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Name:  Quinta Scott  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Illustrator Non-Fiction

Born: 1941 in St. Louis, Missouri

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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.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.


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