St. Louis Beacon Acquires Globe-Democrat Morgue

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The St. Louis Beacon says it has struck a deal with the Mercantile Library up at UMSL which gives the upstart online newspaper free access to the library's vast archive (a.k.a. "the morgue") of St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper files.

A wee bit of irony in this announcement, given that the Globe-Democrat (until it shut down in 1986) was a conservative-leaning competitor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which is where most of the bold-faced names on the Beacon's masthead once worked.

General manager Nicole Hollway says the morgue will help the Beacon do a lot more in the way of images and special projects. Monday's Cardinals Opening Day spread is an early example.

That project, by the way, came accompanied with an essay by Alvin A. Reid. The former St. Louis American scribe was laid off earlier this year but is now penning a weekly baseball column for the Beacon.

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