St. Louis History

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...

Cupples Station Terminal: Washington University and the Development of St. Louis

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on June 27, 2016

The expansive scope of influence that Washington University has had and continues to have in St. Louis cannot be understated. A lot of this influence comes in the form of land ownership and development.   Much of the property given to the University over the past decades were gifts in support of ...

Health-Care Access for Low-Income People of Color and Pruitt-Igoe

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on June 3, 2016

The Pruitt-Igoe high-rise housing projects were developed in the 1950s as a response to slums and overcrowded living in the city of St. Louis and the flight of white middle-class families to the suburbs. However, the state neglected to maintain the buildings or provide services to the majority lo...

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...

Voices and Visions Of St. Louis: Past, Present, Future

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2016

The Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design hosted a three day conference March 30-April 1, 2016 focused on St. Louis : Past, Present, and Future. The program aimed “to explore and debate issues of injustice, inequality, and racial ...

The WWI Diary of Captain Levi H. Fuson of Base Hospital 21

By Miranda Rectenwald on June 4, 2015

From Missouri Over There: Exploring Missouri’s Role in WWI: “In 1915, Levi H. Fuson was one of 29 to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Of the 29 graduates, 24 went on to serve in World War I as commissioned medical officers. Fuson was t...

May 6, 1970

By Miranda Rectenwald on May 6, 2015

May 2015 marks an important anniversary in the history of America’s war in Viet Nam, and the counterculture protests that occurred across the United States, and especially on college campuses — including the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This image (below) of four stud...

A Thin Black Line

By Miranda Rectenwald on April 8, 2015

One of the beautiful things about archive collections are the serendipitous moments when you just happen upon something.  That was the case for how I came across this letter from Eleanore Roosevelt, written to her good friend in St. Louis. Dated May 18, 1945 the letter is typed on mourning statio...

Season’s Greetings

By Sonya Rooney on December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings from Jen, Miranda, and Sonya at University Archives.

A Woman to be Celebrated: Edna Gellhorn

By Karisa Tavassoli, WU Class of 2016 on November 12, 2014

Edna Fischel Gellhorn (1878-1970) worked as an active member of the Women’s Central Committee on Food Conservation, Consumer’s Milk Commission, Smoke Elimination Committee, American Association of University Women, United Nations Association, the National Municipal League, St. Louis U...