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Inventory of the Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, 1959-84
GTU 89-5-017  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biographical/Historical Description
  • Scope and Content
  • Separation Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anne McGrew Bennett Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1959-84
    Accession number: GTU 89-5-017
    Shelf location: 2/A/1
    Creator: Bennett, Anne Mcgrew
    Size: 7 boxes; 2 ½ ft.
    Type of material: Papers; photographs; audio tapes
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union.
    Berkeley, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source and Date

    John Bennett (husband); April 1989


    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

    [Identification of item], Anne McGrew Bennett Collection, GTU 89-5-017, The Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Access Points

    Women in the Ministry
    Inclusive Language
    Feminist Theology
    Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-75 -- Protest Movements
    Women and Peace
    Peace -- Religious Aspects
    John Bennett
    Jeanette Rankin

    Biographical/Historical Description

    Anne McGrew (1903-1986) was born November 24, 1903 in Lincoln County, Nebraska of Scotch-Irish homesteaders. Raised in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the church was always a central part of Anne's life. After high school, Anne taught in a country school then entered college. She received a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska in 1928. She entered Auburn Seminary in upstate New York. There she met and married John C. Bennett, professor of theology and ethics, in 1931. The M.A. in Religious Education was received in 1932.
    The next several years were devoted to homemaking and childrearing (three children, Elizabeth, John and William). The Bennetts were at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, 1938-43; Union Theological Seminary, NY, 1943-70; Pacific School of Religion again 1970-75; Pilgrim Place, a community for retired church workers, Claremont, CA, 1975 until her death October 19, 1986.
    After the children were grown, Anne returned to active participation in church and community life as a lay church person. In the late 30's, the Bennetts had become Congregationalists, that church later becoming the United Church of Christ. She worked actively on and in various committees and organizations, and spoke and wrote on various issues having to do with peace, justice and women's rights in the church and society.
    In 1983, Anne received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA; and in 1986, she and John were each awarded the Union Medal, Union Theological Seminary's highest honor.
    Anne McGrew Bennett and women like her "were role models. They paved the way not simply by their own work, but by encouraging and empowering other women to enter the theological fray. ... We are indebted to Anne McGrew Bennett who fostered feminist critical reflection within the Christian tradition, especially in the churches." (Mary E. Hunt, ed., From Woman-pain to Woman-vision: Anne McGrew Bennett)

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes Ms. Bennett's papers which have to do with her interest in peace issues and the movements to end the war in Vietnam; and, following the end of the war, the issues of women's ordination -- the place of women in the church -- and inclusive language. The papers are both generated by her (speeches, etc.), and collected by her (articles and papers of other persons having to do with Bennett's subjects of interest and research). The papers were received in the Archives with the provenance entirely destroyed. The collection has therefore been given an artificial arrangement.

    Separation Note

    Women in a Strange Land: Search for a New Image, eds., Clare B. Fischer, Betsy Brenneman, Anne McGrew Bennett, 1975. Rare Book: HQ1394 W64.