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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Victoria Rue Papers
    creator: Rue, Victoria, 1946-
    source: San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2018.05.23
    Physical Description: 11 boxes (12.3 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1946-2018
    Abstract: The Victoria Rue Papers contain documentation of Dr. Rue's career as a writer, director, and professor, as well as her personal and family history.

    Content Description

    The Victoria Rue Papers consist of materials that encompass major components of Dr. Rue's career and personal experiences in the arts, education, and religion. Subjects include the role of women in the Catholic Church, feminism, theatre, literacy, the bible, community outreach, LGBTQA, and education. The material in the collection is primarily paper, but also includes some audio and video cassettes, CDs, DVDs, a film reel, photo negatives, slides, and prints, and a few large format items.


    The Victoria Rue Papers are arranged into four series: Series I: Personal Materials and Papers; Series II: Theatre; Series III: Educational Courses and Workshops; and Series IV: Ordinations and Priesthood Activities. Oversize items are located in Box 11.

    Biographical / Historical

    Victoria Rue, Ph.D. is a feminist theologian, and a writer, director and teacher of theatre. Her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union focused on how feminist theatre enacts feminist theology. As a professor, Dr. Rue has taught in the fields of Theatre, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies and Theology at the Pacific School of Religion, Starr King School for the Ministry, the California Institute for Integral Studies, St. Lawrence University, and San Jose State University, in addition to many other schools.
    She served as one of the teaching faculty of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Her work as a theatre director has been seen in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, and New York's Shakespeare Festival, among other theatres. She was also the visiting guest director for San Khau Viet Cali, a Vietnamese theatre company in San Jose.
    Dr. Rue is the co-founder of A Critical Mass: Women Celebrating Eucharist in which Roman Catholic women publicly celebrated a monthly feminist Catholic Mass. The group began in 1997 and celebrated for seven years. Dr. Rue was ordained a woman deacon in the Roman Catholic Church in 2004 and a woman priest in 2005. Dr. Rue's book, Acting Religious: Theatre as Pedagogy in Religious Studies, was published in 2005 by Pilgrim Press. She has frequently consulted on pedagogy to university departments and individual professors.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives, with the exception of Dr. Rue’s original manuscripts. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. Access to magnetic and digital materials is restricted. Permission from the Director of Special Collections is required to access this material.

    Preferred Citation

    Victoria Rue Papers, MSS-2018-05-23, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kate Steffens in June 2018.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Universities and colleges -- Faculty
    Women priests -- Catholic Church
    Rue, Victoria, 1946-
    San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives