Inventory of the Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, 1959-84

Processed by Lucinda Glenn Rand; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
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The Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, 1959-84

Accession number: GTU 89-5-017

Shelf location: 2/A/1

The Graduate Theological Union Archives



Berkeley, California

Contact Information:

  • Graduate Theological Union Archives
  • 2400 Ridge Road
  • Berkeley, California, 94709
  • Phone: (510) 649-2507
  • Fax: (510) 649-2508
  • Email: lglenn@gtu.edu
  • URL: http://www.gtu.edu/library/archives.html
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn Rand
Date Completed:
August 10, 1989
Date Revised:
3/17/93
Cataloged:
1990
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Anne McGrew Bennett Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1959-84
Accession number: GTU 89-5-017
Shelf location: 2/A/1
Creator: Bennett, Anne Mcgrew
Size: 7 boxes; 2 ½ ft.
Type of material: Papers; photographs; audio tapes
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
Berkeley, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Source and Date

John Bennett (husband); April 1989

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, GTU 89-5-017, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Access Points

Women in the Ministry
Inclusive Language
Feminist Theology
Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-75 -- Protest Movements
Women and Peace
Peace -- Religious Aspects
John Bennett
Jeanette Rankin

Biographical/Historical Description

Anne McGrew (1903-1986) was born November 24, 1903 in Lincoln County, Nebraska of Scotch-Irish homesteaders. Raised in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the church was always a central part of Anne's life. After high school, Anne taught in a country school then entered college. She received a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska in 1928. She entered Auburn Seminary in upstate New York. There she met and married John C. Bennett, professor of theology and ethics, in 1931. The M.A. in Religious Education was received in 1932.
The next several years were devoted to homemaking and childrearing (three children, Elizabeth, John and William). The Bennetts were at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, 1938-43; Union Theological Seminary, NY, 1943-70; Pacific School of Religion again 1970-75; Pilgrim Place, a community for retired church workers, Claremont, CA, 1975 until her death October 19, 1986.
After the children were grown, Anne returned to active participation in church and community life as a lay church person. In the late 30's, the Bennetts had become Congregationalists, that church later becoming the United Church of Christ. She worked actively on and in various committees and organizations, and spoke and wrote on various issues having to do with peace, justice and women's rights in the church and society.
In 1983, Anne received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA; and in 1986, she and John were each awarded the Union Medal, Union Theological Seminary's highest honor.
Anne McGrew Bennett and women like her "were role models. They paved the way not simply by their own work, but by encouraging and empowering other women to enter the theological fray. ... We are indebted to Anne McGrew Bennett who fostered feminist critical reflection within the Christian tradition, especially in the churches." (Mary E. Hunt, ed., From Woman-pain to Woman-vision: Anne McGrew Bennett)

Scope and Content

This collection includes Ms. Bennett's papers which have to do with her interest in peace issues and the movements to end the war in Vietnam; and, following the end of the war, the issues of women's ordination -- the place of women in the church -- and inclusive language. The papers are both generated by her (speeches, etc.), and collected by her (articles and papers of other persons having to do with Bennett's subjects of interest and research). The papers were received in the Archives with the provenance entirely destroyed. The collection has therefore been given an artificial arrangement.

Separation Note

Women in a Strange Land: Search for a New Image, eds., Clare B. Fischer, Betsy Brenneman, Anne McGrew Bennett, 1975. Rare Book: HQ1394 W64.

Container List

 

