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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 754: T-453: DVD-98

Papers of Constance F. Parvey, ca.1920-2011


Papers of Constance Fern Parvey includes extensive writings, notes, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and audiotapes, and document Parvey's professional career as a Lutheran minister, educator, writer, global feminist, and activist. A significant part of the collection focuses on her international work in elevating women's roles within the church.


  • 1920-2011

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted, except for #73.4 which contains student information and is closed until January 1, 2064. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Constance F. Parvey 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.


37.41 linear feet ((80 + 1/2 file boxes, 1 folio box, 1 oversize box, 3 card boxes) plus 3 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folder, 25 photograph folders, 8 audiotapes, 1 DVD)

The Constance Parvey papers consist of materials which document Parvey's professional career as a Lutheran minister, educator, writer, global feminist, and activist. A significant part of the collection focuses on her international work in elevating women's roles within the church, and as a campus and community minister. The papers include extensive writings, notes, correspondence, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographs, and audiotapes. Although most of the papers were found in folders, the collection was not in any clear order. The archivist focused her efforts on limiting extensive cases of overlap and filing inconsistencies; however, due to the nature of the documentation, some overlap within and among series remains. For instance, World Council of Churches materials, including additional writings and correspondence, can be found in Series I, II, and IV. The bulk of Parvey's writings are in Series IV, but other writings can also be found in Series III. To maintain any possible context, Parvey's original folders have been kept intact, even when multiple folders with the same headings have overlapping dates. Where possible, original folder titles have been maintained and appear in quotation marks; remaining titles were created by the archivist.

Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1931-2011 (#1.1-7.8, #82CB-#84CB, #85FB.1, #86OB.1-86OB.2, F+D.1), includes clippings about Parvey's life and work; coursework and evaluations from classes at Bryn Mawr College; and calendars listing appointments and which include notes, letters, flyers, and other printed materials. This series also includes names and address lists collected by Parvey relating to all aspects of her life, including her professional contacts in the World Council of Churches, rosters from conferences, and a Sunday school class list. Of particular interest are scrapbooks (#6.3-7.5) containing printed materials, photographs, and correspondence which reflect the highlights of her ministries and the World Council of Churches; as well as invitations to Parvey's ordination (#5.13) designed by her friend, educator and artist, Sister Mary Corita Kent. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, CORRESPONDENCE, 1951-2011 (#7.9-17.16), includes personal and professional correspondence with friends; parishioners; colleagues, including Lutheran Church officials and supporters of her ordination; and family. The topics, arranged by year, mirror the numerous events in Parvey's life as noted in the biographical note above, as well as reveal the meaningful and significant relationships within her network of professional and personal contacts. A wide range of topics that are found throughout the collection are represented here, including Parvey's ordination; speaking engagements; political activism; conferences and paper proposals regarding conferences; professional organizations; World Council of Churches and the Community of Women and Men in the Church study; ministries and guest ministries; teaching work; ecumenical issues; publications; and Lutheran Church Women. Materials also include holiday letters and cards, invitations, get well cards, postcards, printed materials, church programs, and flyers. In general, correspondence which was found in files containing a significant quantity of other materials was not removed into Series II. The Series is arranged chronologically, followed by a few files arranged alphabetically by subject at the end.

Series III, MINISTRIES AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES, 1931-2008 (#17.17-33.7, FD.1-FD.2, F+D.2), contains materials regarding Parvey's professional activities and positions throughout her career. The series includes topics ranging from her participation in the Boston Model Cities project and as a producer for the Twin Cities Town Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to her work as a minister at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Jericho, Vermont), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other campus ministries. Starting in the 1970s, Parvey's role and responsibilities varied in the many professional organizations that she was involved with but much of her work focused on women's equality within the Church. This series includes records relating to her attendance, participation, and planning of conferences and workshops, including "Women and Worship" sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation. It also documents her professional work in numerous organizations, such as the American Academy of Religion, an association of teachers and scholars in the field of religion, and the Seafarers and International House, an organization sponsored by the Swedish Lutheran Synod to provide hospitality and accommodations. Parvey's role in many of the organizations overlapped. For example, she was a Lutheran Church in America delegate to the World Council of Churches. Materials include agendas; schedules and meeting minutes; correspondence; printed materials, flyers, and pamphlets; conference planning materials; reports; notes and other writings, including speech transcripts; correspondence; course materials; and syllabi for her teaching work, etc. Folders regarding funerals, weddings, and memorials (#24.2-24.4, 30.3, 33.3-33.6), include Parvey's homilies and other writings. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series IV, WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES, 1971-2008 (#33.8-48.6, OD.1), contains materials collected or created by Parvey relating primarily to her work with the Faith and Order Commission and the Community of Women and Men in the Church study within the World Council of Churches (WCC). As a subgroup of the WCC, the Faith and Order Commission was tasked to bring together church representatives from around the world to work through potentially divisive or complex theological questions through the creation of study documents and dialogue. This series reflects Parvey's involvement in these efforts and her work coordinating and compiling information relating to the Community of Women and Men in the Church study, which explores the role of women in the church. This series also documents her participation with other international efforts of the World Council of Churches and its initiatives, including the interplay of religion and technology; nuclear disarmament; and community building. Materials include working files; meeting, conference, and assembly files; reports; printed materials; clippings; notes; research materials and writings; correspondence; and publications. Materials related directly or tangentially to the Community of Women and Men in the Church Study can be found in most folders in this series. For additional correspondence and writings related to the World Council of Churches, see series II and series V. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series V, WRITINGS, RESEARCH, AND RELATED, 1951-2008 (#48.7-81.5, FD.3), contains the bulk of Parvey's writings, sermons, notes, and research materials from throughout her career. The writings include scholarly, theological, and personal topics, and consist primarily of articles, sermons and lectures, notes, and research materials. In addition the series includes poetry, critical essays, notes, and printed materials.

