St. Louis History

Queer History in the Divided City: A New Approach to Digital Mapping

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 24, 2018

Published today: An article by Ian Darnell and Andrea Friedman on NOTCHES that discusses some impacts of the mapping project: http://notchesblog.com/2018/04/24/queer-history-in-the-divided-city-a-new-approach-to-digital-mapping/ Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality “is a peer-revi...

LGBTQ St. Louis on the Map

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 12, 2018

Happy 6 month anniversary to Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis! Online and freely available to everyone since October 2017, Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis  allows viewers to explore the locations and stories behind lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer life in St. Louis. Since the site’s public debut, t...

Transportation Innovations at the St. Louis World’s Fair

By Rose Miyatsu on April 10, 2018

On April 30th, 1904, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World’s Fair, officially opened its gates to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the historic Louisiana Purchase. Over the six months of the fair, over 19.7 million people from more than 60 countries would atten...

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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...

Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis Is Now Online

By Miranda Rectenwald on October 11, 2017

http://library.wustl.edu/map-lgbtq-stl   Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is a digital interactive map exploring how the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer communities have changed over time, from the end of World War II in 1945 through the passage of St. Louis city’s first gay an...

Letter to ONE, from St. Louis

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 16, 2017

In 1958, a St. Louis resident who identified himself as “Mr. H” wrote to the editors of ONE, the first LGBTQ magazine ever published in the United States. Below is the text of his letter: Dear Don Slater: I am writing you to tell of the good that I am getting out of ONE. I […]

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Where was that? : Using travel guides to reconstruct LGBTQ history

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 26, 2017

A key challenge as we researched Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis was locating street addresses.  Since many bars and restaurants were well known to locals, our researchers often found only vague references to places, such as “PK’s across the river” or “Betty’s on the south side.”  Few people now, let alo...