Speeches, 1959-1975

Box Box 1, Folder ff 1

Untitled 1/27/59

Folder ff 2

Untitled 9/17/60

Folder ff 3

From Where Have We Come - Where are We Going 4/10/68

Folder ff 4

Woman Power 2/19/69

Folder ff 5

Women's Involvement in the Peace Movement 4/21/69

Folder ff 6

Remarks to plan for Fall Offensive Against the War in Vietnam 10/4/69

Folder ff 7

Day of Conscience to End the War in Vietnam 10/15/69

Folder ff 8

Untitled 10/28/69

Folder ff 9

Untitled 11/18/69

Folder ff 10

Untitled 12/11/69

Folder ff 11

Untitled 1/28/70

Folder ff 12

Statement in Support of Mr. Luong Chau Phuoc 2/20/70

Folder ff 13

Untitled 4/15/70

Folder ff 14

Untitled 5/20/70

Folder ff 15

Everywoman 7/3/70

Folder ff 16

Untitled 10/24/70

Folder ff 17

Thanksgiving Service 11/26/70

Folder ff 18

Beyond Barriers 1/24/71

Folder ff 19

Problems of Power 1/27/71

Folder ff 20

Beyond Barriers 3/31/71

Folder ff 21

Untitled 5/25/71

Folder ff 22

1971 in Southeast Asia 10/3/71

Folder ff 23

Reflections on Course ST399, Area III, GTU Fall 1971

Folder ff 24

Thank Offering Service 11/21/71

Folder ff 25

Today's Woman and the World of Religion 1/31/72

Folder ff 26

Comments on Some Theses on Theology, Ethics and the Liberation of Women by Durwood Foster 4/21/72

Folder ff 27

Vietnam POW's 4/29/72

Folder ff 28

Behold the Woman 5/5/72

Folder ff 29

Untitled 5/19/72

Folder ff 30

Beyond the Barriers of Nation, Race and Sex 5/23/72

Folder ff 31

Ring Around the Congress 6/22/72

Folder ff 32

Changing Self Understanding of Women 9/24-29/72

Folder ff 33

The War in IndoChina and Ourselves 9/24-29/72

Folder ff 34

Women in the New Society 10/31/72

Folder ff 35

Beyond Barriers 11/11/72

Folder ff 36

Woman in the World of Today 11/16/72

Folder ff 37

Women and the Church 11/72

Folder ff 38

Peace -- What Peace? When? What Else? 12/3/72

Folder ff 39

Women in Church and Society 1/29/73

Folder ff 40

Theology and the Status of Women 2/15/73

Folder ff 41

Ordination of Elizabeth and Charles Hambrick-Stowe 3./3/73

Folder ff 42

Religion and the Place of Women 3/11/73

Folder ff 43

Women in the World of Religion 3/25/73

Folder ff 44

Women in Church and Society 4/1/73

Folder ff 45

Words and the Word 4/29/73

Folder ff 46

No. Calif. UCC Task Force on Women in Church and Society 5/18/73

Folder ff 47

Outrage and New Beginnings 6/9/73

Folder ff 48

Christians and the Responsible Use of Power 9/73

Folder ff 49

The Church Woman in the World 10/20/73

Folder ff 50

Intro to Working Group on Women and Religion 11/9/73

Folder ff 51

Claiming Woman's Inheritance 11/17/73

Folder ff 52

Woman's Liberation

Folder ff 53

Women in the World Today 1/10/74

Folder ff 54

Liberation and Love 1/19/74

Folder ff 55

Movements of Liberation 2/3/74

Folder ff 56

We Are Building.... 2/20/74

Folder ff 57

Make Us Builders of Peace 3/1/74

Folder ff 58

Beyond Mary and Martha -- Enhancing the Contributions of Women in the Church 5/4/74

Folder ff 59

Untitled Sermon

Folder ff 60

Language About God 11/14/74

Folder ff 61

Language About God 12/3/74

Folder ff 62

Women's Liberation and the Church 1/5/75

Folder ff 63

Biblical and Theological Traditions and the New Awareness of Women: Session 1 2/16/75

Folder ff 64

Session 2 2/23/75

Folder ff 65

Session 3 3/2/75 (also included Untitled 7/23/76)

Folder ff 66

Women and Christianity -- Liberation Theology and Women 4/20/75

Folder ff 67

Untitled 4/29/75

 

Speeches, 1975-82

Box Box 2, Folder ff 1

Women's Liberation and the Church 5/1/75

Folder ff 2

Women's Liberation 7/10/75 (also included 12/74)

