Gearhart, Sally Miller Papers

Span Dates: 1956-2015
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 6.5 linear ft.


The Sally Miller Gearhart papers mostly consist of personal correspondence pertaining to her work as an activist and professional correspondence regarding her work as an author. The collection also includes fan mail, a small number of papers pertaining to her academic work, and drafts of her literary work.

Hist/Bio Note

Dr. Sally Miller Gearhart worked in the ivy halls of academia for forty years as a teacher of Theatre, Communication, Rhetoric, English, and Women Studies. She was probably the first open lesbian in higher education to be given a tenure-track position (1974). Gearhart rowdily marched the streets of the San Francisco Bay Area for twenty years in support of progressive political causes, most especially for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights. In 1972, Sally presented to a gathering of ministers at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley "The Lesbian and God-The-Father Or, All The Church Needs is A Good Lay --- On Its Side," one of the earliest of lesbian challenges to established religion. Continue reading Sally Miller Gearhart’s profile on the LGBTQ-RAN website.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available on the Archives West website.


The collection is located at the Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.


Author/editor | Feminism | Women and Religion | California | San Francisco