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Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy

This project is aimed at bringing to life the history of St. Louis and the region through the unique lens of public policy. The purpose of this project is to provide researchers, students, and the general public with a greater understanding of our region’s history, development and missed opportunities. I cannot be held responsible if this project depresses you–my hope would be that it instead inspires you to create/shape better, more inclusive and empathetic public policy.

These documents are from the State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis Research Center.

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Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 6, 2016 City of St. Louis
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Topics: St. Louis, Housing and Urban Development
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 6, 2016
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St. Louis City
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Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 29, 2016 City of St. Louis
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Topics: St. Louis Housing and Urban Development, St. Louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 22, 2016 City of St. Louis
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Topics: St. Louis Planning, Housing and Urban Development
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
May 25, 2016 City of St. Louis
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Topics: St. Louis, St. Louis Planning, City Hall
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
May 18, 2016 City of St. Louis
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Topics: St. Louis Planning, City Hall
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
May 4, 2016
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St. Louis City
Topics: digiproject, st. louis city planning
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Apr 6, 2016
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St. Louis City
Topics: digiproject, St. Louis City Planning
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Mar 2, 2016
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St. Louis City
Topics: digiproject, St. Louis City Planning
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Feb 3, 2016
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St. Louis City
Topics: digiproject, St. Louis City Planning
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jan 6, 2016
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St. Louis City
Topics: digiproject, St. Louis City Planning
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis, Forest Park Forever Papers.
Topics: St. Louis City, Forest Park, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Nov 15, 1993
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This oral history comes from the Oral History Collection (makes sense). The interview conducted by Chris Chrenshaw, is of the former (I think) Pastor/Friar at  Saints Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Carondelet  Robert Sydlowski. The interview was conducted on November 15th, 1993. The discussion touches on many topics including life in St. Louis growing up, catholic life in St. Louis and baseball. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Oral History, Catholic
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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Written by Peter Downs, published in St. Louis Journalism Review. Vol 22, Number 149 September 1992
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Klotzer, Civic Progress
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 23, 1989
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This document was scanned from the Forest Park Forever collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis City, digiproject
Prepared by the St. Louis Urban Investment Task Force, research funded by a grant from the Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis. 
Topics: stldigiproject, Abatements, St. Louis Planning, Chapter 353, Developer Incentives
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1983
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Interview conducted in 1983
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Kay Drey
The following was produced by the CDA for the city of St. Louis, illustrating program progress and accounts balances for the city's CDBG program in the year 1981.
Topics: St. Louis, Community Development, Block Grants
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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From the State Historical Society, St. Louis Local History Collection
Topics: st. louis, digiproject
From the St. Louis City Data Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Transportation, Light Rail
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Dec 9, 1980
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Bi-State Development Agency, Phase I review of potential St. Louis People Mover Transit System for Downtown St. Louis. December 9th 1980. Some pages (chapter covers) may appear upside down. Download as a PDF and enjoy. 
Topics: Transit, Stldigiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 26, 1980
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Published by the St. Louis Housing Authority, a partner program conducted by the St. Louis Community Development Agency and the Cochran Gardens Tenant Management Corporation. 
Topics: stldigiproject, St. Louis, Public Housing, Cochran Gardens
The following is a collection of articles written by Ernest Calloway for the St. Louis American between 1980-1981 on black politics in St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis, Black Politics
Find an excellent write up of this plan at NextStl by Brendan Wittstruck. Plan taken from the St. Louis City Data Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Transportation
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
May 1, 1978
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This report was prepared for the Community Development Agency of St. Louis and published in May of 1978. The report outlines current strategies for housing development, and suggests improvements. It's lengthy, and interesting. The report came from the St. Louis City Data Collection Addenda, (S0557). 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Housing
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Pulled from the UMSL Black History Project, a small pamphlet produced by Macler Shepard's Jeff-Vander-Lou. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Nov 1, 1976 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest, Volume 12 Number 78
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Aug 1, 1976 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 12 Number 77
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 1, 1976 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 12 Number 76
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Apr 1, 1976 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 12 number 75
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Feb 1, 1976 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 12 Number 74
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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The following is a preliminary plan produced by the St. Louis Community Development Agency in 1976 for the revitalization of the Tandy neighborhood. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Tandy
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Oct 1, 1975 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 11 Number 71
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1975
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The following is a compilation of articles, charts and figures used by Ernest Calloway during his time as instructor at St. Louis University. The items relate to segregation and its consequences years after the official repeal of such institution, in and around the St. Louis area. This item was drawn from the Ernest Calloway Papers at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Urban Studies, Ernest Calloway
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1975 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 11 Number 68
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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Taken from the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis Oral History Collection, interview conducted in 1974 of Negro League Baseball player and long time St. Louis Argus Newspaper sports writer, Normal "Tweed" Webb. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Negro League Baseball
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The following was taken from the Oral Histories Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. The interview was conducted on April 24, 1974 by Frederick B. Wright. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Margaret Bush Wilson
From FOCUS Midwest Vol 9, Number 61 1973-1974
