Civil Rights

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Pioneer and Missouri Native, Dies at 95

By Washington University Libraries on July 23, 2020

“It was the Freedom Riders in Parchman [the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman], where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our ...

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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...

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Intern Opportunity for Spring 2019

By Miranda Rectenwald on November 12, 2018

Do you want to do one-of-a-kind primary research for the greater good? Are you intrigued by historical work that can explain today’s current trends?  We are looking for student interns to work with the ACLU of Missouri’s archival collections at Washington University Libraries.  Intern...

Information Privacy and the ACLU-MO Archives

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 7, 2018

Information privacy and access to information — on computers, in government records, by news outlets — is not a new concern in our nation.  This is one of the main messages Lizzie Franclemont found while working as the ACLU of Missouri’s archive intern. Spring 2018 Intern Majori...

Highlighting the Little Rock Nine Interviews

By Rose Miyatsu on February 1, 2018

This month, Special Collections Blog will be highlighting a few of our many collections on African American history. Some of our most interesting material comes from the Henry Hampton Collection and the interviews he conducted for his fourteen part PBS documentary series, Eyes on the Prize. Eyes ...

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Hands on History: Reflections from an archive intern

By Saoirse Hahn (WU Class of 2018) on December 19, 2017

Spending the fall 2017 semester working with the American Civil Liberty Union of Missouri’s archived records has offered me a truly unique opportunity to examine the history of an American institution. The American Civil Liberties Union was present for almost the entirety of the twentieth c...

WU’s Film & Media Archive Completes Preservation of Rare Civil Rights Documentary

By Alison Carrick on June 16, 2017

The Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive has completed the preservation and digitization of the rare civil rights documentary The Streets of Greenwood (1963). The project was made possible by a 2016 Basic Preservation Grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF...

The Power of Student Activism

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on May 1, 2016

Activism led by Wash. U students has been alive and growing over the most recent years. However, it is important to realize that student activism has been a very important (and often glossed over) history of Washington University. Students of a Democratic Society was founded at Wash. U. in 1965 a...