
Circulation record for the Saint Louis Lyceum, a subscription library and debating club in St. Louis that existed from 1838 to 1851. The record indicates that 870 members borrowed 10,983 volumes from the institution at an unknown time.
Drawn, engraved & printed by J. M. Kershaw, 34 Second St. St. Louis. Kershaw’s plans shows in the border the great building occurring in St. Louis in the 1840’s, truly a frontier metropolis in the making., The St. Louis directory for 1848 : containing the names of the inhabitants, their occupations, places of business, and dwelling houses ... / by J.H. Sloss.
Hutawa came to St. Louis from eastern Europe in the early 1830’s with family members and settled in St. Louis, a home base for a lithography business which lasted for many years and which specialized in maps—some of the very first west of the Mississippi for an American city of any kind—and of the American west. See also Fracl. Township 45 N. R. 7E.: Map., Atlas of the County of St. Louis, Missouri by Congressional Townships compiled by Edward Hutawa. (St. Louis: Hutawa, 1848)
This letter, by former President John Quincy Adams,
is in response to a request by the Mechanical Library Association of Baltimore for
Adam’s to speak at their facility at some future date. This association was connected
to and an outgrowth of the Baltimore volunteer Mechanical Fire Company, formed
by the company for member’s self education. Adams is informing them that he will not
be able to speak at the Association’s venue on the date requested. For a full description see the collection page.
A fictionalized account of the Taos massacre, wherein many Native Americans and Hispanics were killed by U.S. government forces in response to the killing of Territorial Governor Charles Bent and other Americans. Apparently based upon someone's experience in Taos during the massacre. The first work of fiction published in Missouri, and the first work of New Mexico fiction. Contains a plan of the plaza where the massacre happened., Everpoint was the pseudonym for Joesph M. Field.
This map, plotted out by Norbury Wayman, shows the various locations of steamboat lines and related companies on the St. Louis levee, detailing three periods of time; before 1865; 1865 - 1900; and 1900 - 1953. Lines and companies are donated by name, location and years of operation. Nearby streets are mapped as well, for easy frame of reference. Scale in feet: 100 ft. = 1 inch.
This is a program from an 1845 performance of the New York Philharmonic Society in the Apollo Rooms on January 11th. They played works by Haydn, C.M. Weber, L. Spohr, Mozart, Beethoven, and H. Marschner.
Hutawa came to St. Louis from eastern Europe in the early 1830’s with family members and settled in St. Louis, a home base for a lithography business which lasted for many years and which specialized in maps—some of the very first west of the Mississippi for an American city of any kind—and of the American west. See also Fracl. Township 45 N. R. 7E.: Confirmed Claims., Atlas of the County of St. Louis, Missouri by Congressional Townships compiled by Edward Hutawa. (St. Louis: Hutawa, 1848)
Henry G.A. Caspers was corporal, later promoted to sergeant, in the artillery company of Capt. Fischer, organized in St. Louis, Missouri. At Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the company was mustered into the service of Col. Kearney. Most of Casper's military service was served in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the time of the Mexican War. This journal dates from June 13, 1846 - December 1848. Caspers included lists of company members; duties and battles; plus references to Col. Doniphan's victory at Chihuahua, Mexico; General Kearney's march to California; and the murders of Santa Fe Governor Bent in Taos, New Mexico., 1 small leather-bound, handwritten volume. 34 pp.