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Nov 1, 1973 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest, Volume  9 Number 61
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri --St. Louis office. St. Louis Local History Collection.
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Apr 1, 1973
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The following item is a 1973 draft report produced by the St. Louis Community Development Administration. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, The Ville, African American
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis, City Data Collection Addenda (Publications). Published in 1973.
Topics: St. Louis City, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1973
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis. RCGA Collection
Topics: St. Louis City, digiproject
Prepared for the National Science Foundation, RAND Corporation
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Dec 1, 1972
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis Municipalities Collection. 
Topics: St. Louis County, digiproject, St. Louis
Community Improvement: Some Suggested Strategies for Solving Problems in Pine Lawn.  "For presentation on November 27, 1972 at the Pine Lawn City Hall to a joint meeting of the Pine Lawn Chamber of Commerce, Residents' Council, Local Government Officials, and Citizens." Prepared by John N. Collins, Asst. Professor of Political Science and Political Science Specialist for Extension and Bryan T. Downes, Associate Professor
Topic: St. Louis County, digiproject
East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, St. Louis Area Council of Governments
Topics: St. Louis County, digiproject, St. Louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 1, 1972
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri, St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Feb 1, 1972
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The following document is a technical paper on relocation produced for the St. Louis City Plan Commission by the Center for Urban Programs at St. Louis University. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Redevelopment
The following document is a student paper dating to 1972, pulled from the St. Louis County Municipalities collection. T his paper touches on topics which played an incredibly important role in the shaping of north county, up till the late 1980's and early 1990s. That is, "scare laws." Petty city ordinances created with much the same purpose as traditional red-lining and housing covenants, to slow the migration of African Americans and Jews into the neighborhood. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Bel-Nor, St. Louis, St. Louis County
From the State Historical Society at the University of Missouri St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Development
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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From the City Data Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, st. louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Apr 1, 1971 Charles Klotzer
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Volume 9 Number 58
Topics: Housing, St. Louis, Klotzer
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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Saint Louis Development Program, City Plan Commission April 1971
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Housing, Urban Renewal
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Nov 1, 1970 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 8 Number 56
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
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United States Commission on Civil Rights, Staff Report Kinloch, St. Louis County, Missouri
Topics: St. Louis County, digiproject, Kinloch
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Aug 1, 1970 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 8 Number 55
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 6, 1970
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The following document is a "progress report" published by the City Plan Commission for the BoA, 1970, on the 'innovative' Operation Breakthrough program in St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Operation Breakthrough, Urban Renewal
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jun 1, 1970 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest, Volume 8 Number 54
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
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May 1, 1970 Charles Klotzer
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Focus Midwest Volume 8 Number 53, St. Louis
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
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Apr 1, 1970 Charles Klotzer
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Volume 8 No. 51- Poverty 
Topics: Klotzer, Focus Midwest
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Sep 1, 1969
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This work, published in part  by the Landmarks Association in 1969, was found  in the St. Louis Local History Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, francis parkman, Tennessee williams
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 1, 1969
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis, City Data Collection. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis
St. Louis Metropolitan Area Rapid Transit Feasibility Study produced by the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council July 1969
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Mass Transit
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
May 15, 1969
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Preliminary Report produced by Downtown St. Louis Incorporated. Prepared by Marketing Firm Batz, Hodgson, Neuwoehner, Inc. This document was drawn from the Downtown St. Louis Inc collection located at the State Historical Society of Missouri, belonging to the University of Missouri-St. Louis office collection. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, race relations, urban living
From the city data collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Transportation, St. Louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Mar 1, 1969
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The following is a brief proposal from March 1969 for the consolidation of the two small St. Louis County municipalities of St.John and Overland in 1969. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. John, Overland, Consolidation
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Mar 1, 1969
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From the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1969
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1969 Proposal for the construction of a Convention Center and mixed use development  just north of the central city corridor in St. Louis. Plan produced by Sverdrup & Parcel, not credited by largely responsible for the plan is Downtown St. Louis Inc.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Urban Renewal
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1969
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The following is a small booklet published by Landmarks on the history, and future plans for redeveloping Laclede's Landing. This book was digitized as part of an on-going project undertaken by the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. You can find this book and many similar items relating to the city of St. Louis and its surrounding reaches at our office in the Thomas Jefferson Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
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Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Oct 5, 1968
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The following is an illustrated excerpt from the 1968 proposed plan for the creation of a St Louis Convention theater, and theme park near Union Station and Mill Creek Valley. It never happened, but it's fun to look at what would have inevitably failed. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, urban renewal
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A short but informative history of the city of Creve Coeur & surrounding cities, published in 1968 by he Citizens' Historical Committee.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, History, St. Louis County
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Apr 1, 1967 Charles Klotzer
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Volume 6, number 40. 
Topics: Klotzer, St. Louis, Policing
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Digitized Reel-to-Reel tape recording from the Ethical Society of St. Louis collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. Recording is that of A.R. Perrino, a Unitarian Pastor in Schenectady New Jersey. Recording is entitled "Civil Disobedience in Perspective," and the speech by Perrino begins at about the 19 minute mark.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis, Ethical Society, A.R. Perrino, Civil Disobedience