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Please cite photographs as follows: [Collection Name, Collection number. Identifier #.], The State Historical Society of Missouri, Photograph Collection.
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Trefts, Charles, Photographs (P0034). 34-2292. The State Historical Society of Missouri, Photograph Collection
Symington, W. Stuart (1901-1988), Papers, 1918-1995 (C3874), The State Historical Society of Missouri, Manuscript Collection.