date(s):
1969-1982
type(s):
Scrapbook; Collection
A1763 Women for City Living Scrapbook Inventory of Women for City Living Scrapbook A1763 EAD by Andrea Carter using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2016 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:30:11 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Women for City Living Scrapbooks A1763 0.4 Cubic Feet (2 boxes) 1969-1982 Processing Information Processed by Dina M. Young, November 2000. Donor Information The Women for City Living Scrapbooks and Crusade Starter Kit were donated to the Missouri Historical Society by Delphine McClellan in July 1995. Historical Sketch Women for City Living was organized in the summer of 1969 when Delphine McClellan, along with Virginia Feinberg and Anna Busch, began to explore what other American women were doing about crime. McClellan, a lifelong resident of St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood, decided to take a stand when robberies, burglaries, arson, and sexual assaults in the Central West End prompted many residents to abandon the area. The group soon had 600 members, both black and white, and first focused its efforts on the enforcement of building codes, and tracking down absentee landlords to ensure that owners kept up their buildings. Women for City Living worked to close down houses of prostitution and to help families buy homes in the city. In 1970, at the request of Mayor Alfonso J. Cervantes, McClellan and Women for City Living developed the Women’s Crusade Against Crime, a city-wide effort to combat crime in numerous neighborhoods, including Walnut Park, Compton Heights, and The Hill. The Women’s Crusade took on drug dealers, tracked down stolen goods, and advocated job training in the state correctional system. For her work as president of Women for City Living and co-chair of the Women’s Crusade, Delphine McClellan received the St. Louis Globe-Democrat’s 1970 Woman of Achievement Award, and a number of additional awards and citations. Scope and Contents The collection consists of two scrapbooks (dissembled) which contain newsclippings, newsletters and brochures regarding Women for City Living and associated organizations; a notebook (dissembled) titled, "A Crusade Starter Kit," containing brochures, pamphlets, bumper stickers and information sheets on how to combat crime; and issues of "Crusade Courier," the official newsletter of the Women's Crusade Against Crime. Arrangement The collection is arranged in two boxes and six folders by subject matter. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Related Materials For additional information, see the Missouri Historical Society's "Information File," which contains references to material on Delphine McClellan and newsclippings about the Women's Crusade Against Crime. See also the book We Stayed to Fight for City Living: How St. Louis Women Sparked a City Renaissance , by Delphine McClellan (St. Louis: City Living Press, 1987), which is available in the Missouri Historical Society Library. Preferred Citation Women for City Living Scrapbook, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Crime prevention -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Women social reformers -- United States McClellan, Delphine Women for City Living (Saint Louis, Mo.) "A Crusade Starter Kit." 1969-1976 1 1 "A Crusade Starter Kit" 1970-1976 1 2 Loose items from scrapbook. 1972-1993 1 3 Women for City Living scrapbook, vol. 1. 1969-1970 2 1 Women for City Living scrapbook, vol. 2. 1971-1972 2 2 "Crusade Courier," newsletter. 1971-1976 2 3