Subseries A, Writings, sermons, and notes, 1951-2005 (#48.7-67.4, FD.3), includes Parvey's published and unpublished writings relating to women in the ministry, social justice, student life and campus ministry, feminist theology, as well as creative and personal writings, many of which were written for classes on memoir and non-fiction. This subseries includes articles, lectures, reports, notes, and sermons; as well as drafts, research materials, typescripts, correspondence, and project proposals. Included, as well, are research materials and draft writings related to Parvey's work on an autobiography (unpublished). Some folder titles contain article titles in quotes; in these instances quotes do not signify that the titles were created by Parvey. This subseries is arranged alphabetically; general writings located at the end of the subseries are arranged chronologically.

Subseries B, Notebooks, 1957-ca.2002 (#67.5-77.10), contains Parvey's notebooks, which cover a wide range of subject areas and include notes regarding her theological research; her ministerial work; scholarly research and course work; personal thoughts about her life and study; conferences, lectures, and sermons; the World Council of Churches, Faith and Order Commission, and Community of Women and Men in the Church study. In addition, this subseries contains Parvey's notes regarding counseling and hospice work. Notebooks found in files containing a significant quantity of other materials was not removed to this subseries. See also calendars (#2.10-4.1) in Series I which contain notes, as well as appointment information. This subseries is arranged chronologically.

Subseries C, Subject files, 1954-2008 (#77.11-81.5), contains general resource files on various subject areas related to Parvey's research interests. Included are printed and published materials, annotated articles, clippings, typescripts, reports, as well as some correspondence and notes by Parvey. Of interest is an interview transcript with Parvey regarding her impressions of the Klingenthal consultation on the ordination of women sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (1993) (#79.4-79.5). This subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series VI, PHOTOGRAPHS, ca.1920-2006 (#PD.1-PD.25fv), includes images of Parvey that document relevant episodes and activities in her life, including her ordination, officiating as a minister, and participating in conferences. Some photos were taken by Parvey's friend Carolyn Ackerman, editor of the New England Lutheran and a correspondent for The Lutheran. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series VII, AUDIOVISUAL, 1973-2005 (#T-453.1 - T-453.8, DVD-98.1), includes audiotapes of Parvey speaking on religion, science, technology, and her work in ministry at MIT; as well as a video regarding the ordination of women sponsored by the Lutheran Church. Materials that are identified as #T-453 are audiocassettes. This series is arranged by format, then date.

Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be cataloged in VIA, Harvard University's Visual Information Access database. Other photographs found throughout the collection are not being cataloged separately and are being treated as part of the documents they accompany, either because they are not of sufficient research interest to warrant cataloging or are similar in content to the images in Series V.


Constance Fern Parvey, daughter of William Robert Parvey and Anna Katherine Dunkel, was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on January 12, 1931. Parvey had two older siblings, a brother Norman and a sister Marjorie. She earned her B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of Minnesota, in 1952, her B.D. from the Harvard Divinity School in 1963, and an M.A. in social work from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in 1986. Parvey was in the first class of women to be admitted to the Harvard Divinity School in 1955, and in 1972 was the first woman to be ordained in the New England Synod of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), known today as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Parvey was the fifth woman in the United States to be ordained by the LCA. She was the first woman to have her ordination ceremony at Memorial Church at Harvard University.

Campus ministerial work would play an important role throughout Parvey's life. She served in campus ministry as a lay Lutheran chaplain on the staff of the Duke University Chapel in 1953, soon after her graduation from the University of Minnesota. In the mid-1950s she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to work as a lay associate for the University Lutheran Association of Greater Boston, with its mission center at the University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square. In 1962 she was called to the University of Wisconsin as a lay campus minister, working with students struggling through the moral and ethical dilemmas raised by the civil rights and anti-war movements. In 1966 she returned to Cambridge, where she worked for Harvard Divinity School, and edited the Harvard Divinity Bulletin (1966-1968). In 1972 she was called to ordained ministry and served University Lutheran Church as Assistant Pastor, and was again responsible for community building among students in the Greater Boston area. She also served as the Lutheran chaplain at MIT and Harvard University, among other campuses, through 1978.

In addition to her campus ministry, Parvey assumed an international role within the Lutheran Church and was deeply involved with the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC is a community of churches throughout the world whose representatives gather to explore multiple issues related to the church and community, in order to foster Christian unity. At the time of Parvey's involvement, the WCC was undertaking issues related to nuclear disarmament; third world and community development; religion, science, and technology; and the place of women in ordained ministry, among other areas. In 1969, Parvey was elected as the Lutheran Church of America (LCA) delegate to the WCC's Faith and Order consultation, "Worship in a Secular Age." Parvey was the first ordained woman from any member denomination to serve on the Faith and Order Commission. In 1974, she was also elected as the LCA delegate to the WCC's conferences in Berlin, Germany; Bucharest, Romania; and Accra, Ghana. From 1954 through 1992 she participated in five of the seven assemblies of the World Council of Churches, including in Nairobi, Kenya; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and Canberra, Australia. In 1978 she was called by the executive committee of the LCA to serve the WCC on the Faith and Order Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was asked to be director of a new study, Community of Women and Men in the Church, a study on the roles of women in churches around the world. The study included 300 local commissions all over the world, each of which, under Parvey's guidance, explored, reflected on, and reported on the roles of women in the churches in their area.

