Inventory for the Charlene Spretnak: Early Feminist Spirituality Collection

Michelle Reeder
Graduate Theological Union Archives
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Inventory of the Charlene Spretnak: Early Feminist Spirituality Collection

Collection number: GTU 2006-7-01

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Michelle Reeder
Date Completed:
copyright 2011
Encoded by:
Michelle Reeder and David Stiver
copyright 2011 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charlene Spretnak: early feminist spirituality collection
Dates: 1971-2006
Collection number: GTU 2006-7-01
Collector: Spretnak, Charlene, 1946-
Collection Size: 2.5 linear ft. (2 boxes, 1 folio box, 1 map case drawer)
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: The collection consists of journal articles, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings; complete issues of magazines and journals; calendars; posters; audio/visual materials; glossaries; bibliographies.
Physical location: 4/K/3
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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.

Preferred Citation

Charlene Spretnak: early feminist spirituality collection, GTU 2006-7-01. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

Materials were originally donated by Spretnak to Belladonna, a feminist center and resource library in Berkeley, California. When Belladonna closed, the files were transferred by Spretnak to the Graduate Theological Union Archives in 2006.

Biography / Administrative History

Charlene Spretnak (1946- ) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Columbus, Ohio. An author, lecturer, and academic, Spretnak earned her B.A. at St. Louis University, and an M.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley (1981). Beginning her pioneering work in the 1970s, Spretnak is known for her theorizing, scholarship, and activism in the areas of feminism (including women's spirituality), ecological thought (including Green politics), cultural history (including the history of modern art), social criticism, and dynamic interrelatedness. As of 2010, she is a professor in Women's Spirituality in the Philosophy and Religion Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California, and a research fellow at The Green Institute, a center for research and policy of the Green Movement. She was inducted in 1989 into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in recognition of her writings on spirituality and social justice. In 2006, she was named by the British government's Environment Department as one of the "100 Eco-Heroes of All Time."
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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists predominately of loose materials accumulated by Spretnak on various feminist subjects, such as Goddess spirituality and ecofeminism. With the exception of a limited number of notes written by Spretnak, the collection does not include any of her manuscripts or personal papers.


Titles for the individual file folders were Spretnak's. Folders are arranged within the containers alphabetically. The original order of items within each file folder is unknown, since the collection was not received directly from Spretnak. Periodicals are arranged into alphabetical order by title. The collection contains three series. Each series contains material in the above subjects and is divided by medium. Series 1: Collected Materials in Subject Files; Series 2: Audio-Visual Materials; and Series 3: Posters.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Feminism--Religious Aspects
Feminist spirituality
Goddess religion
Budapest, Zsuzsanna Emese, 1940-
Forfreedom, Ann
Grimstad, Kirsten J.
Pare, Louise
Rennie, Susan

Separated Material

Rare Books: The following books have been removed from the archives collection and cataloged into the Graduate Theological Union Library Rare Materials Collection.
Grimstad, Kirsten and Rennie, Susan, Eds., The New Woman's Survival Catalog (New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1973).
Lucie-Smith, Edward and Chicago, Judy, Judy Chicago: An American Vision (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2000).
Politics of Matriarchy (London: Matriarchy Study Group, 1979).
Rush, Anne Kent, Moon, Moon (New York: Random House, 1976).
Weinstein, Marion, Marion Weinstein's Earth Magic: A Dianic Book of Shadows (New York: Earth Magic Productions, 1980), 1st edition.
Winter, Nina, Interview with the Muse: Remarkable Women Speak on Creativity and Power (Berkeley, Calif.: Moon Books, 1978).
Library Circulating Collection: The following books have been removed from the archives collection and cataloged into the Graduate Theological Union Library circulating holdings.
Boston Women's Health Book Collective, The New Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Book by and for Women (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984).
Coupey, Philippe, Ed., Sit: Zen Teachings of Master Taisen Deshimaru (Prescott, Ariz.: Hohm Press, 1996).
Forfreedom, Ann, Ed., Women Out of History: A Herstory Anthology (Sacramento, Calif.: A. Forfreedom, 1972).
Galland, China, Women in the Wilderness (New York: Harper and Row, 1980).
Gearhart, Sally and Rennie, Susan, A Feminist Tarot: A Guide to Intrapersonal Communication (Watertown, MA: Persephone Press, 1977).
Hall, Manly P., An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy (Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, 1978).
Kimball, Gayle, Ed., Women's Culture: The Women's Renaissance of the Seventies (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1981).
Koltuv, Barbara Black, Amulets, Talismans, and Magical Jewelry: A Way to the Unseen, Ever-Present, Almighty God (Berwick, ME: Nicolas-Hays, 2005).
Livingstone, Glenys, Motherhood Mythology (Berkeley, Calif.: G. Livingston, 1984).
Mackenzie, Midge, Shoulder to Shoulder: A Documentary (New York: Knopf, 1975).
Pepper, Elizabeth and Wilcock, John, Witches All: A Treasury from Past Editions of The Witches' Almanac (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1977).
Pesek-Marous, Eduard, Salvatore: Bull of Salvation (Rolling Hills, Calif.: Tau Press, 1976).
Phelps, Ethel Johnston, The Maid of the North: Feminist Folk Tales from Around the World, (New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981).
Spretnak, Charlene, Ed., The Politics of Women's Spirituality: Essays by Founding Mothers of the Movement (New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1994).

