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Preliminary Guide to the Diane Weddington Papers, 1960s-2000s

Abstract

Diane Weddington was a journalist and religion editor at the Contra Costa Times in the 1980s-1990s.

Collection includes Weddington's published articles, research clippings, reporter notes, and other publications and materials from her journalism career. Topics represented include the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco, the ordination of women and gay clergy, the women's rights movement, domestic violence and child abuse, and other miscellaneous subjects.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Weddington, Diane.
Title
Diane Weddington papers 1970-2008
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.8 Linear Feet, 10,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection includes a variety of materials, ranging from Weddington's published articles to clippings of other articles used in her research. The coverage of the homosexual community in and around San Francisco is represented in two series; the first being Coverage of Gay Clergy in the Church. This series includes legal proceedings by the Lutheran Church against gay clergy, as well as Weddington's own reporter notebooks from her time covering the subject. A second series, Coverage of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Communities, includes materials from Weddington's involvement in the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association and the Frameline film festival. Also included in this series are coverage of the blackballing of gay and lesbian news by the Contra Costa Times, business directories from San Francisco, local gay pride events, and mainstream coverage of gays and lesbians in America.

The series on Weddington's Research, Clippings, and Reporting from Various Projects includes materials from her religion beat at the Contra Costa Times, as well as other internal correspondence and clippings from her work at the newspaper. Subjects include general women's news, as well as articles on domestic violence and rape, child abuse, Satanism, recovered memory phenomena, and women's rights. Also included in this series are materials from Weddington's many projects, including the War Tax Resistance campaign, Diablo Valley study groups and clubs, Journalists Exchange on Aging, and gardening. Finally, this series includes materials from Weddington's coverage of the visit of Pope John Paul II to San Francisco in 1987.

Women in the Church includes materials from Weddington's own involvement in the women's ordination movement in the Episcopal Church, as well as her clippings of coverage regarding women and religion during the 1970s-1980s. Also related and included in this series are Weddington's materials from her time as a student at the Divinity School at Duke University in the 1970s.

Weddington's Published Articles and Reporter's Notes appear to date largely from 1986-1992, although many articles and most of her notes are undated. These clippings from the Contra Costa Times along with news wires reveal the breadth of Weddington's journalism, with topics ranging from the religion section to breaking news about traffic accidents. The materials are not sorted or arranged in any way. Along with clippings and reporter's notebook pages, the series also includes some correspondence from readers, internal Contra Costa Times photography requests, press releases, and other miscellaneous pages used by Weddington in her work.

Finally, the Correspondence series includes both electronic (print-outs) and postal correspondence. One part of the series consists of dot matrix printer printouts of internal communications between the staff and management of the Contra Costa Times. Weddington writes that this material documents the bias against gays and lesbians, as well as the regular workflow of the newspaper in terms of scheduling reporters, meeting deadlines, internal gossip, and so on. Another portion of the series contains letters, greeting cards, and other personal and professional correspondence. These have been arranged by year but not sorted further.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Binders (refoldered) with legal proceedings (2 folders)
Box 1
Related materials and publications
Box 1
Reporters notebooks from Weddington's coverage
Box 1
Homosexuality and the Church (publications, clippings, etc.), 1970s-1990s (2 folders)
Box 1
American Academy of Religion talks and programs, 1995
Box 2
National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association founding and early conventions, 1992-1996 (2 folders)
Box 2
Clippings regarding gay, lesbian, and bisexual news and events, 1980s-2000s (5 folders)

Includes coverage of the Contra Costa Times blackballing of gay and lesbian news.