Parvey served abroad for five years before returning to the United States to serve as a lecturer at numerous universities and divinity schools. She was guest preacher and lecturer for several colleges and universities, including visiting lecturer at Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1982-1983); Roian Fleck Resident in Religion, Department of History, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (1984-1985); instructor, Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1985-1986); and at Harvard Divinity School, where she had taught briefly early in her career (1971-1972) and where she returned in 1988. In 1989 she was called to serve as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, Vermont. After seven years in Vermont, Parvey was called back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to serve once again as the Lutheran Chaplain at MIT (1996-2001).

In addition to her ministerial calling, Parvey worked as the executive director of the Young Women's Christian Association at the University of California, Los Angeles (1962-1963); was an executive producer of a series of television programs on urban life for KTCA-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota (1965-1966); and was director of Special Events for the Eugene McCarthy for President National Fundraising Committee (1968). She also was a consultant on the Boston Model Cities project tackling racism, education, and housing (1969-1970); and a consultant for the United Nations office of non-governmental organizations and the American Academy of Science on the role of international voluntary associations, particularly churches (1970-1972).

Parvey was the author or editor of numerous articles, reports, reviews, chapters, and books related to the ecumenical movement; ordained ministry, including the ordination of women; worship; biblical studies; theology; ethics; student life and campus ministry; and the arts. Of note are Come Lord Jesus, Come Quickly: Lenten Meditations (1976), the report Women and Worship: Rooted in the New Creation (1977), Ordination of Women in Ecumenical Perspective: Workbook for the Church's Future (1980), and the landmark report The Community of Women and Men in the Church (1983). Throughout her career she participated in many conferences and consultations, and contributed to numerous professional organizations, committees, councils, and boards; these include the American Academy of Religion; consulting committee of the Center for Ethics and Society (LCA), New York (1973); consulting committee, status of women, LCA (1972); Board of Directors, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, LCA (1970s); and the commission on worship, LCA (1967-1974). She also received many honors and fellowships, including an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the University of Redlands, California (1977), and Confessor of Christ award presented by The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1990). Constance Parvey died on May 21, 2011, at the age of 80.


The collection is arranged in seven series:

  1. Series I. Biographical and personal, 1931-2011 (#1.1-7.8, #82CB-#84CB, #85FB.1, #86OB.1-86OB.2, F+D.1)
  2. Series II. Correspondence, 1951-2011 (#7.9-17.16)
  3. Series III. Ministries and professional activities, 1931-2008 (#17.17-33.7, FD.1-FD.2, F+D.2)
  4. Series IV. World Council of Churches, 1971-2008 (#33.8-48.6, OD.1)
  5. Series V. Writings, research, and related, 1951-2008 (#48.7-81.5, FD.3)
  6. ___Subseries A. Writings, sermons, and notes, 1951-2005 (#48.7-67.4, FD.3)
  7. ___Subseries B. Notebooks, 1957-ca.2002 (#67.5-77.10)
  8. ___Subseries C. Subject files, 1954-2008 (#77.11-81.5)
  9. Series VI. Photographs, ca.1920-2006 (#PD.1-PD.25fv)
  10. Series VII. Audiovisual, 1973-2005 (#T-453.1 - T-453.8, DVD-98.1)

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2009-M104, 2011-M116

The papers of Constance F. Parvey were given to the Schlesinger Library by Constance F. Parvey in 2009 and 2011.


Donor: Constance F. Parvey

Accession number: 2009-M104, 2011-M116

Processed by: Laura Peimer, Bridgette Woodall

The following film strip has been transferred to the Schlesinger Library audiovisual collection:

  1. Film: Bread is Rising, ca.1970

The following items have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library books and printed materials collection:

