St. Louis History

Still Documenting Ferguson: WU Libraries Offer Resources Related to 2014 Events

By Julie Hale on August 9, 2016

The WU Libraries’ efforts to preserve the voices, perspectives, and materials related to Ferguson are ongoing. On the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, we offer new resources and information. Our new LibGuide spotlights the work of the Regional Collecting Initiative on Ferguson and inc...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay:” Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [3/3]

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 3, 2016

[continued from part 2] The 3500 block of Olive flourished as a LGBTQ nightlife destination in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. At around the same time that Dante’s Inferno closed, several new lesbian and gay establishments opened on the block.  During this period, the nearby Central West End also so...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay:” Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [2/3]

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

[CONTINUED FROM PART 1] Several factors probably played a part in the appearance of an LGBTQ nightlife venue near Grand and Olive in the 1930s. The social makeup of the neighborhood had been changing. In earlier decades, the part of the city to the west of Grand—the West End—had been a relatively...

“In This Part of the City, All the Fellows Are Gay”: Exploring the History of LGBTQ Nightlife at St. Louis’s Grand and Olive [1/3]

By Ian Darnell, PhD candidate University of Illinois at Chicago & graduate researcher for Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis on August 1, 2016

Probably no single city block in St. Louis has a longer or more consequential history of LGBTQ nightlife than the 3500 block of Olive Street. From the mid-1930s to end of the 1970s, there was an almost continuous presence of lesbian and gay establishments here. For generations of LGBTQ St. Louisa...

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 ...