|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is organized in one series arranged by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains minutes, memos, and other documents relating to Mary C. Boys' activities in the Practical Field Program of Union Theological Seminary; notes, grant material, and correspondence from the Catholic-Jewish Colloquium; and manuscripts of articles and her book, Has God Only One Blessing?: Judaism as a Source of Christian Self Understanding (Paulist Press, 2000). The bulk of the material in this collection spans her academic career in the 1990s.
Burke Library record group:
Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship (AWTS)
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, AWTS: Mary C. Boys papers, 1973-2001, box #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Mary C. Boys donated her papers to the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship in 2001.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
An attempt was made to maintain the original order, by format, that Boys imposed throughout the course of her career. Folded materials were flattened. Newspaper clippings were photocopied on acid free paper. Staples, rubber bands, and metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Leslie Reyman in 2001, revised by Elizabeth Russey in 2003, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-10-28 PDF converted to EAD and description, including rearrangement of series, updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Mary C. Boys was born on November 4, 1947 in Seattle, Washington. Boys received her B.A. in 1969 from Fort Wright College in Spokane, Washington. From 1969 to 1974, she taught at Holy Names Academy in Spokane, Washington, teaching courses in religion and English and serving as the dean of students and chair of the Religion Department. In 1975 she received an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University and in 1978 graduated with an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, conferred jointly with Union Theological Seminary. Her academic career began at Boston College in 1977, where she taught theology and religious education. In 1994, Boys began teaching at Union Theological Seminary as the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology. Boys has also taught as a visiting lecturer at numerous colleges, universities and seminaries, and given workshops and lectures throughout the United States, as well as Europe. In 1990 and 1997, she took part in lecture tours of Australia. In addition to her extensive speaking schedule, Boys also served as a consultant for numerous educational institutions. Boys is a member of professional organizations, including the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE), where she was past president (1994-95). She is also a board member of organizations including the Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum Foundation, and the Association for Religion and the Intellectual Life. Her research interests include the intersection of biblical study and pedagogy and the educational implications of Jewish-Christian dialogue. She is the author of four books, including Has God only One Blessing? (1999), Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman's Experience (1997), Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions (1993) and Biblical Interpretation in Religious Education (1980). Boys is editor of two books: Education for Citizenship and Discipleship (1989) and Ministry and Education in Conversation (1981). Boys also contributed chapters to twelve different books and wrote over fifty journal articles, in addition to numerous book reviews. Boys, a Roman Catholic, has been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (in the province of Washington State) for over 30 years, taking her profession of vows in 1968.