  1. A Voice for Women: The Women's Department of the World Council of Churches (Women in Church and Society, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland)
  2. Black Women in Church and Society (newsletter: December 1981, December 1982; 3 year report)
  3. Come Lord Jesus Come Quickly: Lenten meditations (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Fortress Press)
  4. Commission on the Status and Role of Women [in the United Methodist Church]: Report to the 1980 General Conference
  5. Community of Women and Men in the Church: Middle East Council of Churches Consultation (World Council of Churches, January 1980)
  6. Community of Women and Men in the Church: Report of the Asian Consultation (World Council of Churches, 1978)
  7. Community of Women and Men in the Church Study: A Space to Grow In... (European Regional Consultation, World Council of Churches, June 1980)
  8. Community of Women and Men in the Church Study, Section Working Papers, Sheffield International Consultation, July 1981
  9. Decade Link (various issues: 1989-1995)
  10. Feministische Theologie-Praxis Ein Werkstattbuch (Eangelische Akademie Bad Boll)
  11. How T.O.P. Taught Me to Handle My Theological Stuff, Such as Heaven & Hell, Paradise, & Redemption by Brita Stendahl, April 19, 2007
  12. Jesus was a Feminist: A Bibliography on Women and the Church, compiled by Margot King, 1975
  13. Kyrkan och Konsrollerna (World Council of Churches, 1978)
  14. Living Letters: Mid-Decade Team Visits to the U.S. Churches: The Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity With Women (U.S. Office: World Council of Churches, 1995)
  15. L'Ordinazione delle Donne in una Prospettiva Ecumenica by Constance Parvey, 1983
  16. Lutheran Women (magazine), September, October & December 1976, January & February 1977
  17. Motive: On the Liberation of Women (Vol. XXIX, #6 & 7, 1969)
  18. New Women, New Church (December 1983, September 1984, November 1984, November 1993 - June 1994, Winter 2002-2003)
  19. New Woman New Church New Priestly Ministry (Proceedings of the Second Conference on the Ordination of Roman Catholic Women, November 1978)
  20. Ordination of Women in Ecumenical perspective: Workbook for the Church's Future (Faith and Order Paper 105, WCC, Geneva)
  21. Partners in the Mystery of Redemption: A Pastoral Response to Women's Concerns for Church and Society, National Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 23, 1988
  22. Report of the Standing Committee on Women and The Task Force on Women (United Presbyterian Church in America, 1972)
  23. Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women (Fall 1984)
  24. Shekinah newsletter (various issues, 1981-1982)
  25. Spuren der Hoffnung fur die Gemeinschaft von Frauen und Mannern in der Kirche (World Council of Churches, 1978)
  26. The Ordination of Women in the Orthodox Church by Elisabeth Behr-Sigel & Kallistos Ware (WCC Publications: Geneva, Switzerland)
  27. The Revolt of Mother by Mary Wilkins Freeman, 1987
  28. The Second Wave: A Magazine of the New Feminism (Volume 5, Number 1)
  29. The Visitor: An African Woman's Story of Travel and Discovery by Eva de Carvalho Chipenda (WCC Publications: Geneva, Switzerland)
  30. Toward a Fuller Community of Women and Men in the Church, document #2 (World Council of Churches)
  31. Wellesley College Working Paper: Feeling Like A Fraud by Peggy McIntosh, 1985
  32. Wellesley College Working Paper: Growing up Intellectually: Issues for College Women by Blythe Clinchy and Claire Zimmerman, 1985
  33. Wellesley College Working Paper: Self-in-Relation: A Theory of Women's Development by Janet L. Surrey, 1985
  34. Wellesley College Working Paper #84: The Elderly Mother/Daughter Bond: Two Streams of Thought by Ann Stueve, April 1981
  35. Women magazine, Lutheran World Federation (various issues: 1985-2000)
  36. Women: A Selected Bibliography (Wittenburg University, August, 1973)
  37. Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church: Called to Holiness and Ministry by Kyriaki Karidoyanes Fitzgerald (Holy Cross Orthodox Press: Brookline, Massachusetts)
  38. Women in a Changing World: a publication of the World Council of Churches (various issues: 1975-1991)
  39. Women in the Ordained Ministry by Marjorie Garhart (Lutheran Church in America, 1976)
  40. Women's Network News (various issues, 1983, 1997-2001)
  41. Women's Studies: The University of Massachusetts Press
  42. Work in Progress: Sexual Violence by Judith Herman (Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies, Wellesley College, 1984)

The following items have been transferred to the Women's Newsletter and Periodical Collection (Pr-4):

  1. Baptist Standard (May 8, 1985)
  2. Black Woman's Voice (National Council of Negro Women, Vol. 7, #1, April 1980)
  3. Campus Ministry Women (September 1977)
  4. Center for Women and Religion of the Graduate Theological Union Newsletter(Vol. 4, #1, 1977)
  5. Christianity and Crisis (Vol. 33, #3, 1973)
  6. Comment (National Coalition for Research on Women's Education and Development (Vol. 8, #2, Winter 1974)
  7. Daughters of Sarah (March/April 1979; May/June 1981)
  8. The Ecumenical Review (April 1994; January 2001)
  9. Equity: The Magazine of Christian Relationships (July - August, 1980)
  10. For the Banished Children of Eve: An Introduction to Feminist Theology (Movement Pamphlet, #24)
  11. Making Waves: An Ecumenical Feminist Journal (Fall 2001, Fall 2003)
  12. 100 Flowers Re-View (Vol. 1 #2)
  13. Pro Mundi Vita Bulletin (March 1976; October 1980)
  14. Radical Religion: A Quarterly Journal of Critical Opinion (Vol. II, #1)
  15. The History Makers (National African American Video Oral History Archives, Summer 2003)
  16. The Inkspot (University Lutheran Association of Greater Boston (vol. 60, #1)
  17. The Other Side: A Magazine of Christian Discipleship (July 1979)
  18. The Seabury Journal (April & May 1983)
  19. Sisters Today (March 1990)
  20. The Church Woman (November 1974)
  21. The Lutheran (November 2010)
  22. The Unitarian Christian (Spring 1968)
  23. Theology: A Monthly Review (Vol. LVII, #411, September 1954)
  24. Vermont Woman (Vol. V, #7, May 1990)
  25. Woman Power (European Women of the World Student Christian Federation, April 1981)
  26. Women and History: Challenge, Change, Diversity (newsletter)
  27. Women for Life on Earth (Autumn issue, 1983)
  28. Women of the Whole World (#3, 1972)

The following pamphlets have been transferred to the Schlesinger Library Feminist Ephemera collection:

  1. A Primer of Parliamentary Law: adapted for use in clubs (The Woman's Press, New York, NY, 1922) [annotated with "Edison Blue Tri" on cover]
  2. From Second Fiddle to First String: After Years of Taking a Back sweat, Women are Gaining First Chairs in Major Orchestras (Rise of Papal Rome, Descent of Women to Slavery)

