The Waterways Journal and Associated Research Materials

Material Description

The Waterway Journal is a weekly news magazine published in St. Louis covering the industries, history, and culture of American waterways. Today it is the leading trade journal for the barge and towing industry. It has been in print continuously since 1892 and traces its founding back to 1887. The larger archival collection generated by more than a century of editors such as Captain Donald T. Wright contains research materials, notes, clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and publications related to biographies, boats, channels, locks and dams, ports and terminals, railroads, freight, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other river related topics.


The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis will digitize materials from the Waterways Journal Collection at the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library. The full collection comprises 219 linear feet of research documents accumulated by the editors of the Waterways Journal, the leading trade journal in the United States for inland waterway industries such as shipping and barge operators. The main achievement of this project will be digitizing the full run of the Waterways Journal from 1892 to today. Scanning will be done from original prints with microfilm backups for missing issues. From the larger research collection assembled by the editors of the journal over the past century, rare and related objects will be scanned as copyright allows.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

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St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis


  • Mr. Sean Visintainer (St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis)

Date Range

1892 - 2015

Geographic Scope

The journal and the larger collection have a particularly strong focus on the Eastern United States and its major rivers such as the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Hudson. The Intercoastal Waterway and Western rivers such as the Columbia and Sacramento are covered as well as intermittent international topics.


  • 22.6 Serials