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Eva Jefferson Paterson (1949- ) Papers

Identifier: 31/17/202

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Scope and Contents

The biographical materials section contains a biographical sketch of Eva Jefferson Paterson, which includes interviews, correspondence, agendas, and student papers written about her. The collection is split mainly into two categories: materials on her education and activism at Northwestern University and materials related to her career. A substantial amount of the material pertains to the 1970 debate with Vice President Spiro Agnew and campus Vietnam War protest including, newspaper clippings, magazines, interviews, and press releases. Additionally, this section contains her senior thesis about the 1970 Vietnam War protest at Northwestern. The portion pertaining to Paterson’s career includes her California legal licenses, her involvement in several organizations promoting civil rights, and award ceremony programs.

The awards section is primarily organized by type and size and into the following categories, certificates, plaques, trophies, glass awards, oversized items, and artifacts. Among the certificates are those autographed by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her awards include trophies and plaques from the National Bar Association, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. There are a few plaques and certificates that note June 28 as Eva Jefferson Paterson Day in San Francisco. Additionally, the collection includes an Award of Merit from the Northwestern University Alumni Association. Among the artifacts is a clock from the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Woman of the Year. Lastly, there is a framed political cartoon on the San Francisco Fire Department.


  • 1970 - 2017


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.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.


17 Boxes

Language of Materials



Eva Jefferson Paterson (1949- ), a graduate of Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Science class of 1971, is a civil rights attorney. Her collection spans the years 1970-2013 and contains biographical materials, correspondence, interviews, publications, and awards.


Materials are arranged chronologically within the Biographical Materials series and by type and size within the remainder of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Eva Jefferson Paterson, July 2017 (accession #17-202).

Related Materials

Photograph Files: Eva Jefferson Paterson; Strikes and Protests 1970

31/6/155 Records of the Bursar’s Office Takeover, May 1968

31/6/15 Records of the Student Senate

Separated Materials

Photographs of Eva Jefferson Paterson have been separated from this collection and moved to the Eva Jefferson Paterson Photograph File within Northwestern University Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Claire Pak and Charla Wilson, 2018. Input into ArchivesSpace by Jill Waycie, 2020.

Guide to the Eva Jefferson Paterson (1949- ) Papers
Claire Pak and Charla Wilson
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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