The following published materials have been removed for review by the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School for their collection:

  1. A brief Overview of the Faith and Order Movement (ca.1910-1989), John Deschner, 1989
  2. A Lutheran Style of Life by Martin J. Heinecken, 1977
  3. Activities Report, Christian Medical Commission,WCC, 1986-1987
  4. Advent Book, National Lutheran Council, pamphlet [by Parvey. We have copy in the collection]
  5. All Desires Known by Janet Morley, 1988
  6. Al-Mushir (The Counselor), Theological Journal of the Christian Study Centre, (Vol. XXIV, #2) 1982
  7. American Academy of Religion: Annual Meeting News (November 1988)
  8. An Evaluation Report on the Home and Family Life Division, South African Council of Churches, 1982
  9. Anticipation, Science and Technology for Human Development report, World Conference in Romania, 1974
  10. Apercu historique de la Paroisse protestante de Pegny-Chambesy Grand-Saconnex, 1972
  11. Art and Religion: Faith, Form and Reform, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984
  12. As An Eagle: The Holy Spirit Mother by Lois Roden, 1981
  13. Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry- Seven Studies by John Matthews, British Council of Churches, 1982
  14. Bibliography on Feminist Theology, Lutheran World Federation, 1986
  15. Bread for the World (July 1976)
  16. By Our Lives...Stories of Women - today and in the Bible, World Council of Churches, Geneva, 1985
  17. Campus Connections: News of Campus Ministries in the ELCA New England Synod, March, June 2001
  18. Campus Ministry and Reading by Henry E. Horn, National Institute for Campus Ministries, 1976
  19. CCPD Network Letter, Churches' Participation in Development, (#3) December 1975
  20. CSCM Yearbook, Center for the Study of Campus Ministry, Valparaiso University, Indiana, 1975
  21. Christianity and Crisis newsletter (1977, 1987)
  22. Church alert- Sodepax newsletter, World Council of Churches, (No.22) 1979
  23. Churches' Committee for Urban Mission in Claremont Report for 1980
  24. Circle newsletter (October 1977)
  25. Circle of Prayer: Partnership in a Changing World, Voices of Women Worldwide, vol. 13
  26. Circles of Community: study guide, by Margaret and Rupert Davies, Russell Press, 1981
  27. Comment: A publication of the Massachusetts Bible Society (spring/summer and winter 2001)
  28. Comments on Study Document: Confessing One Faith, World Council of Churches, 1989
  29. Communidad de Mujeres Y Hombres en la Iglesia, March 1981
  30. Community of Women and Men in the Church: U.S. Section Final Report: A Gathering to Share Our Hope (National Council of Churches, ca.1983)
  31. Concept: papers on mission and evangelism, World Council of Churches, Geneva, November 1973
  32. Consultation of European Christian Women (World Council of Churches, 1978)
  33. Contact (newsletter), Christian medical Commission, World Council of Churches, No. 85, 1985; No. 2 1979
  34. Cooperation of Men and Women in Church, Family and Society by Madeleine Barot (World Council of Churches,1964)
  35. Covalence (vol.l III, # 1&2) 2001 [bulletin of the ecumenical roundtable on science, technology, and the church]
  36. Cowley (vol. 24, #3) Fall 1998
  37. Cross Talk: Meditations for Lent, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Geneva, Switzerland, 1979
  38. Dateline: Namibia (#2, 1987)
  39. ...denn ubelbestelltist es mit denen, deren kinder weiblich sind
  40. Diakonia (journal, March 1984)
  41. Dialogue, Journal of Theology, (vo. 11) 1972
  42. Do Not Be Afraid: A Report on the Responses of Catholic Women ot the Discussion Paper, Women - Status & Role, Life & Mission (National Board of Catholic Women, 1991)
  43. Does God Want Women Priests? by John A. Baycroft
  44. ECC News, newsletter, Ecumenical Christian Centre, 1984 [ 2 copies- February & December]
  45. Ecu-Dialogue (vol. 10, #2) Summer 1999
  46. Ecumenical Courier, World Council of Churches, Vol . 47 No. 3, 1987; Vol.48 No.1 1988, Vol. 46 No. 2 1987
  47. Ecumenical Trends, newsletter (April 1993, October 1993, March 1994)
  48. Ecumenism Highlights of Canberra Assembly, (#102) June 1991
  49. Ecunews: New Service of the South African Council of Churches (Vol. 4, 1985)
  50. Education Newsletter, Office of Education, World Council of Churches (#3), 1981
  51. Edu-Link: newsletter for Lutheran campus pastors and ministers…1999-2000 [various issues]
  52. Emphasis: preaching journal for parish pastor (Vol. 26 No.1), 1996
  53. Episcopal Cathedral Teleconferencing Network (Spring 2001)
  54. Esprit de Corps (newsletter of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Summer 2001
  55. Estudio de la Comunidad de Mujeres y Hombres en la Iglesia (World Council of Churches)
  56. Estudios Ecumenicos (18/73), [in Spanish]
  57. Etude sur la Communaute des Femmes et des Hommes dans L'Eglise, World Council of Churches, October 1978
  58. Evangelische Kommentare, July 1972
  59. F&SE Notices (vol. 12 #9) 2001
  60. Faith & Learning (issues #3, #4, and #8)
  61. Fellesskap av Kvinner og Menn i Menigheten
  62. Feminisme Chretien Rencontre des Cultures: Autrefois et Aujourd'hui, Groupe Orsay, March 1987
  63. Femmes et Hommes dans L'Eglise (#8, March 1974)
  64. Femmes et Hommes dans l'Eglise (bulletin international, #22 March 1977)
  65. Femmes et Hommes dans l'Eglise: Solidaires entre critique et Esperance (Bulletin international, March 1982)
  66. Femmes et Hommes dans l'Eglise: Marie, Tout Simplement (bulletin international, #33 March 1988)
  67. Fifth Report of the Joint Working Group, World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church, 1983
  68. Financing Campus Ministry: An Overview by Alan Green
  69. Fondation de Prevoyance du Conseil Oecumenique des Eglises, WCC, January 1976
  70. Fondation de Retraite et des Oeuvres Sociales en Faveur du Personnel du Conseil Oecumenique des Eglises, WCC, January 1976
  71. For the Years Ahead: programme of the commission on faith and order, Faith and Order Paper, Geneva, 1976
  72. Forschungsstatte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft, Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, 1981
  73. Forum Reactions pamphlet, dept of studies of Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, 1972
  74. Girded with Bonds of Peace, Ecumenical Service of the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, 1976
  75. Giving Account of the Hope that is in us (newsletter #1-2), WCC, 1975
