Finding Aid: Gloria Meder Kast Scrapbook | Webster University

Gloria Meder Kast Scrapbook

Black and white photograph portrait of Gloria Meder Kast

Gloria's Scrapbook Series: Gloria and her scrapbook were the focus of a monthly series through June 2016 sponsored by the Webster University Library and Archives. Every month we featured an image or two from the scrapbook along with a fictional account of what we imagined Gloria might have had to say about it. You may view past postings on our library blog.


Date(s): 1937/1938 through 1940/1941


Physical extent: 1 scrapbook


Name of Creator: Gloria Meder Kast, class of 1941


Administrative/Biographical History: Gloria Ellen Meder was born January 17, 1920 and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri. After graduating from Kirkwood High School, she attended Webster College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Spanish in 1941. Over the next few years she got married and taught Spanish and physical education at a number of high schools in the area. Gloria later earned an M.A. from San Jose State University and was librarian at American River College in California for many years. She also served as a visiting lecturer in library management on a number of occasions in South America and in 1977 was chosen to be a Fulbright scholar in Colombia. In her later years, she traveled the world as an international library consultant. Gloria Meder Kast died January 25, 2007


Scope/Content: The scrapbook contains numerous photographs, clippings from the Webster student newspaper as well as St. Louis area newspapers, athletic ribbons and patches, party favors, programs, invitations, dance cards, a few pieces of correspondence, graduation cards, etc. Most of the items concern activities at the college, but a few personal photographs of family and friends are included.


Conditions of Access and Use: The collection is open for research use by appointment only.


Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright restrictions may apply.


Languages and Scripts of the Material: Materials entirely in English.


Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gloria Meder Kast estate




ARC librarian Kast will lecture in South America. (1977, January 19). Sacramento Carmichael Citizen,, p. 4.
Jerseyville High faculty complete; two new teachers are announced. (1943, August 25). Alton Evening Telegraph, p. 14.
Kast, Gloria Meder. (1958, December 1). Unique junior college library. Library Journal, vol. 83, no. 21, pp. 3371-3372.