Guide to the Jeane Eddy Westin Papers

Allison Higgins
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Guide to the Jeane Eddy Westin Papers

Collection number: MC 24

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Room

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Allison Higgins
Date Completed:
2013
Encoded by:
Allison Higgins
Copyright 2013 Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Jeane Eddy Westin Papers
Dates: 1974-1977
Collection number: MC 24
Creator: Jeane Eddy Westin
Collection Size: 1.5 linear ft. (3 archival boxes)
Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Jeane Eddy Westin is a local author from the Sacramento area. The Westin papers collection consists of interviews on cassette tape and in printed form, several newspaper clippings, and correspondence related to her first book, Making Do: How Women Survived the 30s. The book was published in 1976 by Follett Publishing Company and features interviews with several women, some from Sacramento, who survived on little income during the Great Depression.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jeane Eddy Westin Papers, MC 24, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.

Donation Information

This collection was donated to the Sacramento Public Library by the author in 1993.

Biographical Note

Jeane Eddy Westin is a local author who has written articles for many popular magazines, such as Womens Day, Parade and Ms. Making Do: How Women Survived the 30s was her first book, published in 1976, and it features stories told by women she interviewed who were growing up during the Great Depression. Born in July of 1931, Jeane was a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors as well as the Womens Army Corps, where she worked as a cryptographer during the Korean War. Other works she has written include Love and Glory and Swing Sisters, both fictional stories set in the 1930s and 40s. She married Eugene Westin in Sacramento in April of 1962.

Scope and Content Note

The papers are comprised of both printed and recorded interviews by the author, newspaper clippings promoting the release of her book, and outgoing and incoming correspondence relating to the publication of Making Do. The printed interviews are organized alphabetically by interviewee last name, and are told to the author from the perspectives of different women growing up during the Great Depression and making do in hard times.
This collection is organized into three series:
  • Series 1. Interviews
  • Series 2. Printed Materials
  • Series 3. Correspondence

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States -- Sacramento


Collection Contents

Box: 1-2

Series 1. Interviews

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of typed and recorded interviews by the author and organized in alphabetical order by interviewee last name.
Box 1: 1

Newell Allison-Dorothy V. Bush

Box 1: 2

Nell Cadell-Vivian Cisneros

Box 1: 3

Doris Clark-Elizabeth Currian

Box 1: 4

Lillian Dawson-Maxine DuBose

Box 1: 5

Flo Elkin-Evelyn Gassler

Box 1: 6

Marjory Gentry-Mary Ann Guyol

Box 1: 7

Aleta Hagens-Lorette Harding

Box 1: 8

Pauline Harris-Jayne Hobbs

Box 1: 9

Mildred Huff-Jeanne Hutton

Box 2: 1

Ida Johnson-Lillian Kreucher

Box 2: 2

Carol Larson-Teola May

Box 2: 3

Lois McElroy-Aggie Movan

Box 2: 4

Sadie Nelson-Christine Owyang

Box 2: 5

Louisa Paalman-Kirsten Richards

Box 2: 6

Frances Ridgway-Victoria Sudsbury

Box 2: 7

Pearl Thorley-Hildegard Weigner

Box 2: 8

Hermine Wilder-Fern Yowell

Box 3

Interviews on Cassette Tape (Genova Johnson Dollinger; Peggy Gilbert; Mary Ann Guyol; Cecil Harden; Agnes Hayes; Jacqueline Cochran Odlum; Mildred Scott Olmsted; Virginia Payne; Gladys Tillett)

Box: 3

Series 2. Printed Materials

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of magazine articles, newspaper clippings, and correspondence among publishing staff regarding the publication of Making Do.
Folder: 1-2

Subseries 1. Magazines

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box 3: 1

West Coast Review of Books and Ms. 1976

Box 3: 2

Publisher's Weekly January 26, 1976

Folder: 3

Subseries 2. Newspaper Clippings

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 3: 3

Newspaper Clippings 1974-1977

Box: 3

Series 3. Correspondence

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains both incoming and outgoing communication between the author and several different publishing companies regarding publication of Making Do.
Folder: 4

Subseries 1. Outgoing Correspondence

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 3: 4

Outgoing Correspondence

Folder: 5

Subseries 2. Incoming Correspondence

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 3: 5

Incoming Correspondence