University City, Missouri : History in Photographs


Lewis Photograph Collection

Edward Gardner Lewis and University City

American Woman's League and American Woman's Republic Document Collection

Delmar Loop Photograph Collection







In 2002, the University City Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant to digitize and catalogue the Lewis Photograph Collection. Six hundred photographs were digitized using Adobe Photoshop and an Epson Expression 800 Scanner with the exception of one oversized portrait. Our thanks to Kupper Parker Communications for their assistance in scanning our signed Eugene Taylor photograph of Edward Gardner Lewis when it proved to be too large for our scanner.


In 2005, the Library received a second LSTA grant, this time to digitize and catalogue the Lewis Collection of publications, documents and minutes of the American Woman’s League and its successor organization, the American Woman’s Republic. Twenty-three documents, comprising more than 500 pages, were digitized using Adobe Photoshop and a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL scanner with the exception of two oversized documents. The Grand Prize certificate awarded to The American Woman’s League by the International Exhibition in Turin, Italy, and the Declaration of Equal Rights and the Constitution of the American Woman’s Republic were digitized by Robert W. Lyner, Digital Preservation.


In 2008, the Library received a third LSTA grant to create the Delmar Loop Photograph Collection. The majority of the photographs in this Collection belong to the University City Public Library Archival Collection and some are from a group of uncatalogued Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority photographs in storage at the Library. Some belong to the Historical Society of University City. Recent digital images were provided by the former Public Relations Officer of the City. Residents and business owners were asked to loan personal photographs of business and activities in the Delmar Loop to become part of a photographic history. Joe Edwards provided early photos of Blueberry Hill. Etta Taylor loaned the earliest photographs, from 1902, which belonged to her grandfather, a founder of Parkview Subdivision. These photographs have been digitized using a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL scanner. Each image is an historically accurate reproduction of the original photograph or document..

Technical Contact: Christa Van Herreweghe, christa(at)
Historical Society Contact: Sue Rehkopf

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