For further research on the Forest City Strike of 1935 and the Drygoodsman Building, the following will provide a good start. The Western Historic Manuscripts Collection (WHMC) at the University of Missouri- St Louis Thomas Jefferson Library houses a microfilm reel of the St Louis Labor Advocate bi-monthly newspaper which discusses the strike. W.H.M.C. also has in its collection the photos of Paul Preisler, which capture the strike and others around the time period.

Another good source is the St. Louis Mercantile library, also located in the Thomas Jefferson Library at U.M.S.L. Information can be found in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper clippings under the International Ladies Garment Workers Union folders. To get a better understanding of the strike and other events relating to women’s unions see Katherine Corbett’s In Her Place (St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society Press, 1999).

For more information on the Drygoodsman Building, go to the Landmarks Association of St. Louis webpage at To find out more about the architect Albert B. Groves, go to