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Evening Whirl Newspaper Collection

Identifier: LH-wua00375

This collection includes issues of the Evening Whirl Newspaper, ranging from 1955 through the present. Issues are arranged chronologically, with a selection having been removed and scanned due to fragility.


  • 1955 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions on use may apply due to fragility of materials. Also, some portions of this collection require advanced notice for access. Contact Special Collections at (314) 93505495 or for more information. Patrons may only have reproductions of five articles from each issue, more reproductions will require the permission of the donor or their representative.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

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 (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


81.50 linear feet

82 boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

Benjamin Thomas began publishing Night Whirl in 1938, a weekly newspaper covering music and entertainment for the black population of St. Louis.  Within a year Thomas changed the name to Evening Whirl and began covering crime in St. Louis.  He reported on many crimes that other local newspapers did not cover.  Thomas wrote, edited, and published the paper himself until he retired in 1995.  At that time, his two sons took over the publication.  The newspaper continues today as the St. Louis Metro Evening Whirl and continues to cover crime as well as St. Louis area news and entertainment.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged chronologically. Fragile issues of which there is only one copy have been removed to a separate box and scanned. Digital use copies are available.

Cassette tapes are located in the Film and Media vault, row U, shelf 18

Source of Acquisition

This material is transferred to the University Archives on an on-going basis.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Evening Whirl Newspaper Collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2016 July : Updated by Miranda Rectenwald.
  • 2018 Summer: Updated by KeZhan, Ayan Ali, and Sarah Schnuriger.
  • 2020 August 27: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495