Mary Hathaway papers: 1980-2003
Summary Information
Title: Mary Hathaway papers
Creator: Hathaway, Mary.
Dates: 1980-2003
Extent: 6 linear feet, 6 digital audiovisual files
Abstract:
Prominent Ann Arbor, Mich. area peace and social justice activist; was involved in both church and community organizations concerned with topics as diverse as nuclear disarmament, homelessness in Ann Arbor, and the immigration rights of El Salvadorian refugees. The collection includes organizational and church files detailing her various activities.
Call number: 07117 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Carrie Hintz, 2007-08

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Materials donated to the library by Mary Hathaway (donor no. 9822) in multiple accessions, 2006-2008.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

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Alternate Format:

Digitization: A number of recordings within this collection have been digitized. The resulting files are available for playback online or in the Bentley Library Reading Room according to rights. Original media is only available for staff use.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Mary Hathaway papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Mary Hathaway grew up in Ann Arbor, Mich., attending First Presbyterian Church throughout most of her life. Throughout the early 1980s she served as a church Elder (member of the governing Session) and as an active member of a number of committees and task forces. In 1981 she started to become involved in the Ann Arbor peace community through her work organizing, along with her son Will, a community forum on national security. She continued to be a mainstay of the Ann Arbor peace community working with a number of community groups fostering peace and nuclear disarmament.

In 1983 Mary Hathaway, with her son Will and a number of other community leaders, organized the Coalition for Arms Control. The coalition began in response to Cold War nuclear proliferation. The coalition grew out of a protest of US Representative Carl Pursell's office by Will Hathaway and other University of Michigan students in 1983 but the effort soon became a more broad-based community organization in which Mary and John Hathaway as well as their son Will, were all actively involved. The CAC grew into a lobbying organization comprised of 15 community groups based in Michigan's Second Congressional District.

During the early 1980s, at the same time that the Hathaways were working with the Coalition Against Arms Control, Mary was also involved in Ann Arbor Historic District Commission, and in local, grassroots efforts to provide shelter for Ann Arbor's homeless population. She was instrumental in opening the Arbor Haven emergency shelter.

Additionally, she helped to found the Peace Task Force in 1981 in response to a nationwide denominational call for a renewed commitment to peacemaking within the Church. The task force sponsored a yearly "Peace Week", hosted a lay-education series presenting classes and lectures focused on social justice issues, and engaged their larger community through participation in the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.

A related effort carried on by Mary Hathaway and other members of First Presbyterian was the Deliverance movement. Deliverance was a Church-driven initiative dedicated to temporarily housing and otherwise assisting Central American refugees seeking asylum in Canada. Mrs. Hathaway acted as the chair of First Presbyterian's El Salvador Study Group Deliverance Committee, a committee that grew out of the recommendations of the original study group. The Deliverance Committee hosted Central American refugees and assisted them in being granted legal asylum in Canada.

Mrs. Hathaway remained active in her church's Peace Task Force, as well as the Coalition Against Arms Control, the longevity of which was the topic of Will Hathaway's master's thesis. In the early 1990s she also became very active in the Coalition Against War in the Gulf and other local peace organizations.

In addition to her work for peace and social justice, Hathaway was also very active in preserving the historic character of downtown Ann Arbor. She served on the Historic District Committee, the Downtown Historic Development Study Committee, and was the chairperson of the Downtown Loft Task Force. Her work, and that of her peers on these committees, was instrumental in creating many of Ann Arbor's historic districts. Mary Hathaway passed away on October 6, 2019.


Collection Scope and Content Note

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.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Antinuclear movement -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Church work with refugees -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Pacifism.
  • Pacifists -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Political participation -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Shelters for the homeless -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Digital audio files.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Photographs.
  • First Presbyterian Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Hathaway, Mary.
  • Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Peace and Environmental Coalition Against Nuclear Weapons.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Community Activism [series]

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.

 
Coalition for Arms Control [subseries]

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.

