Mary Ann Weston (1940- ) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Mary Ann Weston Papers fill four boxes and span the years 1974 to 2004. The papers mainly document the later years of Weston’s career at Northwestern (1980s through 1990s), with the bulk of the materials comprising records of Weston’s work on Medill and University committees, and her teaching files. A few presentations and a grant proposal are also included. Throughout, whether in terms of curriculum development or committee work, the papers reflect Weston’s concern to include and address the issues of women and minorities, and to ensure that journalism students learned how to incorporate these issues into their reporting.
Biographical information is limited to Weston’s page on the Medill School of Journalism web site.
Committee files, spanning the years 1995 to 2001, typically include the charge to the committee, communication among committee members, meeting agendas, draft reports, and comments from non-committee members.
Papers and presentations include two papers presented or submitted to the American Journalism Historians Association and a speech Weston delivered at a Northwestern event, "Rock against Bigotry" (held at the Northwestern landmark known as "the Rock" in 1996). Also included is the proposal, drafts, supporting paperwork (such as examples from earlier years), and correspondence relating to the proposal to the Alumnae of Northwestern in 1998.
Teaching files begin with files on courses taught outside the regular Medill curriculum--a course for high school journalism teachers, National High Institute summer courses--and a file on the development of the "History and Society" curriculum. These folders typically contain opening remarks, syllabi, handouts (including a few examples of coursepacks), exams, lecture notes, curriculum plans, and assignments. Since a number of courses involved guest lecturers and lab instructors, or were team-taught to some extent, material relating to or created by other faculty may be included. Materials in the folders are in rough chronological order.
- Weston, Mary Ann (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at email@example.com or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Northwestern University journalism professor Mary Ann (Damme) Weston earned both her bachelor’s (1962) and master’s (1963) degrees at the Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her papers fill four boxes and span the years 1974 to 2004. The papers mainly document the later years of Weston’s career at Northwestern (1980s through 1990s), with the bulk of the materials comprising records of Weston’s work on Medill and University committees, and her teaching files. The papers reflect Weston’s concern to include and address the issues of women and minorities, and to ensure that journalism students learned how to incorporate these issues into their reporting.
The Mary Ann Westin papers are organized into: committees (arranged alphabetically by keyword in the committee name); speeches, papers and proposals (arranged by date); teaching files (non-Northwestern courses, and Northwestern courses arranged by course number and date); and biographical material.
Method of Acquisition
Mary Ann Weston donated her papers to the University Archives on August 17, 2005, as Accession No. 05-80.
A few inches of duplicate and extraneous materials were separated and discarded. Several reports and other Northwestern-related items were transferred to the appropriate files in the University Archives’ General Files.
Ami Kawamura and Janet Olson, Winter 2008.
- Guide to the Mary Ann Weston (1940- ) Papers
- Ami Kawamura and Janet Olson
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