  76. Giving Account of the Hope that is Within You: A guide for Local Study Groups on the Report of the Commission on Theology and Christian Unity, 1977
  77. Good News for Women (William Carey Study and Research Center, 1979)
  78. Guide to Continuing Education Programs for Professional Leaders (Lutheran Church in America), 1976-1978
  79. Half the World's People: A Report of the Consultation of Church Women Executives (Switzerland, January 1977)
  80. Holden Evening Prayer, by Marty Haugen, 1970
  81. I have Heard the Cry of My People (Lutheran World Federation) Eighth Assembly Study Book,, 1990
  82. ICI: informations catholiques internationals, (#507), October 15, 1976
  83. Intern Nos: New England Lutheran Clergy Association (vol. 7, #2) 1997
  84. Intercession, World Council of Churches, by Lukas Vicher, Geneva, 1980
  85. Issues: Discussion Papers on Issues Arising Out of the Life and Work of the World Council of Churches in Preparation for its Sixth Assembly, Vancouver, Canada, 1983
  86. Jesus Christ Frees and Unites, World Council of Churches, 1975 (re: Fifth Assembly, Nairobi, Kenya) [various sections]
  87. Jesus Christ with people in Asia, Report of the Asian Consultation in Singapore, 1982
  88. Jesus Christ—Life of the World, Hymn Book, World Council of Churches, Geneva, 1976
  89. Jesus: Femmes (#26, September 1980)
  90. Katallagete: Be Reconciled. Journal of the Committee of Southern Churchment (Spring, Fall 1977)
  91. LCM: In Touch (1999, 2000)
  92. Leadership Development for Women (Addis Ababa, 1973)
  93. Les Femmes et L'Eglise: Compte-Rendu du Colloque National d'Orsay, February 1979
  94. Let Us Share The Hope: Report of the LWF International Consultation for Women, Geneva, Switzerland, 1984
  95. Letter from Taizé (newsletter 1998)
  96. List of Publications on Religion and Society 1953-1974, Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, 1975
  97. Liturgy magazine, 1970s
  98. Living Letters: A Report of Visits to the Churches during the Ecumenical Decade - Churches in Solidarity with Women, 1997
  99. Lutheran Campus Ministry: A guide to Planned Giving, 1997
  100. Lutheran Partners magazine, July/August 1996
  101. Lutheran Standard magazine, 1987
  102. Lutheran World (vol. 23, #4) 1976
  103. Lutheran World Federation pamphlet, Department of World Service, Jerusalem, [no date]
  104. LWF LWB Information, November 1977
  105. LWF Studies: Becoming Friends in Christ: The Relationship between Man and Woman as seen by Luther, July 1983
  106. LWF Studies: Women in the Ministries of the Church, Lutheran World Federation, 1983
  107. LWF Studies: Ministry Women Bishops, Lutheran World Federation, 1993
  108. LWF Studies: Open Our Eyes: International Consultation for Women, Lutheran World Federation, 1989
  109. Men An idea: The Reformation, Geneva, 1985
  110. Ministry and Ordination, Anglican-Roman Catholic international commission, Canterbury, 1973
  111. National Campus Ministry Association newsletter (fall 1997)
  112. National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (Vol. 2, #4, Vol. 77, #3)
  113. Neither Male nor Female by Ruth Bretscher Ressmeyer, 1977
  114. New England Synod News (ELCA) April 2001
  115. New Wine: A Report of the Commission on the Danforth Study of Campus Ministries, 1969
  116. News from Bread for the Journey (Winter 1997-1998)
  117. North America Interfaith Network, directory of US interfaith Centers, 1987
  118. North American Energy Colonies (WSCF North America Newsletter) Summer 1977
  119. Northeast Regional Newsletter (National Institute for Campus Ministries ( (Vo. 2, #4) Summer 1977
  120. Oikoumene: betrifft: Hausarbeit
  121. One Baptism One Eucharist and a mutually Recognized Ministry, World Council of Churches, 1975
  122. One World monthly magazine, World Council of Churches (Nov. 1974, Dec. 1975, Jan./Feb. 1976, Jan.-Feb. 1988, May 1991, June 1991, October 1991)
  123. Op Weg Naar Een Kerk Die Solidair is Met De Armen (1985/1986)
  124. Orthodox Women: Their Role and Participation in the Orthodox Church (Agapia, Roumania, September 1976)
  125. Pastoral Ministry for Liberation: Ecumenical Christian Centre Publication (1973)
  126. PCR information, World Council of Churches, 1988;1987 [Program to combat racism]
  127. Pilgrimage: Newsletter of Christina Spirituality, 1983
  128. Pillars of Peace for the 21st Century: study guide by Patricia Rumer (National council fo the Churches of Christ)1999
  129. Planning for Campus Ministry: A guidebook for Committees and Task Groups, 1973
  130. Plowshares Institute (newsletter)Spring 200; November 2000
  131. Pro Mundi Vita Bulletin, Brussels, July 1979
  132. Process, Journal of Catholic Campus Ministry Association, (vol. 11, #2), 1976
  133. Program of Studies, Commission on Faith & Order, National Council of Churches of Christ, 1988-1991
  134. Programme to Combat Racism, World Council of Churches, pamphlet, 1980
  135. Provident fund of the World Council of Churches, pamphlet, Geneva, 1976
  136. Public Administration Review: Journal of the American Society for Public Administration, 1953
  137. Rape of Women in War, Ecumenical Women's Team Visit, Zagreb, December 1992
  138. Reading the Bible as Asian Women (Christian Conference of Asia, Singapore, 1987?)
  139. Reformed Liturgy & Music, Presbyterian Association of Musicians, 1990
  140. Refugees Newsletter, European Churches working group on asylum and refugees, Geneva, 1992
  141. Relocations: The Churches' report on forced removals, South African Council of Churches, 1984
  142. Report of Conference on Women, Human Rights and Mission, 1979
  143. Retirement and social welfare fund for the staff of the world council of churches, Geneva, 1976
  144. Risk: incommunication, (vol. 9, #2), 1973
  145. Sacraments and Daily Life-Homiletical Helps, Division for Parish Services, 1987
  146. Science & Spirit (vol. 9, issue 1), 1998
  147. Service book and Hymnal (Constance Parvey's bible)
  148. Service of Christian Witness, 1987
  149. SIH News (Fall 2000)
  150. Slow and Steady wins the Race: World Hunger and Development Learning Event Script Book (Lutheran World Relief, 1993)
  151. Sound Decisions: Evaluating Contemporary Music for Lutheran Worship, 1997
  152. Soundings: A Task Force on Social Consciousness and Ignatian Spirituality, 1974
  153. Staying Together (Exhibition, Fiftieth Anniversary 1948-1998, World Council of Churches)
