Mary Hathaway papers: 1980-2003
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The Mary Hathaway papers span from 1981-2003 and document Mrs. Hathaway's role as a social justice activist and church and community leader. The collection is divided into three series, Community Activism, 1981-2003, First Presbyterian 1981-1990, and Clippings, 1981-2003. Though community and church activities are represented separately in this collection the division is somewhat artificial; Mrs. Hathaway's civic and religious activities are deeply intertwined, all showing a deep and faith-based engagement with her community.

The Community Activism series, 1981-2003, documents Mary Hathaway's involvement with a number of peace and social justice organizations in the Ann Arbor area and is further divided into the subseries: Coalition for Arms Control (CAC), Coalition Against War in the Gulf, Economic Conversion Task Force, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Shelters, and the What is National Security Forum.

The Coalition for Arms Control (CAC) comprises the bulk of this series. This subseries includes Mary's meeting minutes and notes, event information and publicity, and a substantial amount of correspondence with Michigan politicians, particularly Rep. Carl Pursell. The organization changed its name to Peace and Environmental Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons (PECANW) in 1998 to reflect its broadened focus on environmental concerns; however, the majority of the files in this collection date from the period when the organization was called the Coalition for Arms Control, so that is the name used for the organization throughout the collection.

The Coalition Against War in the Gulf subseries includes meeting minutes, event fliers, and correspondence relating to the Persian Gulf War. Included in this subseries are buttons, armbands, and other items that the coalition sold in order to raise money for their anti-war efforts.

The Economic Conversion Task Force subseries contains meeting minutes and outside publications addressing the possibility of moving away from a military-based economy.

The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (also referred to by its previous name, Interfaith Council for Peace) subseries contains materials relating to Mary Hathaway's participation in the organization and tenure on the steering committee. These include minutes from the meetings of the steering committees, as well as correspondence about attempts to set up international linkages and the ICPJ newsletter. This organization illustrates particularly well the overlapping relationship between Mrs. Hathaway's civic and religious engagement. Though the ICPJ is a broad-based community organization, she represented her church and its Peace Task Force at the ICPJ meetings.

The Shelters subseries documents Mary's role in establishing Arbor Haven, an emergency shelter for Ann Arbor's homeless community and the subsequent development of The House Across the Street.

The subseries relates to a community forum organized in 1981 by Mary and Will Hathaway and titled What is National Security.

The First Presbyterian series, 1981-1990, documents Mary Hathaway's involvement in her church, and its activities. This series is divided into five subseries, Church and Society Committee, Deliverance, Hill House, the Peace Task Force, Personal Correspondence, and Session of First Presbyterian.

The Session of First Presbyterian, Church and Society Committee subseries serves to document the governing structure of the Church and Mrs. Hathaway's involvement in and relationship with this structure. She served as a church Elder (member of Session) from 1980-1983. The subseries contains meeting minutes and agendas.

The Deliverance subseries documents Mary Hathaway's involvement in the Deliverance program at First Presbyterian. These files contain minutes of both the El Salvador Study Group and the Deliverance Committee meetings, as well as detailed information about individual refugees hosted by members of First Presbyterian. There is also a significant amount of correspondence written or received by Mary Hathaway or other members of the Deliverance Committee.

The Henry Carter Adams House, familiarly called Hill House, was owned by First Presbyterian Church prior to being demolished in 1986. The Hill House includes meeting notes, correspondence, and reports relating to the house and its eventual destruction.

The Peace Task Force subseries focuses on Hathaway's role in First Presbyterian's Peace Task Force, and how the PTF connected with the local community of peace activists, notably through the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice. The file contains meeting minutes and notes, and documents related to event planning.

The Clippings series contains clippings Mary Hathaway collected from local and national publications. These cover topics ranging from the international nuclear arms race to grassroots efforts to end homelessness in Ann Arbor. Many of these files include clippings directly related to Mrs. Hathaway's actions or those of groups with which she was affiliated.

The Historic Preservation series documents Mary Hathaway's activities relating to historic preservation, particularly in downtown Ann Arbor. This series is subdivided into the subseries Downtown Historic District Study Committee, Loft Task Force, Historic District Commission, and General. This series contains a good deal of information on notable buildings and districts of Ann Arbor, and will be of particular interest to researchers studying the architectural history of Washtenaw County.

The Downtown Historic District Study Committee subseries contains notes and research material compiled by the committee when researching the viability of creating a series of historic districts in downtown Ann Arbor. This subseries also includes photographs of architectural details in Ann Arbor, as well as a handbook developed by the committee to assist local property owners renovate their property.

The Loft Task Force files document Hathaway's involvement in this Ann Arbor task force examining potential uses for underutilized space above commercial buildings in downtown Ann Arbor.

The General subseries contains files about a number of miscellaneous historic preservation projects Hathaway was involved in from the late 1970s through the 1990s. Included in this subseries is information about the preservation of Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater and the creation of some of the city's first historic districts.