Mollenkott, Virginia Ramey Papers

Span Dates: 1936-2009
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 23 linear feet


The collection contains the working, task, project, and correspondence files and materials concerning the career and ministry of Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, an English professor and advocate of women's and gay and lesbian rights. Raised a fundamentalist Christian, she became active in progressive evangelical organizations.

Hist/Bio Note

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott was born in Philadelphia on January 28, 1932. She attended the Plymouth Brethren Assembly, a conservative evangelical organization. After her parents divorced, her mother sent her to a fundamentalist Christian boarding school in Florida. She received her B.A. in English from Bob Jones University (1953). There she met and married Fred Mollenkott, a marriage that lasted 19 years. She received her M.A. in English from Temple University (1955) and a Ph.D. in English from New York University (1964). A well-respected Milton scholar, she taught English literature and writing at William Paterson University of New Jersey for 44 years. A longer biographical profile can be found at the link below. In addition, an oral history interview is available at: http://www.lgbtran.org/Interview.aspx?ID=7

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online at the Online Archive of California.


The collection is in the Center for Lesbians & Gay Concerns in Religion and Ministry Archives located at the Graduate Theological Union Library (Berkeley, CA)


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