Thursday, February 25, 2010

THE GATEWAY CITY GOES TO WAR, 1941-1945: PART III

20. Saint Louis (Mo.). City Plan Commission. Saint Louis After World War II: Saint Louis, Missouri City Plan Commission. St. Louis: Mason Printing Co. 1942. (Central-FA, HG-L, ST 710)

A plan for the revitalization of St. Louis' "blighted areas" after the war ended. This 1942 study bemoans the loss of population from the central city to newly developed subdivisions on the city's outskirts and in St. Louis County, a trend which the study says was already evident in the 1920 census. Illustrated with numerous maps and charts.

21. Saint Louis (Mo.). Office of Civilian Defense. Civilian Defense Bulletin. St. Louis: Office of Civilian Defense, 1941-1942. (Central-ST 363.55)

Weekly bulletins Nos. 1-33 issued by the St. Louis Office of Civilian Defense. Bulletins include reports on activities by staff and volunteers of the OCD.

22. Saint Louis (Mo.). Office of Civilian Defense. Instructor's Manual, General Course, Civilian Defense. St. Louis: Office of Civilian Defense, 1942. (Central-ST 623.3)

This instructor's manual includes a St. Louis Civilian Defense organization chart, which lists the components of the organization and provides the name of the director of each unit within the organization. Also provided are a "Chart of Air Defense Region" and a "Typical Room Layout of Control Center" diagram. The pamphlet concludes with a page which features black-and-white illustrations of various Civilian Defense badges.

23. Saint Louis (Mo.). Office of Civilian Defense. Progress Report, January 25, 1942. St. Louis: Office of Civilian Defense, 1942. (Central-ST 623.3)

A report made by Harry D. McBride, St. Louis Office of Civilian Defense Coordinator, to Mayor William Dee Becker. The report highlights the various sub-units that comprised the Office of Civilian Defense, naming the director of each unit and providing a short description of the make-up and functions of each unit.

24. Saint Louis (Mo.). 28th Ward. 28th Ward Honor Roll: Dedicated to the Men and Women of the 28th Ward Serving in the Armed Forces of Their Country. St. Louis: City of St. Louis, 1944. (Central-ST 940.92)

A list of residents of St. Louis City's 28th Ward who served in the armed forces during World War II. There are actually two lists: one of those currently (June 1944) serving in the armed forces, followed by a list of those who died or were killed while in service. The lists divide by branch of service, and include names only. The list of those currently in service concludes with separate lists of women in the armed forces. Following the lists of servicemen and women is a list of donors who helped finance the printing of this booklet (also names only).

25. St. Louis Commerce 19:37 (November 28, 1945). St. Louis, Mo.: St. Louis Commerce, 1945. (Central-ST 940.92)

Special issue devoted to examination of economic impact of World War II on St. Louis metropolitan area, and contributions of local businesses to the war effort. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs. One page articles on the contributions of local business firms to the war effort usually include a black-and-photograph of the firm's president or CEO. Those articles alternate pages with an article on the contributions of the local business community to the war effort.

26. St. Louis County (Mo.) Defense Works Committee. St. Louis County and the Defense Program. St. Louis, Mo.: 1941. (Central-ST 355.21)

This booklet provides a brief but informative economic and industrial history of St. Louis County, with an eye towards determining the proper role for St. Louis County industry to play in the coming war effort. Subjects covered include growth; government agencies in the county; valuation of county real estate; highways; sanitary conditions; hospitals and public health; public schools; parks and recreation; and a list of the members of the St. Louis County Defense Works Committee, who were appointed to their posts on July 23, 1941, five months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

27. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. History of the War in Newspaper Front Pages: Actual Reproductions of Newspaper Front Pages, Selected from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Covering Major Events of World War II (from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the final capitulation of the Nazis and the fall of Japan). St. Louis: St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1945. (Central-ST Oversize 940.92)

A oversized booklet which reprints front pages from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper which featured major events of World War II. Includes coverage for the period December 7, 1941 to September 23, 1945.

28. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. What Are We Fighting For? A Symposium Conducted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis: 1943. (Central-ST 940.929)

Reprints a series of articles that first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper during the time period February 21- May 2, 1943. The purpose of the series was to explore ways in which the victors of World War II could best create a post-war world in which the outbreak of catastrophic conflicts like the two World Wars would be nearly impossible. Articles were written by a wide variety of contributors, including the Episcopal Bishop of Missouri, the Rev. William Scarlett; Edgar M. Queeny, Chairman of the Board of Monsanto Chemical Company; and James P. Whiteside, who is described as a "Common Man from Missouri."

29. St. Louis Star-Times. Winning the Peace: a Series of Special Articles on Post-War Planning. St. Louis: 1944. (Central-ST 940.929)

Reprints a series of articles that first appeared in the St. Louis Star-Times newspaper during 1943. The purpose of the series was to explore ways in which the victors of World War II could best create a post-war world in which the outbreak of catastrophic conflicts like the two World Wars would be nearly impossible. Articles were written by a wide variety of contributors, including Elbert D. Thomas, U.S. Senator from Utah, and Quincy Wright, professor of International Law at the University of Chicago.

Compiled by: Thomas A. Pearson
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library

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