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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1022

Papers of Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall, 1893-2018


Papers of artist Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall, including art show programs featuring her work; printed material and course work from Radcliffe College; photographs; and correspondence with her family and friends.


  • 1893-2018

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall is held by Elizabeth Updike Cobblah, David Hoyer Updike, Michael John Updike, and Miranda Margaret Updike. In 2082, copyright will transfer to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. No material in the collection may be digitized for use on the internet or other electronic distribution until 2037.


2.5 linear feet ((6 file boxes) plus 2 folio+ folders, 7 photograph folders)

The papers of Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall include art show programs featuring Weatherall's work; printed material and course work from Radcliffe College; photographs; and correspondence with her family and friends. Included in the correspondence are letters exchanged with her first husband, John Updike, during their courtship and while Weatherall was in the hospital for the birth of their first child, Elizabeth. Also included in the collection are correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other materials belonging to Weatherall's parents, Elizabeth Daniels and Leslie Pennington; sister, Antoinette Pennington Fisk; grandparents, Antoinette Entwistle and George Metcalf Daniels; and aunt, Antoinette Holden Daniels. Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online. Folders titles were created by the archivist. Files are arranged alphabetically with Weatherall's materials first, followed by materials belonging to other family members.


Artist Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall, daughter of Elizabeth Entwistle Daniels and Reverend Leslie Talbot Pennington, was born January 26, 1930. She graduated in 1952 from Radcliffe College, where she met her first husband, author John Updike. They married in 1953 and had four children, Elizabeth, David, Michael, and Miranda before divorcing in 1976. In 1982, she married Robert Weatherall (1931-2014). Weatherall died February 25, 2018.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2012-M76, 2019-M116

The papers of Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall were given to the Schlesinger Library by Weathall's children, Elizabeth Updike Cobblah, David Hoyer Updike, Michael John Updike, and Miranda Margaret Updike, in 2012 and 2019.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2019

By: Johanna Carll, with assistance from Molly Kirkpatrick.

Correspondence between Mary Pennington Updike and John Updike was previously cataloged as Correspondence of Mary Pennington Updike Weatherall, 1952-1955 (A/W3627).

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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