Box   1  
20/20 Mailings 1991-1997
Box   1  
20/20 Postcards 1990-2003
Box   1  
20/20 Core Group, Trash Importation 1996
Box   1  
Affiliated Events 1990-2001
Box   1  
Affiliated Organizations 1992-1999
Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Council Nuclear Test Ban Resolution 1986
Box   1  
Background and General Information
Box   1  
Chernobyl Response 1986
Box   1  
Collaboration and Correspondence with German Peace Groups 1982
Box   1  
Community Forum 1999
Box   1  
Community Forum Publicity 1999
Box   1  
Correspondence 1990-1999
Box   1  
Correspondence with Jean Chissold 1984
Box   1  
Correspondence-Letters to the Editor 1998-1999
Box   1  
Delivery Day 1983
Box   1  
Jonathan Schell Event 1998
Box   1  
Jonathan Schell Event Tape 1998
Box   1  
Meetings with Representative Pursell 1987-1990
Box   1  
Minutes and Correspondence 1983-2001
Box   1  
1983-1991 (9 folders)
Box   2  
1991-2001 (6 folders)
Box   2  
MX Rail Garrison 1991
Box   2  
Peace Activities
Box   2  
Unrealized Defense Forum 1985
Box   2  
Walled Lake Missile Plant Protests 1983-1986
 
Coalition Against War in the Gulf [subseries]

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.

Box   2  
Affiliated Organizations
Box   2  
Background and History
Box   2  
Correspondence 1990
Box   2  
Correspondence with Elected Officials 1990-1991
Box   2  
Ephemera
Box   2  
Event Fliers 1990-1991
Box   2  
Local Essays and Articles 1990-1991
Box   2  
Media Communications Committee 1991
Box   2  
Meting Notes 1990-1991
Box   2  
Teach-Ins 1991
 
Economic Conversion Task Force, 19913-2000 [subseries]

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

Box   2  
Correspondence and Supporting Documents 1994-2000
Box   2  
Meeting Minutes 1993-1995
 
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice 1982-2000 [subseries]

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.

Box   2  
Background and History 1990
Box   2  
Disarmament Working Group 1984-1986
Box   2  
International Linkages 1982-1989
Box   2  
Newsletter 1983-2000
Box   2  
Steering Committee 1983-1991 (3 folders)
 
Shelters 1980-1988 [subseries]

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.

Box   2  
Arbor Haven 1980-1982 (3 folders)
Box   3  
Arbor Haven 1983-1988 (2 folders)
Box   3  
The House Across the Street 1982-1986 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Unrealized Shelter Proposal 1982
 
What is National Security Forum [subseries]

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

Box   3  
What is National Security Community Forum
Box   3  
What is National Security Community Forum 1981
Box   3  
Audio Recordings 1981
Box   3  
What is National Security? Morality or Rationality of Nuclear Weapons with Joe Volk 1981 (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(A discussion about the morality or rationality of nuclear weapons. Joe Volk speaks.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([07117-SR-1-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (30:37) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([07117-SR-1-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (28:13) [access item]
Box   3  
What is National Security? Eugene Carroll, Retired Admiral and Co-head of Center for Defense Information 1981 (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(Eugene Carroll (retired Admiral and Co-head of Center for Defense Information) discusses national security. Mayor of Ann Arbor - Lou Belcher introduces.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([07117-SR-2-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (45:07) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([07117-SR-2-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (21:05) [access item]
Box   3  
What is National Security? Defense and the Arms Race with Professor David Singer and General B. Scowcroft 1981 (1 audiocassettes (Audiocassettes))
(Professor David Singer and General B. Scowcroft discuss defense and the arms race.)
  Online  
[Side 1] ([07117-SR-3-1]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (45:25) [access item]
  Online  
[Side 2] ([07117-SR-3-2]) [Access to this material is restricted to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library] (20:34) [access item]
Box   3  
Correspondence 1981
Box   3  
Publicity 1981
 
First Presbyterian 1991, 1981-1990 [series]

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.

 
Church and Society Committee [subseries]

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.

Box   3  
Church and Society Committee 1981-1986
 
Deliverance [subseries]

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.

Box   3  
Deliverance
Box   3  
Committee Notes and Documents 1983-1987 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Correspondence (with Marcena Upp-Kadlinski) 1983-1987
Box   3  
Detroit/Windsor Refugee Coalition 1984
Box   3  
El Salvador Study Group 1983
Box   3  
Handouts and Circulars 1983-1984
Box   3  
Immigration Information 1984-1985
Box   3  
Jubilee Partners 1984-1986
Box   3  
José Cruz 1985-1987
Box   3  
Overground Railroad 1984-1986
Box   3  
Presbyterian Church and Central America 1985
Box   3  
Refugee Profiles 1984
Box   3  
Refugee Photographs 1984
Box   3  
Sandor and Eduardo 1984-1988
 
Hill House 1980-1987 [subseries]

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.

