Guide to LGBTQ Experience in Missouri


The Mary Jane Barnett Papers (CG0004) provide a remarkable look into the business and life partnership of two Cape Girardeau women, Mary Jane Barnett and Elaine “Tommie” Davis, from the 1930s to the early 1980s. Together, Barnett and Davis owned the long-standing Co-op Cut Rate Drug Store and gained the community’s acceptance in an era when same-sex couples often found it necessary to hide their relationships from public view. This collection provides written and photographic records of the two women’s long experience of living and working together in Cape Girardeau.

View the entire Mary Jane Barnett Photograph Collection here.