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Cynthia Walker Papers

Identifier: LH-wua00198
The Cynthia Walker Papers consists of LGBTQ+ social and activist group materials collected by Walker. Included are t-shirts from Q-Fest St. Louis and St. Louis Prides; catalogs of feminist and lesbian films; information about the 1979 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights; and a large array of LGBTQ+ and lesbian publications, some of which were published locally in St. Louis.


  • 1977-2011

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12.50 Linear Feet

21 boxes

Biographical Information

Cynthia (Cindy) Kaye Walker grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1976, after briefly enrolling at Wesleyan University and St. Louis University, Walker transferred to Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated in December 1980 with a B.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college. Soon after discovering her interest in Women and Gender Studies, Walker came out at school and to her family as a lesbian. Walker was involved in social and activist groups for LGBTQ+ people, women, and feminists both on and off campus. She found community in those groups, and spoke of them in interviews as a chosen family.

Sources: Sonia Storck’s “Cindy Walker: An Oral History” (2018). Washington University Commencement booklet (1981).

Source of Acquisition

Accession number LH2018-021. Gift of Cynthia Walker, August 21, 2018

Related Materials

See also WUA00438 St. Louis LGBTQ+ Research Collection

Other Descriptive Information

Part of the St. Louis LGBTQ Collecting Initiative.

Processing Information

Processed by Caroline Riffle and Sarah Schnuriger in July 2019.
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 11: 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