University Archives & Local History

Washington Park Cemetery Exhibit Opens March 3

By Julie Hale on February 28, 2017

The opening for “Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place” is Friday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sheldon Art Galleries, 3648 Washington Boulevard. This multimedia exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large-scale, color landscape photog...

Unusual Sources

By Miranda Rectenwald on December 5, 2016

Recently the national podcast  Criminal  visited the WU library.  This audio documentary program was researching The Evening Whirl — one of the archival sources being consulted in Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis.   The Evening Whirl is an unique St. Louis newspaper (still in publication) publishing...

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on November 2, 2016

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib: Ciao! Magazine Profiles the Gateway City In June 1974, Ciao!, a pioneering gay travel magazine, published an article on St. Louis. The piece and accompanying photographs offer a fascinating snapshot of the Gateway City in the era of gay liberation. &...

Remembering Mary Wickes

By Sonya Rooney on October 18, 2016

We are remembering one of our alums,  Mary Wickes, who died on October 22, 1995 / 21 years ago this weekend. Mary Wickes was an alum of Washington University, graduating in  1930.  She went on to have a successful career as a character actress on stage, in movies, and on TV.  You may remember her...

Election year fodder: Letters from the front lines of the St. Louis LGBTQ struggle for equal rights.

In honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11) and  LGBT History Month this post explores the the correspondence of Tom Miles, a St. Louis native and leader among allies of the LGBTQ community, provides an intimate window unto the LGBTQ rights movement of the 1990s and early 2000s. Miles, who w...

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New exhibit about Presidential Debates at Washington University in Olin Library

By Sonya Rooney on September 30, 2016

“Presidential Debates, Part of Washington University’s Legacy” is an exhibit by University Archives on display in Olin Library’s Grand Staircase Lobby through October 30, 2016. Washington University will host the second Presidential Debate on October 9, 2016, in a town hall meeting style. Hosting...