Preliminary Guide to the Diane Weddington Papers, 1960s-2000s
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.
- Collection Number
- Diane Weddington papers
- Weddington, Diane
- 10.8 Linear Feet, 10,000 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
- Coverage of gay clergy in the church, 1970s-1990s
- Coverage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities in the San Francisco area, 1980s-2000s
- Research, clippings, and reporting from various projects, 1980-2000s
- Women in the church, 1970s-1980s
- Published articles and reporter's notes, 1986-1992 and undated
- Correspondence, 1985-1998 and undated
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.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Diane Weddington Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Includes coverage of the Contra Costa Times blackballing of gay and lesbian news.
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.
Diane Weddington attended the Divinity School at Duke University and was a reporter and a religion editor at the Contra Costa Times.
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- Contra Costa Times
- John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 -- Travel
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- Weddington, Diane
- Weddington, Diane
- Child abuse -- Prevention
- Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Newspaper publishing
- Ordination of women -- Episcopal Church
- Ordination of gays -- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Recovered memory
- Reporters and reporting
- Sexism in religion
- Women's rights -- United States
- Women and journalism
- Women and religion
The Diane Weddington Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010.
Processed by Meghan Lyon, June 2010
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, June 2010
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
Accessions included in this collection: 2010-0100