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Elizabeth Dodson Gray papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00648

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Dodson Gray Papers contain lecture notes; books by Gray, and books and publications containing writings by her; and articles and clippings about women and women's issues.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1962 - 2013


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

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection.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

Elizabeth Dodson Gray graduated from Smith College in 1951, and earned her BDiv. from Yale Divinity School in 1954. In 1957, she married fellow Yale classmate, David Gray, with whom she has two children, Hunter and Lisa. From 1957 to 1972, the couple worked together in Epicopal parish ministsry, and during the 1970s and 1980s, they taught together at MIT's Sloan School of Management, at Williams College, and at Boston College; Elzabeth D. Gray also taught at the Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire. In the early 1970s, Gray "worked out for herself a feminist critique of our male-dominated culture," and since 1978 she has served as director of the Theological Opportunities Program (TOPS) at Harvard Divinity School, which sponsors Thursday morning lectures on a variety of topics having to do with patriarchy, ecofeminism, women's interpretation of religious matters, and the like. In 2000, Gray received Yale University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

[Biographical information was taken from IWWG and Yale Divinity School web sites]


11.51 linear feet (24 containers)

0.585 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



Theologian; Writer. Papers contain lecture notes, writings, and articles and clippings about women and women's issues.


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.

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Elizabeth Dodson Gray, 2008-2015. A small amount of correspondence was donated by Carolyn Carr in 2016.

Related Materials

Associated material can be found in the Theological Opportunities Program Records.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2009

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.

Processing Information

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. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Elizabeth Dodson Gray papers
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:20-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-06-15: Description added for born-digital content.
  • 2020-09-04: Oversized materials and container information added as part of flat file data migration project
  • 2021-06-10: Content list added from accession inventories

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063