Maplewood History: William Lyman Thomas Collection Is Donated To SHSMO


The important William Lyman Thomas collection of images and documents has been generously donated to The State Historical Society of Missouri by a direct descendant of Thomas and his wife, Kate, daughter of James Compton Sutton.  If you are a little foggy about what is included in this historic bonanza, here is a link to all 28 blog posts that I made using this material.

Link to 28 blog posts about the Sutton/Thomas families

Or perhaps the following page spreads from my current book, Maplewood History Volume Two, will jog your memory.

All of the original material shown on these pages of my book plus much, much more is now in the possession of  The State Historical Society of Missouri.  You can visit SHSMO at their St. Louis Research Center in the Thomas Jefferson Library on the campus of UMSL, adjacent to the Mercantile Library.

If these pages look good to you and you don’t yet have a copy of my latest book, Maplewood History, Volume Two, well, why not?  Christmas is coming and it is easy to get at Scheidt True Value Hardware at 7320 Manchester or from the author, me.  Just let me know in the comments section and I’ll contact you with the details.  The hardcovers are sold out!  Don’t panic.  The book is still available in softcover and the high quality of the paper and printing is the same as the hardback.  Just $35.

AJ Medlock of SHSMO picking up the Thomas collection yesterday at my home.  There is much more than what is laid out on the table.

Finally I just want to thank the Sutton/Thomas family descendant for making this gift to SHSMO.  This is a red letter day for fans of Maplewood history as well as the history of St. Louis county.  It was a difficult decision to part with all of these items that had been in the care of the family for so long.  I truly believe it was the correct decision.  It will benefit any one interested in this subject for many, many years to come.

Doug Houser     December 14, 2021





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