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Diana Lee Beach papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00619

Scope and Contents

The Diana Beach Papers consist of subject files and publications pertaining to women in religion and women's rights that Beach has encountered in her ministerial work, notably such family issues as alcoholism, divorce, and domestic violence; sex discrimination; and violence against women.

Dates of Materials

  • 1972-1985

Creator

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, Beach has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, 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 Beach, 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.

Biographical Note

Diana Lee Beach is a graduate of Smith College (1968) and Berkeley Divinity School (1971), where she was the first and only female student; she holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary. Beach also studied at the C.G. Jung-Institut in Zurich, Switzerland. She has worked on the national staffs of the Epicopal and Presbyterian churches and the National Council of Churches, and is one of the first women to be ordained a priest in the Episcopal church (1978). She served as Dean of Pastoral Studies at the New York Theological Seminary for ten years, where she taught pastoral theology and depth psychology. During the 1980s and 1990s, she was in private practice in New York City and in her home in Jersey City, New Jersey. Beach was a Priest Associate at Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey, and has served as priest-in-charge of several inner city churches. She has also been on the faculty of Interweave, a spirituality center in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey; the Professional Enrichmnent Program, training psychotherapists in a Jungian perspective; and the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, training pastoral counselors. She speaks and writes on the subjects of soul work, retirement, the divine feminine, and feminine spirituality. In 2006, Beach moved to Maine to join the core staff of Greenfire Women's Retreat Center.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (3 boxes.)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection documents the work of Diana Beach, an Episcopal priest, including subject files and publications pertaining to women in religion and women's rights issues she encountered in her ministerial work, notably such family issues as alcoholism, divorce, and domestic violence; sex discrimination; and violence against women.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was gifted by Diana Lee Beech in 2008.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding aid to the Diana Lee Beach papers
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063