New Issue of “Off the Shelf” Now Available

By Washington University Libraries on May 26, 2020

The spring 2020 issue of Washington University Libraries’ magazine Off the Shelf is now available online! The magazine covers library news, exhibits, special events, and more. Check it out!


ACLU-MO History Spotlight: Release Time for Religious Instruction  

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 21, 2020

Release Time for Religious Instruction, 1940–1948 In the 1940s, the St. Louis city public school let students (with parental permission) participate in “release time,” which allowed them to go to church for class, with attendance counting as part of their school day. This created a co...

Missouri's Two State Universities booklet and letter from St. Louis Civil Liberties, 1949

ACLU-MO History Spotlight: School Desegregation

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 20, 2020

Ending Segregated Education Starting in the 1940s, the St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee began working with the local NAACP and Urban League chapters on civil rights efforts. This followed the pattern established by Roger Baldwin in founding the ACLU, ensuring that work on “inter-racial q...

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ACLU-MO and Racial Justice: 1940s

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 18, 2020

ACLU-MO in the 1940s In the years before World War II, the St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee was a small organization. In March 1940 St. Louis had 47 members, and an annual budget of just under $300 (roughly $5,000 in 2020 dollars).  There was no paid staff.  Board meetings were held in officer...


Violence and conflict in Latin America

By Daria Carson-Dussan on May 13, 2020

    More new titles from the Guadalajara book fair centered on violence and conflict in Latin America. Álvarez Cuartero, Izaskun (editor).  Conflicto, negociación y resistencia en las Américas  Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca. 2017. Amat, Núria. Reina De América. , 2017....

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ACLU-MO Early Years: 1930s

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 13, 2020

The St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee began on May 7, 1920, with about a dozen volunteers, both men and women. For its first decades, the group and its actions remained focused on advocacy and education about civil rights. By 1932, the national ACLU noted that St. Louis was focusing “chie...

DSTS Series: Free and Open Source Tools (CURL, ExamDiff, Leaflet)

By j.moore on May 8, 2020

Check back every week. We will share staff picks of some of our favorite free and open source tools!   Rick Allard Systems Engineer CURL  is a free command-line tool for use with HTTP servers and other protocols. The lead developer won a prize for his work. It comes with macOS and Linux. You...