Powers, Jeanne Audrey Papers

Span Dates: 1924-2015
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Volume: 58 linear feet


The Jeanne Audrey Powers papers contain files documenting her personal and professional lives including correspondence, writings, family history, education, committee work, sermons, travels, and activism. The collection is arranged into the following series: Professional Papers, Personal Papers, Print Material, and Re-Imagining Movement. The Professional Papers series contains the following subseries: Conferences/Workshops/Schools, Ecumenical and Interreligious Work, Correspondence and Writing, and Activism. A 2015 addition to the collection (2015-0177) is organized into the same four series.

Hist/Bio Note

Reverend Doctor Jeanne Audrey Powers is a retired prominent activist clergywoman who was one of the first women to be ordained in the United Methodist Church. She is a longtime advocate for ecumenism and inclusiveness within the church. She was the highest-ranking UM church official to come out as gay in 1995.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid is available.


This collection is held at the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at the Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University.


Methodist (UMC, United Methodist Church) | Reconciling Ministries Network (formerly Reconciling Congregation Program) | Women and Religion | Clergy Activist