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ACLU-MO Early Years: 1930s

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 13, 2020

The St. Louis Civil Liberties Committee began on May 7, 1920, with about a dozen volunteers, both men and women. For its first decades, the group and its actions remained focused on advocacy and education about civil rights. By 1932, the national ACLU noted that St. Louis was focusing “chie...

Tracking Down History

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 30, 2020

The story of the ACLU of Missouri is long and complex — and the process for researching this history is the work of many, many individuals. In January 2020, Emily Gross, a Washington University student interning with the ACLU-MO centennial project, spoke with lawyer and journalist Bill Frei...

Reflections on a Centennial

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 16, 2020

In 2017, the Washington University Libraries’ Julian Edison Department of Special Collections and the ACLU of Missouri began preparation for the ACLU’s centennial in 2020. This work culminated in January 2020, with an event and exhibition at Olin Library. To continue the celebration online, this ...

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Greetings from St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2020

Virtual Adventure This morning, I attended a wonderful conference in Massachusetts. Well, technically, I was in St. Louis working from home (#ArchivesAtHome), and the Digital Commonwealth Conference 2020 was going out virtually from Massachusetts (with a keynote address from North Carolina). The ...

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Holobaugh in History

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 2, 2020

What’s in a Name? At Washington University in St. Louis, a yearly ceremony honors “students, staff and faculty, and St. Louis community members who live and lead authentically and perform direct advocacy and service to LGBTQIA* communities.” This award is named the Holobaugh Hon...