Pruitt, Dusty Papers

Span Dates: 1945-2002
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 4.7 linear ft.


The Dusty Pruitt Collection documents Pruitt’s life as a veteran, minister, and activist. It includes interviews, correspondence, and audiovisuals, including a series related to her ministry at MCC in Long Beach, California.

Hist/Bio Note

Dusty Pruitt served in the army beginning in 1970 where she came to understand that she was gay and was introduced to the Metropolitan Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She was transferred from active duty to the Reserves in 1976 and began studying at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. In 1980, she became the first openly gay or lesbian person to graduate with the Master of Divinity degree from that school. She began pastoring the Metropolitan Community Church in Long Beach, California, where she pastored for 15 years, until 1995. More information is available in her profile on the LGBTQ-RAN website.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


The collection is located at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, California.


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