Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Jo Stephenson Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Papers,
Creator: Stephenson, Jo.
Inclusive dates: 1944-1998, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 1 box)
The collection consists of materials documenting the life, career, and research interests of Jo Stephenson, including her master's work on Gerald Heard, for which she studied with Russell Kirk, and materials documenting her husband, David Schock,

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

Jo Stephenson papers are open for research.


Some of the published materials are copyrighted, otherwise copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Jo Stephenson Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Barbara Jo Stephenson was born on May 3, 1950 in Detroit, the daughter of Ralph J. and Elizabeth Stephenson. Jo graduated from Redford High School. She attended the University of Michigan, 1968-1970, and transferred to Albion College, from which she graduated in 1972. She earned a Master of Arts degree in 1973 from Central Michigan University (CMU) and was a doctoral candidate at the Union Institute Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she pursued her research interest in Gerald Heard (1889-1971), a leading British philosopher of conservative thought. Russell Kirk, who is considered the founding father of modern conservative thought, advised Jo during her graduate work. She also attended Heritage Lectures at the Kirk home in Mecosta County.

A writer and poet, Jo worked at the Osceola County Herald in Reed City and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. From 1976 to 1991, she worked at CMU in the Public Relations Office. She taught in CMU’s Journalism Department in 1973, 1979-1983.

Jo married David B. Schock. They lived on a small farm in Millbrook, Michigan. She died on July 8, 1991 as the result of a rare tumor. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection, 1944-1998, and undated (1 cubic foot) consists of materials documenting the life, career, and research interests of Jo Stephenson, including biographical materials, poetry, creative writing, embroidery, school papers, articles she wrote for publication in newspapers, her husband, David Schock, her master’s work on Gerald Heard, and Heard’s writings and presentations (copies or transcriptions), and notes or comments on them she used as reference materials (12 folders). The collection is organized alphabetically by folder title.

Subject Terms

    • Stephenson, Jo.
    • Schock, David B.
    • Kirk, Russell.
    • Heard, Gerald,--1899-1971.
    • Central Michigan University.--Dept. of Journalism.
    • Central Michigan University--Alumni and alumnae.
    • Journalists--Michigan--Mount Pleasant--Biography.
    • Conservatism--United States--History--20th century.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Jo Stephenson Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Awards, Memorials, Scholarships, 1991-1998
    Box   1 F   2
    Biographical Materials, including Obituary, 1950-1991
    Box   1 F   3
    Biographical Materials, David Schock, 1973-1992
    Box   1 F   4
    Photographs, Graphics, 1970-1990s
    Box   1 F   5
    Articles, Commentaries by Gerald Heard, compiled and typed by Norman S. Ream, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Articles and Booklets (some copies) by Gerald Heard, 1944-1962
    Box   1 F   7
    Central Michigan University, Master of Arts, Diploma and Case, 1973
    Box   1 F   8
    Commentaries by Gerald Heard, 1958-1964, by Louis Dehmlow, 1958-1964, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence re: Gerald Heard, 1989
    Box   1 F   10
    Creative Ph.D. Notebook on Conservative Philosophy, 1986
    Box   1 F   11
    Cross-stitch Embroidery, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Education by Gerald heard, edited by Norman A. Ream from Detroit Speech, 1956
    Box   1 F   13
    Explorations with Gerald Heard, Transcribed from Pacifica Record, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Gerald Heard, List of Books by, 1986
    Box   1 F   15
    Gerald Heard, Notebook, undated [1986?]
    Box   1 F   16
    Gerald Heard, Notebook, undated [1986?]
    Box   1 F   17
    Gerald Heard, PDE Outline, Articles, 1988
    Box   1 F   18
    Gerald Heard, Related Correspondence, 1984-1989
    Box   1 F   19
    Heritage Lectures, Notes, 1989
    Box   1 F   20
    Integral Thought and The New Perception by Gerald Heard, typed Transcription by Louis H. Dehmlow, undated
    Box   1 F   21
    International College, Materials, 1987
    Box   1 F   22
    Irish Hills Goat Dairy, Detroit Free Press article by Stephenson, 1975
    Box   1 F   23
    Kirk Seminars, Correspondence, Papers, Drafts by Stephenson (2 folders), 1986-1988
    Box   1 F   24
    Poetry Booklets, 1967-1972
    Box   1 F   25
    Poetry, Poems, 1978, 1980-1981
    Box   1 F   26
    Poetry, Poems, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    Presentations, Articles (not re: Heard), 1972-1988
    Box   1 F   28
    Redford High School, Detroit, Graphics Art Dept., Student Project, 1967
    Box   1 F   29
    Story "The Boys," Dedicated to Her Parents, by Stephenson, volume with Maroon Velvet Covers, 1970
    Box   1 F   30
    Training and what We Can Do About It, Commentary by Gerald Heard, 1961
    Box   1 F   31
    Union Institute Graduate School, Doctoral Program, Certification Materials for Stephenson, 1988-1989
    Box   1 F   32
    Union Institute Graduate School, Papers, 1981; Learning Agreement, 1990, 1981, 1990
    Box   1 F   33
    WCMU-FM Audience Survey, by Stephenson, 1972