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  Mercantile Library Association Founded
Brief Description:  The St. Louis Mercantile Library Association was founded by James E. Yeatman and received its charter in 1846. The library acquired 2,282 volumes its first year and had over 350 members. In 1854 it moved to a new building at Fifth and Locust Streets. By then its membership had grown to 944 and its books to 10,565. In 1998 it moved to its current location on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Mercantile Library holds many books dating back to the early 1800s and has attracted many important figures in its lecture series. Past speakers have included Henry Ward Beecher, Horace Greeley, Harriet Beecher Stow and Oscar Wilde.
Year:  1846
Decade:  1840 - 1849
Beginning Date:    1846

Yeatman, James E.

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