Mary E. Hunt papers
Scope and Contents
The Mary E. Hunt Papers consist of documents pertaining to her career as a feminist theologian. There is a significant amount of writings by Hunt, including published and unpublished articles, lectures, books, and her Ph.D. dissertation (1980). Audiovisual materials featuring Hunt are extensive, as are files that document conferences and events she attended, and her travels. Books and scholarly journals pertaining to feminist theology, primarily either by Hunt or containing essays by her, are also included. There is some biographical information, as well as a small amount of material documenting the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (founded in 1983 by Hunt and her partner, Diann L. Neu) and Women Crossing Worlds, WATER's international outreach program (1986).
Dates of Materials
- 1970 - 2011
- Hunt, Mary E. (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
Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. 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. 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 / Historical
Mary Elizabeth Hunt was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Elizabeth Gray Campbell and Francis Charles Hunt. After attending local Syracuse schools, she earned a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy from Marquette University in 1972. She went on to earn the Master of Theology and Philosophy from Harvard Divinity School in 1974, and the Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1979. She received the Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in 1980; the title of her dissertation was Feminist Liberation Theology: The Development of Method in Construction. Upon completeing her education, Hunt, who is fluent in Spanish, spent two years teaching and working on women's issues and human rights in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a participant in the Frontier Internship in Mission Program. In 1982, she moved to Washington, DC, where she has taught in the Women's Studies Program at Georgetown University; she has also lectured and taught at numerous other institutions worldwide. In 1984 she and her partner, Diann L. Neu, founded the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER), and she continues the international work begun in Argentina through WATER's project, "Women Crossing Worlds," an on-going exchange with Latin American women. Hunt has written extensively on feminist theology and related issues, and is the author and editor of several books including Fierce Tenderness: a Feminist Theology of Friendship (1991); Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions (2001); and A Guide for Women in Religion: Making Your Way from A to Z (2004). She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her partner, Diann L. Neu, and their daughter.
18.875 linear feet (20 containers)
Language of Materials
Theologian; Feminist; Professor. The Papers document Mary E. Hunt's career as a feminist theologian. Included are published and unpublished writings and lectures; audiovisual materials featuring Hunt; files on conferences and events she attended, and her travels. There is some biographical information, as well as a small amount of material documenting the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER, founded in 1983 by Hunt and her partner, Diann L. Neu) and Women Crossing Worlds, WATER's international outreach program (1986).
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. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Mary E. Hunt in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012, and 2018.
Periodic additions to collection are expected.
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
Starting in September 2022, Smith College Special Collections will be renumbering many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.
- Appointment books
- Computer media
- DVD-Video discs
- Electronic records
- Feminist spirituality
- Feminist theology
- Hunt, Mary E.
- Lesbian and queer women
- Lesbianism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
- Lesbians -- United States
- Neu, Diann L.
- Religions -- Study and teaching
- Women and religion
- Women and religion
- Women in Christianity
- Women in higher education
- Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
- lecture notes
- Finding aid to the Mary E. Hunt papers
- Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2018-05-15: Updated to current descriptive standards; new accession added as series.
- 2020-06-15: Description added for born-digital content.
- 2021-06-23: Content listing added from accession inventories
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