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Mary Stewart papers: 1980-2015
Summary Information
Title: Mary Stewart papers
Creator: Stewart, Mary.
Dates: 1980-2015
Extent: 0.4 linear feet, 79.9 GB (online)
Mary Stewart served as an events coordinator at the University of Michigan Union from 1974-2015. Stewart's role evolved into a sympathetic mentor and resource for minority students and student athletes within the University. The records consists of photographs, correspondence, and news articles relating to Stewart's time at the University.
Call number: 2015043 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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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 Elena Colon-Marrero in September, 2015.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Mary Stewart (donor no. 11293), in July, 2015.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open without restriction.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.


Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Processing Information:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Mary Stewart Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The records are arranged into three series: Correspondence, Photographs, and Digital Materials.


Mary Stewart served as an events coordinator at the University of Michigan Union. Stewart jointed the Union in 1974. In the 1980s, Stewart noticed there were few events at the Union for black students. Stewart began working with Omega Psi Phi fraternity to find sponsors and help fund and organize events. Stewart's work with Omega Psi Phi led to other organizations to ask for help. Stewart assumed an unofficial role as sympathetic mentor, counselor, and resource for minority students and student athletes within the university. Among Stewart's mentees were Larry Foote, Derek Jeter, Morgan Trent, Mike Hart, Chris Perry, and many others.

Stewart retired from the University of Michigan in 2015. A group of Stewart's mentees, led by Mike Muse (Obama administration adviser and CEO of Muse records) and Glenn Eden (Chicago based public relations executive) has established a scholarship in Stewart's name in conjunction with the U-M Alumni Association's LEAD Scholars Program. The first scholarship was awarded at a testimonial celebration for Stewart on October 9, 2015.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Mary Stewart Papers consists of photographs, correspondence, and news articles relating to Stewart's time at the University of Michigan Union.

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.

  • Athletics -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Greek letter societies -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Minority college students -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Athletes -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Digital file formats.
  • Photographs.
  • Hart, Mike.
  • Jeter, Derek, 1974-
  • Stewart, Mary.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Societies, etc.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Correspondence 1980-2013 [series]

The Correspondence series (1980-2013, 0.2 linear feet) consists of letters, notes, and invitations sent to Stewart.

Box   1  
Photographs 1992-2014 [series]

The Photographs series (1992-2014 and undated, 0.2 linear feet) contains pictures of students, organizations, and athletes that Stewart mentored. The photos were mounted in a collage in Stewart's office and came to be known as "Mary Stewart's Wall" or simply "The Wall."

Box   1  
Calvin Bell 2001-2002
Box   1  
Larry Foote undated
Box   1  
Mike Hart 2006
Box   1  
Derek Jeter 1992-2014
Box   1  
Marshall Lyons undated
Box   1  
Ryan Mundy undated
Box   1  
Mike Muse undated
Box   1  
Chris Perry undated
Box   1  
Morgan Trent 2010-2012
Box   1  
Alpha Phi Alpha undated
Box   1  
Black Vibes 2000
Box   1  
Delta Sigma Theta undated
Box   1  
Kappa Alpha Psi 2000-2004
Box   1  
Phi Beta Sigma undated
Box   1  
Omega Psi Phi 1996-2009
Box   1  
Sigma Gamma Rho 2001
Box   1  
Students and Staff 2000-2012
Box   1  
Unlabeled 1994-2014
Digital Materials [series]

The Digital Materials series (2015, 79.9 GB) contains a "Thank You" video and news articles relating to Stewart's retirement.

"Thank You" Video 2015

(To honor Mary Stewart's service as a mentor and confidant to hundreds of University of Michigan students, some of her favorite Michigan Men created a video to say thank you)

(ZIP File) [download item]
News Articles 2015

(Includes pdf files and .warc files (an internet archive format) of the same items)

(ZIP File) [download item]