Collaborative Projects

Working together with community partners (both on campus, and off) provides a more inclusive path to documenting our region’s significant, and too-often-overlooked, history.  Through exhibits, digital projects, programs, and events, local history is made more accessible to everyone.  If you are interested in a collaborating on a local history project, internship, or sponsorship, contact the Curator of local history, Miranda Rectenwald, at

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is an interactive map examining the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class & society in the metropolitan area of St. Louis, Missouri. Published online in October 2017, the site is freely available to everyone. Explore the map by visiting 

Browse over 800 locations related to LGBTQ life 1945-1992. Then scroll through themed tours that link maps, census data, images, and primary documents to examine how our region is shaped and divided by sexuality, race, and gender.

Further details regarding methods and sources are available on the About Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis page. We welcome questions, comments, and feedback. Please contact the project team using this online form.

Financial support for the creation of Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis (2016-2017) was provided by the Mellon Foundation, as part of the Center for the Humanities “Divided Cities Initiative.”

For updates follow us on Twitter  @MappingLGBTQstl

WUSTL undergraduates Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin stand with boxes from the archive.

ACLU of Missouri Archive Interns, Fall 2018. WUSTL undergraduates Natalie Hilmer and Jordan Dubin stand with boxes from the archive. (Photograph by Daniela Velazquez, ACLU-MO)

As part of an ongoing project between the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections and the ACLU of Missouri, student interns are reviewing the ACLU-MO’s archived records for themes, important historic turning points, and other notable moments in the organization’s hundred year history. The project began in 2017 and is expected to continue through the 2019-20 school year.

The academic internships are open to students enrolled in any local college or university.  For more information email or

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Impact HIV/AIDS is an arts and culture community awareness initiative led by The Griot Museum using exhibition, storytelling, visual art, mapping, oral history and other forms of expression to explore the ongoing relationship between HIV/AIDS and the St. Louis region’s African American community.

Washington University Libraries is one of several community partners supporting this effort.

The initiative will examine the myths and stereotypes of HIV/AIDS and give witness to the truths of those impacted by the disease. Our goal is to create a powerful and empowering catalyst for change. Areas of discussion will include homelessness, stigma, criminalization, and insurance. Programs will explore the value and significance of knowing one’s status and emphasize the importance of taking preventative measures. It will celebrate people living with HIV/AIDS, remember those who have died, and recognize service providers and care givers.

The program launches November 30, 2018 with a screening and panel discussion of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings, in recognition of World AIDS Day.