Research Library

Our research library holds more than 300,000 items related to architecture, industry, and the allied arts in single titles, periodicals, primary documents, construction drawings, and trade catalogs.

Special collections include original source material from numerous manufacturers of building materials, and an estimated 6,000 photographs and prints.

The library also contains a substantial St. Louis component with many rare and unique books and manuscripts. Records of the United Railways Co. are the Archives’ largest single holding of St. Louis material; records include correspondence, photographs, and an estimated 20,000 original linen drawings documenting the manufacturing of streetcars, construction of buildings and bridges, and the laying of some 450 miles of track.

Library and Archive Collections

  • Architectural and Engineering Drawings
  • Books and Periodicals
  • Manuscripts
  • Trade Catalogs
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs and Prints
  • Postcards
  • Building trades unions are represented in extensive library holdings as well as in special collections of historic artifacts and regalia.