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Judith Mears Papers

Call Number: MS246

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials created or collected by Judith Mears related to Jackson College and to Mear's tenure as editor of the Tufts Weekly. Materials include photographs, awards, Class of 1968 graduation and reunion materials, articles on women at Tufts, and Tufts Weekly materials, including the first issue published with Mears as editor, on pink newspaper.


  • Creation: circa 1964 -- 1993



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish.

Biographical / Historical

Judith Marie Mears was born in 1946 in Norwalk, Connecticut, and entered Jackson College in 1964. In 1967, Mears was named editor-in-chief of the Tufts Weekly, a position which had been held by only two other women (in 1963 and 1955). Her first issue as editor was printed on pink newspaper. Mears graduated magna cum laude in 1968 with a B.A. in history, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mears attended law school at the University of Chicago, graduating in 1971. She was admitted to the Connecticut bar and was the legal director for the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union from 1971-1974, handling cases involving prison reform and free speech. From 1974-1975, Mears was Director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, whose goal it was to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court’s decisions on abortion. Beginning in 1975, Mears worked at the Yale Law School as a supervising attorney and clinical teaching fellow.


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Language of Materials



This collection contains materials compiled by Judith Mears, 1968 Jackson College graduate, relating to Jackson College and to her tenure as editor of the Tufts Weekly. The collection includes, photographs, awards, Class of 1968 materials, and issues of the Tufts Weekly and other publications.


This collection is arranged in one series, which is arranged roughly chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judith Mears, 2018, accession number MS-2019-013.

Processing Information

Processing of this collection was completed by Leah Edelman in 2018. Materials were placed in archival boxes and loose materials were placed in folders where needed. Materials were arranged roughly chronologically. A file-level inventory, series-level description, and finding aid were created at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States