Harrison, Beverly Wildung. Papers

Span Dates: 1951-2013
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 54.5 linear feet


The Papers of Beverly Wildung Harrison (BWH) consist of course materials, lectures and correspondence of over her 30 years teaching Christian Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. The majority of the collection consists of course materials, notes, and correspondence related to Harrison’s teaching career. The papers also include personal and professional correspondence, lecture notes, Union Theological Seminary faculty committee minutes, published articles, and conference speeches.

Hist/Bio Note

Born in 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota, she graduated in 1954 from Macalaster College, where she studied theology with Robert McAfee Brown. She furthered her studies and ultimately obtained a Masters of Religious Education at Union Theological Seminary in 1956, under the guidance of Reinhold Niebuhr and John Bennett. After graduation, Wildung moved to California and returned to Union in 1961 to pursue a Bachelor of Divinity degree and commenced doctoral studies in Christian Social Ethics, receiving a Ph.D. in 1975. In 1966, she became an instructor of Christian Ethics; her courses covered a broad range of topics including: Niebuhrian ethics, feminist social theory, sexuality, economic ethics, liberation theology, and various women’s justice issues. Harrison served as President of the Society of Christian Ethics in 1983, the first woman to be elected to that position. She authored and spoke widely on feminist Christianity. During retirement, Harrison lived with her life companion of thirty-two years, fellow religious scholar Carter Heyward. She died in 2012.

Finding Aid

An online findind aid is available at the following site.


The papers are located at the Archives of Women in Theological Scholarship (AWTS) at the Burke Libraries at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.


Presbyterian Church (USA) | Harrison, Beverly Wildung | Heyward, Carter | Union Theological Seminary | Feminism | Theology | Women and Religion | New York | New York City