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Unitarian Universalism is a proudly heretical tradition. Heresy comes from the word Greek word meaning “to choose” and our heritage is one of choice makers. However, in a patriarchal society that limits women’s choices, the very act of women choosing to lead was and often is heretical, even in a movement of heretics. Heresies: The UU Women’s Special Collection is an archive dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of self-identified women ministers, religious educators, and lay leaders who have strengthened and grown Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism.

This Special Collection seeks to amend the ways in which archives have marginalized women’s perspectives and stories. Heresies will tell the story of our women leaders by preserving the personal papers and organizational records that speak to the experience of Unitarian Universalist women. We will tell this story on their terms. Through careful and thoughtful acquisitions, cataloging, and digitizing, Heresies will make accessible the impact of Unitarian Universalist women upon liberal religion and world history.

Heresies is advised by a committee of UU religious professionals, lay Unitarian Universalists, and other stakeholders who assist in acquiring archival materials, raising funds to support the Heresies, and strengthening the connection of Heresies to the larger community of Unitarian Universalist women. As Heresies grows, so will our understanding of it and the role it with play within Unitarian Universalism.

Donating Materials

Heresies is a growing collection. If you are interesting in donating document that speak to the experience of UU women, please contact the archivist.

Physical Collections

To use any of our physical collections listed below, please contact our archivist. In most cases, materials are only available for use on campus and in our reading room. In some cases, and within reason, we can scan selected material at your request and send you a high-quality scan of the item(s) you need. Because some of our materials are stored off-site, please contact the archivist at least two weeks before you need to use the materials.