Box   3  
1980-1986 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1980-1987 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Clippings
 
Peace Task Force 1983-1989 [subseries]

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.

Box   3  
Peacemaking at First Presbyterian
Box   3  
Alice in Blunder 1983
Box   3  
John Schwarz Course 1983
Box   3  
John Schwarz packet 1986
Box   3  
Meeting Minutes and Notes 1981
Box   4  
Meeting Minutes and Notes 1982-1989 (7 folders)
Box   4  
Nuclear Freeze Initiative 1982
Box   4  
Supplemental Materials 1981
 
Personal Correspondence [subseries]
Box   4  
Personal Correspondence 1986-1990
 
Session of First Presbyterian [subseries]
Box   4  
Minutes of Session 1980-1983 (2 folders)
 
Clippings 1983-2003 [series]

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.

Box   4  
Arms Race 1983-1999 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Central America 1983-1985
Box   4  
Central America Refugees 1983-1985
Box   4  
Economic Conversion 1989
Box   4  
Gulf War 1990-1991 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Gulf War-Locally Generated 1990-1991
Box   4  
Gulf War and the Media 1990-1991
Box   4  
Henry Carter Adams House & 1986, 2003
Box   4  
Homelessness in Ann Arbor 1981-1986
Box   4  
Nuclear Arms 1981-1987
Box   4  
Peace Cartoons
Box   4  
What is National Security Community Forum 1981
 
Historic Preservation [series]

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.

 
Downtown Historic District Study Committee [subseries]

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.

Box   5  
Binder
Box   5  
General Notes 1981-1982
Box   5  
Campaign for Historical Districts
Box   5  
Chronology and General Information
 
Correspondence 1988-1989
Box   5  
General (2 folders)
Box   5  
Chamber of Commerce and Merchants' Associations
Box   5  
Council Members
Box   5  
Peter Long
Box   5  
Property Owners
Box   5  
Planning Commission
Box   5  
Downtown Handbook Preparation
Box   5  
Downtown Handbook Final Copy
Box   5  
Maps
Box   5  
Meeting Minutes and Notes 1987-1989 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Photographs
Box   5  
Slides of Architectural Details in Downtown Ann Arbor
Box   5  
Proposal and Research 1987-1989
Box   5  
Report Drafts 1987-1989
 
Loft Task Force 1987-1990 [subseries]

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.

Box   5  
Loft Task Force 1987-1988
Box   5  
Annual Report 1990
Box   5  
BOCA Revision 1989
Box   5  
Clippings 1988-1990
 
Correspondence
Box   5  
Downtown Development Association 1988
Box   5  
Friedman 1989
Box   5  
Property Owners 1988-1989
Box   5  
Stoll 1975-1989
Box   5  
Loan Consortium 1989
Box   5  
Meeting Minutes 1988
Box   5  
Notes
Box   5  
Proposal for State Legislation 1989
Box   5  
Resolutions 1988-1990
 
Historic District Commission 1987-1990 [subseries]
 
General Notes
Box   5  
Binder 1977-1980
Box   5  
Notes 1980-1981 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Notes 1982 (2 folders)
Box   6  
1990
Box   6  
Awards Committee 1985-1987
 
General 1977-1991 [subseries]

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.

Box   6  
Ann Arbor Historical Foundation 1980
Box   6  
Central Fire Station 1978-1979
Box   6  
Clippings 1988-1989
Box   6  
Cobblestone Farm 1982
Box   6  
Correspondence with Will Hathaway 1989
Box   6  
Division/Ann St./Old Fourth Ward 1977-1983
Box   6  
Downtown Development Authority Citizens' Council 1990 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Downtown Studies
Box   6  
East Liberty Historical District 1988
Box   6  
How to do Research on Old Houses
Box   6  
Kempf House 1979
Box   6  
Landmark Ordinance 1988
Box   6  
Lively Downtown Task Force 1987-1989
Box   6  
Michigan Theater Preservation Efforts 1979 (2 folders)
Box   6  
Old West Side 1977
Box   6  
Research and Clippings
Box   6  
State Street and East Liberty Historical Districts 1990-1991
Box   6  
University of Michigan 1977
Box   6  
Washtenaw --Hill Historical District 1979-1981