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Where was that? : Using travel guides to reconstruct LGBTQ history

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 26, 2017

A key challenge as we researched Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis was locating street addresses.  Since many bars and restaurants were well known to locals, our researchers often found only vague references to places, such as “PK’s across the river” or “Betty’s on the south side.”  Few people now, let alo...

Romance Comics: Patterns, Passions, and Problems

By Maddy on May 26, 2017

In a golden era of comics dominated by the superhero and crime genres, the explosion in popularity of a subset surrounding stories of so-called “real-life” love may seem surprising. Nonetheless, romance comics were hugely popular during the post-war and Cold War era from shortly after the genre’s...

Illustrators Legacy Questionnaire

By Skye Lacerte on May 25, 2017

Illustrators, cartoonists, comics creators, and related types of artists: how will your legacy be recorded and preserved? Dr. Jaleen Grove is the DMGHL Postdoctoral Fellow in Popular Print. She researches all facets of illustrators and illustration. As part of her work, she is offering a question...

Modernist Design and the Children’s Magazine

By c.bosch on May 24, 2017

By the middle of the twentieth century, the notion of American periodical publications aimed at a younger readership was already well established. Early versions of children’s magazines appeared in the States as early as the late 1700s, and by the time Humpty Dumpty was launched by Parent’s Magaz...

Olin Transformation Update

By Julie Hale on May 24, 2017

Summer has arrived, and the Olin Transformation Project continues to progress. Preparations are well underway for construction of the Thomas Gallery exhibition space on Level 1 of Olin Library. Here’s what to expect over the next several weeks. The following services on Level 1 will be unav...

Drawing Race in 1930’s Collier’s

By Noah on May 22, 2017

In the 1930’s Collier’s magazine represented a popular, progressive viewpoint on American culture. The magazine published articles by Winston Churchill on the significance of the U.S. constitution in the 20th century, as well as profiles skeptical of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany under Hi...

Talk with Filmmaker Jon Else Now Available Online

By Jody Mitori on May 18, 2017

On April 19, 2017, Washington University Libraries, Cinema St. Louis, and the Missouri History Museum hosted filmmaker Jon Else as part of the Henry Hampton Film Series. Else was a cinematographer and series producer on the 1980s documentary series Eyes on the Prize. He has written about the maki...