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Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00530

Scope and Contents

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records consist of administrative records dating from the organization's inception in 1983, and includes extensive documentation of WATER programs in Latin America and in the U.S., its fundraising and outreach initiatives, its publications, and audiovisual records of its program speakers. The organization's commitment to justice and social activism through a feminist interpretation of theology, and its commitment to promoting women's full inclusion and participation in ecclesiastical ritual and hierarchy is also well documented.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Dates of Materials

  • 1983 - 2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open with caveat: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice. AV materials may not be viewed until research use copies are made.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) was co-founded in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 1983 by Mary E. Hunt and Diann L.Neu in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women. It is a feminist educational center, working locally, nationally and internationally to bring about social justice through a feminist approach to theology and "promote the use of feminist values to make religious and social change." Mary E. Hunt is a feminist theologian and ethicist who writes and lectures extensively on liberation issues. Diann L. Neu is a feminist liturgist and psychotherapist who develops rituals and provides counseling for individuals, couples, and groups.

[source: WATER Web site]

Extent

6 boxes (7.5 linear feet)

4.378 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Overview

Religious organizations; Feminist advocacy organization. Records consist of administrative records dating from the organization's inception in 1983, and includes extensive documentation of WATER programs in Latin America and in the U.S., its fundraising and outreach initiatives, its publications, and audiovisual records of its program speakers. The organization's commitment to justice and social activism through a feminist interpretation of theology, and its commitment to promoting women's full inclusion and participation in ecclesiastical ritual and hierarchy is also well documented.

Arrangement

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

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.

Other Finding Aids

One or more content listings to individual accessions in this collection are available for download. Links can be found in the description of the individual accessions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2005.

Accruals

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Related Materials

Associated material located in the Mary E. Hunt Papers and Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual Records, Sophia Smith Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2005.

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. Some media was unable to be copied. See the log files linked in the container list for more details.
Title
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual records
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 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.
  • 2018-12-04: Archived website added
  • 2020-06-25: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

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

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