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St. Louis Area Historic Maps

A guide to locating historic maps of the St. Louis (Missouri) regional area.

Contact Info


Archive, Manuscript & Rare Book collections are accessed in Olin Library at the Special Collections reading room

HOURS:  Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00

LOCATION:  Olin Library, 1st floor, Danforth Campus


*collections stored offsite require 5 days notice for retrieval

Questions about a specific topic? Contact:

University Archives: Sonya Rooney

Local History: Miranda Rectenwald

Popular American Arts: Vernon Mitchell, Jr.

Contact US History Librarian

Melissa Vetter
Washington University in St. Louis
Olin Library, 1st Floor Help Center
p. 314.935.5079

Archive Sources

Located at University Archives, the Harland Bartholomew and Associates Collection is a wonderful source for detailed maps of St. Louis in the 20th century.  This large collection also includes many other metropolitan areas. 

HBA Series 02, black Vol 53, part 1

Image above from HBA Series 2, black Vol 53, part 1

Items in the Harland Bartholomew and Associates Collection include:

ONLINE - St. Louis Area Maps

Hosted by various other organizations:

Other sources for St. Louis Maps

Missouri Maps


In addition to University Archives, various types of historic maps are located in WU Libraries, including Olin, Art & Artictecture, Earth & Planetary Sciences, West Campus, and Special Collections - Rare Books

See especially subject headings:

Saint Louis (Mo.) -- Maps

Saint Louis (Mo.) -- Maps -- 19th century.


More Research Guides about Maps

Looking for maps of other cities, states, or places? Try these resources: