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
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