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Mary C. Hester Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00099

Mary Hester’s papers collectively examine both the general nature of the social work profession and the relationship between practical field work and academic instruction.

This collection is divided into four series as follows:

Series 01: Publications (arranged alphabetically by title)

Series 02: Class Notes and Syllabi (arranged by class number and then subject)

Series 03: Subject Files (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Series 04: Professional Development (arranged alphabetically by subject then chronologically)


  • 1936-1966


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Conditions Governing Use

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3.00 linear feet

3 boxes

Biographical Information

Mary Hester (1909-1966) was an esteemed faculty member of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis from 1945 to 1966.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 25, 1909, Hester earned her B.S. from Miami University (Ohio) in 1932 and her M.S.S. from Western Reserve University (Ohio) in 1936.

Before coming to Washington University, Hester served as caseworker and supervisor of the Family Service Association of Cleveland, Ohio (1935-1942); Executive Director of the Family and Children’s Service, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1942-1945); and teacher in the School of Public Health and School of Nursing, University of Michigan (1942-1945).

Hester was appointed Assistant Professor at Washington University in 1945, Associate Professor in 1949, and Professor in 1964. She was Program Chairperson of the Council on Social Work Education (1953), Program Chairperson, Section I, National Conference on Social Welfare (1957), and Program Co-chairperson, Council on Social Work Education (1962). In addition, Hester participated in countless conferences related to social welfare.

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Marcella Hayes Hester on July 25, 1966.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in January 2006.


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Revision Statements

  • 2021 February 26: 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