Heather Huyck papers
Scope and Contents
The first accession of the Heather Huyck Papers consisted of research files for Huyck's dissertation,"To Celebrate a Whole Priesthood: The History of Women's Ordination in the Episcopal Church."Includes interviews with women involved in the church. Materials pertaining to Women's Ordination Now are also included. Some documents in the accession post-date the dissertation.
The second accession includes professional and personal papers related to Heather Huyck's career as a public historian, working especially with the National Park Service to establish women's history sites. Also includes papers related to Huyck's mother, Dorothy Boyle Huyck, involved with the Family Camping Association in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1935-2017
- Huyck, Heather (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
To the extent that she owns copyright, Heather Huyck has licensed her materials to be freely used, so long as the user attributes materials' original authorship to her. This agreement is governed by a CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International) license. Copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Heather Huyck, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Heather Ann Huyck graduated cum laude from Carleton College in 1973. She went on to earn an M.A. in cultural anthropology (1978) and a Ph.D. in American history (1981) from the University of Minnesota. She founded Minnesota Women's Ordination Now in 1974, and was active in the organization until 1978. Huyck began working for the National Park Service in 1971, as a college student, and has been employed by that agency in various capacities since then. As a cultural anthropologist and as a historian, Huyck was responsible for"the interpretation of cultural resources (historical and anthropological)"at numerous NPS sites from 1978 to 1983, including Ellis Island, the Women's Rights National Historical Park, and the Clara Barton National Historic Site. She also worked in the U. S. Congress on legislation and related issues pertaining to NPS sites, from 1983 to 1994. Since 1994 Huyck has headed the NPS's Office of Strategic Planning, and from 2002 to 2017 she was also regional chief historian and visiting lecturer in American Studies at the College of William and Mary. She has also served as president of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites, an organization she co-founded.
Dorothy Boyle Huyck, born in Madison, Wisconsin, graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She moved to Washington, DC in 1946 and worked for the US State Department asa liason officer in agricultural agencies until 1951. Boyle Huyck later served as a consultant on family camping to the National Park Service from 1962-1967 and as a freelance writer published several articles on conservation and travel. At the time of her death in 1979, she was writing a history of women in the Park Service where she also served as a contract worker.
37.917 linear feet (35 containers)
Language of Materials
The Heather Huyck papers consist of research files for Huyck's dissertation,"To Celebrate a Whole Priesthood: The History of Women's Ordination in the Episcopal Church" and professional and personal papers related to her career as a public historian, working especially with the National Park Service to establish women's history sites. Also includes papers related to Huyck's mother, Dorothy Boyle Huyck, who was involved with the Family Camping Association in the 1960s and 1970s.
This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Heather Huyck, 2004 and 2017.
Periodic accruals to collection are expected.
Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. The following changes were made in this collection: Accession 2004-S-0059, Boxes 1-13 renumbered as Boxes 23-35
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