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Oral Histories - Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis

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Oral Histories - Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis


Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis Collection (WUA00478)

This collection consists of oral histories recorded for the course WGSS3172 "Documenting the Queer Past in St. Louis" at Washington University in St. Louis, as part of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.  The class was designed by Professor Andrea Friedman, with a goal "to create the possibilities for a more inclusive LGBTQ history of St. Louis that will be available to researchers and the public" (course handbook). To meet this goal, the project focused on interviewing LGBTQ elders, with a general guideline that much of their life was spent in the St. Louis area prior to the year 2000.  Particular efforts were also made to include groups especially missing from archived LGBTQ records, such as working-class women, trans* individuals, and African Americans. 

Undergraduate students in fall 2017 and fall 2018 conducted and transcribed the interviews, following the life-story oral history methodology.   Professor Friedman also conducted additional oral histories 2017 - 2018 that are part of the project.

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Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.  If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or
The collection is ordered alphabetically by person interviewed.

Oral Histories

Each link below opens a folder with audio files and a typed transcript if available.  Users are provided access to these recordings and transcripts for educational or personal use only. They may not be reposted without permission (although sharing links is certainly encouraged). For further questions about copyright, usage, or to access recordings not available online, please contact

About Finding Aid

Date Published: 2020 December 1

Finding Aid author: Miranda Recenwald