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Joan Wagner Beck (1923-1998), 1941-1954 Papers

Identifier: 31/6/203

Scope and Contents

The Joan Wagner Beck series consists of three boxes of Beck’s materials from Northwestern, her work as an ad writer for Marshall Field and her earlier work at the Tribune. Of note are her petition for the managing editor position at the Daily Northwestern and copies of the Sunday Chicago Tribune that contain her columns and articles. The large third box consists of Marshall Field ads saved from local newspapers.


  • 1941-1954


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3 Boxes

Language of Materials



Joan Wagner Beck (September 5, 1923-December 11, 1998) was a columnist and trailblazer at the Chicago Tribune, where she was the first woman with a regular column in the editorial or op-ed pages, the first woman in charge of a daily section and the first woman to serve on the paper’s editorial board.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provided by Roger Boye, records held by the Medill School of Journalism; accession #00-214, July 11, 2000.

Guide to the Joan Wagner Beck (1923-1998), 1941-1954 Papers
Madeline Fox, August 2017; Emily Head, February, 2020.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US