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Text: All my life, all my love, my dearest one. J.

Love is Love in the Library

By Miranda Rectenwald on February 14, 2020

The exhibit It’s Complicated: Documents of Love features items related to love drawn from the Department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.

From love letters and poetry, to romantic comics, dance cards, and heartbreak, many stories and relationships are highlighted -- i...

LGBT History Month 2018 with rainbow graphic

LGBT History Month 2018

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 3, 2018

October is LGBT History Month — and a great opportunity to focus on how important events in October, and its predominate holiday Halloween, are to our local LGBTQ history. Miss Fannie’s Ball: A St. Louis Halloween tradition Starting in the late 1950s the Jolly Jesters social club orga...

Finding the ‘L’ in ‘LGBTQ’: Part 2

By Jackie Feldman on June 27, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, the Special Collections Blog is highlighting a few of Washington University Libraries’ collections that are related to LGBTQ issues and activism. The following is a continuation of a guest post by Wash U undergraduate Jackie Feldman, who researched a Washington Univ...

Finding the ‘L’ in ‘LGBTQ’: Part 1

By Jackie Feldman on June 27, 2018

In celebration of Pride Month, the Special Collections Blog is highlighting a few of Washington University Libraries’ collections that are related to LGBTQ issues and activism. The following is a guest post by Wash U undergraduate Jackie Feldman, who researched a Washington University lesbi...

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on November 2, 2016

A Snapshot of St. Louis in the Era of Gay Lib: Ciao! Magazine Profiles the Gateway City In June 1974, Ciao!, a pioneering gay travel magazine, published an article on St. Louis. The piece and accompanying photographs offer a fascinating snapshot of the Gateway City in the era of gay liberation. &...

The Adventures of Ian and Karisa

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 & undergraduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 25, 2016

Reflections of a summer research assistant I started working on Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis in a post-graduate flurry of emotions and tasks, excited to be done with undergrad but nervous as to how I would manage the world of ‘non-studenthood’ into which I was thrust. I knew little about G...

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on July 5, 2016

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is an interdisciplinary humanities project that centers on the LGBTQ experience with the divided city. Between spring 2016 – spring 2017 students, researchers, faculty, archivists, librarians, and interested people from the St. Louis-area are gathering historical inf...