Box 2
Mainstream magazine coverage of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, 1989-2000
Box 3
Frameline (San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) press folders, 2004-2006
Box 3
International Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day materials, 1981-1990
Box 3
San Francisco business directories for the gay and lesbian community, 1984 and 1994
Box 3
Coverage and materials from Pope John Paul II's visit to San Francisco Bay area, 1987
Box 3
Contests (entry forms, San Francisco journalists), 1987-1989
Box 3
Contra Costa Times email printouts, reporter scheduling, etc., 1989-1990
Box 4
Letters answered, 1986-1987
Box 4
Journalists Exchange on Aging, 1993-2004 (3 folders)
Box 4
Children's Garden project, 1994
Box 4
Diablo Valley Hassadah Study Group, 1992-1993
Box 4
Gardening, 1989-1999
Box 4
Masculinity, undated
Box 5
Sequoia newsletters, 1995-2004
Box 5
War Tax Resistance materials, including campaign organizing and newsletters, 1980-1987 (2 folders)
Box 5
Panels, speeches, other activities, 1982-2000
Box 5
Buttons and badges from various events and causes
Box 5
Women's rights programs and conferences, 1980s-1990s
Box 6
Publications and articles about women's liberation, 1970s-1990s (4 folders)
Box 6
Bizarre mail received while a religion editor, 1986-1992
Box 6
Erhard Seminars Training Manual, 1977 (2 folders)
Box 7
Religion Newswriters Association newsletters, 1987-1991
Box 7
Clippings and publications regarding Satanism
Box 7
Clippings and publications regarding recovered memories (2 folders)
Box 7
Clippings and publications regarding child abuse or violence against women (2 folders)
Box 7
Clippings and publications regarding child abuse or violence against women (3 folders)
Box 8
Spiritual aspects of ritual abuse cassette tape, undated
Box 8
Clippings and publications regarding women,general (3 folders)
Box 8
Clippings and publications regarding women, general (2 folders)
Box 9
Articles about women and religion
Box 9
Religion and Public Affairs directory, 1987
Box 9
First Interseminary, Yale, 1973
Box 10
Second Interseminary, Duke, 1974
Box 10
First Grailville
Box 10
Sojourners/Duke
Box 10
Nonsexist liturgies
Box 10
General communications from Duke Divinity, including Sojourners
Box 10
Response newsletters, 1973-1976
Box 10
Worship materials, etc., 1970s-1980s
Box 10
General convention, Louisville, 1973
Box 10
Virginia Theological Seminary caucus, 1973
Box 10
St. John Witness, New York City, 1973 December
Box 10
New York City National Coordinating Committee, 1974 February
Box 10
Riverside Communion, 1974 October
Box 10
General convention, Minneapolis, 1976
Box 10
Deliberation newsletter, 1974-1976
Box 10
Wendt/Cheek article, 1975
Box 10
Mentor, 1976 April
Box 10
Women's ordination, general articles
Box 10
Post-1976 materials
Box 10
Caucus newsletter, 1974-1976
Box 11
Katrina Swanson-post Philadelphia actions
Box 11
Official Studies, 1966-1978
Box 11
Midwestern caucus, 1974
Box 11
House of Bishops, 1974 August
Box 11
Philadelphia convention, 1974
Box 11
Ohio caucus, 1974 October
Box 11
Virginia Theological Seminary caucus, 1973 March
Box 11
Witness, 1974-1979
Box 11
Publications and programs
Box 11
Publications and notes, 1970s
Box 11
Women's groups (South Hayward Parrish), 1977-1978
Box 11
Women and mental health, UC Davis, 1979 February
Box 11
Assertiveness training, undated
Box 11
Women and language, 1972-1982
Box 11
Harassment, 1977-1982
Box 11
Women in Media conference, 1981
Box 11
Changing psychology of men and women, 1979 May
Box 11

Materials include clippings of Weddington's published pieces, largely from the Contra Costa Times, dating from 1986-1992 (and undated). These clippings, while in excellent condition, are unsorted and in many cases undated. Topics include religion and religious coverage, cultural events and exhibits, breaking news, community calendars, and numerous other areas.

Along with the actual clippings, Weddington frequently included her notes from particular articles, as well as miscellaneous materials such as press releases, photograph requests, correspondence, and other items. These supplemental materials are also unsorted and undated.

Published articles and reporter's notes
Box 12-17
Internal Contra Costa Times email correspondence, 1986-1992
Box 18
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1985-1998 and undated
Box 19

Historical Note

Diane Weddington attended the Divinity School at Duke University and was a reporter and a religion editor at the Contra Costa Times.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Diane Weddington Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Diane Weddington Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, June 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, June 2010

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

Accessions included in this collection: 2010-0100