  154. Studie uber die Gemeinschaft von Frauen und Mannern in Der Kirche (World Council of Churches, 1978)
  155. Study Encounter, World Council of Churches, 1974,1975,1976; includes "Search for a Just and Sustainable Society," Vol. 10 No. 4, 1974; Education for permanent revolution: the Chinese experiment [70] 1974; Vol. 12 Nos. 1-2, 1976
  156. Study on the Community of Women and Men in the Church (World Council of Churches, ca.1983)
  157. Tempo: In Pace with the Changing Church (October 1, 1969)
  158. The Bilateral Consultations between the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. and Other Christian Communions, Report, July 1972
  159. The Campus Minister, Lutheran Campus Ministry Association Journal (Vol 9 No.2), 1987
  160. The Changing Position of Indian Women by M.N. Srinivas, 1978
  161. The Community of Women and Men in the Church: Study for World Federation of Methodist Women, 1977
  162. The Concordat: historic response of agreement, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church, USA, 1996
  163. The Cresset (September 1976)
  164. The Defender: St. Michael's College Student Newspaper (March 25, 1998)
  165. The Doctor and The Ladies: A New Debate on 'Women and Islam' in Pakistan by H. Mintjes (Christian Study Centre, 1984)
  166. The Ecclesiology of St. Ignatius of Antioch, by John S. Romanides, International Printing Company,1956
  167. The Ecumenical Decade of the Churches in Solidarity With Women (World Council of Churches, ca.1998)
  168. The Ecumenist: journal for promoting Christian Unity, (vol. 6, #1) 1967
  169. The Filioque: Anglican Orthodox Joint Doctrinal Discussions, Romania Press:Athens, Greece, 1975-1976
  170. The Foundation for Biblical Research newsletter (Winter 1996)
  171. The Gentle Paul in Jewett House by Brita Stendahl
  172. The Harvard Independent, 350th Issue, 1986
  173. The Identity of the Church and its Service to the Whole Human Being (Addis Ababa, 1974)
  174. The Inkspot, University Lutheran Church of Greater Boston, 1972-vol.45, 1974-vo. 49, 1976-vol.50, 1957- vol. 31, 1954-vol.28, vol. 82- 2008
  175. The Lutheran magazine, (Sept. 1975; May 1998)
  176. The Lutheran Standard magazine (February 6, 1987)
  177. The Lutheran World Federation WorshipNet (Issue 6, October 1995)
  178. The Meaning of Sunday, J.A. Jungmann, S.J., 1961
  179. The Ministry of Women in the Early Church, Father Jean Danielou S.J., 1960
  180. The NICM Journal for Jews and Christians in Higher Education (vol. 2, #2) Spring 1977
  181. The Ordination of Women: A Supplement to the Consultative Document GS 104
  182. The Ordination of Women to the Priesthood Pro & Con by J.P. Peck, 1975
  183. The Parker Memorial Lectures, "The Priestly Task of Pastoral Ministry," Texas Medical Center,1986
  184. The Social Import of the Professions (James Luther Adams, HDS), 1958
  185. The Symposium (vol. 1, #3) 1998
  186. The Relevance of Trinitarian Doctrine for Today's Mission, Lesslie Newbigin, Edinburgh House Press, 1963
  187. The Unfolding Vision: An Evaluative Report on the LWF/DMD Desk for Women in Chruch and Society, Lutheran World Federation, 1988-1997
  188. The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community, October 1981
  189. The Unity of the Church and the Renewal of Human Community: Draft Study Document (World Council of Churches, August 1989)
  190. The Window, newsletter of the Anglican-Lutheran Society, 2002
  191. The Youthful God: Anthropomorphism in Early Islam (Lecture by Prof. Doktor Josef van Ess) 1988
  192. Time to Withdraw Investments in Southern Africa: Programme to Combat Racism, WCC, 1973
  193. Together: Information and news from the Seminex community (newsletter)
  194. Too Painful to Tell: Women of Faith Against Domestic Violence, edited by Elizabeth Amoah & Rabiatu Ammah, 2004
  195. Tracks (Lutheran Campus Ministry (ELCA) at Northern Michigan University) 1999-2000 [various issues]
  196. Una Sancta (journal #35, 1980)
  197. Vers Une Communaute Plus Authentique de Femmes et D'Hommes dans L'Eglise, document #2 (World Council of Churches)
  198. Violence, Nonviolence and the Struggle for Social Justice, WCC, 1973
  199. Voices of Protest: Voices of Promise Exploring Spirituality for a New Age by Ursula King, 1984
  200. WCC Publications: A complete list of books, periodicals and audio-visual resources of the WCC, 1992
  201. We Listened Long, Before We Spoke (Report of the consultation of Women Theological Students, July 1978)
  202. What is AIDS?-Manual for Health Workers, Christian Medical Commission, 1987
  203. What Unity Requires: papers and report on the unity of the Church, World council of Churches, Geneva, 1976
  204. Wholey Man, 1973
  205. Who's Who, World Council of Churches, Vancouver, 1983
  206. Who's Who Address List, World Council of Churches, Canberra (7th assembly), 1991
  207. Woman's Accession to the Pastoral Ministry in the Churches Stemming from the Reformation (1974)
  208. Women and Men in the Body of Christ: A Report by the Advisory Committee for the Study on Women and Men in the Body of Christ, 1977
  209. Women for Change (Women's Decade Consultation, Hammanskraal, 1984)
  210. Women: Status & Role Life & Mission: Discussion Paper I (national Board of Catholic Women)
  211. Women Working Towards a Just Society (a report of the African regional workshop for rural and peri-urban women leaders, Zimbabwe, 1986)
  212. Women's Consultation on Peace in Former Yugoslavia (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Geneva, Switzerland, 1994)
  213. Women's Ways of Being Church: A Bible Study Guide (Women's Voices and Visions: Being Church, World Council of Churches, 2004)
  214. World of Thought World of Spirit World of Action (HDS), 2007
  215. World Student Christian Federation USA Directory, 1996
  216. Worship Book, Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, Jamaica, 1974
  217. WSCF: Newsletter North America (Summer and Autumn 1976)
  218. WUCWO - Newsletter (World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (April & June 1974)
  219. Your Kingdom Come: Section Reports, World Conference on Mission and Evangelism, International Review of Mission, 1980-1981
  220. Your Story is my story, your story is our story, The Decade Festival, Harare, November 1998 (Churches in Solidarity with Women, World Council of Churches)
  221. Youthful God: Anthropomorphism in Early Islam, Arizona State University, 1988
  222. Zwischen Schule und Beruf: Bildungssituation von Madchen und Frauen in Nordrhein-Westfalen

