The Business Catalogs Card File is an old-style card file that lists most of the Library and Research Center's collection of more than 2,800 business catalogs, most of which date from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. This card file contains four sections:
- an alphabetical list of St. Louis business catalogs
- an alphabetical list of Missouri business catalogs
- an alphabetical list of out-of-state business catalogs
- a list of business catalogs arranged by subject (i.e., clocks, dry goods, furniture, stoves)
To consult the Business Catalogs Card File, visit the Library and Research Center or contact the library at email@example.com or (314) 746-4500 (during our open hours).
More than 60% of the business catalogs are listed in the Online Library Catalog. To search for these catalogs, key in a business name or product name; to browse, choose the "MHS Call Number" search option and type in "trade catalog."
Starting in 1996, an anonymous donor established a fund to purchase materials for the Paul Kalter Weil Business and Trade Catalogs Collection. Weil Fund materials purchased since 2004 are listed in the online catalog; some of the earlier purchases are listed only in the Business Catalogs Card File.