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St. Louis Crime Stories - Archive and Library Resources

This guide offers resources for exploring the history of crime in the St. Louis area, focusing on stories of people rather than statistics.

Secondary Sources

A selection of published stories, which can serve as a good starting place for further research.

Primary Sources at Special Collections, Olin Library

Primary Sources - Newspapers

As of January 2021 only one newspaper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) is available in searchable full-text online:

As of January 2021, only select issues of St. Louis African American / Black focused newspapers are available in digital format. As an alternative, online access and full-text search is available for the noted and long-running African American newspaper, Chicago Defender, which often covered national news as well as Midwest / St. Louis news:

Publications focused on and published by the LGBTQ+ / Queer communities began in 1970.  None of these are keyword searchable, but some selections have been digitized:

Additional Research Guides