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Quinta Scott

Born: 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Scott has lived in St. Louis, where she was born, until 2005. Her husband, an architect, opened an office in Waterloo in 1992. By the time they moved, it was her turn to commute.

Biography: Quinta Scott is a photographer as well as a writer. When she passed her drivers test at the age of sixteen the State of Missouri granted her a license to wander and she has been wandering ever since. Add a camera to a car and she knew no bounds. Even though she grew up in St. Louis and lived most of her life in Missouri, all of her books have found their genesis in the Illinois landscape. Scott provided the photograph essays for her first two books, The Eads Bridge: Photographs by Quinta Scott; Historical Appraisal by Howard S. Miller, and Route 66, the Highway and its People, Photography by Quinta Scott; Text by Susan Croce Kelly. It was the very first book written on Route 66 and generated so much interest that she wrote Along Route 66: The Architecture of America's Highway, 12 years after its publication. Her latest book is the Mississippi, a history of the formation of the river and how we have altered it. She is currently working on a project on the Missouri Ozark, and has published a series of 6 articles about the restoration of the Ozarks since the founding of Missouri Department of Conservation in 1937 in Confluence, a bi-yearly magazine published by Lindenwood University. She is working under the title: So Much to Learn. Scott has received two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the first for Route 66 and the second for a project she calls, Elevator, Church, and Mill, about the role of mills and churches in the establishment of Midwestern towns, such as Venedy where the project started.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Illustrator; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Along Route 66 /
ISBN: 0806132507 OCLC: 45842985

University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Okla. : 2000.

Images of St. Louis :
ISBN: 0826210619 OCLC: 19512772

University of Missouri Press, Columbia, Mo. : ©1989.

Route 66 :
ISBN: 0806122919 OCLC: 17983047

Uses oral history and photography as the basis for a human study of the country's most famous road.

  St. Louis :
ISBN: 1881096181 OCLC: 32347610

Towery Pub., Memphis : ©1995.

The Eads Bridge /
ISBN: 1883982294 OCLC: 40675209

Missouri Historical Society Press : St. Louis : ©1999.

"The Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis is a landmark of American architecture and engineering. This visual and historical introduction to the Eads Bridge will be equally enjoyable to readers who know the bridge intimately and have long admired it, as well as those who are being introduced to it for the first time."

The Mississippi :
ISBN: 9780826218407 OCLC: 277196207

University of Missouri Press, Columbia : ©2010.

A photographic documentation of the Mississippi River, illustrating the geographical and botanical features of the river and its wetlands. Using 200 color photographs and accompanying vignettes, Scott explains how we have changed each site depicted, how we try to manage and restore it, and the wildlife that occupies it--Provided by publisher.