Last year the WU Libraries became an archival partner of the St. Louis LGBT History Project. University Archives, a unit of the Department of Special Collections, joined with the Project to preserve LGBT artifacts and offer educational programming, with a focus on highlighting the pivotal role WUSTL faculty, alumni, and students have played in LGBT life.
The university served as the location of St. Louis’s first LGBT Pride Rally in 1980, with many WUSTL students and faculty participating. WUSTL faculty have conducted groundbreaking medical and sociological LGBT-related research over the years.
The Missouri History Museum and the State Historical Society of Missouri are also archival partners of the St. Louis LGBT History Project, which was established in 2007 with a mission to preserve and promote St. Louis’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender history. Steven Brawley, founder of the Project, hopes the collaboration “will ensure that our community’s treasured and rare LGBT artifacts will be preserved for future generations.”
For information about LGBT resources at WUSTL, visit our LibGuide. If you’re passing through the lobby of Olin, be sure to check out our “Researching Queer History” exhibit featuring materials provided by the St. Louis LGBT History Project.