Local History

University City’s City Hall is located just west of UCPL.

University City is a community rich in architectural, cultural and social history. UCPL is home to a collection of historical archives relating to the history of University City, including a photograph collection, newspaper clippings, city government archives, and microfilm scans of various historic residential permits (sadly, we do not have blueprints for individual houses).

The Library, in conjunction with the Historical Society of University City and other community members, have digitized some of our heritage. Follow this link to view the Lewis Photograph Collection and The American Womans’ League and American Woman’s Republic Document Collection. The Delmar Loop Photograph Collection can be found on the Missouri Digital Heritage site.

University City’s history is constantly changing, however, and you’re invited to help add to the historical archives at UCPL. Click here to learn more about the Library’s oral history project, or contact the Historical Society to learn about ways to donate your historical records and artifacts.