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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1268

Papers of Bernadette J. Brooten, 1966-1985


Correspondence, clippings, writings, publications, and other materials centering around theologian Bernadette J. Brooten's Frau und Christentum project, including her conflict with Hans Küng regarding the content of her research.


  • Creation: 1966-1985


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with some correspondence and clippings in German.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Bernadette J. Brooten is held by 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.


1.25 linear feet (3 file boxes)

The papers of Bernadette J. Brooten contain correspondence, clippings, writings, publications, and other materials centering around her Frau und Christentum project, including her conflict with Hans Küng regarding the content of her research. Also included are essays, exams, 4-H reports, and other materials documenting Brooten's teenage years in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.


Professor and theologian Bernadette J. Brooten grew up in Idaho and received a BA in German from the University of Portland in 1971 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1982. From 1982 to 1984, she worked in Germany at the University of Tübingen with Hans Küng on a project entitled Frau und Christentum. Her research was later published as Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism (1996). She taught at the Claremont Graduate School, the University of Tübingen, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Oslo. From 1997 to 2008, she served on the Advisory Committee for the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. She has taught Christian studies at Brandeis University since 1993, where she also directs the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. She has written widely on the New Testament, Post-Biblical Judaism, and women and religion, and is the author of Women Leaders in The Ancient Synagogue: Inscriptional Evidence and Background Issues (Scholars Press, 1982) and Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2010).

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2005-M102

The papers of Bernadette J. Brooten were given to the Schlesinger Library by Bernadette J. Brooten in August 2005.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2023

By: Johanna Carll

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.

Brooten, Bernadette J. Papers of Bernadette J. Brooten, 1966-1985: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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