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Important notice: On-site access to the Library and Archives has been suspended through the end of 2020. We are responding to Library and Archives reference requests remotely. MOBIUS Consortium patrons may request circulating materials via their home libraries effective Tuesday, September 8th.

The Richardson Memorial Library and Museum Archives retain resources that document the Museum’s history, enrich its identity, and inform its collections and programs. Notable holdings chronicle the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, the Museum’s art collections and exhibitions, and include nearly 45,000 auction catalogs.

Richardson Memorial Library

The Richardson Memorial Library preserves and provides access to an expansive collection of books, journals, and auction catalogs, as well as a number of important research databases. The latter include Ancestry Library Edition, Anthropology Plus, JSTOR, and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Contact the Library

The Library is currently responding to reference requests by telephone and email
The Library is closed to the public at this time

Location: Level 3, South Building
314.655.5252 |

Museum Archives

The Museum Archives houses historical records that document the Saint Louis Art Museum’s campus, its events, exhibitions, and programs. Holdings chronicle the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and Cass Gilbert’s Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum’s administration and art collection, public engagement and exhibitions.

Contact the Archives

The Archives is currently responding to reference requests by telephone and email
Appointments to the general public are unavailable at this time

Location: Level 3, South Building
314.655.5452 |

St. Louis Artists Files

The Library collects and provides access to information about artists in the St. Louis area. The information is kept in Artists Files which are available to the public for research. The files may contain newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, or other biographical data. A complete list of the St. Louis Artists Files held by the Library is available via the library’s catalog.

To contribute information to the Saint Louis Artists Files, please email the Library at


The Museum does not appraise works of art. To find a qualified appraiser, contact the American Society of Appraisers, 800.272.8258,; the Appraisers Association of America, 212.889.5404,; or the International Society of Appraisers, 312.981.6778,

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