box 1:1 - 2:4

Series 1. Collected materials in subject files 1971-2004

Physical Description: 32 folders, 1 folio
box-folder 1 : 1

Animal Behavior 1980-1990

box-folder 1 : 2

Budapest, Zsuzsanna. Selene: The Most Famous Bull-leaper on Earth , Illustrated by Carol Clement 1976

box-folder 1 : 3

Calendars 1981-1987

box-folder 1 : 4

Calendars 1988-1993

box-folder 1 : 5

Calendars 2002

box-folder 1 : 6

Cartoons and Music undated

box-folder 1 : 7

Duran, Jim, Indo-European Workshop 1982

box-folder 1 : 8

Ecofeminism Archives, part 1 1980

box-folder 1 : 9

Ecofeminism Archives, part 2 1980-1997

box-folder 1 : 10

Don Emer Press - Photograph: Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, Beatrice Cassidy, Esther Ryan 1913

box-folder 1 : 11

Events and Exhibitions 1970-1990

box-folder 1 : 12

Forfreedom, Ann, and Julie Ann, Eds. Book of the Goddess. With a loose note to Spretnak from Ann Forfreedom. 1913

box-folder 1 : 13

Gender 1989-2002

box-folder 1 : 14

Gimbutas, Marija, By and About 1979-1987.

box-folder 1 : 15

Goddess, Glossary undated

box-folder 1 : 16

Goddess, Historical Goddess Spirituality 1924-2001

box-folder 1 : 17

Goddess, Miscellaneous Goddess Research 1980-1996

box-folder 1 : 18

Goddessing Network Newsletter and Goddessing Regenerated . Goddessing Network Newsletter , Willow LaMonte, editor, Cronetime 1992 1(1); Summer 1993 (2); Early Autumn 1993 (3). Goddessing Regenerated , Willow LaMonte, editor, Autumn/Winter 1995/1996 (4). 1992-1996.

box-folder 1 : 19

Grimstad, Kirstin, and Rennie, Susan, Eds. The New Woman's Survival Sourcebook 1975

box-folder 1 : 20

Hildegard Newsletters (Qualelibet). Qualelibet , International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies, Frances Flynn, Ed. Autumn 1999, 15(2); Spring 2000, 16(1); Autumn 2000, 16(2); Spring 2001, 17(1); Autumn 2001, 17(2); Spring 2003, 19(1); Autumn 2003, 19(2); Spring 2004, 20(1); Autumn 2004, 20(2). 1999-2003

box-folder 1 : 21

Journals and Newsletters, A through C: aphra: The Feminist Literary Magazine , Summer, 1973 4(3). Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars: Special Issue: Asian Women , January-March 1975, 7(1). Celebration of Women in Buddhist Practice , Summer 1989, 1. Conditions: Five: The Black Women's Issue , 1979. 1973-1989

box-folder 1 : 22

Journals and Newsletters, C through F: Connexions: An International Women's Quarterly , 1988-1989, 28. Cultural Survival Quarterly: Women in a Changing World , Summer 1984. Daughters of Sarah , May/June 1986, 12(3). Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies: Women's Oral History Issue , Summer 1977, 2(2). 1977-1989

box-folder 1 : 23

Journals and Newsletters, L through S: Libera , 1974. The Second Wave: A Magazine of the New Feminism , Spring 1975, 4(1). Shaman's Drum: A Journal of Experiential Shamanism , Spring 1986, 4. Sister Wisdom: A Journal of Words and Pictures for the Lesbian Imagination in all Women , Spring 1977. 1974-1986

box-folder 1 : 24

Journals and Newsletters, T through W. The Tarrytown Letter: A New Vision of the Feminine , February 1985, 46. Womanspirit, Spring Equinox 1981, 7(27). Women: A Journal of Liberation , Winter 1971, 2(2). 1971-1985

