Manahan, Nancy Papers

Span Dates: 1967, 1982-2001
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 2 boxes and 1 oversize


The collection contains materials pertaining to her books, On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on Their Scouting Experience and Lesbian Nuns: Breaking the Silence. It also includes photographs and negatives, magazines, flyers, promotional materials and newspaper clippings, correspondence and financial documents.

Hist/Bio Note

Nancy Manahan was born in southern Minnesota in 1946. She entered a convent after high school and at the age of 20 she recognized herself as a lesbian and left the convent. She earned her B.A. in English in 1969 from the University of Minnesota and her M.A. from the University of Illinois. After teaching in Africa and California she returned to Minnesota to teach English at Rochester Community College and Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Nancy Manahan co-authored Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, co-authored with Rosemary Keefe Curb (1985).

Finding Aid

In addition to the online version at the following Web address, an unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Special Collections and Rare Books Division of the Elmer Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota.


This collection is housed at the Nicholas Tretter Collection. Special Collections and Rare Books 111 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 5545.


Catholic (Roman) | Activist (religious institutions) | Author/editor | Minnesota