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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
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
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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
1983
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Interview conducted in 1983
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Kay Drey
From the St. Louis City Data Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Transportation, Light Rail
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
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
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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
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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
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
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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
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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
Prepared for the National Science Foundation, RAND Corporation
Topic: 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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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Authored by Reid Ross, St. Louis Regional Industrial Development Corporation 1967 Found at the State Historical Society Office at the University of Missouri St. Louis
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis, City Data Collection.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Transit
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Dec 1, 1966
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Feasibility study for the consolidation of Berkeley and Ferguson Missouri, December 1966. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis, Conslidation
The following is a short proposal sent by St. Louis to HUD in September of 1966, as part of their application to participate in the Demonstration Cities (Later known as Model Cities) program. Their application was turned down multiple times. This is one of the earlier failed applications.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Sep 1, 1966
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Produced by Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, Washington University Law School September 1, 1966
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Aug 31, 1966
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From the City Data Collection Addenda at the State Historical Society of Missouri- St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, urban renewal, st. louis
Sent by Charles L. Farris, Executive Director of the St. Louis Housing and Land Clearance Authorities. June 1966
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Urban Renewal
HUD Report 1965
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Urban Renewal
The following is a small booklet published as part of Mayor Raymond Tucker's primary campaign against Alfonso Cervantes in 1964-65. The book outlines Tucker's accomplishments in terms of physical, economic and social change brought to the city of St. Louis between 1952 and 1965. This item was drawn from the Ernest Calloway Papers located at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis, and is part of an on-going digitization effort.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. louis, Raymond Tucker, Alfonso Cervantes
Working Papers or "rough drafts" created for the St. Louis Model City Program discussing issues of housing stock and relocation efforts.
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
The following is a small selection of articles penned by Ernest Calloway between 1965 and 1981. Topics include race, class, labor, healthcare and housing, oftentimes they overlap and are tightly bound. These articles are written for a number of publications including Calloway's own The Citizen Crusader   which later became the New Citizen, as well as the Missouri Teamster and St. Louis Sentinel . These articles were all pulled from the Ernest Calloway Addenda at the State Historical Society,...
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Ernest Calloway, Civil Rights, Public Housing, Healthcare
Greater St. Louis Committee for Freedom of Residence
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
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By Ernest Calloway Associate Research Director Central Conference of Teamsters
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Roy Wenzlick study.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, University City
Provided courtesy of the State Historical Society of Missouri, as part of the new project to digitize and make public a cooperative--indexed St. Louis Urban Planning & Civil Rights archive 1915-2015
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, urban planning, borough
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The following document is from the St. Louis Local History Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Missouri, Motor Guide
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Dec 15, 1959
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"A Day at Public Housing" Speech by Nick Demeroth, St. Louis Housing and Land Clearance Authority. 1959
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, slum clearance, st. louis, housing policy
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Jul 1, 1958
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Consolidation proposal for the cities of Ladue, Huntleigh, and Frontenac, three high in come cities in St. Louis County. The merger failed in a public vote. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis, Consolidation
Community Services Department Chicago May 16 1958
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
From the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis, City Data Collection.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Health and Welfare
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Dec 1, 1956
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Proposal for the annexation of several neighboring villages/subdivisions nearby the St. Louis County municipality of Kirkwood, including Meacham Park. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Meacham Park, St. Louis
Roy Wenzlick feasibility study. Read it for yourself
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, St. Louis
From the George Rawick Papers at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. This collection contains a large variety of left-wing, labor and black history documents. You can find a link to the collection finding aid below: http://shsmo.org/manuscripts/stlouis/s0630.pdf
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Socialism, Worker's Party
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
Oct 23, 1926
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The following item was taken from the St. Louis City Data Addenda at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis. It is a small pamphlet provided to tourists visiting St. Louis which contains restaurants a brief discussions of area wide points of interest.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Tourism
From the City Data Addenda (S0557) at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, planning, city planning
Produced by the St. Louis City Plan Commission, Harland Bartholomew City Engineer
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Published by the City Plan Commission of St. Louis, 1918 From the St. Louis City Data Collection Addenda at the University of Missouri St. Louis office of the State Historical Society of Missouri
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
Small pamphlet from the Rawick Papers at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis. Campaign ephemera--Eugene V. Debs 1904
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Socialist Worker's Party, Socialism
Digitizing St. Louis: History & Public Policy
1882
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The following handbills came from the theater programs file at the State Historical Society of Missouri St. Louis. A small sample of many, many more 19th and early 20th century handbills. 
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Theater
Project No. Mo-R-10
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Urban Renewal
Found in the State Historical Society at UMSL, Vince Schoemehl 2nd term papers, from Governing Magazine 1988 March.
Topic: St. Louis, digiproject
From the Orville Spreen Railroad Collection at the State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis.
Topics: St. Louis, digiproject, Railroad