box-folder 1 : 25

Male Fear and Resultant Patriarchy 1987-1988

box-folder 1 : 26

Menstruation 1989

box-folder 1 : 27

Minoan and Early Greek Research 1979-1992

box-folder 1 : 28

Myth 1977-1989

box-folder 2 : 1

Pare, Louise, Moving Between the Worlds She Brings Forth All Things from Within Her Body: Intrinsic Movement as Transformative Spiritual Practice and Expression of Women's Spirituality , Ph.D. Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies. Part 1. 2002

box-folder 2 : 2

Pare, Louise, Moving Between the Worlds She Brings Forth All Things from Within Her Body: Intrinsic Movement as Transformative Spiritual Practice and Expression of Women's Spirituality , Ph.D. Dissertation, California Institute of Integral Studies. Part 2. 2002

box-folder 2 : 2a

Jenett, Dianne Elkins, As if There Were a Goddess: An Organic Approach . This paper discusses Jenett's research process for her 1999 Ph.D. dissertation, Red Rice for Bhagavati/Cooking for Kannaki (California Institute of Integral Studies). circa 2000

box-folder 2 : 3

Pamphlets: Barry, Kathy, and others. Stop Rape , 1971. Kent, Marty. In the Shadow of a Goddess: A Healing Journey at Machu Picchu, Peru, 1971 . Mariechild, Diane. Womancraft: the Conscious Development of Psychic Skills we all Possess , 1976. Motherson (ne Forrester-Paton), Keith, Which Way Home? 1979. Patrick, Marcia. The Primary Divisions , 1980. Robertson, Olivia. The Isis Wedding Rite , 1976. Robertson, Olivia. Rite of Rebirth , 1977. Women's Handbook on Safe Energy , 1996. 1970-1990

box-folder 2 : 4

Sakyadhita. Sakyadhita , International Association of Buddhist Women, Summer, 1991, 2(2); Winter 1992, 3(1); Summer 1992, 3(2); Winter 1993, 4(1); Summer 1993, 4(1) [sic]; Winter 1994, 5(1); Summer 1994, 5(2); Winter 1997, 8(2); Summer 2003, 13(2). 1991-2003

folio 1

Judy Chicago Exhibition Guide, Oversize Calendars 1977-1980


Series 2. Audio/visual materials 1990-2000

Physical Description: 3 audiocassettes, 1 compact disc, 3 videocassettes
box-audiotape 2 : 1

Deepening , Ruth Barrett and Cyntia Smith 1984

box-audiotape 2 : 2

Gaia's Voice: The Chorus of Life , Deborah Hamouris, director, undated

box-audiotape 2 : 3

A Rainbow Path, Kay Gardner 1989

box-compactdisc 2 : 4

Storming the Gate, Barbara Weikamp 2000

box-videotape 2 : 1

The Blinking Madonna and Other Miracles , Beth Harrington (VHS) 1995

box-videotape 2 : 2

Full Circle , Donna Read (VHS) undated

box-videotape 2 : 3

Women and Her Symbols: Part IV: The Muse in the Mirror , Mary R. Hopkins (VHS) 1990-1993


Series 3. Posters 1972-2000

Physical Description: 9 posters
Physical location: Map Drawer 3
poster 1

Cretan women sharing a goblet of wine, (12 in x 11.25 in) undated

poster 2

You Are Supported, Open Women Creations, (14 in x 11 in) 1994

poster 3

"Ecofeminist Perspectives: Culture, Nature, Theory: A Conference, March 27-29, 1987," University of Southern California Program for the Study of Women and Men in Society, (20 in x 16 in) 1987

poster 4

"Proposals for: Memorials to the 9,000,000 Women burned as Witches in the christian Era," Mary Beth Edelson. Photo of a neolithic Goddess cave at Hvar Island, Jugoslavija near Jelsea. (22 in x 17.5 in) 1997

poster 5

The Womanspirit Sourcebook," Patrice Wynne. Inscribed "Dear Charlene, Thanks for your inspiration and your caring spirit, Fondly, Patrice." (22 in x 17 in) undated

poster 6

"Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179," Friends of Creation Spirituality, Inc., ICCS, Holy Names College, Oakland, Calif. (24 in x 17 in) undated

poster 7

"White Tara: Mother of compassion," Tibetan Nyingmapa Meditation Center, Tibetan Thanka Series, (29 in x 20.5) 1972

poster 8

"turning through time: workwoven," Womens [sic] Graphic Collective, (30 in x 20 in) undated

poster 9

"Macerata Loreto, sabato 8 giugno, 2002," Associazione "Comitato Pellegrinaggio a Loreto." Drawing of a Black Madonna. Note taped to back of poster: "Women's spr. posters for Belladonna." (39 in x 27 in) 2002