|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in rough chronological order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains leadership and organizational materials on conferences sponsored by the Ecumenical Young Women United--North America, and reports and correspondence from the National Network of Presbyterian College Women. Included are materials related to NNPCW's pilot program to network women on various college campuses throughout the country such as memos of meetings, letters to chaplains and campus representatives, mailing lists and materials from leadership training weekends; as well as correspondence and conference materials related to the Ecumenical Young Women United-North America, a coalition between the National Council of Churches in Christ (USA) and the Student Christian Movement in Canada, which conducted conferences from May 1995 to May 1998. Also included are transcripts of the "Monday Morning Lecture Series" of January 1963 held at Union's James Memorial Chapel, belonging to Jamie Sam[uel] Peters, father of Peters.
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: Rebecca Todd Peters papers, 1963-1998, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Rebecca Todd Peters donated her papers to the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship in 2001 with a further addition in June 2004.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
When the Burke Library acquired Rebecca Todd Peters' papers, an attempt was made to maintain the original order. 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 Patricia E. LaRosa in 2006, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-05-20 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Rebecca Todd Peters, who prefers to be called "Toddie," graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis in 1989 with two bachelor degrees. The first was in Art History with honors and the second was in English. Her honors thesis was on the topic: "Carl Gutherz and his symbolist ideals." She worked as a Library Intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in Summer of 1988, and then as a Curatorial/Managing Intern for the Peggy Guggenheim Art Collection in Venice, Italy from 1989 -1990. Toddie has a long history of working with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She was a staff person for Justice for Women, Women's Ministry Unit, in Louisville, KY, from 1990 to 1992. During that time she founded the National Network of Presbyterian College Women and served as their Program Coordinator from 1992 to 1996. She was responsible for contact between the Coordinating Committee (CoCo) of the NNPCW and the emerging Pilot Project, whose purpose was to link Presbyterian student communities on college campuses together through study programs, retreats, and leadership training conferences. Toddie also secured grant funding to form a coalition between the National Council of Churches in Christ (USA) and the Student Christian Movement in Canada. The group adopted the name, Ecumenical Young Women United – North America (EYWU-NA) and conducted conferences from May 1995 to May 1998. Toddie completed a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 1996, and then earned the M. Phil. degree in 1999 and the PhD in Christian Ethics in 2001 with a dissertation entitled "In search of the good life : a feminist critical theo-ethical reading of the globalization debates." She was named to an endowed junior chair position at Elon University in 2001 as Distinguished Emerging Scholar and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and teaches a range of courses within the field of Christian Ethics. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and was vice-president elect of the Southeast Region. She was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Elon in 2007. As an active member of the Society of Christian Ethics, Toddie has participated in the SCE Writing Group on Economics and was co-convener of the SCE Ethics and Political Economy interest group. Honors for her academic excellence include Visiting Scholar, Duke Divinity School, 2002-05 and the Jepson Award (U. of Richmond) for Outstanding Dissertation in Leadership Studies, 2002. Her book, In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization was awarded the 2003 Trinity Prize by Trinity Press International and honorable mention from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in their 2005 Outstanding Book Awards.