Folder ff 3

Women/Liberation/Church 7/11/75

Folder ff 4

No. Calif. Peace Festival 10/11/75

Folder ff 5

Women in the Church Celebration 10/18/75

Folder ff 6

Our Concern for the Church (with John Bennett) 10/21/75

Folder ff 7

How I Have Come to My Understanding of Patriarchy 1/14/76

Folder ff 8

Created in the Image of God 1/29/76

Folder ff 9

Women's Practicum 2/7/76

Folder ff 10

Language About God 2/25/76

Folder ff 11

Religious Roots of Sexism 3/23/76

Folder ff 12

Language About Ourselves and Language About God 4/3/76

Folder ff 13

The Bicentennial and American Involvement in Southeast Asia 4/20/76

Folder ff 14

Is Woman Threat or Hope in the Religious Community? 5/11/76

Folder ff 15

A Feminist Critique of Theology 5/15/76

Folder ff 16

Theology and the Changing Role of Woman in Church and Society 7/19-30/76

Folder ff 17

Enlisted in Reconciliation 9/18/76

Folder ff 18

Doing Theology for People's Liberation 11/507/76

Folder ff 19

The Biblical Word and Woman 12/5/76

Folder ff 20

Some Theological Implications of the Woman Movement 3/26/77

Folder ff 21

Women, the Bible and Theology 4/30/77

Folder ff 22

Our Religious Language -- From Woman's Perspective 5/8/77

Folder ff 23

Is Our God Masculine? 9/22/77

Folder ff 24

Some Theological Implications of the Woman Movement 9/23/77

Folder ff 25

The Church and Feminist Liberation 11/17/77

Folder ff 26

Our Theological Basis for Social Justice 2/5/78

Folder ff 27

Claiming Woman's Inheritance 5/10/78

Folder ff 28

In Search of a Viable Piety for the Last Half of the 20th Century -- from a feminist perspective 3/15/78

Folder ff 29

Ordination of Stacy Cusulos, Jody Parsons, Loey Powell 4/2/78

 

Folder ff 30

Claiming Our Inheritance 4/28/78

Folder ff 31

Human Security: Peace and Jobs 4/29/78

Folder ff 32

Christian Mandates for Justice 5/21/78

Folder ff 33

Human Rights in a Pluralistic World 6/26/78

Folder ff 34

The Theology and Politics of the Woman Movement 6/26/78

Folder ff 35

On Journey 10/18/78

Folder ff 36

Emerging Women 11/12/78

Folder ff 37

Women and the Church (Course: Vancouver School of Theology) Fall 1978

Folder ff 38

The Not-so-visible History, and the Importance of Perspective 11/29/78

Folder ff 39

Pastor's Convocation, Hawaii Council of Churches: Theological Perspectives on the Woman's Movement -- speeches from 6 sessions 1/22-25/79

Folder ff 40

Ordination for Mitzi Eilts 11/21/79

Folder ff 41

Recognizing Our Potential, Our Gifts, Our Contributions 3/2-5/80

Folder ff 42

Church Women in a New Decade 4/22/80

Folder ff 43

19th Century Nation Building 7/3/80

Folder ff 44

An Ecumenical Word 9/18/80

Folder ff 45

Language About Ourselves and Language About God 11/21/80

Folder ff 46

What Place Does Ethics Have in Foreign Policy -- from the Feminist Perspective 7/3/82

Folder ff 47

Response to Receipt of L.H.D., Starr King School for the Ministry, no date

Box Box 3

Jeanette Rankin Brigade, 1967-1968: 8 ff

 

Trips to Vietnam, 1969, 1970

Box Box 4, Folder ff 1-7

U.S. Study Team on Religious and Political Freedom in Vietnam: trip to South Vietnam, May 25-June 10, 1969 (including journals)

Folder ff 8-19

Trip to North Vietnam to interview American POW's, December, 1970 (including journals and 3 ff photographs)

Box Box 5

Women in the Ministry/Inclusive Language,1971-82,15 ff

 

Subject Files

Box Box 6, Folder ff 1

Paris Conference of Women to End the War in Vietnam, April 23-26, 1968

Folder ff 2-5

Day of Civil Disobedience, March 1970

Folder ff 6

United Presbyterian Task Force on Language About the Diety, 1974-75

Folder ff 7

Prayers, 1977-84

Folder ff 8

Correspondence, Outgoing, 1963-72 (3 letters)

Folder ff 9

Correspondence, Incoming, 1972-76 (4 letters)

Folder ff 10

Suggestions for Quotes in UCC Worship Services, 3/18/74

Folder ff 11

Articles about A.M. Bennett, 1971, 1979

Folder ff 12

Shalom Fall Theological Conference, Sept. 1977

Folder ff 13-23

Reprints or Mss. of published articles, 1970-82

 

Audio Cassette Tapes

Box Box 7

"God Language", 2 tapes, n.d.

 

"Oral History; Women and the Church", 9 tapes, October 23, 1975

 

VHS Videotape:

 

"The Church and the Struggle for Liberation", Rochester Theological Center commencement address by John C. and Anne McGrew Bennett, Spring 1974 (VHS copy tape and original Sony V-30H tape). Located on the videotape shelve, east wall of the southeast corner of the storage room.