Debbie Monterrey

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Researchers and genealogists won’t have to wait until the St. Louis Central Library reopens next year to get a hold of historic documents. More than one million books and other materials, including the extensive government depository collection, are now housed at the Compton Library at 1624 Locust, two blocks west of Central Library.

At a ribbon cutting Tuesday, St. Louis Public Library executive director Waller McGuire said the reopening of Compton marks a major milestone in the complex process of restoring Central and the millions of historically significant items that need to be properly stored.

Among the items on display at the ribbon cutting was a copy of Missouri’s Daily Morning Republican from November 12, 1860, noting that all votes were officially counted in favor of Abraham Lincoln for president–although McGuire noted that was certainly not the oldest item at Compton.

Central Library is scheduled to reopen in 2012 in time for its 100th birthday. The St. Louis Public Library has been a federal depository since 1866 as well as an official depository for Missouri documents and City of St. Louis documents.

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