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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean Walton Papers
    creator: Walton, Jean, 1914-2006
    Dates: 1962-1999
    Abstract: The Jean Walton Papers consists of articles, correspondence, and periodicals used to inform the establishment of the Women's Studies program at The Claremont Colleges and chronicles the history of Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges.
    Extent: 4.6 linear feet (9 boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
    Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
    Claremont University Consortium
    Claremont, California 91711
    Collection Number: h2009.10
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jean Walton Papers, Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    The Jean Walton Papers were donated by the Intercollegiate Women's Studies of The Claremont Colleges in March 2009.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by Tanya M. Kato, 2009. The books in the collection were separated and cataloged in the online catalog. The newspaper clippings were photocopied and deaccessioned. Duplicate items were also deaccessioned.


    No additions to the collection is anticipated.

    Biographical Note

    A native of George School, Pennsylvania, Dr. Jean B. Walton graduated with a BA degree from Swarthmore College in 1935 with Highest Honors. She earned a MA degree from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania after serving as the acting Dean of Women at Swarthmore College. Dr. Walton arrived in Claremont, California in September 1949 to serve as Dean of Women at Pomona College (1949-1969). She also served as Dean of Students (1969-1976) and Vice President for Student Affairs (1976-1979). With Professor Harry Carroll, she was instrumental in founding Pomona's Education Abroad Program, which she administered for many years. A Fulbright Lectureship in Counseling and Guidance in Tokyo, 1955-1956, and a consultancy with the Danforth Foundation seven years later, enabled Dr. Walton to further her interest in the education of women. In 1972, as a result of her suggestions, Pomona College President David Alexander established a Commission on the Education of Women to make recommendations about equal employment opportunities for women on the Pomona College faculty and to develop curriculum responsive to the needs of women students. In 1975, for her contribution to the success of a new interdisciplinary course dealing with changing sex roles in contemporary society, Dr. Walton received the Wig Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Walton has held high elected office with the California Association of Women Administrators and Counselors and the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors. In 1974, she received the prestigious Scott Goodnight Award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators for her outstanding performance as dean. At the time of her retirement, some of her former students established the Jean B. Walton Scholarship Fund in her honor, and in 1981, a new residential lounge on the Pomona College campus was named Walton Commons, in recognition of her many years of distinguished service. A cofounder of the Intercollegiate Women's Studies program, Dr. Walton acted as its first coordinator and played a major role in the program for many years.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The books in the collection were separated and cataloged in the online catalog. The newspaper clippings were photocopied and deaccessioned. Duplicate items were also deaccessioned.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1 Research Files, 1962 - 1998
    Series 2 Periodicals, 1972 - 1999

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
    Walton, Jean, 1914-2006
    Claremont Colleges
    Women in education
    Women scholars
    Women school administrators
    Women's studies
    Women's studies--Periodicals