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COLLECTION Identifier: 2012-M157

Papers of Debra Haffner, 1961-2011


Publications, sermons, student papers, etc., of Debra Haffner, former director of SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) and current director of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization advocating sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.


  • Creation: 1961-2011

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Debra Haffner is held by Debra Haffner during her lifetime. Upon her death, 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. Papers may not be digitized until 2060.


1.4 linear feet ((1 carton, 1 file box) plus 1 compact disc)

Collection includes report cards; date books; student papers; sermons; publications from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, SIECUS, and other organizations with which she was affiliated; etc.


Co-founder and executive director of the Religious Institute, Debra Haffner is a graduate of Wesleyan University, Yale University School of Medicine (MPH), and Union Theological Seminary (MDiv). She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and worked for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington before becoming chief executive officer of SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, from 1988 to 2000. In 2001 she co-founded the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization advocating sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. She is the author of several guides for congregations on sexuality as well as a college sexuality education textbook and books for parents on raising sexually healthy children. Her work appears in numerous journals, encyclopedias, and pamphlets, and she has lectured and given workshops around the world.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2012-M157

The papers of Debra Haffner were given to the Schlesinger Library by Debra Haffner in August 2012.

Processing Information

Container list:September 2012

By: Anne Engelhart

Haffner, Debra. Papers of Debra Haffner, 1961-2011: A Container List
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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