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John Western Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Western, John.
Title: John Western Papers
Dates: 1984-2019
Size: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Abstract: Materials related to Western's time as a professor at Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


John Western was a Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, and Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He earned his bachelor's degree at Oxford in 1968, his master's at Western Ontario in 1972, and his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1978. In 2003 he was awarded Distinguished Teaching Honors by the American Association of Geographers. Western retired in 2019.

Before his appointment at Syracuse University, Western lived in South Africa in the mid to late 1970s where he conducted interview-based research for his book Outcast Cape Town (1981). From 1977 to 1978 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, and from 1978 to 1984 he was Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. Western began his time at Syracuse University in 1984 as an associate professor and became a professor in 1994. He was Resident Director of Syracuse University Abroad's program in Strasbourg, France from 1997 to 2000.

Some of Western's notable publications include two full length articles in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Geographical Review, and the books A Passage to England (1992), Cosmopolitan Europe: A Strasbourg Self-Portrait (2016), and Outcast Cape Town (1981), the second edition of which was featured in Progress in Human Geography's "Classics Revisited" series in 1999.

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Scope and Content Note

The John Western Papers primarily contain course readers complied by Western for classes he taught at Syracuse University. Also included in the papers are letters of recommendation written by or about John Western, course descriptions, and other materials related to his time teaching at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Committee records are restricted for 50 years from date of creation. Requests to use restricted materials must be obtained in writing from the office of origin.

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Related Material

Among the papers, clippings were moved to the Clipping Files.

The University Archives holds a clipping file and a portrait file on John Western.

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Selected Search Terms


Western, John.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Geography and environment research.
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Department of Geography.
College teachers.
Higher education.

Types of material

Letters of recommendation.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Western Papers,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

John Western donated his papers to the University Archives in 2019.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in acid free folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Nicole Wright
Date: August 2019
Revision history:

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Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Box 1 75th anniversary of Maxwell reunion program and memory book 2001
Box 1 Address for the convocation of the College of Arts and Sciences 1990
Box 1 Book cover proofs undated
Box 1 Book review of "Outcast Cape Town" 1984
Course materials
Box 1 Course descriptions 2006, undated
Box 1 Course planning notes 1989, 1990, undated
Course readers
Box 1 Auld reekie course 2010
Box 1 Geo 219/hnr 260 spring 2018
Box 1 Geo 219/hnr 260 fall 2018
Box 1 Geo/his/psc 300 1991 (2 folders)
Box 2 Geo 362 2018
Box 2 Geo 425 2018
Box 2 Geo 500 1993
Box 2 Max 132 2008
Box 2 Psc 400.2 1990
Box 2 Psc 400.2 2000
Box 2 Final exams and midterms 1994-1995, 2014, 2018
Box 2 Syllabi 1996, 2005-2018
Box 2 Curriculum vitae 2019
Box 2 "The Honors Program congratulates Lisa Radding and John Western" remarks 2009
Box 2 Informal review of "Urban outcasts" 2008
Box 2 Nomination for professor emeritus 2018
Box 2 Prestigious scholarship committee chair correspondence 2010
RESTRICTED: This folder contains University records that are restricted. Please refer to Access Restrictions for more information.
Box 2 Recommendation letters - for John Western 2013, 2015
Box 2 Recommendation letters - for Robert Coles 2009-2010
Box 2 Spring colloquium series flier 2016

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