INTRODUCTION TO THE COLLECTION
The Richard W. Lemen collection is made up entirely of photographs. The collection came to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Archives by donations made on two different occasions by Mr. Lemen. His first donation occurred in 1942. This included 549 photographs of various sizes, all of which were black and white prints of inland water steamers. The second donation occurred during 1978. This included 100 11x14 inch photographs depicting street scenes in the city of St. Louis.
Richard W. Lemen was a professional photographer who had a particular interest in steamboats. Mr. Lemen spent the majority of his life collecting images of various steamers. He donated many of his photographs to various archives and depositories, including the Missouri Historical Society, which owns both the negatives and the copyright to the images in this collection.
Many of the photoprints in this collection were made by Richard W. Lemen from originals or copies from various sources, including Charles Berkley, a Mr. Blanks of Vicksburg, George Coolidge, F.W. Crawford, Frank B. Elam, Ruth Ferris (a prominent local researcher), Ruth Grote, Jim Howard, J.H. Long, Marine Photo Company, the Missouri Historical Society, J. Mack Moore, Carolyn Ramsey, and C.W. Stoll. When conveying the collection to the National Park Service, Mr. Lemen included a descriptive list giving the name of the source and information about the photographs. This list is now incorporated into this finding aid as Appendix 4. The owners should be consulted prior to reproduction of any photographs from this collection.
The items in this collection were kept in the order in which they were received. Whether this was Mr. Lemen's original order could not be determined. Folder headings, folder descriptions, and "Lemen Numbers" were taken directly from Mr. Lemen's notes.
Information obtained from this collection must be properly cited, whether used in publication or in other formats. The proper citation for this collection is:
National Park Service
Researchers are advised that before records, photographs, or any other unpublished materials from this collection can be published or exhibited, permission from the National Park Service must be obtained in writing.
Series 1. Steamboat Photographs
Series 2. Other Subjects
Series 3. Street Scenes
If you have any questions regarding archives holdings, contact Archivist Jennifer Clark at the JNEM Archives at (voice) 314-655-1600. Appointments are encouraged, if possible.
Last updated: October 1, 2020