New and Notable: Evening Whirl Newspaper Collection

Evening Whirl, 1959/09/29, Page 1, masthead

from the September 29, 1959 issue

University Archives’ new acquisition Evening Whirl Newspaper Collection adds to our St. Louis history and African American collections.

Benjamin Thomas began publishing Night Whirl in 1938, a weekly newspaper covering music and entertainment for the black population of St. Louis.  However, within a year Thomas changed the name to Evening Whirl and began covering crime in St. Louis.  He reported on many crimes that other local newspapers did not cover

  Evening Whirl, 1957/07/01, Page 1, Masthead

from  July 1, 1957 issue

The Evening Whirl creed “The Evening Whirls is a weekly newspaper dedicated to the exposure of crime and civic improvement.  Our chief aim is to keep the public well informed of interesting happenings in our community from week to week.  Our aim will always be to help, but never to harm and let the chips fall where they may regardless of class or culture or status in life.”


Thomas wrote, edited, and published the paper himself until he retired in 1995.  At that time, his two sons took over the publication.  The newspaper continues today as the St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl and continues to cover crime as well as St. Louis area news and entertainment.

This collection is available for research, please contact the Archives at (314) 935-5444 or if you are would like to access this collection.

For more information about the Evening Whirl:

See The St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl online

Also see article “Whirl” by Scott Eden (WU MFA alum)   

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