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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in 6 series: 1. Tenure application materials; 2. Writings; 3. Adult children of fundamentalists research materials; 4. Sermons; 5. Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus conferences; and 6. Correspondence, journals, speeches.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains support materials for Hardesty's 1998 application for tenure at Clemson University, including a resume, books, articles, and speaking and teaching materials; notes, clippings, drafts, articles, correspondence, book reviews, and records of royalties related to Hardesty's writings and publications; notes, clippings, survey questionnaires, preliminary drafts and correspondence regarding a proposed book about adult children of fundamentalists (ACOF); manuscript outlines of sermons given by Hardesty between 1987 and 1998; notes, brochures, programs, council records, and correspondence relating to the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus (EEWC) conferences between 1975 and 2002; as well as personal and professional correspondence, journals, and speeches, including addresses to numerous colleges and universities relating to the topic of the single woman in the 1970's.
Burke Library record group:
Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship (AWTS)
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Conditions Governing Access
This collection contains some restricted material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-18 (entire collection). Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
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: Nancy A. Hardesty papers, circa 1960-2002, series #, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
AWTS: Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus- Christian Feminism Today Records, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Nancy A. Hardesty 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
When the Burke Library acquired Hardesty's papers, an attempt was made to maintain the original order she 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. Copies were substituted for originals in order to suppress SSNs in royalty statements. The finding aid was created by Alison J. Killeen in 2007, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-05-24 PDF converted to EAD and description, including series rearrangement, updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Nancy A. Hardesty was born on August 22, 1941 in Lima, Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in 1963 and received a Masters degree in newspaper journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1964. Hardesty worked for both The Christian Century and Eternity magazines before returning to graduate school, receiving her PhD in 1976. She earned her doctorate in the History of Christianity under the tutelage of Martin Marty at the University of Chicago, titling her thesis "Your Daughters Shall Prophesy': Revivalism and Feminism in the Age of Finney." It was later published in 1991 by Carlson Publishing. Hardesty's first published book, All We're Meant to Be: A Biblical Approach to Women's Liberation, was co-authored with Letha Dawson Scanzoni in 1974 as she was simultaneously working on her doctorate. At this time her career as a speaker burgeoned while she traveled extensively to promote the book, giving addresses on the topics of women's liberation and Biblical feminism within the evangelical Christian movement. All We're Meant to Be was named 23rd of the Top 50 books that have most shaped evangelicals in Christianity Today (October 2006), and the book has numerous editions. Hardesty began her teaching career at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1976 until 1980, when she took a break from teaching, working instead as an independent historian, editor and speaker for eight years. She returned to be Professor of religion at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina in 1988. Hardesty was a contributing founder of both the Evangelical and Ecumenical Women's Caucus in 1975; she also helped to found Daughters of Sarah, a Christian feminist newsletter in publication from 1974-1995. Hardesty's publications relate to the role of women in the Christian church. In addition to All We're Meant to Be (1974), and Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (1991), Hardesty's works include Women Called to Witness (1984), Great Women of Faith (1982), Inclusive Language in the Church (1987), The Memory Book (1989), and Faith Cure: Divine Healing in the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements (2003). Some of her other research interests included adult children of fundamentalists, African American religion, and women and religion in the South. Hardesty died on April 8, 2011.