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Mary Wickes Papers

Identifier: WUA-04-wua00062

The material in this collection is both personal and professional material that covers much of Mary Wickes’ life from her family life to school days through her long and active acting career. Much of the material was kept it its original groupings and arrangement, thus some material pertaining to certain subjects may appear in two or more series.

Here you can find the transcript of Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton's speech given April 16, 1998 at the dedication of the Isabella and Frank Wickenhauser Memorial Library Fund for Television, Film, and Theater Arts.

Here you can find "In the Draft of an Open Mind," Mary Wickes' Inaugural Adele Chomeau Starbird Memorial Lecture Graham Chapel, Washington University, given April 12, 1988.


  • Creation: 1908-1996


Conditions Governing Access

Personal correspondence of Mary Wickes is closed until 2027 by request of the Trustee of the Mary Wickes Estate.

The production stills in the Mary Wickes Papers are copyrighted works. The copyrights are held by the original creators and their successor agencies, not the estate  of Mary Wickes or Washington University. We will do everything we can to make photographs from the collection accessible to researchers while observing the copyright laws pertaining to photographs in the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


47.00 linear feet

Biographical Information

Mary Wickes was born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser in St. Louis, Missouri on June 13, 1910. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1930. She received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Washington University in 1955. Later she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Washington University in 1969. Wickes was an actress who had a long career on stage, in film, and on television in performances including Oklahoma!, Sister Act, and The Father Dowling Mysteries. She died in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 1995.


This collection is divided into twelve series as follows:

Series 1: Stage Career

Series 2: Film Career

Series 3: Television Career

Series 4: Photographs and Scrapbooks

Series 5: Washington University

Series 6: University of California, Los Angeles Material

Series 7: Professional Correspondence

Series 8: Personal and Professional Material

Series 9: Genealogical

Series 10: Personal Effects

Series 11: Personal Library

Series 12: Audio-visual Material

Series 13: Oversized Material

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by the Estate of Mary Wickes in 1997. Additional material was donated in 2018 by M. Gregory Richards.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are interfiled within the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff in 1997. Updated by Sonya Rooney in 2009. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in January 2019.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 5: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495