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Marcia Slater Johnston papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Johnston

Scope and Content of the Collection

Published articles, clippings, correspondence, and manuscript drafts written by journalist Marcia Slater Johnston. Dating from the 1970s, the articles cover research topics including immigration, gangs, sex trafficking, women’s justice, medicine, and consumer issues. The articles appear in publications including the Chicago Guide, Chicago Daily News, Crain’s Chicago Business, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine and travel section. Also includes materials related to Johnston’s time in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her presentations, workshops, classes, awards, jobs, and other activities.

Audiocassettes include recordings of radio and television shows in which Johnston was a guest, panelist and/or producer. The interview topics correspond to stories and articles by Johnston and most are from WIND AM’s Call to Action radio show that addressed consumer complaints. Recordings have been digitized.


  • 1947-2019
  • Majority of material found within 1966 - 2010



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Marcia Slater Johnston papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Marcia Slater Johnston papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Marcia Slater Johnston

Chicago freelance journalist.

Marcia Slater Johnston has written about street gangs, sex trafficking, illegal immigrants, crime, ex-offenders, business, medicine, consumer affairs, philanthropy, the arts, and travel. Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago Today, Crain’s Chicago Business, New York Daily News, Catholic Digest, America Illustrated, and other publications. She has been a contributing editor of Chicago Guide and Chicago Magazine, a producer and talk show host at WIND radio, and a journalism instructor at Columbia College. Johnston was the first reporter in Chicago to enter and write about the Women’s Lockup and the first reporter in the nation to go on an immigration raid with Federal Agents.

Johnston was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1943 and grew up in Milwaukee. She graduated from the Milwaukee University School, received a B.S. in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1964, and an MSJ from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966. Johnston was married for 47 years to Roger B. Johnston, a public relations executive and highly respected member of the Chicago journalism community. Johnston died in Chicago in April 2022.


2.1 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Published articles, clippings, correspondence, and manuscript drafts written by Chicago freelance journalist Marcia Slater Johnston. Dating from the 1970s, Johnston’s work covers issues such as immigration, gangs, sex trafficking, women’s justice, medicine, and consumer issues. Also includes audiocassettes of radio shows featuring Johnston and her articles.


Materials arranged by donor in volumes by publication and story with additional materials at the end. Audiocassettes arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Audiovisual Access

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized. Researchers may access materials in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Collection Stack Location

1 22 7


Gifts, Marcia Slater Johnston, 2016-2019.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2017-2020.
Inventory of the Marcia Slater Johnston papers, 1947-2019, bulk 1966-2010
Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States