The following item has been given to Widener Library:

  1. Alt Heidelberg in Kupfer Gestochen by Ludwig Merz

Printed materials, such as brochures, invitations, publications, etc. relating to Harvard's 350th anniversary celebration were given to the Harvard University Archives.

The following book has been given to Harvard Fine Arts Library:

  1. Outis by Franco Guerzoni (O Maggio M258)

The following materials have been given to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections:

  1. Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT brochure, n.d. (probably late 1980s/early 1990s)
  2. Religious Life at MIT brochures, 1998-1999 and 2000-2001
  3. Memorial Service booklet for MIT alumni, June 9, 2001
  4. The Installation of the Reverend Scott Paradise as Episcopal Chaplain, MIT, May 3, 1978
  5. Recipes for Wednesday Suppers and other Amphictyonic Occasions, 1978
  6. The Good News (newsletter of the Lutheran-Episcopal Ministry at MIT) various issues, 1997

The following materials have been given to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America archives for review for their collection:

  1. Audiotapes: lectures by Dr. Don Saliers, 1975?
  2. Audiotape: Religious lecture (unidentified)
  3. Film strip: Division for Parish Services, Lutheran Church in America (Philadelphia, PA), 1974
  4. DVD: WCC 9th Assembly information and resources (2005)
  5. DVD: WCC 9th Assembly video highlights (2006)
  6. Poster: Ecumenical Year of Churches in Solidarity with Uprooted People, 1997
  7. Poster: World Day of Prayer for a Free Namibia, 1988

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