University Archives & Local History

Join us for Research Studio Session “Exploring Historical Collections” 9/13

By Sonya Rooney on September 6, 2016

Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections contain exciting historical materials that are available to everyone. Join us on September 13 at Noon for this Research Studio session, where students will learn how to find and access these materials as well as get an overview of Special...

Pardon our dust – construction at Olin Library over the years

By Sonya Rooney on August 29, 2016

By Sonya Rooney, University Archivist Welcome back to campus and the first day of class. You have probably noticed the construction fence around Olin Library.  Construction started on May 23, 2016 and is scheduled to be finished by spring semester 2018.  For more information on the Olin transform...

The Adventures of Ian and Karisa

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 & undergraduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 25, 2016

Reflections of a summer research assistant I started working on Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis in a post-graduate flurry of emotions and tasks, excited to be done with undergrad but nervous as to how I would manage the world of ‘non-studenthood’ into which I was thrust. I knew little about G...

Still Documenting Ferguson: WU Libraries Offer Resources Related to 2014 Events

By Julie Hale on August 9, 2016

The WU Libraries’ efforts to preserve the voices, perspectives, and materials related to Ferguson are ongoing. On the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, we offer new resources and information. Our new LibGuide spotlights the work of the Regional Collecting Initiative on Ferguson and inc...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay:” Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [3/3]

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 3, 2016

[continued from part 2] The 3500 block of Olive flourished as a LGBTQ nightlife destination in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. At around the same time that Dante’s Inferno closed, several new lesbian and gay establishments opened on the block.  During this period, the nearby Central West End also so...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay:” Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [2/3]

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

[CONTINUED FROM PART 1] Several factors probably played a part in the appearance of an LGBTQ nightlife venue near Grand and Olive in the 1930s. The social makeup of the neighborhood had been changing. In earlier decades, the part of the city to the west of Grand—the West End—had been a relatively...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay”: Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [1/3]

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 1, 2016

Probably no single city block in St. Louis has a longer or more consequential history of LGBTQ nightlife than the 3500 block of Olive Street. From the mid-1930s to end of the 1970s, there was an almost continuous presence of lesbian and gay establishments here. For generations of LGBTQ St. Louisa...