|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 materials reflecting McGrew Bennett's activism against the Vietnam War, her feminist theology, and her involvement in the life of Union Theological Seminary, including her congressional testimony on the War in Vietnam, the 1970 Faculty Wives' party held in her honor, the text of her 1972 UTS Commencement Address (the first given by a woman), clippings, photographs, and published materials.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
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, UTS1: Anne McGrew Bennett papers, 1969 -1989, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, GTU 89-5-017, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.
A previous collection of Anne McGrew Bennett papers has been untraced since early 2003, after a major water incursion into the archives storage area.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The current papers were discovered and separated from late additions to the John Coleman Bennett papers, in both presidential files and in donations from John C. Bennett after his retirement from UTS. They were separated from that collection in 2008. The typescript from 1970 was received from Katherine Shinn through her daughter Carol Wheeler in August 2014 for the Roger Shinn papers; a copy of this is now in the collection.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving and clippings were copied to acid free paper. The finding aid was created by Rachel Long in 2008, updated by Alexis Waller in 2009, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-09-27 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Anne McGrew Bennett was born in Lincoln County, NE on November 24, 1903 and died in Claremont, CA, on October 19, 1986. Anne was born and raised in Nebraska, the child of homesteaders. She taught school, having received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska. Enrolled at Auburn Theological Seminary, in Auburn NY, she met and married John Coleman Bennett, who was later to become President of Union Theological Seminary. She graduated from Auburn in 1931. Later she was a lay church worker and became active in the movement to end the Vietnam War, traveling to both North and South Vietnam and testifying before congress. Despite labeling herself "a homemaker, not a specialist," she was a pioneer in feminist theology, authoring over 60 articles. Her writings and speeches reflected her interest in the peace movement and feminist theology. In 1972, she was the first woman to give the commencement address at Union Theological Seminary. She was a founder of the Center for Women and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She also served as a board member of the Council for Christian Social Action of the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches. Anne received an honorary Doctorate in 1983 from Starr King School for the Ministry and both she and her husband were awarded the Union Medal in 1986.